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I recently bought a lot of products from Elf and I thought I would try out this new cover stick. It is basically a concealer, in a short, white, twist-up tube. When I use normal concealers I sometimes find them a little sheer and I was hoping for something a little more full coverage. This product costs £1.50 which I think is a complete bargain if the product is good. I bought this in the colour 'apricot beige'.
The texture of this concealer is a little different from what I am used to. It is very, very creamy for a stick concealer. I am much more used to the drying, almost chalky feel of a normal stick concealer. At first, I was worried about the texture. I thought that maybe because it was so creamy it would make my skin look greasy or cause me to break out in spots but I am happy to say that this had not happened.
However, there is a very strong orange fragrance to this concealer which did strike me as quite odd. However, it isn't an unpleasant scent and does wear off very quickly when applied to the face. I can't say I like this very much, it kind of puts me off and makes me feel like I shouldn't be putting it on my face. I can put up with it, but I wish the smell was absent or just toned down a little bit.
The concealer itself is very high coverage, which is exactly what I wanted from this product. However, it does crease quite easily. When I apply this to my under eye area and don't set it with a powder, I only get around an hours wear out of it before it starts to shift and crease. Now creasing is something I can't be doing with. I don't really want to have to reapply and always avoid it throughout the day. As much as I like the full coverage of this concealer, having to reapply it does put me off using it every day.
Overall, this product is cheap and cheerful really. The creamy consistency does mean that it needs setting with a translucent powder. If you don't mind that, and are looking for something more full coverage and very kind on your budget, then this might be one to try.
I don't think I would re buy it, but I will try and use this one up now that I have it.
When I first came across ELF I went a little crazy and bought heaps of different products to try as they're so cheap!
While I do love a majority of the products, the all over cover stick is one of the more slightly dissapointing ones and while it's okay for the price, it is never my first choice of concealer because it isn't easily blendable and it is hard to achieve a natural finish. It's also quite greasy and shiny looking which isn't a great look!
I have quite dry skin so it doesn't look awful as long as I set it with loose powder, but for people with oily skin I definitely wouldn't recommend this. This retails at just £1.50 per four grams of product so obviously I wasn't expecting it to be amazing and as good as my usual, more expensive concealer but it's not awful quality or anything and it just about does the job.
The concealer is available in seven different shades which are suitable for all skin tones. As I am naturally very pale I have it in 'fair' which is the lightest shade available. While it is quite pale I personally find it a little too dark for me and it has an un-natural yellow tone to it which I find hard to disguise even when it is applied over foundation and set with powder, so my under-eyes and spots can actually look even more prominent than they were before in certain lights.
The concealer is easy to apply and I like the design of the tube - it's a bit like a pan stick but white with 'elf' and the product name written on the front. It is quite a chunky tube and it takes up quite a lot of room in my make-up bag which I find a bit annoying and I'd prefer a long, thin tube but eh, for the price I really can't complain too much! ELF claim that the concealer makes the skin appear smooth and flawless and it is infused with natural ingredients.
While it does cover up any redness of spots and helps make them less prominent, the finish certianly isn't flawless and the coverage isn't half as good as my usual concealer. As I have mentioned before it is also quite hard to blend, especially if applying it straight from the stick and the consistency is quite thick and heavy and once applied it feels like a layer of product on my skin rather than feeling weightless/unnoticeable. The lasting power isn't great - it starts to kind of melt and go patchy after four or so hours which is a lot quicker than my usual (and not much more expensive) concealer.
I give the ELF all over cover stick three out of five stars and while I do recommend it, there are quite a few disadvantages.
Reviewed Product:- ELF All Over Cover Stick
Net Weight:- 0.14oz (4g)
Cost:- £1.50 (Purchased online from www.eyeslipsface.com)
I had heard a plethora of comments regarding ELF Make up in the office and noticed ELF Make up cropping up in various magazines and decided to take the plunge and investigate the ELF make up phenomenon myself.
I logged onto the http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk website and was entranced for over half an hour browsing in Make-up heaven. Products that I didn't even realise I wanted and needed seemed to jump across the page goading me for my naivety regarding their existence.
But.. the biggest shock was the price. ELF Make up is exceedingly cheap and appeared to be remarkably good value. I loaded my basket with all manner of whimsical items and then brutally narrowed it down to affordability versus sheer Make up lust.
