Those thing with the pointy ears

Everyone knows of e.l.f. by now, right? (If you haven’t, they’re a US brand of cosmetics that sells for $1/item)

Anyhow, I tried a few of their products – and was thoroughly disappointed. Everyone keeps raving about them, but they’ve got one catch that no one’s mentioned – they smell like CRAP!
(You know that cheap I-bought-my-perfume-from-the- dollar-store smell? Yah. That one

So I tried the tinted moisturiser, which didn’t even work well, and smelled bad. Basically, it made my skin tacky to the touch, greasy, and didn’t offer any coverage at all.

I also ordered two lip glosses; Candlelight and Malt Shake (I’m not so sure about the second name). The Malt one has fantastic, bold colour, but it doesn’t go well with my skin tone- I’m too yellow. Candlelight, however, is perfect – it’s just the right nude/perlescent shade, and both glosses are incredibly shiny. They aren’t too sticky, either.
But the case with both is that they smell terrible. Also, I kinda hate the applicator; it’s just the tube that you squish, but the edges aren’t quite rounded enough, and it’s not fun to put on.

Lastly, I ordered a lip plumper and two brushes. The brushes didn’t come, instead, I got a letter saying they were out and that I’d have to order another time – hassle!!! The lip plumper is dual-ended. I love the colour of the gloss side, it’s the perfect dark shade for me, and actually adds oomph to my lips. I prefer it as a gloss, more so than the glosses, actually! The “plumping” side is just a peppermint-ed gloss, which is, nonetheless, a nice gloss. It tingles just the right amount, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t really plump – but hey, what does, right? lol!!
The plumper did, however, smell funny, as well. Like old Vick’s.

The final word? e.l.f. products are great for the price, but smell terrible. If you were to try something, I’d recommend the plumping lip glaze, though. And I hear the new nail polishes are pretty good as well. ttfn!!

*EDIT: swatches and photos here!

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  • Valley Girl

    Smell is everything with me.

  • Rae

    I’m very dependent on smell, too – so I only use my e.l.f stuff once in a blue moon :(

  • Alison

    i ordered a bunch of stuff from elf a few weeks ago…I have to say that their plumper+gloss is my favorite. Their eye make up though…not so much.

  • Rae

    ^^ I didn’t even bother ordering any eye make up; the reviews on line are pretty bad :P