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Fae Lynn
Posts: 68
Eustis, Florida, US


I need to restock my personal makeup because literally all of mine went bad. Is ELF a good brand to go with? Their website offers a basic makeup set (mascara, eyeliners, lip glosses, ect) for cheap but I was wondering about the quality. Has anyone here used it? What were your experiences?
Mar 12 13 04:46 pm  Link  Quote 
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Laura UnBound
Posts: 27,242
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Personal makeup for work/school/going out/etc

Or personal makeup for all of the above plus what you want to use when doing your own makeup for shoots?


For the former, theyre okay. Theyre not amazing, but theyre not awful either. And its cheap, so if you find something you totally hate youre not broke afterwards. Target tends to stock their mega-palettes a few times a year. (target carries them so if youd rather not order online...find your nearest target)

I grab handfuls of brushes every time Im in the states. Ive never used any of their other makeup products besides their eyeshadow, which, again, is okay. Its gets me by for what I need it for, and its a lot better than some other drugstore things Ive bought, even the "big name brand" stuff sometimes.


For the latter...eh. Again, theyre not the WORST thing you could use...but theyre not exactly the best either. Itll get you by on most shoots. Realistically if someone wants you to look like youve been made up by a professional...they ought to hire one for your shoot, not expect you to own and be able to use all the things necessary to pull that off.
Mar 12 13 04:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
sweetcheekscouture
Posts: 427
West Palm Beach, Florida, US


I have a few of their lip brushes and I use their mascaras sometimes as disposables.

I have a few of their eye shadow pigments that were ok.

Other than that everything in my kit is pro stuff.
Mar 12 13 05:11 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Aaliyah I
Posts: 226
Stevenage, England, United Kingdom


Laura UnBound wrote:
Personal makeup for work/school/going out/etc

Or personal makeup for all of the above plus what you want to use when doing your own makeup for shoots?


For the former, theyre okay. Theyre not amazing, but theyre not awful either. And its cheap, so if you find something you totally hate youre not broke afterwards. Target tends to stock their mega-palettes a few times a year. (target carries them so if youd rather not order online...find your nearest target)

I grab handfuls of brushes every time Im in the states. Ive never used any of their other makeup products besides their eyeshadow, which, again, is okay. Its gets me by for what I need it for, and its a lot better than some other drugstore things Ive bought, even the "big name brand" stuff sometimes.


For the latter...eh. Again, theyre not the WORST thing you could use...but theyre not exactly the best either. Itll get you by on most shoots. Realistically if someone wants you to look like youve been made up by a professional...they ought to hire one for your shoot, not expect you to own and be able to use all the things necessary to pull that off.

+1 What she said basically.

I do have a few of their pro brushes in my kit. Which work great and feels great on the skin - models tell me ! x

Mar 14 13 07:28 am  Link  Quote 
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Thomas Van Dyke
Posts: 1,500
Washington, District of Columbia, US


Fae Lynn wrote:
E.L.F Brand? ...Their website offers a basic makeup set (mascara, eyeliners, lip glosses, ect) for cheap but I was wondering about the quality. Has anyone here used it? What were your experiences?

Fae, while I haven't used their mascara, eyeliners nor lip glosses I am a HUGE fan of their Lash Curlers  One of my associates turned me onto these and for a couple of dollars they work extremely well... in fact so good that I carry extras to give to brides on their trial sessions (provided I'm not using band lashes on the client for their event)...  A lit' good will goes a long ways...

That said, I picked up their brush belt which although cost effective didn't meet my needs... Why? the pockets where a tad too deep for 20% of my brushes... Also it is constructed of a plastic vinyl... which has initially had a significant "vinyl" smell...  Still looking for a brush belt made from a washable quality fabric...  but for the price? no major complaint... smile   lessons learned, I now purchase most of my tools from Sephora, Ulta or Sally's where I can actually review the product in real-time first...

btw, e.l.f.  doesn't do returns, only replaces orders damaged in shipment... best to get it right the first time... 

hope this helps...

Mar 14 13 10:48 am  Link  Quote 
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Lela Jesse
Posts: 1,148
Arcata, California, US


I actually really like elf. I used the foundations of a while, and I like them, but they are just a little too heavy, and yellow based for my skin tone. But they have an awesome mattifying powder that I adore and have been using regularly. I also recently bought an eye shadow set, and I'm loving those as well. The tinted moisturizer is nice too, just a tiny bit too sheer for me. I've never used their eyeliners or anything though.
Mar 14 13 07:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Shy L
Posts: 584
Burlington, Vermont, US


I really like their Studio line (both tools and makeup) but the Essentials line I could take or leave.  They are pretty cheap, though, so if you wind up not liking a product you're only out a couple dollars.  And they usually have some sort of deal going on.
Mar 15 13 05:40 pm  Link  Quote 
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Natalie-M
Posts: 359
Baltimore, Maryland, US


Their lip brushes are top notch in my book. I include them in bridal touch up bags, and  they are great for disposables to use a few times and toss. I could never get my lip brushes clean enough for my standards, so its nice to just throw them away after a few times.
Mar 16 13 02:32 pm  Link  Quote 
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Leila Nadine
Posts: 36
Bristol, England, United Kingdom


There are 2 things only that I absolutely LOVE from ELF, the first is the HD blush (liquid) used sparingly with stipple brush its beautiful! And that baby ain't moving until you say when! Second is the zit zapper! For something so cheap it's one of the best things I've used for drying blemishes up in a hurry!
Apr 05 13 07:36 am  Link  Quote 
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Lisa Berczel
Posts: 3,982
Corona, California, US


ELF and other bargain brands get asked about fairly regularly.

