I may have an online shopping problem.
It gives me the same, if not a better, thrill as a trip around the shops, and can be done from the comfort of my desk with a cup of tea in hand. Whether it’s books, makeup, or occasionally clothing, clicking “Confirm Order” gives me a buzz. And that feeling you get when your parcel finally arrives? I would say it’s priceless, but…
Shopping sprees on e.l.f. are particularly glorious, because you can get so much for so little. Recently, not only were they running a free delivery offer, they had complimentary gift bundles going when you spent over a certain amount, too. A lethal combination for my bank account, let me tell you.
Thankfully for my conscience, these offers came at a time when I actually did kind of need things. Also, e.l.f. have recently become PETA certified, which is wonderful, and means that they are now 100% vegan and cruelty-free. All in all it was a good time for me to pick up a few new things, and so that’s what I did.
I need eye shadows like a hole in the head, so this first purchase was more of a want than a need. Like many bloggers, I find it hard to resist anything with the words “rose” and “gold” combined, and so the Rose Gold Eyeshadow Palette made it’s way into my shopping basket. I had a chance to try out a look with the palette last week and must say I was not overly impressed with the strength of the pigment nor with the lasting power of the colours. I would like to try again soon using a wet brush to see if there is any improvement.
The next product I picked up was the Maximum Coverage Concealer in Sand. This had been on my radar since Sarah declared it as one of her e.l.f. must haves, and I needed a new concealer, so thought I’d give it a go. So far, I LOVE it. It does provide a full coverage, and works really well with my CC cream and foundation mix. I’ve been using it on my constantly spotty chin and under eye area.
In my ongoing bid to improve my eye makeup skills, I bought some new brushes. You can never have too many eyeshadow brushes, in my opinion; if you are working with shadows, you will need clean brushes for different colours and to blend everything out. The two brushes I picked up were the Angled Contour Brush and the Small Precision Brush. I haven’t had a chance to play with these yet but I love that they are multifunctional brushes – the contour brush would be good for applying cream blusher or contour, and the precision brush could be used with lip products as well as on the eyes.
The free gift bundle included an eye primer I already have and have been disappointed by, so that was a shame. They also threw in a mascara, which I doubt will perform better than the very impressive one I am currently using from Barry M, and a baked eyeshadow palette which does feature some pretty colours.
I will probably do a full review or look with the Rose Gold palette, once I’ve had more time to play around with it, and may update my concealer routine so I can chat more about the Maximum Coverage Concealer. If you want to hear more about any of the other products in this preview, let me know!
Have you tried any of these products? Let me know what you think below.