I placed an order which arrived the next day despite me not paying for next day delivery, I ordered quite a few items and the ELF All Over Cover Stick was one of them.
According to the ELF Website Blurb - the All Over Cover Stick is a "Achieve smooth and flawless skin easily! The e.l.f. All Over Cover Stick is infused with active natural ingredients and skin polymers to soothe and protect the skin to camouflage those problematic facial areas. Getting a clear fresh face has never been so easy!". Source - ELF Website
The Product was quite small much like the all over cover/colour stick and again fitted neatly into the palm if my hand. The Product is in the same packaging as the all over colour stick and works via a twist mechanism.
I opted for the colour light Beige and the colour of the product accurately matched the stick but was quite peachy for my pale skin tone. Texture wise the stick is quite thick and heavy but surprisingly doesn't feel greasy on the skin; it feels more like a heavy duty concealer than an alternative to foundation.
I applied the product via a small foundation brush to my cheeks and jawline which are the areas with the biggest open pores and found that I had to blend it quite a lot in order to remove any tell-tale signs. The product just didn't seem to blend in and left a powdery residue which highlighted all the pores and wrinkles. I was quite disappointed by this but resolved to use it as an eye shadow primer and concealer for my eyes instead which works surprisingly well but not for long before it slid off my eyelids.
The Product has a faint orangey scent which is actually quite nice and it didn't seem to cause any irritation to my skin either
I checked the Caring Consumer list and the products are not tested on animals.
The Cover stick is small and compact and is essentially a solid cover stick that resides within a small plastic white tube on the bottom half with a clear plastic lid for the top half. The stick is operated via a twist mechanism which in this case is the bottom of the white plastic tube. The twist mechanism isn't messy but I found that got stuck after I had used it twice and had to resort to digging the product out with a small brush in order to use it.
The Elf logo is printed in silver capital letters across the front with the words cover stick in silver underneath. Considering the £1.50 price I personally didn't think the packaging looked too cheap in fact it looked simple and understated and the white packaging almost looked clinical.
My only complaint regarding packaging is the lack of durability.
*********Functionality & Usability*****
The Cover stick is a great idea in theory, but sadly for me it just didn't work. Usability wise it's small enough to be added to a makeup bag and used as a top up concealer throughout the day.
A word of warning though - after the twist mechanism got stuck and I could no longer use the product as it was designed I would advise being gentle when using the product.
With regards to Functionality, there is a lot that you could use this product for such as an eye shadow primer, a concealer a lipstick base or just to cover imperfections and due to this I think it's a great versatile product but just not for me.
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Ceresin Wax, Synthetic Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Microcrystalline Wax, Cetyl Alcohol, Methlyparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Red No.27 Lake (CI 45410), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035)
There are quite a few chemicals in this product but far less than I expected but I wasn't happy to see a methyl paraben on the list.
Titanium Dioxide is a naturally occurring mineral which is derived from oxide of titanium and is frequently used in cosmetics to inject a whiteness to color cosmetics and encourage the opacity and minimize transparency, titanium dioxide also reflects and absorbs and scatters light including (UVA,B & C rays) and has anti-ageing properties. Titanium Dioxide was studied by the a group working for the International Agency for Cancer Research who announced that there was inadequate evidence in humans regarding eth carcinogenic effects of Titanium Dioxide but sufficient evidence for its carcinogenicity in experimental animals, and classified the substance as possibly carcinogenic to humans
Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate is essentially a Glycerin Ester and is used as an emollient and thickener which would help provide the cover stick with its greasy texture.
Ceresain Wax is a mineral wax usually derived from Coal and is called synthetic beeswax. It's mainly used as a thickener and helps to keep emulsions from separating the oil and liquid components and explains the solidity of the Colour stick.
Iron Oxides are naturally occurring mineral deposits and are generally used in cosmetics to provide pigmentation and Ipresume the Iron Oxides are providing the glittery pigment effect of the colour stick.
