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e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

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e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

Today I want to talk about the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer.  E.l.f. launched a brand new skincare line earlier this year with four products.  The line has now been expanded to six products, and e.l.f. will be adding more in the future.  I’ll admit, I was pretty skeptical at first.  Super cheap skincare makes me wary, and I wasn’t sure if e.l.f. could pull it off.  The e.l.f. skincare line has gotten some good reviews though, so I thought it was time to give it a try.  Because of my dry skin, I figured the best way to test the waters of e.l.f.’s new skincare line would be to try some moisturizer.   I use Micheal Todd True Organics at night, but I am willing to try different things for daytime.  I picked up the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer, not really knowing what to expect.

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

Before we talk formula, let’s talk packaging.  I love the overall look of the skincare line.  The light blue shade reminds me of a spa.  I am used to e.l.f.’s cardboard packaging that, while functional isn’t anything special.  They really stepped it up with the skincare line.  The light blue box is plastic with a touch of translucence.  Though obviously it has nothing to do with the products itself, the new style made the product feel more legit somehow.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t a fan of the actual product design.  While I love that the moisturizer comes in an opaque tube with a pump that is ideal for keeping ingredients stable and avoiding contamination, it’s not designed well.  There is no tube attached to the pump, so you have to keep the moisturizer vertical with the pump upside down or else it will stop pumping after a few uses.  The base isn’t quite wide enough, so it keeps trying to tip over and it’s uncomfortable in the hand trying to pump upside down.  E.l.f. may want to consider a re-design.

 

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Daily Hydration Moisturizer: “This lightweight, lightly scented moisturizer helps hydrate and nourish for glowing, healthy looking skin. Infused with Purified Water and skin-nourishing Jojoba, Aloe, Vitamin E and Cucumber to help soothe and protect the delicate skin area. Rich in antioxidants such as Shea Butter, Grape and Orange.”  There are two flaws in the formula, right off the bat.  First is that the moisturizer does contain fragrance.  Now, it is a light, clean scent that I actually really like, but fragrance is never desirable in skincare.  The second, more glaring flaw is that this daytime moisturizer does not contain any SPF.  Come on e.l.f., you can do better than that.  Other than those issues, I do like the formula.  I don’t think that it is as lightweight as e.l.f. claims.  The formula is actually pretty thick going on, and it melts into the skin leaving a nice level of hydration.  I think it may be too much for someone with oily skin.  Normal and dry skin will enjoy the feeling. I thought that the hydration lasted most of the day and I had no issues applying makeup over it.

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer

Unfortunately, while I liked the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer it ended up breaking me out.  While I don’t have overly sensitive skin, I have had reactions to certain products in the past, so others may not have any breakouts with the e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer.  For me, though, I am going to have to pass it on.  The moisturizer does have some good points, so I don’t want to call it a dud, but I had enough issues with it that I can’t really recommend it either.  The e.l.f. Daily Hydration Moisturizer is $8, regular price.  I think that considering the price, it has a decent formula, but there aren’t any ingredients that will knock your socks off.  It’s not hard to find comparable skincare at the drugstore and you will definitely find better, though at a higher price point.  If you are still curious and your skin is not oily or sensitive, try to catch it on a sale.

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e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette Review, Swatches, and Unexpected Uses

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e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette

e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette

Today I am finally getting around to my review of the e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette.  I mentioned this palette in my August Favorites post, but September just flew by for me, so thank you for your patience.  E.l.f. is a brand that I know many of you enjoy, but it can be a pain to get your hands on new products so, though the Studio Contour Palette came out in June, many of you may not have it yet.  Here is what e.l.f. has to say: “This beautiful contour palette holds 4 gorgeous shades to mix and match for a custom, defined look. The pigmented colors are designed for contouring, shading, sculpting, brightening and highlighting the eyes, cheekbones, nose, and jawline to slim and enhance features. Infused with Vitamin E to help nourish for gorgeous-looking skin.”  I’ve had the palette for two months now, and I have a lot of thoughts on it.  Let’s take a closer look.

