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Wednesday, May 20, 2009
ELF mini makeup kit...It's like eating a kumquat
Let me ask this: why is it that we buy sour patch gummies, when all we have to do is eat a kumquat? Granted it is the reverse of a sour patch: sweet first, sour later, but still the element of surprise and pleasure is there. Why am I talking about sour patches and kumquats? I don't know, wait, yes...encountering the ELF mini makeup kit was like the first time I tasted a kumquat. The first time I saw this beautiful mini fruit. It looked like a tiny, oblong orange. The skin was shiny, tempting, beautiful. I was excited about savoring the explosion of nature's flavors. I had been warned that the inside would be sour, but I really didn't understand what they meant. I bit into the skin of the fruit and I was welcomed by enticing citrusy sugar, then my teeth and taste buds dug deeper into the fruit. OMG, pucker city, pucker city. Still a fun fruit, but the sour after the sweet is just cruel. The same roller coaster of feelings happened when I received my ELF mini makeup kit.
When I received the ELF kit, I was super excited--just like the fruit this kit had sweet possibilities. However, the sweetness disappeared once I opened the case. Instead of being seduced by refreshing colors, I was left with the same scrunchy face I made when I bit into the sour explosion of the kumquat. The shadows looked blah with a side of chunky glitter. The blushes looked like compacted powder with sparkles. At least the lips side looked more promising, but for some reason I just wasn't thoroughly enjoying the kit. Even though I was initially disappointed with the kit, I decided to reserve some judgment after the trial. Well, today I figured I would do a full face using just this kit and it would end up impressing me. I mean, ELF has impressed me before after the second impression. However, this kit did not make the effort to wow me. In fact, my eye looked like a hot mess, and I immediately wiped everything off. I just looked like I put glitter on my eyes and cheeks. The darker green color looked muddy from the get go. The shadows just didn't have enough pigmentation. All of this was done with eye brushes.
I will say that the saving grace was, again, the lip side. The lip glosses/sticks are nice. They don't have a peculiar taste/scent, they are moisturizing, blend easily and are pigmented. This kit costs $15, I got it on sale for half the price. ELF sometimes throws sales where they give the kit away for free with purchase. Ladies and gentlemen, don't waste your money buying this. If you get it for free, give it to your niece or nephew so that they can play makeup artist on your white walls. Spend your money on the better products such as the studio brushes (the complexion and powder brush), which are crazy soft; the eyeshadow quads (I really enjoy these for $1), lip stuff, and lash curler.
Rating: 1 out of 5 happy wallets (the lip side gets the 1) Price: $15 (waste!) Location: eyeslipsface.com, other ELF products can be found at Target and I think K-mart. Check out their other stuff, those don't really disappoint.
Click here for pictures of the ELF Mini Makeup kit The swatches look better than they look on the eye, fyi.
I have been obsessed with beauty products and saving money ever since I got my first makeup kit (You might remember, the ones that had the plastic lipstick, necklace, and heels.) and a piggy bank at the tender age of five. I remember applying my vaseline coated plastic lipstick and depositing nickels and dimes in my piggy bank with a sense of pride. Since then, I have been on the constant quest to find great beauty products that don't break my budget.
Remember these are just my opinions. Take them with a grain of salt. Our genes are different and things won't always work the same for both of us. I am here because this is fun to do. I am not a guru nor a chemist.