Vegan Cosmetics – ELF Haul & First Impression

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Recently, I found that I was running low on pretty much all my make-up essentials. Like, ALL of them. That doesn’t happen too often, but it when it does it tends to be an expensive thing to fix. Luckily for me, I’d been emailing lots of budget beauty brands and stumbled across ELF, short for eyeslipsface, who told me that with the exception of their non-Studio line brushes, every single one of their products was free of animal ingredients and suitable for vegans. Jackpot.

Vegan Cosmetics: ELF

I’m not going to go into detail about all the products as I’ve yet to test most of them out, but so far I can tell you this: the Studio Line Brushes are brilliant. I purchased the Eyeshadow C. Brush, which is a bit larger than I had anticipated, a flat Powder Brush and a Blush BrushAll three are super soft, distribute product cleanly and evenly and are incredibly easy to use. I’m very pleased with my purchase.

ELF Studio Brushes

Because I suffer from chronic red face, I decided to opt for the Mineral Infused Face Primer in green. Yes, green. I’ve only tried it once so far, but it did a good job of keeping my makeup in place and evening out the redness a little bit. At £6.00, this was definitely the most expensive item of my bargain shop, but I expect it will last quite a while. While I was at it, I also added the Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
to my basket. It gives my eyelids a nice, even base but did zilch to improve my shadow’s stay. I doubt I’d buy this again.

ELF Mineral infused Face Primer & Mineral Eyeshadow Primer

Tone Correcting Powder in cool and Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in antigua also came along, but they’ll be featuring in another post.

ELF Tine Correcting Powder & Contouring Blush and Bronzer Set

Lastly, I purchased Maximum Coverage Concealer and Tinted Moisturised SPF 20, both in porcelain. I absolutely adore both of these. The concealer is, of course, designed to be heavy-duty, but I’m also really impressed with the staying power of the tinted moisturiser. Although it faded a bit, my face was definitely even all day long. My only grievance with these items is that, although they were both purchased in the same shade, one claims to be for yellow toned skin and the other for pink. This isn’t really visible on the website so it was an unpleasant surprise when I unwrapped my parcel. However, although my face definitely falls into the pink-toned category, both products blend perfectly and don’t look out of place at all. I’ll definitely be repurchasing, and I can’t wait to try some of ELF‘s other bargain vegan cosmetics. With some items being priced below the £2.00 mark you can hardly complain!

Have you bought from ELF Cosmetics before?


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  1. October 24, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    I didn’t like the elf eye primer at first for the same reason, but I found that if I apply it when I apply my foundation primer and let it dry for a few minutes before applying my shadow it works just as well as the UDPP.


  2. October 24, 2013 / 11:23 pm

    I get the mix your own mineral foundation powder thing (£8 full price, but I wait until they have a sale on), which is good for just dusting on to even skin tone out a bit and obviously can be customized between summer tan and winter pale. I also got an all-in-one eye shadow, blusher and lip gloss kit which is clearly cheap and cheerful but is fun to just play with. I don’t wear makeup every day but it’s nice to add a bit of colour now and then!

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