Away back before the time of Blogging I had tried a couple of ELF's nail polishes. Now, I remember not being impressed at the time but since so many people on my timeline, and now the blogs that I read, rave about their products I thought I'd use the offers last week to try a few things out.
I ordered a mixed bag. I'm only here to talk about what I have actually tried so far. This won't be a positive post, I'm truly sorry to be saying that as I really had expected relatively good things to come out of ELF but I feel a bit let down to be honest.
First up, without doubt, THE most efficient company in getting your order to you. I was worried when I ordered on Wednesday night that the package wouldn't arrive by our moving date (ordered anyway though). Lo and behold Friday morning the postie delivered my ELF goodies to me. So 10/10 for that.
First up. The nail polish.
Elf Polish in Medium Red
This is after 4!!!! coats. I couldn't even bear to put a top coat on. A real watery mess. My usual 3 stroke rule didn't apply to this polish. This polish was messy to apply. So it's a definite non-recommendation from me I'm afraid. When you think of the budget friendly NYC or Collection2000 this ELF polish doesn't even come close.
The Elf Eyeshadow Brush
I am literally kicking myself over this one. I had been torn between ordering new brushes from ELF or another brand. I chose to order at ELF as there was an offer running. Kicking myself. I primed the brush ready for my first use 2 days ago. Dabbed it in the intended eyeshadow palette and started dusting onto my lids. So far, so good. Until I noticed the top of my cheekbones were covered in tiny bristles............. from the brush..... on both sides. I managed to get the majority of them off and then took a closer look at the brush. It all seemed fine, however when I brushed some shadow over the back of my hand, same thing. Bristles. I honestly threw it in the drawer. I'd made it downstairs before I'd realised there was something in my eye. An hour and a half of blinking furiously, tearing up, proclaiming ''I've got something in my EYE!'' to the husband and I finally spot the teeny tiny brush bristle at the bottom inner lid. I will not be buying any more ELF brushes.
Elf Zit Zapper
Which ''Zaps!'' absolutely nothing at all. It doesn't do anything. At all. I have spots at the moment, I don't usually so I'm putting it down to not feeling well or stress of moving or that time of the month or quite possibly the new foundation (coming up) that I tried. Either which way I have a few. So I was hoping this would work. I was really hoping. It hasn't even calmed them slightly. Go and invest in some Tea Tree Oil or Witch Hazel instead.
Finally, the last product I have tested so therefore can give you an honest review of is this
Elf Mineral Foundation Makeup in Fair
I expected this mineral foundation to be a lot looser in the pot than it was. I had to remove the little plastic shaker because it simply wouldn't shake the powder out.
At this stage my positivity hadn't waned at all. I had heard great things and being of ridiculously fair skin I was excited to try something that really did act as a ''light cover''.
It came on the brush ridiculously thick considering it is quite cake like in the pot. But I tapped off the excess and went to it. Now, I liked it relatively. It was light enough to even out any blotchiness etc without looking like I had a huge amount of coverage on my face.
It is the nearest shade I have found to my natural tone. That much I can say for sure.
I can't say for sure if it was or was not the reason my normally spot free face has suddenly broken out after using it. That's unfounded.
One last thing I can say for sure though. I won't be going back. I do have some more items to try from them and I'm still going to try them with a positive outlook. I bought something from Eyes and Lips and Face so I'd have a range of their offerings. I do hope the next lot of reviews are significantly more positive but I really will not be going back.