Parabens have been under considerable attention the past few years and there is a huge debate regarding their safety within Cosmetic products. Essentially Parabens are preservatives and can be found in cosmetics and all manner of hair care products. They are esters of para-hydroxybenzoic acid and the debate regarding usage was ignited by a study which linked parabens in deodorants to breast cancer due to parabens mimicking human estrogen which is known to stimulate cancer. Since publication the study (which sadly I can't remember who it was by), has been discredited and to date no more scientific proof has been offered to support the original theory. Although from an Environmental perspective Parabens are not good news due to the estrogen mimicking effect of the products which are absorbed by the body and deposited as waste into the water systems or directly flushed into water systems in the form of shampoo and shower gels. The Contraceptive pill is also being flushed into our water supply via human urine, the high levels of estrogen in the water supplies and its impact upon wildlife is currently being studied and anyone who is interested in researching this further would be well advised to Google paarabens and water supply.
As with nearly all brand cosmetics there is a list of chemical ingredients which are always up for debate regarding their toxicity. I would recommend that anyone with sensitive skin to try a patch test before usage.
*********Value for money********
The ELF Company use cheap packaging and don't use celebrity endorsements and Ad campaigns in order to keep the costs down.
ELF Products are definitely at the cheaper end of the spectrum, but I don't actually feel that the products suffer for this and in fact the packaging doesn't look cheap. Its simple stylish and contemporary.
The All Over Cover Stick is without question great value for money and is highly versatile but very greasy with a powdery finish.
Sadly this product wasn't for me and I won't be ordering it again but I like the packaging and the price.
Summary: Great idea just too greasy for my skin.
I was looking for a cheap brand to test out their concealers and E.L.F was one i discovered after google searching around. Their All over cover stick is only £1.50 and has a decent amount of product for the price. You can purchase it in 7 different shades Apricot Beige (fair), Honey (light), Spice (medium), Toffee, Ivory, Light Beige and Rosy Beige.
Here is the products description...
Achieve smooth and flawless skin easily! The e.l.f. All Over Cover Stick is infused with active natural ingredients and skin polymers to soothe and protect the skin to camouflage those problematic facial areas. Getting a clear fresh face has never been so easy!
For all over flawless coverage, apply to face using clean finger-tips or an e.l.f Professional Foundation Brush for perfect results.
To cover up problem areas - for best results apply and blend using an e.l.f Professional
Tip - Apply sparingly to eyelids for a fantastic long-lasting eyeshadow base.
Firstly lets talk about the packaging. Its small and cute and quite a chunky swivel up concealer stick. Easy to use and looks quite cute. For £1.50 its the most you could expect really.
So the first thing that i noticed as i used this for the first time was the smell. It smells just like Terrys Chocolate Orange. Very very strange for a concealer to smell like oranges. This i have to say is one of the downsides to this product. But then again if you like the orangey kind of smell you may want to try it.
Now to the application. Well i baught this to use mainly on my eyes. I can tell you now i will never be using it on my eyes again. The reason is my eye area is quite dry so i need something very moisturising. This is completely the opposite with a very waxy hard to blend formula. I had to rub my eye really hard to blend it in so i gave up in the end as it will end up damaging my skin. This might work better for those with more oily skin as i feel it would probably sit better. Ok the last downside to this product is that it comes out very orange! I got mine in the shade honey. So I think i may have chose the wrong shade. E.L.F arent very good at showing the real true colour of their products online im afraid its all down to guess work really.
Now the only good thing i could really say about it is that you could possibly use it on blemishes and spots if you wanted to. I mean i wouldnt even really say its good. You could probably get away with it though. All in all i dont think i will purchase this again. It didnt work for me at all. Though maybe it might work for others : ) Give it a try for £1.50 you never know! I give this 2/5
(i will be posting this on my blog www.mylittlemakeover.blogspot.com, www.epinions.com and www.ciao.co.uk)
Having read lots of reviews on eyes lips and face products I decided to place an order online for some of their make up as they were really cheap and seemed decent quality too from the reviews that I had read. One of the items I purchased was the all over cover stick.
The all over cover stick comes in a chunky tub which is a pearlescent white in colour and which features the e.l.f name and product name in a silver coloured lettering. This lettering does seem to rub off pretty quickly from the tub I have found. The tub has a clear plastic lid through which you can see the top of the cover stick. The idea of this product is it can be used all over your face as a concealer for spots, blemishes or to help cover dark circles under the eyes. I do really suffer with dark circles under my eyes and so I was looking forward to trying the product to see if it would work for me.
