ELF Studio Haul + First Impressions

Hi everyone,

ELF had a 50% off deal for their Studio line, so even after all that birthday shopping I did last month, I decided to take advantage!


Makeup Lock and Seal


I haven’t heard much about this product, but it was kind of a “what the heck” addition to my cart as I checked out. This is a clear solution to use with pigments or powder eyeshadows to intensify the color and make it last longer, so I’ll definitely be using this soon to see if it does those things.

Lip Liner and Blending Brush in Fuchsia


I’ve been looking for a bright pink lip liner to go with some of my brighter lipsticks for spring and summer, so I decided to try this one. The brush came a little mangled, but it seems a bit large for lip brush anyway, so I may trim it or just not use it at all. The liner is really pigmented and creamy.

Blush in Candid Coral and Mellow Mauve


These blushes are so soft and easy to use. Candid Coral has a bit of a shimmer to it and very subtle color, while Mellow Mauve is a bit stronger yet still muted. I wouldn’t recommend either shade for medium or dark skin tones because I don’t think the color would show up very well, but ELF has a lot of bright colors too.

Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder in Antigua


Now THIS is what I expected with the other duo I have. You barely have to tap your brush in these to get very pigmented color (those swatches are from one swipe!). I have to be especially careful with this dark bronzer, but it’s a perfect contouring color and it goes on in one stroke, making this a super easy grab-and-go product. Both of these products have a little shimmer, which surprised me based on the photo from the website, but it’s not too noticeable on the skin.

Baked Blush in Pinktastic and Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems


I wanted to compare these highlight powders because I’ve heard so much about using Pinktastic as a highlight but next to nothing about their actual highlights. Just from the swatches, I noticed that Blush Gems is much easier to work with, while Pinktastic needs to be built up. Pinktastic reminds me a lot of the Wet ‘n Wild Fergie highlight powder I have, both in color and texture. I’ll have to keep trying them on the cheeks and see how they wear. I know I’ll be using both, though, because Pinktastic is rose-toned while Blush Gems is more golden.

Mineral Powder Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, and Small Stipple Brush


These brushes are super soft, and I love the sizes of all three. The mineral powder brush is perfect for face powder but still small enough for blush and bronzer, so I know it will be great for traveling as a multi-purpose brush. The small stipple will probably be for my cream blushes, but I’ll have to see what else it works with. I’m excited about the pointed foundation brush for undereye concealer and setting powder.

That’s it for my haul! What are your favorite ELF products?

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