e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette

e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette

The e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette looks exactly like the e.l.f. Studio Blush Palettes that came out last year.  (Feel free to check out my review and swatches of both Blush Palettes.)  There are four compartments that can snap out of the palette.  From what I can tell, the squares in the Studio Foundation, Blush, Bronzer and Contour Palettes can fit interchangeably so that (theoretically) you can create a full face of makeup in one (rearranged) palette.  At this time e.l.f. isn’t selling refill product squares, but you never know what the future holds.  The Studio Contour Palette contains a good quality mirror.  You could definitely use this to do your makeup in a pinch if you aren’t in front of a full sized mirror.  Added bonus, the mirror keeps its position at any angle, so it’s actually a really valuable part of these palettes.  It’s a little larger than I like to carry around with me, but I can’t really complain about the packaging.  Now on to the product itself.

e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette

e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette

The Studio Contour Palette contains four shades, and I want to talk about each individually.

The satin shimmer highlight shade has a white gold tone that is very subtle, but also very pretty.  I love this highlight.  I am not someone who goes for a super shimmery highlight.  TheBalm Mary Luminizer, for example, is too much shimmer for my taste.  I find that this highlight is just enough to give my skin a lovely luminescence, without making me look like a sparkly unicorn.  No glitter or obvious shimmer particles, just a radiant glow.

The second shade in the palette can be used as a setting powder or a matte highlight, depending on your skin tone.  It has a buttery yellow undertone, but is pretty neutral.  For me, it is best suited as a setting powder.  Personally, I think that this shade is a dud.  I found it to be very chalky and much more powdery than the other three shades.  I don’t know what happened here because it seems to have a completely different formula than the other three shades.  It’s hard to believe that they are in the same palette.  It is very easy to apply too much of this product and it looks chalky when you do.  It works pretty well as a matte browbone highlight, but otherwise I am not a fan.

The bronzer shade is a warm terra-cotta color and is pretty light.  Those with fair skin will have no problems wearing this shade, but tan and medium skin tones will have a hard time seeing this shade on the skin.  It reminds me very much of NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny.  It’s a very user-friendly bronzer if you can pull off warm tones.

The final shade is a contour shade that is on the cooler side of neutral in tone.  It is similar in depth as Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, maybe a little lighter.  I believe that those with fair skin will need to be careful when applying this shade because it could easily overwhelm them.  Those with light or medium skin will probably have great luck with this shade unless they have very warm undertones in their skin.  I don’t think the shade is too cool for most people, but it may look muddy on those with very warm skin tones.  The shade will probably be too light for those with darker skin.

e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette

e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette

Here are some very heavy swatches on my hand.  My lighting was a little off as the sun was setting, so I had to pile on the product.  The two darker shades are silky smooth and great quality for a $6 palette.  The first highlight shade looks best with a lighter application, but is still a good quality product.  We’ve already discussed the matte highlight, so let’s move on.  All in all, I think the e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette can be a good option for some of you.  Those with Light and Medium skin tones will have the best luck with it, with some Fair and Tan skinned people able to make it work for them as well.  I hope e.l.f. release more shades in the future to accommodate darker skinned customers.  I have see online that the e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette is a dead-on dupe for the Smashbox Contour Palette, though I can not personally confirm that.  I don’t contour every time I do my makeup, but I am glad to have the Studio Contour Palette.  I enjoy it.

One way to get a little more bang for your buck and to be able to use the shades in the palette that might not work so well on your cheek is to use the Contour Palette as eyeshadow.  You can create a neutral, everyday look quite easily with these shades.  The contour color looks beautiful as a crease shade, and the matte highlight works well as a browbone highlight.  I’ve used the Studio Contour Palette on my eyes on days when I was just running errands and wanted something simple and it totally worked  out for me.

