First Impression - ELF Cosmetics

Hi guys! Today's post is all about the brand E.L.F. This is a brand with a very affordable makeup line. They also have skincare, brushes and other tools. I'm sure a lot of you already know the brand and might own some of their products, but I've never tried out anything from this brand. I ordered a foundation, highlighter, a blush palette, a contour palette, an eyeshadow palette and an eyeshadow brush. At the end of this post you will find some photos of me with the products tested on my face. If you want to know what I think about these products, just keep on reading!

First up is the foundation. I bought the Flawless Finish in the shade Natural. They changed the name of this shade, previously it was Porcelain, but the color should be the same. This is an oil-free formula with SPF15 in it, which makes this a really nice foundation for daytime. This is a semi-matte finish, I really like that. I'm not really into hardcore matte foundations. This looks beautiful on the skin and it was a perfect shade match. I think it's more of a medium coverage, but you could definitely build it up or sheer it out. I really like the packaging, it looks very luxurious with the frosted glass container and the black cap. The foundation comes with a pump, which great for liquid foundations. I just want to adress that the foundation has a smell, it's smells a bit like soap, but not in a bad way. I personally don't have a problem with that, I quite like it.

Of course your girl has got to glow! I got myself the Baked Highlighter in the shade Moonlight Pearls. I had already heard and seen some reviews about this product and they were very mixed. Some people liked it and some people didn't. But I actually heard that you need to scrape of the top layer for a better result and it's true! I first swatched it like it was and then I scraped of the top layer (you're pan won't look that pretty anymore) and it gave me the result that I wanted! It's very pigmented and blinding, it's also buildable and you could also sheer it out for a more soft natural glow. It's also a very pretty champagne shade. This product is infuced with vitamin E, jojoba, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. You can use this wet or dry.

Ingredients foundation: ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Octyl Salicylate 2%, Titanium Dioxide 5.5% INACTIVE INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Isododecane, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Butylene Glycol, Talc, Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Magnesium Sulfate, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Synthetic Beeswax, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Carbonate, Boron Nitride, Barium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

This product contains: 0.68 fl. oz. / 20ml

Ingredients highlighter: Mica, Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Nylon-12, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Paraffinum Liquidum (mineral oil), Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Tin Oxide (CI 77861).


This product contains: 0.17oz. / 5 g 

I also purchased two face palettes. One blush palette and a countour palette with each four shades in them. It's always good to have some nice blush and contour palettes to add it some dimention and warmth to the cheeks. I always prefer palettes over individual products. It's just so nice to have multiple choices in one palette. Most of the time individual products are also more expensive. I really like the packaging of these ones, it's very sleek and compact, perfect for travelling! You also get a nice big high-quality mirror, I can really appreciate that!

Let's talk about the blush palette first. You get four shades in this palette, 2 more pink shades, one peachy bronze shade and a coral. There are 3 with a satin finish and 1 with a more shimmery finish. The shades don't have names, but I'll just start with the first one and go from left to right. The first shade is a more cool toned blush with a satin finish. Next we have the peachy bronze shade, also with a satin finish and is perfect to create a bronzy look. Left on the bottom we have a more warm deep pink, which is a little more on the mauvy side. Last but not least we have the shimmery coral shade. It's a coral blush with golden reflects in it. These blushes are very pimented, not too hard to blend and they give a nice flush of color to your cheeks. My favourite shade has to be the peachy bronze shade! The first shade is on the bottom in the swatches.

This palette was in the shade Light. So it's more suitable for fair to medium skin tones.


Ingredients blush: Mica, Talc, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Nylon-12, PTFE, Zince Stearate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron OXides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410).


This product contains: 0.56 OZ. / 16g

Next we have the contour palette. I am pretty fair, so I'm always looking for some good contour powders that are not too dark and not too warm, but also not ashy! It's very hard to find a good contour shade. But I found it in this palette! In this palette you also get four shades, a shimmery highlighter, a matte highlighter, a warmer contour shade and a cooler contour shade. The first shade is a shimmery pale yellow shade. It's not intense at all, it's very subtle, so it's great on the cheekbones if you want a light natural glow. But I like to use it on the rest of my face, I apply a blinding highlighter on the cheekbones and then I take this shade and apply it to the temples, the chin and maybe the forhead as wel for a more dewy look. Next is the matte highlighter, this really didn't work out for me, it's too dark for my skintone. It might work better on a medium skintone. Left on the bottom we have the warmer contour shade, you can use it as a warmer contour or as a cool toned bronzer, I really like it because it's not too warm. Last we have the cool toned contour and this is a perfect contour shad for lighter skin tones like me.

This palette was in the shade Light/Medium. It's great for fair to medium skin tones.


Ingredients contour palette: Mica, Talc, Ethyhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Nylon-12, PTFE, Zinc Stearate, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve). MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Manganese Violet (CI 77742).


This product contains: 0.56 oz. / 16g

I really wanted to try out one of their eyeshadow palettes, if you follow me for a while, you already know that I'm obsessed with eyeshadows! So I picked up one of the Prism Eyeshadow palettes. I also heard some good things about their brushes, so I also picked up a brush that looked like a nice shader brush. I've been looking for a good brush that does a great job packing on color and this one looked pretty good and it was so affordable! It was only €1.50 on the Belgian website! All the prices of the products will be listed at the end of this post!