When you take the clear cap off the tub the cover stick is slightly exposed but I find it best to twist the bottom of the tub so that a little more is exposed making it easier to use. I use a concealer brush to get some of the product and then apply it to my face before blending it using my finger. The product blends quite well but does feel very heavy on the skin I think. It does an ok job at helping to minimise my dark under eyes but it works much better on spots or blemishes I think as it hides them better as they are a smaller area. The cover stick lasts reasonably well on the skin and I only really notice it fading when I am on a long shift at work and to be fair most of my make up is fading when I am coming to the end of a thirteen hour shift!
The e.l.f all over cover stick costs £1.50 from eyes lips and face and I do think that it is a very good product for the price that you pay. At £1.50 it is never going to be the most wonderful concealing product on the market but it is a good offering for the price!
Thank you for reading my review!
I know, I know, I've been reviewing a lot of ELF products lately, but that's only because the quality of a lot of their products is quite good, and they are so affordable! And they run amazing offers all the time so I can't stop buying from them! I'm now trying to work my way through all my ELF goodies and reviewing them as I go along.
What ELF says:
Achieve smooth and flawless skin easily! The e.l.f. All Over Cover Stick is infused with active natural ingredients and skin polymers to soothe and protect the skin to camouflage those problematic facial areas. Great for using on under eye circles, pimples, and as a primer. Getting a clear fresh face has never been so easy!
The concealer comes in a twist up tube with a plastic cover. The packaging is quite nice and the plastic cover stays on so you can pop this into your bag and take it along with you if you wish. I believe it is available in 7 shades. I have this in rosy beige and it matches my skin tone quite well. My only complaint is that the shade is written on my bottom of the tube in really tiny handwriting so it's a pain to read if you forget what shade you are.
I really love the scent of this concealer. It smells like lemons and the scent is so subtle and delicate. I can't smell it once I've applied it so people who prefer unscented products shouldn't really have too much of a problem with this concealer.
I use my finger to apply this as the heat from my finger warms the product up, making it easier to apply. It is quite creamy and thick, so I don't like to use it all over my face as I feel like it would just give a cakey look, nor do I use this to conceal under my eyes because I prefer a brightening concealer for that. I do use this to conceal my blemishes and it works quite well for that. In my opinion, this is a medium coverage product. It does take some time to blend this, but once blended it gives your skin a nice flawless look. My advice is to use just a small amount of product at first, pat onto your skin using a finger (or a concealer brush, but it may be difficult to get it on your brush unless you warm it up first), and then build it up to avoid an unnatural cakey look. Pat some powder on top, and it will last for at least 5-6 hours.
Price and Availability
And the best part? It only cost me £1.50! You can buy this online (ELF products are only available online) at www.eyeslipsface.co.uk. You need to use very little at a time so this will last ages.
I quite like this concealer to be honest. The only thing that I don't like about it is that it is a little hard to blend. It doesn't cause me to break out, and I do have slightly sensitive skin, so I do think it should suit most people. The only problem is choosing the correct shade since these products are only available online, but search online for swatches and you will be able to make an educated decision.
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I heard about ELF and I needed a new concealer (concealer is the staple of my make up kit) so I thought I'd try this one out. It is OK.. But I find that is is super oily. I have a normal/oily complexion and I always have blemishes of some sort so finding a good concealer is quite important to me. The last concealer I had was great and I had it about 4 years! (embarrassing, as you're only supposed to keep make up for 6 months!). This product can be used as foundation/concealer or eyeshadow base, but from using it as a concealer I definitely wouldn't use it as a foundation on my whole face, because I'd be shiny from the off! It would probably make a good eyeshadow base if you put some light powder on after it but before your eyeshadow because I can't stress enough how oily it is. The coverage is OK, but it doesn't completely cover spots and blemishes how I'd like them to be covered. I read a review on this website about it and someone said they didn't like the orangey scent... I like it! It smells to me like apricot and I think it's lovely to have a make up that doesn't smell horrible!
Overall I'd say that this product is what you pay for... OK coverage but far too oily to be used for mass coverage.
Also, after having it about two weeks I had trouble pushing it out one day and the whole thing came out! It was a very messy job fitting it back in and now it's a bit lumpy on top (I like things to be perfect).
One thing I use most days and always seem to running out of lately in a foundation. Usually I buy whatever is on offer from a brand I trust in places like Boots however the other day I was on the e.l.f (eyeslipsface) website as I had received an email from the company offering me 50% off and postage and packaging is only ever £3.50 no matter how many items you order so I had a right spending spree!
