Elf Makeup // HD Powder, Blush & Mineral Lipsticks

Elf Cosmetics, Elf Makeup, Elf Cosmetics Review, UK Beauty Blog, Elf HD Powder Review, Elf Candid Coral Blush Review, Elf Mineral Lipsticks Review, Makeup Reviews
Elf Cosmetics, Elf Makeup, Elf Cosmetics Review, UK Beauty Blog, Elf HD Powder Review, Elf Candid Coral Blush Review, Elf Mineral Lipsticks Review, Makeup Reviews
Elf Cosmetics, Elf Makeup, Elf Cosmetics Review, UK Beauty Blog, Elf HD Powder Review, Elf Candid Coral Blush Review, Elf Mineral Lipsticks Review, Makeup Reviews
Elf Cosmetics, Elf Makeup, Elf Cosmetics Review, UK Beauty Blog, Elf HD Powder Review, Elf Candid Coral Blush Review, Elf Mineral Lipsticks Review, Makeup Reviews
Elf Cosmetics, Elf Makeup, Elf Cosmetics Review, UK Beauty Blog, Elf HD Powder Review, Elf Candid Coral Blush Review, Elf Mineral Lipsticks Review, Makeup Reviews
Elf is a brand I’ve often wanted to try due to its super cheap price tags and frequent comparisons to more high-end brands but for one reason or another, I’ve never got around to placing an order on their website. Theres been numerous occasions when I’ve sat trawling through the website for hours on end but the choice is so vast, I was often left unsure what to buy. With this being said, you can imagine my excitement when the lovely people over at elf asked me if I’d like to try a few bits and pieces and share my thoughts with you guys. The products I was sent to try are their HD Powder, powder blush and two mineral lipsticks. Keep reading to find out what I thought about each of them ...

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High Definition Powder (£6.00)*
As I just said, I often find myself browsing the elf website and the one product that always catches my eye is this High Definition powder, purely because of its 'HD' name. For some reason it strikes me as the kind of product Kim Kardashian would use and it sounds like a pretty good dupe for the well loved Makeup Forever HD powder. The elf website claims that it "creates a "soft focus" effect to the skin and masks fine lines and imperfections for a radiant complexion." I was quite sceptical about these claims before trying the product but I have to say, they're right.

The powder looks bright white when its first applied but when blended into the skin (I use a Real Techniques Powder brush) its translucent and un-detectable. I really like this as it has a very natural finish and sets foundation and concealer perfectly without looking cakey. I also love the texture of this product as it feels silky soft and really does help to smooth the skin. I find my makeup looks more refined and flawless after using this product than it does with a standard powder. I don't have any complaints about it other than the packaging which I'm not keen on. The large black pot is pretty bulky so isn't particularly travel friendly and doesn't fit in my every day makeup bag. It can also be quite messy due to the way the products is dispensed too but I can over look these things as it sets my makeup perfectly! 

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Powder Blush | Candid Coral (£3.75)*
I’ve been really enjoying wearing blush lately which is something I never thought I’d say as once upon a time I was so anti-blush that I didn’t even own any. However, after a bit of experimenting I’ve discovered that when applied properly, it can really enhance the overall appearance of my makeup and add more definition and radiance to my face. You might have heard me say it before but I’m definitely more of a peach than pink girl so this elf powder blush in the shade ‘Candid Coral’ couldn’t be more perfect for me. 

It’s a beautiful pale peach shade with a slight gold shimmer running through it. It isn’t massively pigmented but I don’t mind as I find it gives my cheeks a nice wash of colour without being too overpowering. I also love that the shimmery undertone highlights my cheekbones and gives my face some radiance. I’d actually say this blush is a slightly less pigmented version of NARS Gilda and the packaging is almost identical too. For only £3.75, I really can't fault this blush and I'd recommend giving one of them a try.

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Mineral Lipsticks | Barely Bitten & Natural Nymph (£5.00 each)*
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know how completely obsessed I am with lipsticks. Seriously, I never get bored of buying and trying them and they’re definitely my favourite piece of makeup to experiment and change my look with. Now although I love lipstick, I’m quite particular about how I like it to look and feel on my lips. I’m not interested in matte lip products due to the fact I suffer with dry lips and it tends to make them look ten times worse and I don’t like anything too sheer either. I know, miss fussy pants!