I hope that you found this review helpful.  I do not think that the e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette is a must-have, but I like it and get good use out of it.  If you are curious about contour palettes, but don’t want to spend $40+ on one, this is a great choice.  That having been said, however, I don’t think that these shades are particularly unique.  You may have similar products in your collection already.  If you already own Too Faced Chocolate Soleil, you may not want to bother.  It really depends on what you have in your collection as to whether the e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette is worth the $6.  I do think that those of you who decide to buy it will enjoy it.  I do.  If you have the e.l.f. Studio Contour Palette, let us know what you think in the comments below.  E.l.f. is pretty hit and miss in people’s opinions, so I’d love to know your thoughts.

Great New Brushes from e.l.f. Now Available

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New Brushes from e.l.f.

New Brushes from e.l.f.

So last week, I told you about several new products that have been released from e.l.f. over the last couple of months.  Well, over the weekend e.l.f. released several new brushes to their Studio line that I thought deserved another post because I know some of you are going to want to get your hands on them soon. I am a big fan of the e.l.f. Studio line brushes.  I find that the Essential line can be pretty hit and miss, but the Studio line is consistently good quality for a very low price. It should be noted that almost all of these new brushes start at a slightly higher price than the old Studio brushes, but I will get into that.  So, let’s take a look at the brushes.  I’ll start quickly with the one that I told you about last week, just in case you missed that post.

e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush

e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush

As I mentioned last Tuesday, this is the e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Kabuki Brush.  According to e.l.f., this is “A true beauty multi-tasker, this brush works for blending, highlighting, contouring, and stippling.The densely compacted bristles distribute powder evenly to create a smooth and soft-focused finish. Flat edges fit the contours of your face while curved corners allow for targeted, precise application. The soft bristles of this Taklon brush are vegan-friendly and easy to clean.”  To use, e.l.f. suggests starting on the outside of the face in small circular motions, apply product over the forehead, nose, and cheeks.   At $10, the Ultimate Kabuki is pricey for the Studio line, most of which come in at $3 each.  In fact, I believe that it is the most expensive brush that e.l.f. makes.  However previous e.l.f. Kabuki brushes are regularly priced at $6, and the Ultimate Kabuki is a very large brush, so the price (even for e.l.f.) is not out of hand.  Compared to other brushes of this kind on the market, it is a down right steal.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush

Now onto the brand new brushes.  This is the e.l.f. Studio Contouring Brush.  “This brush is specifically designed for advanced makeup application to help achieve professional looks. The densely packed hair and structured shape achieves flawless dimension along the cheekbones, forehead, and jawline for targeted contouring. Perfect for using with pressed or loose bronzer powder, liquids, and creams to create beautiful sculpting all over the face. This brush is made by artisans with expert craftsmanship to cut, shape, and hand-assemble the ultra-fine hair for a luxurious experience.”  To use, apply color on the sides of the brush for a natural blend, or use the top of the brush for fuller coverage.  The Studio Contouring Brush retails for $6.00.  All three of the new face brushes are a step up from the standard, so to me it makes sense that they are a few dollars more than the rest of the Studio line.  Again, similar brushes to the Studio Contouring Brush would cost a lot more than $6.00 from any other brand.

e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Blending Brush

e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Blending Brush

Next up is the e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Blending Brush.  “The Ultimate Blending Brush is specifically designed for advanced makeup techniques that help achieve professional looks. The large dome-shaped head and densely packed bristles maneuver in and around the crevices and contours of your face for seamless, even coverage. It picks up the perfect amount of product to build coverage with powder, liquid, or mousse foundation, bronzer, or blush. The ultra-fine fibers are hand cut, shaped, and assembled by artisans for expert craftsmanship for a luxury experience.”  This brush reminds me a lot of the Real Techniques Buffing Brush that comes in the Core Collection Face Brush Set.  The Ultimate Blending Brush retails for $6.00.  This is the only one of the new brushes that makes me wonder if the higher price is warranted.  I don’t know how much a difference in manufacturing or precision that the Ultimate Blending Brush would have over say, the Studio Powder Brush that is only $3.  At the end of the day, $6 is very inexpensive for a good face brush, but I do wonder how e.l.f. is going to handle the complaints (because you know that there will be people balking at those extra $3).

