Saturday, December 17, 2011

HUGE Review on ELF Quads (Pic heavy)

I've been wanting to do this review, but never had much time.
One of the biggest misconceptions I've seen in the world of makeup is that you have to spend a lot of money and get the nicest brands (MAC, etc.) to get a quality product and look good. This is so UNTRUE! I've never used a MAC product. Actually, my uncle got some free MAC products after a fashion show back when I was in middle school and gave me some, but I just didn't like them that much.

I found ELF a little over a year ago, and I've been very pleased with the products (in general).
At first, I was a little skeptical about trying the shadows. I mean, $1 quad? How good can that be? I thought all the people who gave great reviews had to be liars... until the day I tried them for myself. And let me tell you how wrong I was. The day I tried out the ELF quads was such a turning point in my life.

In French, we would say "Je n'ai rien à dire", meaning I have nothing to say because it's just so good. When you try it, it basically speaks for itself.

So I'll try to describe these quads to the best of my ability.

This is what ELF has to say: "Luxuriously smooth, pigmented formula provides your eyes with a bright and beautiful sweep of rich color. The formula blends into skin for a long lasting, beautiful effect. Each quad is comprised of 4 coordinating shades that allow for both natural and dramatic looks. Built-in mirror and applicator included."

My response: I wouldn't say it's luxuriously smooth, but they are relatively smooth. Some colors more than others. Pigmented - EXTREMELY! Bright and beautiful: YES! Long lasting: they last long with primer. I haven't tried them without. But I've put my makeup on at 6am, gotten too lazy to take it off before going to bed, wake up, and my makeup is still perfect.
Natural and dramatic : yes.

The built-in mirror is too small to use to apply to eyeshadow. No big deal.
The applicator is just a sponge-tip applicator. I never use those... I just throw them away.

  • Pigmentation is INSANE
  • Price (who could beat $1?!?!!)
  • They BLEND beautifully!
  • I always get compliments when I wear this eyeshadow
  • Long lasting with a primer (I just use the ELF primer - it's great)
  • Easy to take off, doesn't stain
  • You only need a little bit! (Meaning that the teeny tiny little eyeshadow pots last a lot longer than you think)
  • Fallout - that's to be expected
    • They are powdery, there may be a little eyeshadow under your eyes when you get done, but for $1, who's to complain?!!?
  • Some people complain that the pans are too small to get brushes in. This has NOT been a problem for me at all!!! They're small triangles, but it doesn't bother me at all.
Now for swatches...

This is what they look like in the pan:



Hazy Hazel

Silver Lining


Day 2 Night


And SWATCHES (warning: major pigmentation ahead ;) )
First one is without flash, then with flash

Drama : Just fyi, these pictures do not do Drama any justice - this one is my absolute favorite

Butternut : the pigmentation is just incredible. I mean, just LOOK!!!

Day 2 Night - This one gets me a million compliments all the time!

Brownstone - Again, the pigmentation is just sensational

Hazy Hazel

Silver Lining

Luxe - This is my least favorite of them.

I'm sorry for the long post - I just get a little excited.

There WILL be a Part 2 to this... ;)

I hope you guys liked this! If you haven't tried these out, they're just amazing. My favorites are Drama, Butternut, and Day 2 Night. 

Celebratory LOTD and mini review

Like I said in my previous post, I said I would be blogging a lot more once winter break started and once I turned in everything.

So this is a LOTD I did last weekend. I know hot pink lips are in, so I wanted to try something out with that. Also, I keep forgetting I have this purple NYX liner. So I wanted to do something utilizing these two elements.

Here's what I came up with:

Here's what I used:
Clinique Acne Solutions Liquid Makeup in Alabaster
Clinique Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher in Pink Blush (I love this! It's just a classic pink blush that's so pretty and natural)

ELF Mineral Eye Primer
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder
Clinique Colour Surge Eyeshadow Duo in Chocolate Chip/French Vanilla
Bourjois Eyeshadow in Beige Rose
NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Plum Purple
Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara
Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black mascara

NYX Round Lipstick in Shiva (such a gorgeous color! I love it!)
ELF blush in Flushed (I just pressed this on top to mattify the lips and make it even more hot pink)

Now on to the mini review...
I have a lot of things to say about the NYX liner.
No swatches, sorry, I think you can see in the pictures above.

I had a lot of hopes for this. I love NYX... not the biggest fan anymore. I don't know what it is. I'm just losing my love for it, and not just due to this product.

  • beautiful color
  • price
  • the brush: it's like a crappy kindergarten paintbrush. It's hard to control the line.
  • the formula: it's way too watery. The liquidity basically dilutes the pigmentation and you end up having to pack on color
  • Once it's dried, it's flaky and caky and takes away from the beauty of the color
  • Since it's hard to control the line, a lot of the product ends up in my lashes. Even after I wipe the lashes, once it's time to put on some mascara, it gets all clumpy and spidery and gross. I hope you understand what I mean.
I'm sure there's more to add, but that's it in a nutshell. I wanted to love this, but I absolutely hate it. I'll probably continue using it, trying to make sense of it. I hate wasting makeup, even if I didn't spend that much on it.

Have you guys tried out this product? Anything to add? Any similar experiences? Absolutely loved it?
Please let me know!

And let me know what you guys think about the look I created. I'm not that crazy about it... I just don't think hot pink lips are for me. And the eyeliner just pisses me off.

I'll be posting a lot more for you guys, so keep following, commenting, and everything! Thanks so much for your support!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Just a little update...

Hey guys! (I've seen I have some views from Magyarorszag, so sziasztok!!)

I'm so excited I've gotten over 1000 page views now and I'm in the double digits of followers! I'm so grateful for your support and viewing my blog.

I just wanted to update you on what's going on right now.
I'm a senior in high school, in the IB program. If you don't know what that is, it's an international curriculum, started in Switzerland. It's for all grade levels, but I started it when I entered middle school. It's designed to promote well-roundedness and an international perspective, as well as challenge the learner and prepare students for college and life beyond that. WOW, I sound like a nerd.
So for those familiar with IB, the last two years, called the Diploma Programme are really difficult, rigorous, challenging, etc. The average college student handles 4 college classes at a time. I'm handling 8.
I work so hard, and I have a 5.625 GPA. That's the reason I don't post as much as I should, and how much I honestly want to. I think about this blog all the time and all the things I want to post once I'm done with my IB exams.

But yeah, so I'm a super huge intellectual nerd outside my life of being a makeup geek.

I'm in the process of writing my Extended Essay, which is a requirement for the IB Diploma. It's an essay basically displaying our writing skills and critical thinking developed throughout the IB program, on a certain subject area. Mine is on the French existentialist philosophy displayed through the works of Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus. It's all in French. While I am fluent in French and can write pretty well, it's just tedious and annoying.

That's due Friday. I will do a celebratory post when it is done.

ALSO, I've been looking at my calendar. I actually have a full two weeks off for winter break this year. YAYYYY!

January we have midterm exams. This means half days and a couple days off, in addition to a few teacher workdays.

This means so many more posts, and I'm so excited to give you guys some more reading material!!! :)

(Not to mention I should get a little Dior crazy for Chanukah.. and treat myself to some special makeup things)

I hope you guys are doing well! If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, feel free to comment or follow me on Twitter! :)

And once again, thank you so much for your support. It means a lot.
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