Luckily, the elf mineral lipsticks aren’t either of those things and instead sit somewhere in between. I find them pigmented and long-lasting whilst still being very moisturising, the perfect combo. According to the elf website they’re made with a blend of exotic oils, natural waxes, vitamins and plant extracts which helps to keep the lips hydrated and soft throughout the day. I have to say I agree with this as they glide onto with ease and feel very luxurious to apply. The two shades I received are ‘Barely Bitten’, a neutral rosy pink shade (think your own lips but better) and ‘Natural Nymph’, a peachy nude. Barely Bitten is definitely my favourite shade out of the two as Natural Nymph is far too pale for my liking. However, the formula of both is lovely and I'm sure if you like a pale lip, you'd love Natural Nymph!

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Overall I'm really impressed with all of these products and I can 100% say I'll be ordering more products from the elf website. If you're looking for high quality products with affordable price tags, look for further than elf. You can find the website here and they often have amazing discounts and offers so do keep your eyes peeled for those.


Have you tried anything from elf? Do you like their products?

Lots of Love,


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58 comments

  1. I've also wanted to try elf, as even if they aren't good I didn't break the bank to buy them. I especially love the look of the mineral lipsticks, jealous!

    Eloise | http://simplynaturale.blogspot.co.uk

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  2. I've never heard of Elf before so when I saw your post I immediately clicked on it and it sounds absolutely amazing! The prices are incredible and as I'm unemployed at the moment right up my street! I'll definitely be giving them a whirl! :) lovely post as usual! :)

    fleurdanielle.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. Dying to place a massive elf order!! x

    Rachael | beautypea

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  4. I went to Florida this past May and ventured into Target (where Elf products are sold), and I picked up a couple items. One blush, one multi-coloured bronzer and one brush. I hated the blush (no colour payoff at all on the skin) but I absolutely loved the bronzer and brush I purchased. Thanks for sharing your opinion on the products you were given - it's made me want to try one of their lipsticks!

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  5. Great haul/review! Those lipsticks look amazing! I love their products and am always excited to try more. Have you heard they have come out with potted tinted lip balms? I can't wait to try those!

    Kristina | Beauty With Compassion

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  6. Barely bitten looks gorge!
    Xx
    Glossy-boutique.com

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  7. I absolutely love Elf! I recently bought some of the blushes, including candid coral, and cannot fault them! The brushes they do are also really good and I have just placed another huge order as they had 60% off!

    Ash :-)

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  8. I always find elf is a little hit and miss. I love some things, then think others are rubbish. But for the price it's okay!

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  9. Elf is such a great brand. I recommend the brushes, they're great because they're so cheap and they don't shed! Alice X

    http://brushofbeauty17.blogspot.co.uk/

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  10. I really love elf products. Some of the items are not great, but the ones that are really make it worth it. I find their blush is really nice and probably my favorite item of all their products!

    www.sequindoll.com

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  11. Thee blush looks lovely! I've been looking at the blushes for quite some time, and might invest in this once now :)
    Sarah | Some Sparkle and Shine

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  12. Barely bitten looks like a lovely colour!
    :)

    Emily / Glittery Teacups

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  13. Ooh I'm always the same when I go on, there's too much to choose from and I never end up getting anything! Think I like the look of the blusher though ! Xoxo

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  14. I haven't tried any of elf's products but I do like the look of the blush and the natural nymph lipstick :)

    Pretty Miss by Bella

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  15. I love the high definition powder, i hardly ever use mine though due to the packaging, its just too big and takes up too much room in my bag x

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  16. Ive never tried ELF products before and now I'm curious! They seem like really good value for money!

    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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  17. You take such amazing photos! Wish I could take such high quality photos, any tips?

    stylishengland.blogspot.com

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    1. Aw thank you!! I'm going to try and do a photography post soon although I use pretty basic settings etc!! I need to learn how to use my camera properly!! Xx.

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  18. Glad you liked the ELF products. I have just placed an order with them so hopefully I will like them as much as other bloggers..great post.

    www.thisismyworldthisisme.blogspot.com

    thanks x

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  19. I love the sound of the HD powder, and that lipstick in "Candid Coral" is a stunning shade! :)
    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  20. How funny! I too was anti-blush until I tried out an e.l.f. blush in mellow mauve! The Barely Bitten lipstick looks so pretty!

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  21. Love elf products! I have one of the blushes too and I love it!
    Please check out my new blog at http://jasminebeautyblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/mini-oreo-cupcakes.html :) <3

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  22. ELF is such a debatable brand, some things I really don't get on with and other I prefer to high end brands. But for the money they are worth a try and often great!

