I did it. I caved. I’ve been wanting to try a bunch of the latest ELF releases for a while now, and once the new fall shades of Studio Moisturizing Lipsticks came out, I was done for.
Guess it makes sense to start with those. I bought three colors, all of which are lovely and really well pigmented. They’re definitely comfortable on the lips and seem to stay put nicely. They do have a slight scent and taste that linger after application, which is not my favorite, but it’s worth it for the color payoff!
The other two products I bought do not come as a set, but honestly, I think they should because they are a match made in heaven. The Studio Contour Palette and the Beautifully Bare Blending Brush.
The contour palette is definitely a little gem. The white highlighter is the only one that seems to have a sheen to it, and it gives a really nice, subtle, glow. I also am pleasantly surprised by how into the contour powders I am. I like to do one dip into each of the two for a really subtle, but still apparent, sculpt. The colors appear in the pans a bit warmer than I usually prefer for my skin tone, but I don’t think they come off at all orangey on the skin. In the swatches, I had to lay the yellow powder on a bit thick for it to show up on skin, but I think a light dusting would work well for setting under-eye concealer, if you’re into that sort of thing.
A little bonus about that palette, is that it comes with a quite nicely-sized mirror. Between that, and having all your sculpting products in one palette, it seems like a great option for travel.
Now, for that brush! This little beauty is definitely a new favorite for applying these, and other, contour powders. The shape is kind of perfect for fitting in the hollow of the cheek, while still being fluffy enough that you can blend the product upward to avoid looking streaky. I haven’t tried it with cream products yet, but as a synthetic brush, I’m betting it would work well for those too.
Also, this brush is a nice size for traveling, and it comes with a little plastic protector that I plan to keep for just that purpose.
If you’ve tried any of these products, let me know what you think!
*These are only my opinions, formed through my personal experience as a consumer. I am not a medical doctor, an aesthetician, or a health/beauty professional. There is no guarantee what effect, positive or negative, these products may have on anyone else.
**All products were purchased by me from brands that, to the best of my knowledge, are cruelty-free.