I accepted the $20 e.l.f. challenge! My mission was to update my makeup using elf cosmetics. I went in search of products I could wear everyday and would be quick to apply -- my 5 minute face! To include:
- powder or tinted moisturizer for a nice even canvas.
- eyeliner and mascara to open up my eyes. Yes, I know my eyes are big. I like to accentuate them more because I consider them my best feature.
- blush because I love the stuff. It wakes up my face. My current blushes are very faint of color. I bought them when I was still afraid of wearing blush. Since I don’t naturally blush in a pinkish hue I thought it would give me clown face. Not so. It really defines my cheekbones.
- color for my lips. I don’t normally wear lipstick for everyday face because I don’t want to have to keep reapplying. I wear lip balm instead.
No worries though the next closest location was 15 minutes away at a Target I was familiar with. This time, I went solo and took a little momcation. It's so relaxing to shop alone these days. Do you agree, Mamas?
I browsed through all of the products on the e.l.f. cosmetics wall. I have to say I was a little disappointed in the selection. There wasn't a lot of products for darker skin tones. I found that to be the case throughout my shop and I know elf makes cosmetics for a wide range of tones. I usually shop the store online so maybe I was expecting too much shopping in a store. I did send a suggestion to Target's guest service. I hope they will check into it.
Now on to the haul! Here's what I purchased:
High Definition Powder - $6
Since I’ve already tried the tinted moisturizers, I decided to pick up one of the newer products. According to the packaging it’s great for on camera and everyday wear. Exactly what I need for when I’m on the go and trying to squeeze in an outfit post and now vlogs. I will have to apply this right after I moisturize or maybe as a touch up later in the day. While it looked great on camera, when I look in the mirror I can see that it dried out my skin a lot. If you have oily skin, this is probably a product for you. My skin leans on the dry side.
Eyeliner Pencil - $1 and Liquid Eyeliner - $1 and Eyeliner & Shadow Stick - $3
I grabbed the liquid eyeliner first but thought I had better get a backup due to my past experience with liquid application. It’s not an easy process for me but I do like to create a cat eye and the pen is much more precise and no dull tip like with pencils. The pencil did come with its own sharpener which is a bonus. I do wish there was a self sharpening one though.
Lash Extending Mascara - $3
I love long full lashes. Really makes the eye pop. This one is infused with fibers for “maximum extension”. Highly recommend if you like long lashes. Amazing!
Blush - $3
I bought fuschia fusion. This isn't the color I originally picked up. I had a very bold hot pink color. It was so pretty but that old fear of clown cheeks came up and I put it back. When I got this one home and opened it up. I noticed how glittery it was and again felt a bit scared to wear it but I tried it and I think it looks great. What do you think? Can you see it? Maybe I will go back for the hot pink one.
Lip Balm - $3 and Luscious Liquid Lipstick - $1
I have used the liquid lipstick before so I knew it would work for everyday wear. While I like the product, I’m not impressed with the color. The last product I purchased was the nude tinted lip balm. I really wanted one with a darker tint as I knew the nude would not add any color to my lips but Target didn’t have any other colors in stock.
I ended up spending $21. I couldn't decide which black eyeliner I wanted so I bought them both. $1 over isn’t so bad. I’ve done worse. I was able to get all of the everyday cosmetics I wanted plus try out some new products that I may or may not be able to work into my daily routine. I know the foundation and mascara alone would cost at least $20 with my usual brands but just look at all I was able to buy with e.l.f. cosmetics?