For anyone who is not aware of e.l.f.com where have you been? Particularly you ladies? It is an online cosmetic company that combines not only a whole array of make up you could possibly want and/or need but make up related items such as brushes and bags too. The majority of make up (like this item is) is £1.50 though of course I paid 50% less than that making it a mere 75p and you get offers either by making your first order and them keeping your details to send you offers to or you can sign up anyway and the offers really do come in thick and fast with half price offers, free gifts being given etc!
I didn't realise until recently that they did any type of foundation and knowing I was running out I opted to order one of these sticks of the stuff.
In seven colours, from rather light to rather dark I opted for the ivory option as I am really, really pale and this of course I ordered from the website and as usual the colour I received was remarkably like the colour swatch shown on the site and I do appreciate that colours really do come as shown as on the site which makes ordering with confidence easy!
As usual the packaging from the range of products on e.l.f is practical to use, simple in design but appears a little cheap to me. The stick is within a white round shaped plastic bottom case to which on that and in silver writing we are told that it is e.l.f all over cover stick and then over that you get a secure pull on/off see-through plastic lid and to use the product you simply turn the base up/down. On the base of the product we are told again it is an e.lf product and thats it really. No size is stated however according to the website this weighs 4g and you do get plenty of product!
To Use It:
Well you can either apply this straight to the face, blend with a foundation brush...use it however you want to really!
I find this an ok but not heavy duty cover stick and how to use it isn't really all that clear. I mean is it a foundation or is a concealer?....well I'm not 100% sure to be honest.
Personally though I use this as an all over cover stick/foundation as suggested. It glides on easily, blends perfectly doesn't agitate my sensitive skin at all or sit in lines and wrinkles and is a really light none greasy product. It has no real fragrance to it, is easy to apply and gives a decent matt finish to my face.
However this is such a light cover stick that it fails to deliver to my needs really. It slides off any spots, doesn't even up skin tone and wears off within an hour flat when it comes to my face. It slides off oily areas and lets my nose and chin go shiny mega quickly and all in all I find this product to be rather disappointing. It doesn't give a heavy enough coverage for me and to be used as a concealer I find it unhelpful and difficult to apply directly to an area due to the size of it!
Not for me this one and I'm glad I only paid 75p for it cos all in all I'm not one bit keen on it but initially liked the concept!
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I purchased this All Over Cover Stick (not to be confused with the All Over Colour Stick - depite similar names these are different products) in my first ever order with E.L.F (eyes, lips, face) at only £1.50 it was no loss if it wasn't great but I was intrigued as to if it would work for being the price.
It can be used in 3 different ways, first as a foundation, secondly as a concealer and thirdly as an eye shadow base (which I would class as the same as a foundation). On arrival it was a little smaller than I had imagined but then again for £1.50 you do get a decent amount for your money. It is a stick that can be used with a brush, sponge or applied directly to the skin. I used a sponge and applied a little as a base, it was very heavy, not at all as light as you would expect, I felt like if I wore it for any length of time I would break out in spots and such. Admittedly I did not wear it for a full day, I just applied it then removed it as it was pretty uncomfortable and not at all what I'm used to.
Instead I decided I would try it as a concealer. It was much better suited for this purpose. It gave an even coverage, concealed the blemishes well and stayed put for pretty much the full day so I was pretty impressed.
I also used it as an eyeshadow base just to see what it was like, despite being a little dubious I was presently suprised when it gave an even thinnish base. My eyeshadow stayed put all day, despite still feeling a little heavy it done what it said it would.
So despite not being a good foundation it is most definately great for keeping your eyeshadow put and as a concealer. At £1.50 it is great for just just 1 function so to get 2 of the 3 it claims is not bad at all.
I would recommend this to keep in the make up case and as always, excellent service, delivery, great if you can get the products with codes off. Generally an all round fabulous experience.
In my huge splurge of E.L.F (eyes lips face) products from their website, I decided to pick up their All Over Cover Stick. Do not get this confused with their All Over Color Stick as it can be easily done with such similar names. For only £1.50 I thought it was worth a go as it was such an intriguing product which really caught my eye, and I was expecting big things from it.