e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush

e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush

The final brush may not seem as exciting as the face brushes, but I am actually pretty interested in the new e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush.  “This convenient dual-sided brush includes a dense angled brush on one end to precisely fill in and contour brows while the wand side combs and shapes hair into place. Perfect to use with powder, cream, and gel formulas for a polished look.”  To use, e.l.f. suggests to brush hair into shape with the wand end. Then, following the natural arch, fill in any sparse areas of the brow with the angled brush by using short feathery strokes that mimic hair to help shape and define.  I love the e.l.f. Studio Small Angled Brush, and use it every day to fill in my eyebrows.  I pair it with the Essential Brow Comb+Brush.  I think that it is great that they made this combo, and think that it will be super convenient and useful.  The e.l.f. Studio Eyebrow Duo Brush retails for $3.00.

I don’t know about you, but if I am being honest I want all four of these new e.l.f. brushes.  I don’t absolutely need the Ultimate Blending Brush because I do have a similar brush already, but the other three brushes would be totally unique to my collection.  Even with the slightly higher prices, these brushes are extremely affordable.  Of course, e.l.f. always has a sale going on, so I will probably wait until I can score a decent discount and then scoop them up.  How about you?  Are you interested in e.l.f.’s new brushes?  Let me know in the comments below.  Right now all four of these brushes are available at eyeslipsface.com.  I am not sure when or if they will make their way into Target stores.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

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E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. has a new line of bronzers out that I mentioned last month, and now I have one of them to show you.  This is the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee.  I really like the somewhat new Pressed Mineral Blushes, so I am very excited that e.l.f. has released bonzers in the Pressed Mineral line.  I had heard that Tan Toffee was a matte shade, and I was anxious to see how closely it resembles Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.  I have some comparison swatches at the end, but first let me talk about this bronzer.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Pressed Mineral Bronzers: “Create a healthy looking glow year-round with this sculpting bronzer. The silky smooth texture of this pressed formula is blendable for everyday wear. Infused with Vitamin E and Grape to help nourish the skin for a more revitalized feel.”  I really like this formula.  It feels silky soft and goes on smoothly and evenly.  It actually has a higher end feel, in my opinion.  The pigmentation is great, and it lasts on my skin all day.  The only issue I have with the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer is that it is so soft that you have to be careful what brush you use with it.  If you have a good soft brush, you should be fine.  Just remember to tap off before you apply.  If your brushes are a little coarse, or if you have a heavy hand, you can kick up a lot of product in the pan.  You should never have to “dig” into a product, and if you feel you do, then you should probably be using a better quality product.  If you use a light hand, you shouldn’t have much of an issue, but otherwise things can get a little messy.  That issue aside, the formula is fantastic.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee is a medium bronze shade with subtly warm undertones.  It is not actually matte.  It’s more of a matte-satin with just the slightest sheen.  It is difficult to detect the sheen on the skin, but it is there if you look very closely.  I feel that it is matte enough for me to contour my cheeks and forehead, but not my nose.  I don’t find it too warm for me, but my skin has a warmish-neutral undertone.  People with cooler toned skin, especially if it is also fair, may find Tan Toffee too warm for contouring.  I am not someone who contours on a daily basis, and like to just warm up my face with bronzer, so Tan Toffee is a great color for me.  If you have medium-tan skin or darker, Tan Toffee will be too light for you.  It should work well for anyone with light-medium skin or lighter.  Now, let’s see how it stacks up against other well-known bronzers.

L-R: NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

L-R: NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, Too Faced Chocolate Soleil

Here I have swatched NYC Sunny, E.l.f. Tan Toffee, and Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.  I don’t want to just compare color, but also quality.  These three products were swatched exactly the same way.  As you can see, NYC Sunny, the cheapest of the three by far, looks patchy.  It doesn’t look at all like the other two.  The e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee swatches just as smoothly as the much more expensive Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer.  I have never had issue with NYC Sunny, and think that it is a good drugstore bronzer, but you do have to work with it to get the same color payoff as the other two bronzers.  As far as color goes, Tan Toffee is darker than NYC Sunny, and also not as warm.  If NYC Sunny is too warm for you, Tan Toffee may be a good option.  Chocolate Soleil is pretty darn close in color to Tan Toffee.  They have similar pigment and depth, but Tan Toffee is warmer toned than Chocolate Soleil.  The E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer retails for $5 and is .14oz.  A full size Chocolate Soleil is $30 for .35oz.  If the two products were the same size, e.l.f.’s bronzer would retail for $12.50, still a significant savings to the higher end alternative.  Are the formulas exactly the same?  No.  But they have enough similarities to make e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee a worthy alternative.

