I love makeup! And whether you love makeup or not, chances are you wear it at least sometimes. Don't you want to make sure you're getting the best value for your $$$? That's what this makeup blog is all about.
I try products and services and give you an honest review. From drug stores to department stores, I try different brands at different price points to give you the scoop.
A Little About My Perspective...
- Quality is more important than quantity.
- Just because it costs more doesn't mean it's better.
- Multitasking products are a very good thing.
- Have fun...if a look doesn't work a little soap and water makes it all better.
Great Makeup That's CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP!
by Michele Mitchell,posted May 11 2011 2:15PM
Well I just love a bargain. I mean, who doesn't? But I also believe that most of the time you get what you pay for. So that's one of the reasons I never tried e.l.f. cosmetics. It was an online only brand of makeup at super low prices, and I just didn't believe makeup that cheap would be any good.
Well in this case, I was wrong. Last week I was shopping at Target and noticed that e.l.f. brand cosmetics are now sold there. One of the eye shadow palettes caught my eye, and it was so bargain priced I couldn't resist.
The item that caught my eye was the e.l.f. Essentials Beauty Book. It's 12 full-sized eye shadows and a mini eye liner for only $4.99. Crazy, right? There are three color configurations: Smoky, Neutral, and Bright. I chose the bright thinking it would be fun for spring/summer.
When I got home I got to start playing a little bit, and I am totally impressed. Let's start with the eye shadow. Judging on pure quality, is it the best eye shadow I've ever used? No, but it's certainly in the top 25%. And if you factor in the cost, it's the best bargain on eye shadow I've ever seen. I was expecting inferior quality to drug store brands like Maybelline and Cover Girl, but that wasn't the case at all. I think these eye shadows are much better than the Maybelline and Cover Girl eye shadows I've used.
The pigmentation on the e.l.f shadows is great, the blendability is wonderful, and they don't crease or fade. Even if you don't factor in the eye liner that came with the palette, these eye shadows are about 42 cents each!
Now on to the eye liner. I LOVE this eye liner. It's just your basic black pencil eyeliner, but it's great! On the e.l.f. website it's their Brightening Eye liner, and it's described as a gel-powder formulation. Once again the pigmentation is excellent, it glides easily onto the eye, it sharpens well, and it stays on the entire day.
Unfortunately Target doesn't seem to carry these eye liners by themselves. But on the e.l.f. website they are only $1. $1!!!
Target seems to be carrying just a portion of the e.l.f. line. Most of what I saw at the store was palettes and kits. If you want to see the whole line you'll have to check out e.l.f.'s website. E.L.F., by the way, stands for "eyes, lips, face."