There's some good reading in the Search.
Apr 05 13 08:25 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Melhorar Beleza
Posts: 1
Charlotte, North Carolina, US


Fae Lynn wrote:
I need to restock my personal makeup because literally all of mine went bad. Is ELF a good brand to go with? Their website offers a basic makeup set (mascara, eyeliners, lip glosses, ect) for cheap but I was wondering about the quality. Has anyone here used it? What were your experiences?

For Personal use it is definitely worth the money. As a MUA starting out I did use it and it got me by.  I was broke and couldn't afford some of the higher end palettes, and honestly most people never noticed that I was using a cheaper brand they knew I had a couple of large palette with a lot of color and thought I had been doing it for years.  A little water makes the pigment go a long way especial for metallic colors.  I have moved on to more PRO palettes but its cheap and I still like to keep it in my kit just in case ESPECIALLY the HD Powder always comes in handy...

Apr 08 13 07:08 am  Link  Quote 
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Cynna Stylz MUA
Posts: 216
New York, New York, US


I will agree that you can get great value from ELF online. I used it for personal use and family/friends while practicing my skills (when I started). I still use some items in my PRO kit. Their Studio brushes are decent. When they have BOGO sales I will get lots of makeup wipes, gloss, flat eyeshadow brush and  spoolies. The HD powder is very good too. I wouldn't suggest the eyeshadow palettes because there is no payoff but the do have very nice shimmery shadow pigments.
Apr 08 13 07:43 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Raw-Beauty
Posts: 189
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


I have a few elf brushes and they are not the best but not bad also.  maybe it's just me but I have two identical elf brushes but one is better then the other.  maybe someone could confirm if they have same experience.
Apr 08 13 02:53 pm  Link  Quote 
Body Painter
Lisa Berczel
Posts: 3,982
Corona, California, US


Raw-Beauty wrote:
I have a few elf brushes and they are not the best but not bad also.  maybe it's just me but I have two identical elf brushes but one is better then the other.  maybe someone could confirm if they have same experience.

It makes sense that the cheaper the brush, the more inconsistent it will be from one to another.

Apr 08 13 03:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Laura UnBound
Posts: 27,242
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Raw-Beauty wrote:
I have a few elf brushes and they are not the best but not bad also.  maybe it's just me but I have two identical elf brushes but one is better then the other.  maybe someone could confirm if they have same experience.

I've probably got 30 or so brushes from them, several duplicates, and and I haven't noticed a difference. But if I did...it was a dollar, I can't expect TOO much from them (they're already way above would I would expect for just a dollar) and I just buy another one.

Oddly I like the personal brushes (black handles) over the "studio" or "professional" or whatever the line with the white handles is called, I think the black handled ones are softer and the powder brushes don't try to knot up or shed when I clean them like the white handled ones do. hmm


Unrelated to the issue: are you ordering online or is there a place in Toronto that carries elf?

Apr 08 13 04:18 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Raw-Beauty
Posts: 189
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Laura UnBound wrote:
Oddly I like the personal brushes (black handles) over the "studio" or "professional" or whatever the line with the white handles is called, I think the black handled ones are softer and the powder brushes don't try to knot up or shed when I clean them like the white handled ones do. hmm

I agree with you on this because I have both black handle and white ones too and surprisingly the black handle ones do seem softer.

Apr 08 13 05:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Raw-Beauty
Posts: 189
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Laura UnBound wrote:
Unrelated to the issue: are you ordering online or is there a place in Toronto that carries elf?

There are quite a number of places in toronto where you can pickup cheap elf brushes.  Sometimes dollarstore carries a variety of them but their availability and selection varies from store to store and they come and go.
I've also started seeing some selection at Winners and Marshalls.  There is also a few brands I don't recognize that seems to be pretty good.

Apr 08 13 05:06 pm  Link  Quote 
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Damianne
Posts: 15,973
Austin, Texas, US


Tweezers, glosses and eyeliners are pretty freaking great.
I have one of their pallets for just "fuck, I sure could use
Apr 08 13 05:38 pm  Link  Quote 
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Laura UnBound
Posts: 27,242
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Raw-Beauty wrote:

There are quite a number of places in toronto where you can pickup cheap elf brushes.  Sometimes dollarstore carries a variety of them but their availability and selection varies from store to store and they come and go.
I've also started seeing some selection at Winners and Marshalls.  There is also a few brands I don't recognize that seems to be pretty good.

Balls, I have never seen them in any of those places. It's one of the (many) reasons I was so happy to see we were finally getting a target.

Apr 08 13 06:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Shy L
Posts: 584
Burlington, Vermont, US


Laura UnBound wrote:
Oddly I like the personal brushes (black handles) over the "studio" or "professional" or whatever the line with the white handles is called, I think the black handled ones are softer and the powder brushes don't try to knot up or shed when I clean them like the white handled ones do.

The black handle are the studio line, the white are the essentials line.  They confuse you by sometimes putting "professional" as part of the brush name in the essentials line.  But the studio line is meant to be more better quality line.

Apr 09 13 06:08 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
Cole Morrison
Posts: 3,958
Portland, Oregon, US


Its decent at best. It gets the job done, but no wows.
Apr 09 13 06:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Jocelyn Marie Morris
Posts: 54
Chicago, Illinois, US


I simply adore their bronzers
Apr 27 13 06:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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