Aferdita A.'s Beauty Product Reviews
Soft, blends in right away, medium to full coverage
I am really happy I bought my lancome idole teint ultra 24 hr foundation, mine is in the shade
02 Lys Rose. And although this is a tad darker than what I would go for (I'm quite pale) I find that it is easy to work around. Although this is a LIQUID foundation, it is not runny at all. It goes on so smoothly, it blends in like a dream. What surprised me is that it stays matte for at least 6 to 8 hours. After that it may get a little oily, but that differs for each person!
I have combination skin, I have really dry periods and quite oily periods. I have a very oily period now, where my skin just gets disgustingly greasy sometimes during the day. So after about 6 hours with the idole teint ultra foundation on, I do see a small amount of oil. This does not vex me, and it's only a small amount of oil that shows compared to when I used to apply other foundations and I'd end up looking like a greasy mess throughout the day.
Overall I am very happy with this product, but I still find that the shade I have is just a little darker than I'd like, so I might repurchase this product but in a lighter shade.
*yawn* I've owned many, many better mascaras than this one.
This mascara is nothing special, and like so many other ads for mascaras on tv and whatnot, it promises TOO MUCH!
It promised not to clump, it does, big time. But like I have rated it, it is an average mascara, certainly not the worst I've tried. It does give some volume, but then again, I have owned many other drugstore mascaras (especially by MaxFactor, L'oreal, Maybelline) and many of these have surpassed this mascara in giving volume. So when it comes to giving volume, I find it to be pretty average in that department too. Gives an okay length too.
The wand of this brush is COLOSSAL. Well, maybe it's not that behemoth, but it's really THICK. I think some people with smaller eyes and very short, sparse lashes will have problems using this wand : /
SOME PIGMENTED COLOURS, EXTREMELY SHIMMERY
Some of these colours are very pigmented, an example is the gold/yellow colour found in "Titan". I have this is "Titan" and "Galaxy" and as these mini quads aren't expensive, I am satisfied with them. But the thing is, only some of the colours are truely pigmented. Others come off as just dull colours, with too much shimmer in them.
That's another thing, for people who don't like shimmer, or just don't like too much of it, this is not a product for you.
Staying power is decent, as long as you use a primer. I am content with this product. It's not the best, but I give it a rating of average.
GIVES A GENEROUS AMOUNT OF LENGTH
I personally love this mascara, I have had it before, and my
mother has currently bought one for herself. To me, it really does
what it says it will do, which is DEFINE the lashes. It also gives
and incredible amount of length, and volume. But mainly length.
I actually like this brush, maybe because I haven't seen a mascara brush quite
like this one, it can be kind of wobbly when you put it back in the tube, but I
think it goes really well on the lashes for some reason.
TLDR: I love this mascara, it's great!
NEED 2 - 3 COATS TO GET SOLID COLOUR, DOES NOT STAY ON FOR LONG
I do think the colours of these polishes are lovely, and when they are applied they do look absolutely beautiful. However, you will need at least 2 or maybe even three covers for it to not be transparent. Drying does take longer than what I've experienced with other nail polishes, in addition to this, they chip like crazy (this might just be a main issue with the glitter ones, as they have a much rougher consistency). I am crazy about glitter nail polishes, so that's why I bought only two regular ones (Energy Source and Summertime) and 6 glitter ones (Sparkling Diamonds, Jewel Tone, Goddess, Glistening Purple, Treasure Island, Aqua Crystals) I find that these will not stay on for very long if you do light activity (like housework). These are really cheap, so I guess we can't expect that much of them.
Even though I was a bit disappointed with their quality, once you've applied these nail polishes, they look gorgeous!
DECENT PIGMENTS, LIGHT SHIMMER
These are decent eyeshadows. I recently bought this in "Tease", "Unforgettable" and "Serenade" when I had a L.A colours haul in London. They are decently pigmented, some of the colours are more pigmented than others. I was surprised at how lovely the brown shades in "Unforgettable" are. If you look at the photos that show these eyeshadows being used, you will see my green summer look, in which I used the lovely green eyeshadow from "Tease". So far I am pleased with this, especially because these small eyeshadow palettes are from expensive.
