Mascara Monday: e.l.f. Studio Mascara Primer

It’s e.l.f.! I haven’t reviewed anything from my favorite brand in quite some time and so I figured it was time to hop to it. Plus, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about their mascara primer. Their $3 mascara primer. Their $3 mascara primer that works as well as the higher-priced ones. Yep. And this is why e.l.f. rules.

Price: $3 at EyesLipsFace.com and Target stores
Packaging (brush wand): 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5

What It Claims: “Lengthen and volumize eyelashes instantly with this Mascara Primer. Revitalize lashes with Pro-Vitamin B5, Hydrolyzed Wheat and Soy Protein-enriched formula. An excellent conditioning base for mascara. Coat each lash with this nourishing primer for lashes that appear naturally thicker, longer and stronger!” (source)

The Truth: Always wanted a mascara primer and didn’t want to drop pennies on one worth more than $10? This one is sooooo worth your $3.

What I Loved About It: This baby really helps thicken lashes quickly.

What I Didn’t Like: The wand doesn’t suck but getting into those inner corners sucks just a bit.

Overall: Primers, primers, primers….do ya need ‘em? I guess it’s a personal thing. As a mascara junkie, I always like to keep a good primer on hand. And considering e.l.f.’s is so affordable and does a REALLY good job, I’d go with this one. It’s hard to review primers because on one hand I feel like they are all so similar. Except for the wands…


The wand for this one is just okay. Getting the corner lashes is tricky but if you accidentally get some primer on your lower lashline, it’s no biggie. You can simply wipe it off and keep on truckin’. That’s the best thing about primers…they do REALLY good at “prepping” the lashes for the mascara. This primer lengthened my lashes and bulked them up a bit and by the time I came through with the mascara, the lashes were already voluminous.

Another great thing about primers is that they make it so that you don’t need to wear more than one coat of mascara. While I normally feel the need to wear 2-3 coats of mascara, this primer gave me the look I was looking for with only 1 coat of mascara. Score! And while 2-3 coats of mascara would normally leave my lashes brittle – the primer kept them softer. Not that I NEED soft lashes but it was a nice little perk.

Do you need a primer? Not really. Especially if you’re okay with how your mascara performs. But if you’d like to push it to the limit to see if the mascara can be enhanced, this $3 primer is worth a try.

 

 

Bare Lashes


Lashes after 1 coat of primer

 

Lashes with 1 coat primer, 2 coats of mascara

Lashes with 1 coat primer, 2 coats of mascara

 

Lashes to the left are just 2 coats of mascara. Lashes to the right have primer and 2 coats of mascara.

 

 

Do I recommend it?: Sure. But only if you want to try something new.

Are you a fan of primers or do you find them a bit pointless?

Palette Lovin': e.l.f.’s 24K eyeshadow palette collections. How fancy!

Okay, promise you won’t hate me too much for this one, okay? There are a handful of posts that I meant to draft and publish before the holiday season but totally forgot to do so. Because of that, this particular palette is no longer available. And normally I wouldn’t even feature it BUT the good news is, there are several other palettes like this one.

So all isn’t lost. Instead of focusing on the aspects of this palette, I’m going to rap on the quality of the shadows and if they’d be a good investment for you or not. Sound good?

For starters, E.L.F.’s 24K line is so special that it has its own link on E.L.F.’s main page. There are a dozen or so 24K products. The packaging is in a plastic-y gold setting hence why they call the collection 24K. It’s pretty but isn’t the most durable material as the casing feels hollow and scuffs easily. The 100-piece eyeshadow palette goes for $24 and the 15-piece eyeshadow collection is priced at $15. Obviously, I think the 100-piece set is a better value but if you’re the type that loves taking eyeshadow palettes around with you, then the 15-piece set may be more up your alley. There is also a 32-piece collection but its packaging is a lot like the 100-piece in that it won’t be the best for traveling or toting around. It retails at $14.

In addition to eyeshadows, the holiday clutch that I had also had lipglosses, face powders and an eyeshadow powder.

The other palettes stick to just eyeshadows. Mine has 32 eyeshadows but the shades aren’t identical to the 32 eyeshadow palette. But…swatches are swatches. Here we go!

Light shades…

Blues/greens…

Blacks/Silvers…

While some of the shades are chunky, most do a great job at going on pigmented with the initial swatch. I didn’t use any bases for these swatches but having done looks with them, I can say that they do well when layered on top of your favorite base.

