Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Review: e.l.f. Studio Collections

A long time ago, I heard about e.l.f. cosmetics (www.eyeslipsface.com) through my boyfriend's cousins, and some beauty bloggers and YouTube gurus even started mentioning them.  I've bought a few products and signed up for their newsletter.  One day I received an email about a pretty awesome one day sale.  I decided to take advantage of it and purchased all three of the Studio Makeup Collections from the website.  Unfortunately, at the time I wasn't a member of Ebates.com where I could have received cash back on my online purchase.  Here is my referral link where we both can get rewarded for shopping online: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=%2BwQ3nPIv8zo%2BSkUS0ZC0wA%3D%3D

Now, on to the review.

e.l.f. Studio 27 Piece Mini Makeup Collection
9 Eyeshadow Shades
1 Cream Eyeshadow Shade
1 Blush
1 Bronzer
10 Lip Gloss Shades
1 Brow Powder
1 Eyeliner Pencil
1 Dual-Ended Eyeshadow sponge applicator
1 Face brush
1 Small Precision Lip Brush
(mirror inside lid)

  • Six of the powder shadows are in the green and brown families, which are appropriate for day-to-night looks.  The other three powder shadows are silver, slate gray, and black, perfect for the basic smokey eye.  You can see small flecks of glitter within all the shadows, some more than others.  I don't want to say that the off-white and lighter mossy green colors have a matte finish, but they do have the least amount of sheen compared to the other colors.  All of the other colors have more of a sheen or frost finish.  The cream eyeshadow is such a pretty highlight color that you can use all over the face, not limiting it to just the eye area.  I tried using the cream shadow as an eyeshadow base, but my lids get quite oily, and it creased.  But the the shadows work well over the UDPP that I use.
  • The lip colors include reds, berries, browns, pinks, peach, and clear with teal glitter.  Don't be afraid of the glitter in the clear gloss!  It is not that bad, you don't really pick up that much glitter.  Most of the lip colors are pigmented nicely and appear creamy when applied, and some are slightly sheer.
  • The blush and bronzer are very similar to the e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder duo I have, if not the same thing. I like the colors, and I'm glad that they're in this palette.  
  • Unfortunately, the brow powder is a few shades too light for me to use.  And I'm honestly not a fan of the applicators and pencil liner in the case, but they are convenient to have in there if I ever need them.  
  • The mirror inside is the size of the entire lid of the box when opened.  The whole palette is cute, compact, and even has a button to open up the case, which is not featured in the other e.l.f. Studio Palettes.
  • This Mini Makeup Palette is versatile for different users and uses.  It can be the essential collection for the make up minimalist.  Keep this in your locker if you're running late for school, and hopefully you can primp between homeroom and first period.  It takes up a small space at your office, if you're running late as well, or need to freshen up after work.  It's even small enough to fit inside your purse for touch-ups, or maybe even the walk of shame, lol.

e.l.f. Studio 83 Piece Essential Makeup Collection
64 eyeshadow shades
8 lip gloss shades
4 blush shades
4 bronzer shades
1 lip brush
1 eye brush
1 face brush
  • There is much more of a selection of eyeshadow shades in this palette. There are a variety of highlighters and black/gray/silver shades, and then your browns, greens, pinks, purples, and blues in between to suit your mood.  They shadows have good pigmenation, and appear to be split into warm and cool sides.  There is no cream shadow in this palette, so you will definitely need a shadow primer on hand.
  • There are only eight lip gloss shades in this palette, but they are bigger pans than in the 27 piece mini palette.  There is one clear gloss with a bit of shimmer (not glitter like the mini palette), a couple of bronzed glosses, and the rest are pink and rosy.  No reds.  A couple of the colors appear creamy, while the others have some frosty shimmer to them.  Most of the colors were very sheer with little color payoff.
  • I liked the variety of the four blushes and the four bronzers.  Most of them have a little sheen to them, except for one bronzer which is matte, which I to use for contouring.  However, these powders tend to be a bit chalky in the pan and can lead to a little mess.
  • The brushes in the kit are convenient to have in there.  The eyeshadow brush and lip brush are pretty decent to use (make sure you wash them first!).  The face brush, however, is pretty scratchy.  The mirror inside is less than half the size of the lid, and no eyeliner is included in this palette.  This palette doesn't have the nice button that the mini palette has to open it up, but has this weird tab/snap closure.  I don't like it because I'm always afraid that I'd either break a nail, or the tab thingy.
  • This 83 Piece Palette is a good starter for those who want to try experimenting with color.  I also think this would be great to keep at another house you would frequently spend the night, like a boyfriend's or maybe a family member's house.  It would also be good for travelling if you want to pack lightly with a variety of colors to choose from.  I would just pack it carefully, as the plastic casing seems a bit flimsy.  The size of this palette kinda reminds me of those Pizza Hut Personal Pan Pizzas I'd get from those Read-It prize things from school, lol.