This All Over Cover Stick can basically be used in three different ways. The first is as a foundation, the second as a concealer or cover up method and the third as an eye shadow base. I wanted to try out all these different methods upon receiving it to see how well it worked. When I received it, I was a little shocked at how tiny it was, however I still gave it a go. You get four grams of product which is not great, and to use it you just have to take the lid off, screw the product up and use as you wish. I purchased mine in the shade Light Beige. There is seven shades to choose from which cater for very fair skinned people all the way up to quite dark skin tones which is excellent, as I know that it can be a nightmare to find the correct shades if you are fair skinned or darker skinned.
Did a few patch tests to check it matched my skin tone, and surprisingly it was bang on considering I went off the sample on the website which is fantastic. Personally, I did not buy it to use as a foundation simply because I did not feel it would work well, and because the stick is so small it would only last a couple of weeks at most for me. Never the less, I gave it a shot. I was unsure how to use it as a foundation, and it was recommended to try with a foundation brush so I gave it a go, however I am not a huge fan of foundation brushes so I ended up rolling it on to my face straight from the stick and rubbing it in with my fingers. The consistency of the stick is very strange as it is quite hard and this made it a nightmare. Took me forever to fill my whole face in and the results were horrendous. Very patchy and uneven, and that is the last time I will use it as a foundation, not recommended!
As a concealer you can either apply by rubbing the stick with your finger tips and applying to red areas, spots and blemishes. It did actually work very well as a concealer and covered up all of my blemishes really well. It did last quite a good few hours too which I was pleased with, however I do not know if it was effective enough for me to choose to use over various other concealers which I own.
As it appeared, I was not finding much use of this concealer stick, but before one night out I used it as a base for my eye shadow to make it last longer throughout the night. At first when applied it can feel a little heavy on the eye lids, however it did help my eye shadow to stick on really well, and I am extremely happy with the results. In this instance, I do use this as opposed to purchasing an eye shadow base as it works really effectively at this.
Overall, an awful foundation, a decent concealer but an excellent eye shadow base. I will give this stick two stars as it does have some perks, but overall just does not do what it claims to do. As you pay £1.50, you get £1.50 worth of quality unfortunately. Recommended if you want an eye shadow base on the cheap though.
I was on the Elf website for the first time in ages. I wanted to treat myself to some makeup, seeing as I hadn't bought any for ages, but I didn't really know what to buy. This cover stick was a spur of the moment buy - I never really wanted it before and to be honest, I never even knew it existed.
I saw it on the website and thought it looked quite nice, I looked at a few reviews which all gave positive feedback, so I decided to buy it, along with another £10 worth of makeup. I used a special code to gain free shipping which pleased me that little bit more.
When I received my package with my purchases inside I opened it and saw that it was all bubble wrapped and nothing was broken or bent. I tested each product to make sure they worked and left my lovely cover stick until last.
I opened the cover stick and took the lid off wound it up and - wait, it wouldn't wind up! It was stuck there. I also noticed that the actual product was cracked. I wasn't at all happy. I sent it back immediately and the next day I received a new cover stick. This one wound up perfectly and it didn't have any cracks or dents in the actual product. I was very pleased - this was good service!
The product smells nice, like oranges I suppose. It's very creamy and lightweight. It doesn't feel heavy or cakey on my face at all.
It covers up spots, redness and dark circles very well and overall I am very very pleased with this product. Plus, I can also use this product to rub onto my lips for a very nude look!
I would definitely recommend this to a friend and it's only £1.50 - very cheap! An amazing product for a shocking price - amazing!
Elf website for UK: www.eyeslipsface.co.uk
Elf website for US and Canada: www.eyeslipsface.com
You can also purchase Elf products in the US in places like Walmart, Target, and some drug stores.
e.l.f is an established American brand that was launched in Britain at the end of 2007. The bulk of their products are either £1.50 or £3.50. They say they are able to offer quality products at economy prices by advertising on the internet, sourcing the best ingredients at the most competitive prices, and using basic packaging.
This review is going to be about the e.l.f. All Over Cover Stick.
'Achieve smooth and flawless skin easily! The e.l.f. All Over Cover Stick is infused with active natural ingredients and skin polymers to soothe and protect the skin to camouflage those problematic facial areas. Getting a clear fresh face has never been so easy!' - from the e.l.f. website.
Ever since I discovered mineral make-up I've been keen to try out more natural beauty products, and the All-Over Cover Stick sounded very natural and effective as both a concealer and even a foundation. All that for only £1.50.
Actually the selling point for me was the 'sugar orange' scent it was infused with. I love the scent of oranges and it sounded quite appealing to have a scented base product.