That said, if you’re looking for some decent shadow palettes, at a low price point, I think you’ll like the palettes from E.L.F.’s 24K collection. While they are some of the cheapest products on the market, I don’t have a problem with E.L.F. I think their shadows are up to par and great for those both new to makeup and makeup connoisseurs.

You can see some of the other 24K goodies here. I think I’ll have to grab those glosses. They are just darliiiiing!

My Top 4 Favorite mascaras of 2011

I hope no one noticed that I didn’t do a “My Top Favorite Products of 2011” -type list. Why DIDN’T I do one? I was too busy working on a top secret project. Okay, I’m lying. I got lazy and forgot to do one. But what I do have is a list of my Top 4 Favorite mascaras of 2011.

This wasn’t easy, y’all. I came across A LOT of amazing mascaras last year. These kids happened to be the ones that made the cut.

FAIRYDROPS Scandal
Queen mascara

This mascara was everything. Everything! From the packaging to the wand, formula and results, this fiber mascara could have very easily been the only mascara I wore all year. You know…if I didn’t have a mascara blog.

 

Maybelline Great Lash Lots
of Lashes (LOL) mascara

You knew it was coming, right? I raved about how much I loved this mascara the first time I tried it. Aside from it being a FANTASTIC mascara, it has a really groovy wand (it’s heart shaped!) and was 10x better than the original Great Lash mascara. Go Maybelline go!

 

Clinique Bottom Lash mascara

I loved this mascara so much that I used it all. I don’t think I’ve ever hit the bottom of any mascara tube. This teeny tiny wonder of a mascara makes bringing out those bottom lashes super easy. And it’s just soooo cute.

 

LORAC Multiplex 3D Lashes mascara

This one may have come as a surprise because I didn’t brag about it as much as I did the others. But considering it’s a preservative-free mascara, it is fantastic! It has a buildable and long lasting formula that really helps lengthen those eyelashes.

 

Honorable Mentions:

What were some of your favorite mascaras from last year?

How good can a $3 blush be? Hmm…

After playing around with a blush like this, spending more than $3 on another one just hurts.

Have you gals ever purchased an e.l.f. cosmetics blush? Why didn’t y’all tell me how awesome they were? I’ve got Fuchsia Fusion and it’s a pretty stellar for a $3 blush.


Does the packaging look familiar to you? I said the SAME thing!


I’ve been wearing it on top of my CoverFX concealer and LOVE it. It’s a long lasting blush with just the perfect pop of pink.


I mean, come on…if a $3 blush can be THIS good, how come I’ve tried blushes that have been $20 and up that sucked? I suppose it’s one of the many wonders of the world. e.l.f. has this blush and more at eyeslipsface.com. If you’re lookin’ for more e.l.f. stuff’s check out my review of one of their Beauty Books, some of their nail polishes, a brush set and their clear mascara.

Have you tried any of ‘em? Whatcha think?

FOTD Friday: 32 eye shadow palette=$5 steal from e.l.f. cosmetics

I wish for many things in life. The disappearance of student loans. A beach in my backyard. And an unlimited almond milk fountain in my fridge. But more than anything, I wish for clearer skin.

I really can’t complain because my skin has had worse spells but still…how long will I have to deal with pimples and scars? Oh boo. Anywhoovers, I played around with another e.l.f. palette this week. Aren’t you proud of me? I’m doing such a better job at actually playing with makeup. Sometimes I’ll let stuff stack up for weeks at a time before I actually play, swatch and wear.

Introducing e.l.f. Essential Beauty School 32-Piece Eyeshadow Palette in Natural…



Not too shabby, uh? 32 shades for $5. I can never complain about e.l.f. because even if something REALLY isn’t what you thought it was, guess what? You only spent a buck or five. So…yeah. This palette arrived to me cracked. 8O Totally a beauty blogger and photographers worst nightmare. I’ll be sure to be give the postman an extra stern glare the next time I see him. Or her.

But after cracking open the palette, I was pleasantly surprised.

I mean, you gotta give it up to e.l.f….they do a darn good job with color selection for their palettes. In addition to getting a wide range of neutral shades, you’ll also get a few pinks and purples in there. I wouldn’t label those as “natural” shades but I love that they’re there! The palette makes is great for taking on the go.

It’s smaller than a tablet and can easily be thrown into a purse, book bag or suitcase. Like most e.l.f. palettes, the shadows aren’t going to be insanely pigmented. But they’ll get the job done. My favorite thing about this palette is the variety of finishes you get. There are some mattes, shimmers, chunky glitter-y finishes and everything in between.