Light, soft and gives a nice coverage
I've soon had this powder for two weeks, as I bought it when I was in London for the first time ever, since we do not have L.A Colours in Norway.
So far I really like this powder, it's soft, and gives a fair amount of colour on your skin. I am naturally quite pale so I have this in light ivory, and it suits me very well. It has not seemed to irritate my skin so far, which is also very good, perhaps because it's a mineral pressed powder. If one has the kind of skin that you could just put on some moisturiser and powder on, this could help a lot. I break out often and have very red skin. But ever so often I have those days where my skin looks a lot better, and I haven't broken out in a while. This powder is then also really good to just apply after having moisturised your skin, it will give you somewhat of a light coverage, like a foundation. But it's also good for setting your foundation and fixing whatever red spots your foundation may not have concealed. I am pleased with this product, but I will update this review if it changes my skin in some way.
Pigmented lipsticks that last a long time
I'm really happy with this product, there are many colours to choose from.
Reds, a few nudes as well (the rosy ones are really cute). Pinks, about two purple -based colours,
and two lipglosses. There's also a crazy magenta colour in this palette that I love.
One thing I didn't expect was for these lip colours to last so long, even without a primer, they can stay on for quite some time (provided you don't eat like a pig or drink copious amounts of water).
Forgot to say that there are some really bright corals in it too, love it.
I've had mine for about half a year and still haven't run out of a colour, but this is probably something I would repurchase.
SWATCH: PEARL, OK PRODUCT
Accidentally deleted my first review of this here.
I was impatient, as the sheer one was out of stock, so I got the one in pearl, bad choice.
Yes, it makes my eyeshadow stay on for a few hours, but after that it creases heavily. This eyelid primer in pearl is a white, glittery/shimmery shade, the glitter in this might be what gives this primer such an awful, chunky consistensy, must be well blended out.
This eyelid primer in pearl will not be something for girls who love the "nude" natural kind of makeup, especially if they wear it every day or very often, this is because of the chunky glitter in the primer. Definitely a primer intended for the "going out" or party look.
All in all, an OK product, a bit below average really, but definitely not horrible. If you work with it I'm sure it could give a better lasting power, but to me it was disappointing seeing how quickly it creased.
ELF, CAN I HAVE MY MONEY BACK?
I have had this product for a few months. I was very excited when I saw this on ELF's website, I thought to myself "Oh my god, these lashes look so glamorous!" Turns out they don't, they just make you look like a drag queen. (Perhaps I am being too harsh, but that's how they made me look..)
Not only that, but when you see that the glue is included you instantly think "Oh, there's glue included, maybe I don't need to get that extra tube of duo that I have to get." WRONG! This glue is, excuse my language, absolute shit! I tried several times to apply these lashes with the glue that came with it, only to fail each and every time. Some other cheap glue by an unknown brand saved the day for me, way to go, elf. If you intend on making glue for a pair of these lashes, try not to make it useless next time?
Now to the lashes themselves, they were of such a drag queen look that it didn't look good on my eyes, no matter how much I trimmed them, it never ended up looking decent.
The lash stand is kind of cool, your lashes could just be chillin' there, right
before you put them on, they will probably be a decent tool for whenever you have a pair of lashes that you want to reuse, but don't have a specific place for, just place them on that lash applicator and reuse them.
The lash applicator is in theory a good idea, and it might make it easier for some to apply these lashes, personally I could go without. I find it just as easy to use my fingers and my tweezer.
Perhaps it looks like I've been really harsh and unfair, but this is my honest opinion and I don't see why I should give it any better review than this, I'm not being paid by ELF, and even if I was being paid by them, I would not be able to lie and say that this product is worth the money, because it's not. I paid 3.5 £ for this (I live outside the US), which is a bit more than just 3.5 American dollars,
I definitely feel like it was a waste of money for me.