The packaging is very basic - moulded plastic on a card backing. I only kept it for as long as it took to refer to for this review.
The Cover Stick is small, it's does look almost like a sample size. There are only 5 grams of product. The tube it's in is a fairly decent size, then you twist the Cover Stick up like a lipstick to discover there is not much more than half an inch of Cover Stick!
At least it twists up and down okay, as opposed to another e.l.f. 'twisty' product I bought that you have to push back down with your fingers.
I chose Fair as I am quite pale, I did suspect it might turn out orangey but I was lucky in that respect as the shade was a very good match for my skin tone.
The picture on the website is quite misleading, as it shows more product than you get! If you twist your unused Cover Stick up to the level that's shown on the picture, you would see a strip of air between the product and the base through the clear tube, it won't last you long if you want to use it like a foundation.
To apply it, e.l.f. suggest 'For all over flawless coverage, apply to face using clean finger-tips or an e.l.f Professional Foundation Brush for perfect results.
To cover up problem areas - for best results apply and blend using an e.l.f Professional Concealer Brush.
Tip - Apply sparingly to eyelids for a fantastic long-lasting eyeshadow base.'
It did not work for me either as a foundation or a concealer. I think the formulation is too dry, it emphasised the little lines under my eyes and my pores, and made me look a hundred!
I am a bit rubbish at eye make-up but I am very good at achieving a flawless base, and I could not work with this at all. The cheap price is not much of a justification, there are lots of products that do a decent job for a similar cost, and they don't make such fantastical claims either, like Rimmel 'Hide the Blemish.'
On the other hand it could work as an eyeshadow base, it did hold my shadow in place without creasing, so fingers crossed it will still come in useful.
And that 'orange sugar' scent I was anticipating? It's not pleasant! It smells orangey, but very artificial, with an underlying smell like antiseptic cream. I suppose if a company wants to scent a cover stick they must have a good reason, like trying to cover up a more unpleasant odour. I kept trying to work it out, until I became quite nauseated and had to give up.
I purchased this all over cover stick from the eyes lips and face website for the grand sum of £1.50. I wasn't quite sure what to expect at this price but thought it was worth trying out and I purchased the concealer in the shade 'fair'.
The concealer comes in a small tube with a white base and a clear plastic top. You get the concealer by twisting the tube and then the product is raised up. The width of the concealer seemed to me to be quite wide compared with other concealers on the market.
When applying this as a concealer underneath my eyes to cover dark circles I tend to use either my ring finger or a concealer brush. I tend to apply the product quite lightly and don't apply too much to avoid a cakey look. The all over cover stick gives quite a pale colour by itself can look too pale and has to be used under foundation or tinted moisturiser. I wouldn't use this product as a concealer by itself if I were not going to be using another product over the top of it.
I also utilise this product as an eye shadow base to help achieve a longer lasting finish. I tend to only use it as an eye shadow base if I am applying a more dramatic night time look to my eyes. I think that the all over cover stick works well as an eye shadow base, and this may perhaps be its best use, as it helps eye shadow to stay on longer rather than fading off or sliding over your face!
This all over cover stick is also scented with a 'sugar orange' fragrance which smells slightly chemical and simulated, and a bit reminiscent of orange flavoured sweets or chocolates. The smell isn't unpleasant or particularly strong but I generally prefer unscented products, however the smell isn't enough to put me off using the product and hasn't really affected my opinion of the product or the way I use it.
I would purchase this all over cover stick again because of its cheap price and its ability to multi task by acting as a both a concealer and an eye shadow base. While it may not be the best concealer in the world for the price that you pay the job that it does is reasonable.
about elf ..(eyeslipsface.co.uk)
it is an orginally a brand from america which provide cheap affordable good quality make up ranging from 1.50 for many items and 3.50 for mineral make up , they are also bringing over studio line from the usa over to the u.k website for a little more than 1.50
this is basicly an all over face concelor which comes in 3 different shades , fair, medium and dark .( i use the fair one) this is priced at 1.50 which is a great price as this is really good product.
it is a thick consistancy which is great for a conceler and i just really like it .
when I apply this i do it after my foundation and i just move the cover stick over my face n the areas i want it which is usualy , under eyes, t - zone and my chin , i then use my ring finger( because this is the finger which will not apply much pressure to the area) and gently rub the product into the area it is on once it is blended in i then set my foundation and the coverstick with powder and this lasts me for a few hours.
