Editor’s Note: I wrote this blog back on November 19th and never realized it didn’t post. I was looking for it when I wrote my last ELF Beauty Bundle post and could not find it and didn’t know why. Now I know why. So please enjoy this bonus, belated e.l.f. Beauty Bundle post.
Today I received my first e.l.f. Beauty Bundle and I couldn’t be more pleased. For $19.99/mo (plus S&H) you receive a huge box filled with full size e.l.f. products every 8 weeks. I have always heard really good things about this bargain brand but I don’t have much experience with it myself so I thought it would be worth checking out. I was excited to find this HUGE box in my mailbox today!
Inside, I got a card that describes all of the many, many products that they included in this month’s box. That’s 10 products, if you are counting. TEN. And two of the products are palettes. If you break it down, that’s like 18 products for $20. I’m enjoying that math.
Look at everything that was included!
The first thing I ripped into was the Studio Prism Eyeshadow in Smoke. ($10) I had read good reviews but wanted to try it for myself. This formula is incredibly impressive. It reminds me of this palette from Urban Decay which is now reasonably priced at $29 but was close to $50 for a long time. The shadows are so velvet-y. They almost feel like a cream eyeshadow but they are powder. I love the jewel tones. Weirdly, I don’t think I have most of these in my own collection so I’m thrilled that I was able to discover this palette in this box. Now I’m really intrigued by their own Naked palette.
The next product I was curious about was the Cream Eyeliner. It came with a tiny brush that I used to swipe it but that brush is pretty much worthless. The product itself, however, is another story. That formula is super dark and did not budge with regular soap. I had to scrub a bit and use makeup remover to get it off. I can’t speak for the quality of e.l.f. eyeliner brushes but if you are going to buy this product, you’re going to need a brush anyway. Might as well pick one up for a few bucks.
Then I got really excited testing out the 4 blushes in the Blush Palette. ($6) I’ve used the same blush for YEARS. Like, since college, really. So I am excited to change up my blush game a little bit.
I’m also a fan of the Matte Lip color in Rich Red. ($3) I have only swatched it on my hand for right now but I like the color of it a lot. I’m interested in its staying power. I also swatched the Lip Stain in Lucky Lady ($3) that seems like it is a dupe for other long wear lip products. You first apply the color and let it set and then apply the gloss. I only swatched the color and left it on my hand for a little bit so I don’t know if it will rival my holy grail lip stain formula but I will let you know.
I was glad that they included one of their brushes, the Studio Mineral Powder Brush ($3). I would say it’s smaller than a blush brush and I would think it could be used for more targeted placement? They included a Mineral Glow powder that I assume it works with so I’ll definitely try them both together. But this smaller size brush also makes me think it could be good for contouring, a technique I have far from mastered. (The last time I tried, I looked like I had a beard. Then I went out in public and went grocery shopping. Oh well. MARRIED NOW. SORRY, FELLAS.)
E.l.f. also included an Essential Dramatic Lash Kit ($1), which is essentially false eye lashes and glue. They look a little fake-y but if I have an excuse to get dressed up, I am going to give them a try. I love the look of long eyelashes and I loved my eyelash extensions. RIP. Those looked pretty fake too but I got so used to them and I felt so pretty when I wore them. I really did love them but at the end of the day, they were way too expensive and time consuming. Apparently my vanity does have limits. Who knew?
The products they included that I’m least excited about are the Glitter Nail Polish ($2) and the Shimmer Eyeliner Pencil. ($1)I’ve seen a meme recently that says something along the lines of, “Whoever said nothing lasts forever has clearly never tried Glitter nail polish.” Because seriously. That lasts FOREVER. It is such a pain to get off that I rarely bother with it anymore. I’m also not so much into liners that have any sort of glitter/shimmer. I prefer more of a classic black or brown. So these are things that I’ll share with my friends.
Final Grade: A
I love receiving a big box of makeup. I just always will. I especially love the eye shadow palette and I think it rivals palettes that are 10x more expensive. The formula is just that good. I loved trying their lip products and I always love receiving brushes in boxes. This was my first e.l.f. box and I realized even then it would become one of my favorites. Even if you are a self-proclaimed makeup guru like me, it is always fun to experiment and try new products and this price tag can’t be beat.
If you are interested in subscribing to e.l.f.’s Beauty Bundle for $19.99/mo, click here!