I received my latest ELF order this morning... and I'm very pleased with my choices...
Mineral Eyeshadow Primer
Firstly, the ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer turns out to do what it promises. It's a sheer, creamy, almost serum-like formula which goes on matte and silky at the same time. It's fine to just apply with fingertips. Once it's dried (just a few seconds), you are left with the perfect base to apply eyeshadow. The primer gives something for the colour to grip onto, meaning that you get a truer, more opaque colour.
For the last 12 hours or so, I've had eyeshadow on one eye with no primer (just moisturiser), and one eye with the ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer underneath. The eyelid with no primer looks greasy (mmm... greasy eyelids... nice!) and you can clearly see the shadow has faded (it looks more like just a sheer wash of colour) and is settling into my eyelid crease. The eyeshadow with the primer undercoat looks as fresh and vivid as when I first applied the shadow. Yay success. And a bargain too at only £3 on EyesLipsFace.co.uk (much cheaper than the Urban Decay and Too Faced eyeshadow primers that this is supposed to be just as good as).
The ingredients of the ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer are nothing suspicious:
Isododecane, Cylopentasiloxane, Octyl Palmitate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Triacontanyl PVP, Propylene Carbonate, Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163).
If you're thinking of buying this Mineral Eyeshadow Primer, be sure not to confuse it with the Eye Primer and Liner Sealer in the ELF Studio range which I didn't get because the first ingredient of that one is paraffinium liquidum (mineral oil). I really don't like cosmetics which are mineral oil based... they always, always block my pores.
Mineral Blusher in "Coral"
The next product I'm really pleased with is the ELF Mineral Blush in "Coral" ($5.00 / £3.50). I was looking for a new blush because my skin is way too pale and pasty at the moment to be wearing my Elemental Beauty "Fudge" browny pink blusher which I bought just before the summer. After reading all the reviews, I plumped for the shade "Coral" because the other shades sounded too pink, too light or too dark. I was a little worried that it would be too orange on me but it's just perfect... it's a neutral peachy pink which doesn't look orange at all. When it's on my cheeks, it is the exact same shade that my nose goes in the cold weather.... so it just looks like a healthy glow. This blush looks matte in the pot, but it actually has a little shimmer in it. Not chunky glitter shimmer - just a bit that you'll see in certain lights. In the past, I've ordered blushers only to find that they make me look like a disco ball... not a good look.
The ELF Mineral Blusher ingredients are similar to any other mineral blusher on the market:
Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Boron Nitride, Caprylyl Glycol, Tocopheryl Acetate. May Contain: Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI77499), Maganese Violet (CI77742), Ultramarines (CI77707).
Lastly, the ELF Shine Eraser sheets are nothing spectacular but they do the job (blot excess oil and remove shine) and are cheap. They are quite thin and papery feeling (and are an odd colour with what looks like tiny wood chips in them! Think recycled paper that you used to make at school using old mulched up paper) but are deceptively strong. They do rip, but not as quickly as some other paper-based oil blotting sheets I've tried. They are obviously not as effective as the famous Clean & Clear blue oil blotting sheets, but they're much cheaper and fine for the average greasy face, or when you don't want to feel as if you've had all your natural face oils completely sapped by mysterious blue rubbery sheets. A little natural oil is good... no-one wants skin that looks like a cheap IKEA lampshade.
If you like ELF products, you might also like my review of ELF Studio High Definition Powder.