e.l.f. Studio 141 Piece Master Makeup Collection
84 Eyeshadow Shades
36 Lip Gloss Shades
6 Blush Shades
4 Concealer Shades
4 Shimmer Cream Shades
4 Bronzer Shades
1 Face Brush
1 Lip Brush
1 Duo Eyeshadow Applicator 
  • The shadow collection seemed to be separated into warmer and cooler colors, but I personally find most of them a little boring, and there are no blues or blacks!  Quite disappointing.  
  • The lip glosses are the same size as the eyeshadows.  They come in reds, pinks, and even some coral and berry colors.  Some of them were very pigmented, and others were quite sheer.  
  • The blushes are the same size as the Essential palette, but with two more colors.  I feel like these shades are pretty similar to each other.  The bronzers are the same colors as the Essential palette, but in larger pans.  Both the blushes and bronzers are a bit chalky in the pans, but are nicely pigmented colors.
  • I was looking forward to the concealers in the palette, which would make it very convenient for travel, or for the everyday go-to palette that you keep on top of your dresser.  But they were also a disappointment because they were pretty thin and diluted.  It includes one mint green shade and one pink shade for neutralizing. The other two shades are either yellow or pink based, but they seem to fall under the "medium" category, so they wouldn't suit someone if a lighter or darker skin tone.  The four cream eyeshadows are of nice pigmentation, but like I said about the first one in the mini palette, aren't a good alone on top of oily lids.  They also seem to be filled unevenly, which is sad, too.
  • The mirror is half the size of the lid.  The lip brush and face brush are the same as the Essential palette, but for they eyes they have a longer double ended sponge tip applicator.  There is no eyeliner in this palette.  It has the same, awkward snap closure as the Essential palette.
  • This would also be good too keep at home or a house where you'd frequently sleep over.  It is the largest of the 3 palettes, but it can be taken on some travel trips if packed carefully.  

All of these palettes are pretty good values in regards to quality, quantity, and price.  Overall, I feel like he mini palette is the best as a whole.  I liked the eyeshadow selection from the Essential collection and the lip color selection from the Master collection.  The blushes and bronzers were great from both collections, and all the cream shadows are a great addition.  I would recommend these collections.  Each of the three can be suited for different preferences and lifestyles, if you decide not to buy all three of them.

I also wanted to comment on the e.l.f. Customer Service.  I received my order, and the inside the 141 Piece Master Collection, one of the bronzers broke!  I saw the bottom of the pan, and the tiny pieces were everywhere, stuck within the cream shadows, and even underneath the sliding trays that would allow the broken powder to spread across the surface I placed the palette on.  I took pictures, and contacted the company via the Customer Service link on their website.  They were very kind to respond and send me a replacement in a kindly manner!  I always appreciate that when shopping.

I bought these items from www.eyeslipsface.com with my own money and this review is my honest opinion about the products.  If you want to earn cash back on your purchases from the website, you can shop through Ebates with my referral link: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=%2BwQ3nPIv8zo%2BSkUS0ZC0wA%3D%3D