the one downside is that the coverstick can become not very managable as the product goes hard and isnt easy to apply onto the face but all you have to do is rub it in your hand or keep it in your pocket for a few moment ususaly do this while im applying my foundation.
another downside is that sometimes the acuall product comes out of the base ( its like a glue stick , were you twist it up to get more product) but all you have to do is put it back into the base and then its fine ... but what do you expect for £1.50
i have used this for over a 6 months and i love it , iam on my second one with product still left in the first one , and i use this everysingle day more than once and thats how long it lasts..
i have normal skin so i dnt know how this would work on someone with oily or dry skin.
this does cover up my dark circles under my eyes and stays on for a considerable amount of time and for £1.50 it isnt breaking the bank , expecially when eyelipsface.co.uk have offers on like free delivery or £5 off when you spend over a minimum price
i do reccomend this for someone who is just starting out with concelors and doenst want to splash out on really expensive ones , its a great little product which you can keep in your handbag.
ELF All Over Cover Stick
Eyes Lips Face (ELF for short) first started in New York in 2004, by American celebrity and beauty professional Scott-Vincent Borba (the man who founded Hard Candy's cosmetics line in 1995 in LA).
ELF provides cosmetics for as little as £1.50 and their mineral makeup up to £3.50
They manage to keep their prices low by not using high prices advertising. Rather they use the Internet for branding and word of mouth.
To say the cosmetics are cheap doesn't mean they skimp on ingredients. ELF are said to use the best ingredients for their cosmetics.
ELF has been named in many TV shows and magazines including, GMTV, This Morning, Hello Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Grazia, The Times and many more.
ELF came to England on 27th November 2007 and they have not looked back. It is ran by brother and sister Neil Phillips and Jo Westlake, from ELF HQ in Swansea.
~About the Product ~
ELF's All Over Cover Stick has active natural ingredients and skin polymers to soothe and protect the skin.
It comes in three shades of fair, light and medium.
All Over Cover Stick has also been featured in stylefinder.com
For all over coverage, apply to face using clean fingers or an foundation brush.
If covering up under eye circles either use your ring finger as this is the lightest finger and it wont pull or dray the delicate eye area. Place the product onto the area with a concealer brush and pat into the skin don't rub.
Use within 12 months of opening.
**Tip** - Apply a tiny amount to eyelids for a eye shadow base.
~Where to buy and Price of Product~
You can purchase this product from www.eyeslipsface.co.uk for £1.50
The product comes in a small tube (it doesn't state anywhere on the bottle or the sire what the actual size is).
It has a white plastic base with a clear lid. You get the product by screwing the white base clock wise to raise it up. It is an easy product to use and small enough to carry anywhere.
I purchased it in fair. When I first got the All Over Cover stick I thought gosh it is small but then gain I thought I paid £1.50 for it what did you expect?
I first rubbed a bit onto the back and my hand, it felt smooth and creamy so I thought I would like it. I applied it under my eyes and I was disappointed, even though it felt smooth and creamy on my hand it was terrible to blend in. I applied the product with a concealer brush and I patted it in with my ring finger. At first I thought yeah its good but it didn't cover as much as I would like so I applied more and that is when it got harder. It kinda looked cakey. But I carried on with it. I applied it also around my nose where the redness is, on my cheeks and chin. Applied my foundation and I was done but I didn't like the concealer at all on my face. Not even half a day I noticed it was disappearing, my eyes looked dry and I looked awful. I had to take it all off.
For me I didn't like it all as a concealer, if you have good skin and want to touch up here and there this product might be very good for you, but for me no. I also think as you get older and more lines around the eyes I believe this product will accentuate them.
I will be sticking with my better concealer in future.
The one thing I do like this product for and thats as an eye shadow base. I have tired big name brands eye base and I wasn't impressed or they were good but expensive to use all the time so I thought I would try this.
I applied a bit on my ring ringer and patted it on my eye lid. I also took it up to the crease. You don't need a lot of it but if you feel you need more you can apply a bit more. Don't apply too much as it can crease but that is with any eye shadow base.
I applied my eye shadow in the usual way and left it. I am very pleased to say my eye shadow lasted all day! So now this is my eye shadow base of choice.
~Would I buy again?~
Yes but as an eye shadow base only.