Overall, I am very pleased with E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer in Tan Toffee.  I think that the formula is great, and the color works with my skintone.  I definitely recommend taking a closer look at the e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzers.  I believe the lightest shade is a peach highlight, but the two darker shades are definitely bronzers.  If you have lighter skin with a warm or neutral undertone, give Tan Toffee a try.  It is only $5, full price, and it stands up against higher end products of its kind.  I you plan to order online, be sure to take advantage of one of the many sales e.l.f. has going.  You may be able to pick it up for even less.

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer

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E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer

E.l.f. has a new Pressed Mineral Bronzer out, and it looks very promising.  I have not had great luck with e.l.f. bronzers in the past.  Some of them have had a nice formula, but almost all of them have been way too shimmery.  However, I really like the somewhat new Pressed Mineral Blushes, so I am very excited that e.l.f. has released bonzers in the Pressed Mineral line.  A full review of the blushes is on it’s way, but in the meantime, know that the Pressed Mineral line is smooth and very good quality.  There are four shades of the new e.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzers, and one of them is completely matte.  (These promo photos are all from eyeslipsface.com)

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer shades

E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer shades

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Pressed Mineral Bronzers: “Create a healthy looking glow year-round with this sculpting bronzer. The silky smooth texture of this pressed formula is blendable for everyday wear. Infused with Vitamin E and Grape to help nourish the skin for a more revitalized feel.”  The four shades (in the above order) are: Baked Peach which is a highlight shade with subtle shimmer, Tan Toffee which is the neutral matte shade, Beach Bronze which is the darkest of the shades and is a cool-toned satin finish, and Caramel Cabana which is a warm satin finish.

Pressed Mineral Bronzer

Pressed Mineral Bronzer

The E.l.f. Pressed Mineral Bronzer retails for $5 and is 0.14oz.  Unlike the e.l.f. Mineral Pearls that I showed you yesterday, the Pressed Mineral Bronzers are not limited edition.  They should be around for a while, but there is no telling when they will arrive in stores.  It is still your best bet to order online at eyeslipsface.com, especially because there is a 50% off sale today only (8/7).  Use code SECRET by midnight tonight on orders of $30 or more, and get half off almost everything.  The offer excludes $1 and $2 products, Beauty Bundle plans, and gift cards, but Studio and Mineral line products are in.  Get all the details of the sale at eyeslipsface.com.  I am very happy that e.l.f. extended the Pressed Mineral line to include bronzer and I may have to pick up the matte shade to see how closely it resembles Too Faced Chocolate Soleil.  What do you think?  Will you be hauling?

E.l.f. Limited Edition Mineral Pearls

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E.l.f. Limited Edition Mineral Pearls

E.l.f. Limited Edition Mineral Pearls

E.l.f. has a fun new limited edition product out for the Fall, the Mineral Pearls.  These Mineral Pearls are supposedly an e.l.f. dupe of the very popular Guerlain Meteorites, which retail for around $60 for 0.88 oz.  I have no experience with the original, but for $8 the .53 oz jar of e.l.f. Mineral Pearls may be worth checking out if you are a fan.  E.l.f. Mineral Pearls come in two shades, Skin Brightening and NaturalSkin Brightening is a mix of pastel shades that you see here, similar to e.l.f.’s Tone Correcting Powder (formerly Complexion Perfection).  Blue neutralizes orange, the green neutralizes red, the pink neutralizes grey and the yellow brightens and also neutralizes red.  Natural, pictured below, is a mix of mostly skin toned shades.