This brush did such a great job! I'm really impressed, I didn't expect such a cheap brush to be that good! The synthetic bristles are actually real soft and they are densely packed, which is great to pack on color on the lid. The handle is made out of wood, when I ordered is I tought it would be made from plastic, I don't know why. But I'm pleasently suprised with the quality of this brush. Later in this post I swatched the eyeshadow palette with my fingers and with the brush, so you could see how well the brush actually performs. Let's see what the palette is all about!

This is a palette with only metallic shades, I got mine in the shade Sunset. I looked on the British and American website, but I couldn't find  this shade. I only saw the nude version. But on the Belgian website there are 3 shades available: Nude, Sunset and Smoke. I chose Sunset because it looked very nice for the summer! These shadows are very pigmented in the fingerswatch, but they also work really good together with the brush! I did wet the brush with some water, because that's what I always do with more metallic shadows. On top you can see the brush swatch and below the brush swatch you can find the fingerswatch and they are both pretty pigmented!!

Ingredients eyeshadow palette: Dimenthiconol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Magnesium Stearate, Methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Nylon-12, Polyisobutene, Bismuth Oxychloride, Methylparaben, Propylparaben May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035)


This product contains: 0.42 oz. / 12g

I also ordered a Smudge Pot. I actually ordered two, but there was one missing when I got my package. No worries, I contacted costumer service and they reached out to me and they were so kind that they will send me the product again. I recieved the one in the shade Cruisin' Chic and the one I am missing is Back to Basics. Cruisin' Chic is a very beautiful taupe shade, very pretty and pigmented. It's a really good cream shadow with a nice formula. You could use it on it's own or you could layer it with powder shadows as well and that's what I did. I also used my brush with this product and it actually swatched better with the brush than with my finger!

Ingredients Smudge Pot: Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Ozokerite, Phenyl Trimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Mica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Propylparaben. MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Tin Oxides (CI 77861).


This product contains: 0.19 oz. / 5.5g

Makeup Look

For the face I used the Flawless Finish foundation and applied it with my beautyblender. It blended very nicely. I contoured and bronzed my face with the Contour Palette. Everything blended really easily, I had no problems at all! For blush I used the last shade in the Blush Palette, the shimmery one. It's very pigmented, but I had a harder time blending it, but that was my own fault. You should use a light hand when applying the blush. As highlighter I used the Baked Highlighter, after scraping off the top layer it became very blinding! I also used the light shimmery shade from the contour palette to highlight the temples and chin.


On the eyes I used Sweet Peach from the Makeup Addiction Cosmetics Meadow palette in the crease to give the look some more dimension. On the lid I used the Smudge Pot fist as a base, then  I put the 5th color from the eyeshadow palette on top of it. Then I applied the 3th shade in the center to give is a more halo-effect. I also used  some of the white shade to brighten the center  even more. I also applied this shade to the innercorner of the eye. On the lower lashline I used some of the gold shade from the palette and on the inner third of the lower lashline I applied the second shade in the palette. And that's how I created this look. Lips: Hunty by Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Brows: Milani Stay Put Brow pomade, Lashes: Lash Pulp by Yves Rocher.

I enjoyed every product so I will certainly buy from them again! I hope you enjoyed this review! What is your experience is with E.L.F.? What is your favourite product?

Let me know in the comments!

Have a great day!


Foundation: €8.00 | $6.00 | £7.50

Highlighter: €5.00 (SALE: €4.50) | $4.00 | £5.00

Blush palette: €8.00 | $6.00 | £7.50

Contour palette: €8.00 | $6.00 | £7.50

Eyeshadow brush: €1.50 | $1.00 | £2.00

Eyeshadow palette: €10.00 (SALE €9.00) | $10.00 | £12.50

Smudge pot: €5.00 (SALE: €3.50) | Wasn't able to find it on the U.S. site | £4.50 (SALE: £1.44)

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Comments: 7
  • #1

    E (Friday, 21 July 2017 20:17)

    Echt mooie producten! En sjieke fotografie, goed bezig�

  • #2

    Faman (Friday, 21 July 2017 21:30)

    @E : Dank je voor je lieve reactie! :)

  • #3

    Jennifer (Saturday, 22 July 2017 16:23)

    I like ELF for the price for sure! I am particularly fond of the contour palette. Like you I'm pretty fair, so it really is hard to find stuff that isn't too harsh.

  • #4

    Lee Griffin (Saturday, 22 July 2017 19:54)

    I've been that eying that contour palette for awhile, but never wanted to take the leap because it's hard to find a cheap contour palette with matte highlight shades light enough for my fair skin. The one in this palette looks like it would make a good transition shade for eyeshadow though.

    Your blog looks great!

  • #5

    Faman (Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:30)

    @Jennifer: The contour palette probably my favourite! ;)

  • #6

    Faman (Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:34)

    @Lee Griffin: I can relate to that, it's so hard to find the perfect contour shade. They are actually great as an eyeshadow! Thanks for your lovely comment!

  • #7

    Chloe (Monday, 24 July 2017 18:12)

    Wow! E.L.F really stepped up their game! I LOVE the blush and eye shadow shades! :)

    xo, Chloe //