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  23. Amazing haul, I've never actually tried anything from elf but am definitely tempted
    Emma x
    emandthem.blogspot.com

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  24. Candid Coral seems so pretty xx

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  25. I love Candid Coral, it's one of my go-tos on a natural makeup day (:
    xx
    Natalie | Salt & Sail

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  26. Wow these look amazing. All the swatches look great, and now I want to raid the ELF website. :D

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  27. I don't know why I haven't tried any of their products before, but after reading your review, I really should go purchase some! Everything you mentioned in this post sounds lovely, and please do more ELF reviews in the future! :)

    ahemitsemme.blogspot.com

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  28. Lovely haul/review :) Just made a massive order as they had 60 % off and just had to try some new tings out. Really wanted the HD power but it was sold out. Among the massive order I actually picked up some blushes and lippies and are now more excited to try them out!

    Great post with lovely pictures, as always!

    Mlhauken // Beauty, Lifestyle & a bit Fashion

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  29. I have a lot of Elf products, and I usually have no problems with them. I don't recommend all of them though, I really didn't like the lips primer and the cream eye shadows of the basic line for example. But if you like the shimmer Elf is certainly the brand for you xD

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  30. Natural Nymph used to be one of my most worn lipsticks EVER but it's kind of been pushed to the back of my lipstick collection. I might have to dig it out now though, you've reminded me of how much I loved it

    xxx

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  31. I love elf but for some reason have never tried their mineral lippies!
    Might have to place an order!:) xx

    www.hollllisa.blogspot.com

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  32. I like Elf products particularly considering the prices! I am keen to try the HD powder now.

    x Eve

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  33. I've always heard good things about elf. I've tried their concealor palettes and they are actually brilliant - I use them on my clients all the time now! Definitely will be buying more elf products

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  34. I need to try this brand! The Barely Bitten shade looks gorgeous x

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  35. I have most of these items, but I love the high definition the most! I go on with my day without looking so oily!

    ♥Stacey Nguyen
    www.trendyoutings.com

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  36. I really liked the swatches of the lipsticks ;)

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  37. I have the coral blush from ELF and I love it! I have always been timid with blush because I tend to have redness in my cheeks already but I love this one.


    Emily
    eageremily.blogspot.com

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  38. Always wanted to try out Elf products!

    http://emilysrambless.blogspot.co.uk

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  39. I absolutely love this post, you did an amazing job with this review! I never really felt tempted with elf products exactly because they're so cheap and this makes me sound like a total snob. lol But reading your review of the HD powder really made me want to try it! xx

    http://ferdies-place.blogspot.co.uk/

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  40. Lovely Blog :)
    Enjoyed reading the Posts.
    Following you. I hope you follow back and return the support too :D
    Cheers!
    Red Alice
    http://redraoalice.blogspot.com

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  41. Those lipsticks are gorgeous! I really like the look of that HD powder and the price for it is brilliant!! Want to give it a go :)

    xxxx

    http://beautyflutters.blogspot.com

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  42. I've never tried any ELF products, will have to give them a try now! xoxo

    www.samanthadawn.co.uk

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  43. I have tried there HD Blush is Superstar it's one of my favourite blushes and looks so natural and last a good amount of time. Great post!

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  44. I've never tried Elf, always wanted to though. The HD powder excites me a lot, and so does the price tag.

    Haven't caught up on your blog for a while but I am having a big nosey nowwww:) youve got my vote in the cosmos of course.
    Lotsaaaa love girl.

    Emmm xxxxx
    emtalks.co.uk hehe

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  45. Candid Coral looks lovely! I want it now!

    -Kookii

    www.xthebeautydiaryx.blogspot.com

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  46. I love elf cosmetics, perfect for budget beauty. I really want to try their mineral lipsticks at some points, the shades you bought look really nice Xx

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  47. Natural Nymph and Barely Bitten are my 2 favorite lipsticks from this brand! Plus they are completely vegan! great swatches. Check out Classy too if you get a chance. Great color for Summer

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  48. Ooh I actually bought the HD powder months ago and forgot all about it! I must dig it out again! xx

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  49. Even a shop-a-holic like me, end up staring at all their products over an hour and left unsure what to buy. Shopping is easier when you get to see and touch the product. I am not a techy person so going to malls and pick up products suites me best. :)

    One more thing, I find it hard to make a choice especially when it comes to color combinations.

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  50. I love Elf products, especially their blushes. It's a brand which is such good value for money and the quality is great! xo

    Hannah | Glitter and Sparkle

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  51. I've never tired anything by elf, but I have heard great things. Loved your review, very honest, might have to go see for myself now :) x
    Heroine In Heels

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  52. Amazing! I found these ELF Makeup products online at iherb, this page has it all http://www.iherb.com/e-l-f-cosmetics?rcode=PPT610 they ship almost everywhere! And you will get $5-$10 off your first order with this code PPT610

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