E.l.f. Mineral Pearls in Skin Balancing

E.l.f. Mineral Pearls in Skin Balancing

Here is what e.l.f. has to say about the Mineral Pearls: “Indulge in a glistening sheer wash of color with illuminating, radiant Mineral Pearls, designed to complement any skin tone. 6 multi-colored pearls blend together to mattify skin for a flawless, radiant look. Choose from Natural to boost your natural radiance, or Skin Balancing for a more even complexion. The Vitamin A, B, C & E infused formula conditions and hydrates the skin for a soft, silky feel.”
E.l.f. Mineral Pearls in Natural

E.l.f. Mineral Pearls in Natural

The e.l.f. Mineral Pearls are limited edition, and I am not sure how long they will be available.  I also don’t know if they will be released in stores, so your best bet of snagging them is on the website.  Go to eyelipsface.com for more information and to purchase the e.l.f. Mineral Pearls.  Are you interested in this type of product?  I have not used Guerlain Meteorites.  I personally am not a fan of powder pearls like this.  I also think that $8 is a little steep for e.l.f., though I admit that this is somewhat innovative for the drugstore price point.  I know Physicians Formula has put out powder pearls like this, but I can’t think of another drugstore brand that has.  What are your thoughts?  For me, I am going to pass on the little balls.  😉

 

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick Review

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e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick

Today I have the e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick for review.  I bought the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory back in February when it was first released.  I purchased the lightest shade because I had no tan in the heart of winter, and I had heard that the shades ran dark.  According to e.l.f.: “This creamy foundation stick glides on effortlessly for adjustable, natural-looking coverage. Enriched with antioxidants and anti-aging ingredients Shea, Vitamin E, Cocoa, Grape, Avocado, Macadamia, and Aloe to nourish and hydrate the skin for a soft, smooth, and revitalized look. The twist-up component is easy to use and perfect for on-the-go beauty!”

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

I bought the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick because I was not thrilled with the Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Stick Foundation, but still wanted to try an easy, travel-friendly stick foundation.  I hoped that this e.l.f. version would be better than the Maybelline version.  Unfortunately, for me, it was much worse.  I really don’t like the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick, and think it is a total dud.  I have heard that there is some discrepancy between the shades, and that the darker shades perform much better.  I only purchased Ivory, so I can’t say how the other shades do, but my experience was a pretty bad one.

First off, the e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick smells.  There is a big difference between e.l.f.’s Essential line and the Studio line.  One of the major differences is that many Essential line products have a funky smell that the Studio line doesn’t have.  The Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick smells like the cheap $1 All Over Cover Sticks.  It really turns me off the product, especially because it is priced at $6.

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

The formula is cakey and patchy and not smooth at all.  It’s thick and sits on top of the skin instead of blending in.  I’ve tried blending the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick with my fingers, a beauty sponge, and with a brush and all techniques looked pretty bad.  Like I said, I first tried the product in the winter.  It accentuated my dry areas and settled into lines and pores.  It looked so bad, that I refused to wear it outside.  I thought that maybe my skin was too dry from the cold weather and that it may work better in the warmer months, so I put it away for later.  Well, it’s June and in the 90’s.  I’ve tried the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick several times since, and my feelings about it haven’t changed.  It’s a terrible foundation.  I look ten years older with it on because it highlights every flaw.  Calling it “moisturizing” is a joke.  I blended it out on the back of my hand in the picture below.  You can click to enlarge the picture to see how the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick sits on top of the skin and sinks into lines.

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick in Ivory

I purchased the e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick during a half off sale, so it was only $3.  In my opinion, even half off is too much to pay.  There are several very positive reviews of the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick on e.l.f.’s website, as well as other places online.  Maybe the Studio Moisturizing Foundation Stick works for some people, but for me, it was terrible.  My advice is to skip this one entirely.  Dry skin girls will find it too drying and it will accentuate dry or flaky patches.  Oily skin girls will find it too smothering and it will crease up almost immediately.  Sorry e.l.f., but it’s back to the drawing board with this one.