E.L.F. Make-up and Brushes Haul

E.L.F. Haul

The fabulous Grace from AllThatSlap is currently on a spending ban, and when I first read her blog post about it I thought “I should do that”, just like when I hear of people who go swimming everyday at 5am and I think “I should do that”.  Obviously the result of both suggestions are “who am I kidding?” as I am neither a swimmer nor a saver.  Seriously, last week I was so low on money that I was struggling to put food in my trolley before I thought “oooo! The new Rimmel Apocalips might be out”.  There is something wrong with me…

Anyway! E.L.F have recently added quite a few new gems to their product line, including some of which I bleated about in this post, although I’m not under any illusion that my bleating rushed their arrival.  So I thought it was a good time to have a bit of a binge and indulge in some E.L.F. goodies.  I have a weird relationship with E.L.F. as they tend to make amazing brushes and tools but rubbish make-up products (huge generalisation there as they’re not all rubbish but I have had quite a few duds) but that never stops me from trying something new; mainly due the fact that if they end up being a dud, I’ve only spent a few quid.  So here are the bits I picked up:

HD Blush in Headline

ELF HD Blush in HeadlinerPIN IT

This is supposedly a rival to the more well known (and much more expensive) MUFE HD Blush, and considering how similar the packaging is, I can see why people have jumped to that conclusion.  This isn’t a review post as I haven’t tried any of the goodies for long enough to form a proper conclusion, but I will say that these are extremely pigmented and appear to blend well, so hopefully these will become a serious bargain at £3.75 a pop.

Maximum Coverage Concealer

ELF Maximum Coverage Concealer in PorcelainPIN IT

This is the second of the two make-up items I purchased, which is sold as a high coverage concealer in a fairly decent selection of shades.  I haven’t tried it on my face, but I’m not holding out much hope of it being that great since I’ve tried it on my hand and it appears to sheer out to nothing.  We shall see.  This is also £3.75.

Small Stipple Brush 

ELF Small Stipple BrushPIN IT

I bought this purely and simply because I wanted something that would sheer out the allegedly intense pigment of the HD Blush.  Therefore, I’ll review the blush and brush together when the time comes.

Bamboo Blending Eye Brush 

ELF Bamboo Blending Eye BrushPIN IT

I’m constantly on the hunt for a suitable (and cheaper) alternative to the Mac 217 which I use for everything from it’s intended use as an eyeshadow blender, to a concealer buffer, to a powder applicator and everything else in between.  Therefore, I want as many as possible in my kit but I don’t want to spend a small fortune each time! There is no way I’ll ever be able to match the 217, but if I can just find some fairly decent alternatives to have alongside it then I’ll be a happy bunny.

Bamboo Smudge Brush

ELF Smudge BrushPIN IT

Both this and the Blending Eye Brush were in the sale, so I thought I might as well pick another smudger up.  These are perfect for smoking out eyeshadow on both the upper and lower lashes, plus they’re pretty tricky to get wrong so I don’t think you need to spend a lot of money to find one that works well.

Mascara & Shadow Shield

ELF Mascara & Shadow Shield PIN IT

It’s creepy and it’s kooky, mysterious and spooky…I do get suckered in by anything a bit different (the same applies to the men I fancy too, interestingly) and this looked just too weird to pass up.  It’s actually made of a silicone which is much better than the papery material that it looks like on the site, as I was thinking that would be insanely hard to keep clean, but of course silicone is easy to wipe clean; the downside is that it attracts dust like nobody’s business, hence the furry inclusion on the above photo.  I haven’t tried it yet, but when I do I’ll be sure to let you know if it’s any good.

So there we have my very first ‘propa’ WordPress post! It took FOREVER…I’m livin’ and learnin’ people 🙂 If anything above strikes your fancy and you’d like a review, just let me know and I’ll crack on with one.



  • Grace (allthatslap)
    January 24, 2013

    Thanks so much for the mention! FYI the spending ban is not any where as hard as I thought it would be – do try it – honestly!

    Re the ELF products, I agree there are some duds but one the whole they make reasonably good products – some are fab.

    I had some of the MUFE blushes and I have since swapped them away but when I first saw these ELF ones I immediately thought of MUFE. I have heard mixed reviews about the ELF, people say they can be too oily and hard to blend

    Cant wait for your full reviews!!

    Love xx

    • Sascha
      Grace (allthatslap)
      January 25, 2013

      Oh I don’t think I can; I’m thinking it’d end up with the same results as when I cut out dairy; I became obsessed with cheese and it was all I could think about! Glad to hear you’re doing well with it and not finding it a struggle 🙂

      That wouldn’t surprise me at all regarding ELF as their products are rather hit and miss (apart from the brushes which are fab) xx

  • Natasha Devan
    January 24, 2013

    I need the mascara and eyeshadow shield! I always avoid doing eyeshadow as specs of colour are left all over my cheeks when I have to do it in a rush – so this is perfect! Thank you x

    • Sascha
      Natasha Devan
      January 25, 2013

      Thanks Natasha! No problem 🙂 I’m still a bit sceptical as to whether it’ll work or not, but I’ll give it a go and report back! xx

  • Aysh
    January 25, 2013

    Oooooh some really fab looking products there…cue serious lemmings! Especially for that amazing looking blush! Also the brushes look really great quality & value for money. I’m already a fan of ELF, their liquid facial whip highlighters are gorg! 😀

    Aysh xox

    • Sascha
      January 26, 2013

      Thanks Aysh! I’m guessing the blush is going to be a bit of a star product from what I’ve read. Their brushes are amazing aren’t they? Such good quality and yet so cheap! xx

  • Hannah
    August 10, 2014

    I’ve always found ELF very hit and miss, by very I mean ‘very.’ Some of their eyeshadows and blushers are good, but the rest is pretty bad. As for the brushes, don’t think much of them either. I’ve had 3 brushes from their studio line and they have come apart in a couple of months. Save and buy better quality products, don’t waste your time with ELF.

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