e.l.f. cosmetics, short for Eyes Lips Face, are one of the great makeup values out there, and I tend to recommend them for those who are seeking good budget cosmetics. The company focuses on affordable makeup, surprisingly affordable actually, and they carry a full line that includes some really nice makeup palettes.
I own an e.l.f. Studio 27 Piece Makeup Collection that was given to me by a company representative at a conference. The kit consists of a hard plastic case that, when opened, folds out to reveal a full makeup kit, including the following: 9 Eyeshadow Shades, 1 Cream Eyeshadow Shade, 1 Blush, 1 Bronzer, 10 Lip Gloss Shades, 1 Brow Powder,1 Eye Liner Pencil, 1 Dual-ended Eyeshadow Applicator, 1 Face Brush, 1 Small Precision Lip Brush.
Here are a couple of photos of my e.l.f. makeup palette:
The makeup in the kit is of perfectly good quality. I put it on par with most general drugstore brands in terms of pigment density. The eye shadow wears pretty well, and the shades are particularly nice. The blush also wore just fine for me, although I did reapply it part way through the day. The lip products are decent quality, and the kit has a good variety of shades. Overall, considering that his popular palette runs at $15 it is an incredible value. It would make a good gift.
You can get bigger and better with these kits as well, such as with 83 pieces for $35 (pictured below) and 141 pieces for $45. Or, if just eye shadow is your thing, there are also various shadow kits, again at great prices, such as the Endless Eyes Pro Mini with 32 shades (pictured below), now at $5 (normally $10) .
e.l.f. also offers a variety of mineral makeup sets. The mineral sets are comparable in ingredients to some of the popular, and fairly expensive mineral makeup kits out there, but at a lower price (e.l.f. runs around $20 for a starter kit). They are also paraben free, but do contain bismuth, as many mineral makeup brands do. Starter kits contain foundation, concealer, blush, two brushes, and a canvas bag. They also tend to get good consumer reviews on the e.l.f website.
Overall, if you want a good value in cosmetics, e.l.f. is worth checking out. The prices are great, but quality isn’t lacking.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. Review of the Studio Palette is based on a product provided by a representative of the company. For more, please see the disclosure page.