Last night I spent hours and hours catching up with 2 of my best girls buds from high school. We were talking about a lot of new stuff and reminiscing our glory days when they started asking about my blog. Apparently, they’ve visited this humble page of mine several times before and they have quite a lot of questions about which products I would recommend. I’ve always been fascinated with makeup and it’s always my pleasure to answer beauty-related questions. So when my friends asked me about ELF and which ones are worth trying, I thought of sharing them here too. If you want me to make a list from other brands which I’ve tried before, just let me know. *wink
Eye Lips Face (a.k.a ELF) is a relatively new brand in the Philippines but I’ve been using it years before it became available locally. Whenever I’m asked to recommend an affordable brand/product, ELF is honestly the first thing that comes to mind. I genuinely feel that amongst the cheapest brands available in the market today, ELF offers the best quality for its price. Although they are a bit more expensive here – they’re still affordable though. I usually buy my ELF supplies from the US because the $1 products there cost Php129 (more than $3) here. Not to mention their insane US sales and promos!
Anyway, I think I’ve tried quite a number of ELF products already to have a feel of its overall quality and things like that. So without further ado, here are my PERSONAL favorites from ELF.
12 pc. Studio Line Brush Set ($30 ELF | Php 1,500 online)
This is actually the very first brush set I’ve ever owned. I bought it using my allowance and never did I regret it. It is a great starter set for makeup enthusiasts for it has all the basic brushes. I never got around to reviewing my set because they’re a bit worn out already but even with my newer sets, I still use some of the brushes from this set. My favorite would be the flat top brush, powder brush and of course the blush brush. I did encounter a bit of shedding with this set but it was all good. Their bristles are fairly soft and they’ve been in my collection for almost 5 years now. Definitely a great investment! 🙂
Mineral Infused Face Primer ($6 ELF | Php 499 Mall) and Eyelid Primer ($1 ELF | Php 129 Mall)
Choosing 2 products for 1 spot isn’t cheating! LOL! For the price, ELF really has very good primers. They’re both easy to spread, soft against the skin and didn’t cause any allergic reaction. Mineral Infused Face Primer was able to keep my makeup intact despite the heat and controlled oil pretty well. It glides on really nicely and the packaging is commendable too. Eyelid Primer is one of the first ELF products I’ve tried even way before I started blogging – and I still keep repurchasing it. It makes my eyeshadow last longer and at the same time, it makes them look more vibrant.
Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia ($3 ELF | Php 249.75 Mall)
The packaging is sleek and simple but it contains highly pigmented cheek products in two very big pans. The blush is a peachy shade with gold specks while the contour one is a medium matte brown shade – they complement each other really well. Both shades aren’t too chalky and they last for a decent amount of time. They’re both easy to apply and with very minimal fallouts. I’d love to think that it’s a cheaper alternative for the famous NARS Orgasm & Laguna Duo.. but what do I know, right? LOL!
Read review HERE.
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Powder/Pressed Eyeshadows (in general)
ELF is one of my favorites when it comes to drugstore eyeshadows. The first one I got was their eyeshadow quad for only $1 and I was really surprised how pigmented each and every shades were. They’re a bit chalky and with a significant amount of fallouts but when used with primer, the color really lasts for hours. For that price, I would have expected a lot less..
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Lip Balm SPF 15 ($3 ELF)
Is it weird that I got my first ELF tinted lip balm from my lola? LOL! Anyway, when I was staying with her last month, I had extremely chapped lips because of the hot weather. It was also unfortunate that I left my trusted Carmex lip balm at home.. so I rummaged her things looking for petroleum jelly. And that’s when I saw this in her drawers. I asked if I can have it and of course she said yes. It gives the lips a nice natural hint of color and at the same time it moisturizes the lips really well. In 2 days my lips were crack-free and it was incredibly soft too! Not to mention it has SPF which makes it perfect for summer. 😉
If you’re new to makeup, I would really recommend ELF. It’s cheap but it still offers great quality. Even with my growing makeup collection – with high end makeup brands – I still keep my ELF products; that’s how much I like ’em. 🙂
That’s is for my faves from the brand. What’s your top 5 ELF products?
Comment them down below and I’ll see you on my next post.
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