I swatched a few just to give you an idea of how many different kinds of shadows you’ll get in this palette. Can’t say I’ve seen this before in any other e.l.f. palette. Not even the 100 eye shadow palette has a chunky glitter. Wicked! I decided to crank out a quick look using one of those pretty pinks. And when I say “pretty pink”, don’t think that I actually LIKE the color pink. I really don’t. It’s probably my least favorite color of all colors. Anyone hating me yet?

I applied the pink right on the lid….

…and used a dark purple matte in the outer-V. And that was it!



Problem with some of these shades is that you REALLY have to use a nice and creamy base to get the colors to stick. And see what I’m talkin’ about in regards to my skin?

Just….ugh.

So yes, a decent palette but keep in mind that you’ll have to really work to get those shadows to show up. I don’t mind how faint they look though. Quite frankly, I think my days of insanely bold eye looks are over. Well, maybe not over. Maybe they’re in hibernation. You can get this palette exclusively at Target and Target.com.  If you’re lookin’ for more e.l.f. stuff’s check out my review of one of their Beauty Books, some of their nail polishes, a brush set and their clear mascara.

Have a wonderful weekend, beautiful ones. Let’s see if I can get to the beach again this weekend. I’m such a beach babe.

XOXO,
B

 

FOTD Friday (FOTD=face of the day) is the
weekly series where Brittany shows off a look using eye shadow.

FOTD Friday: e.l.f.’s Bright Eye Beauty Book. Are you ready, class?

I feel like it’s been forever and a day since I’ve worn makeup. First of all, it’s too dang hot to wear anything more than mascara, liner and lipgloss. I feel like anything more will melt off of my face the second I step outside. But alas, I just had to give this e.l.f. bright eye beautybook a try.



Glad to see that e.l.f. has the ingredients laid out for us to see. A must have for ladies and gents with allergies.

You can grab this beauty book and many others like it for a whooping $5. No, I’m kidding. $5 is not at all whooping for a palette of 12 eyeshadows. But is the quality up to par? Let’s take a look see here…

For $5 you’ll get 12 eyeshadows, a mini eyeliner and a double ended sponge-tip applicator. At first sight, the shadows look to be pretty pigmented. I am loving the range of colors and when I swatched it, they came out silky smooth on my skin.

 


To the left of the book you’ve got a little diagram and suggested eyeshadow placement and looks. Which will come in super handy for those new to makeup. But I’m pretty much a know-it-all and so I ignored the suggestions and got right to work. The minute I saw that purple shadow, I KNEW I wanted to use it. Right on the lid it went.

By the way, pay no mind to that scar in between my eyebrows. Like clockwork, I get this pimple every 2 months or so and I always go overboard trying to pop it and end up scarring my skin. Happens EVERY time. But we digress…

Despite really trying to pack the purple on the lid, it just wasn’t giving me the payoff I wanted. What gives? And I used a pretty good base too.

See how faint it looks? I went outside for some natural lighting and nope, it wasn’t my imagination. The shadows really aren’t THAT pigmented. Even if they look so in the palette.

Well, I take that back. The lighter and shimmery shades are probably the best ones in the palette. The one I used on my browbone dominates the look. I didn’t realize that I used so much of it. It’s aliiiiive. Can you see it?

I don’t care how long I live in Florida. I will ALWAYS complain about the humidity. Always.

Yeah. That’s that. I want to crank out a few more looks with this palette just to see what I can create. So far I can say that the neutral and lighter shades do fantastic at applying right on the lids. As far as longevity, despite not being as bright as I wanted it to the be, the purple hung around for the entire day. Impressive, no?

For $5, I don’t think it’s a bad palette. I wouldn’t call it a bright eye palette though, e.l.f. The only shade that really stood out was the vibrant purple. Still. It’s a great starter palette for those new to makeup or for the kids on a budget who want something new to play with. I love the “beauty book” concept though. That’s cuuuuute.

The books come in Bright, Smoky, Everyday and Natural. There’s a palette for everyone. You can get them online and anywhere e.l.f. products are sold. I’ve seen ‘em at Target.

What do you think? Yay or nay to e.l.f.’s beauty books?

Amor de Lacquer: e.l.f. $5 nail polish set

Welcome to another post of Amor de Lacquer….the series all about nail polish and nail care! Send me your requests, suggestions and ideas to Brittany@ClumpsOfMascara.com.

You knew it was coming, didn’t you? I’ve reviewed so many other products from e.l.f. that it only makes sense that I review their polishes. You know, with me being obsessed with nail polish and all. This 5-piece nail set costs all of $5. Well, helllloooo there!