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My holy primer
One of my holy grail cheapo beauty products are the ELF eye primer, which are great at keeping my eyeshadow where it should be without creases - and coming in at a mere £1.50, they are a great bargain too. And when I was stocking up recently, I couldn't resist getting a few other little bargains while I was at it!
ELF stands for Eyes Lips Face, and is an American company that is also based in the UK, but is online only, which helps them keep their prices low. Lots of products cost just £1.50, but there are a few more 'expensive' ranges, and this lip gloss usually costs £3.75, but is currently in the ELF spring sale for just £2. I do like my lip glosses so I decided to try this one out while it was on offer.
Shiny lips and fresh breath!
This lip gloss is available in five colours, and according to the website, the "sheer glossy colour conditions lips with a minty fresh taste". It can be worn with other lip products (I guess you could layer it over a lipstick) and it is said to "give your lips a beautiful sheen and freshen your breath".
The lip gloss comes in a tube with a screwtop lid, on the end of which is a sponge tipped applicator. The gloss itself also comes in a box - a bit of unnecessary packaging in my opinion but there you go!
The first thing I noticed when I applied the gloss was that the applicator has a bit of a scratchy feel where the sponge meets the plastic! So I have to be a bit wary when applying this that I don't scratch my lips. The sponge is also quite firm, and not as soft and delicate as other glosses I have tried in this format.
The colour I purchased is called Miami, and on the website has a very neutral, kind of golden caramel look to it. In the picture it is also made to appear slightly shimmery. In the flesh, the gloss is indeed pretty much as it appears on the website - a slightly darker shade perhaps, although it doesn't look particularly shimmery.
The mintiness of this gloss is a bit disconcerting at first as it is quite unusual for a lip gloss not to taste fruity or of nothing! But actually I quite liked this - I wasn't sure I would so this came as a pleasant surprise! It is quite a sweet minty flavour, and I have seen other reviewers that haven't liked it but it isn't really a problem for me. The gloss itself goes on quite thickly, and this definitely isn't the kind of lip gloss I would apply without a mirror, as you need to make sure it is applied fairly thinly - otherwise the colour could appear uneven or a bit gloopy.
But applied thinly this gives lips a nice sheen - it is a very subtle shade indeed which I like, as I don't like strong colours on my lips. It feels slightly sticky on the lips, but it isn't unpleasant and I think it actually has really good staying power - I can still feel this on my lips, and even taste it slightly, several hours after applying it. But the colour does fade, and although I can feel this on my lips, I can't really see it! However I did choose a very subtle shade so this may explain it.
Overall I do quite like this lip gloss. I like the minty taste and if applied carefully it does look nice on the lips. But the colour does seem to fade quickly and I think at the full price of £3.75, you could do better and buy a nicer gloss. For £2 though I'm not complaining too much so it's 3.5 stars rounded up to 4, from me!
I recently bought quite a bit of makeup from E.L.F and decided to get the minty lip gloss as my friend has it and it smells really nice. This lipgloss is only £3.50 which is a very reasonable price for a tube of lipgloss in my opinion. There are 9 shades available which vary from light and dark pinks to almost beige type colours. Each shade has its own unique name and I have the lipgloss in 'New York City' which is a flamingo pink type shade.
The lipgloss comes in a transparent 2.4g tube which is made of sturdy plastic. The lipgloss has a black lid which screws off and it has the applicator brush applied to the bottom of it. The applicator brush is white in colour and the tip is a soft spongey material which is a decent size. On the side of the packaging it has the ELF logo and product name in black writing. Overall the packaging is basic and quite cheap looking compared to the Barry M/NYX lipglosses but the packaging isn't really hugely important.
Using the gloss is simple and it glides onto my lips evenly. The applicator is nice and soft and applies a generous amount onto my lips. The gloss is extremely sheer and has little pigmentation, it is barely noticeable but gives a nice healthy hint of colour and shine to my lips. The gloss is not at all moisturizing either and doesn't absorb particulary well into my lips and instead seems to sort of sit there, leaving a layer of gloss. This isn't really an issue for me as it's not noticeable and it isn't greasy however because of the sticky layer it leaves it is not ideal as a lipstick coat or base and it isn't a long lasting lipgloss.
The lipgloss tastes and smells like peppermint, but overlly sweetened which I wasn't very keen on as the taste was very 'fake' and too sweet for my liking and the aftertaste is quite unpleasant. The smell is quite refreshing however it lingers and starts to smell quite gross after half an hour or so - it's a smell that is easy to get sick of. It is the sort of cheap smelling candy pop smell that young teenagers like, and as I am almost 20 it is a little childish for my liking - i've grown out of the sweet smelling lipglosses and prefer something a bit more subtle and this definetly isn't subtle!
The staying power of this lipgloss isn't very good at all as it is so easy to lick off due to it been so sticky and it feels really heavy and noticeable on my lips which I am not keen on. It does require very frequent top ups especially after a drink or a meal. Overall I don't like this product as it simply isn't to my taste and it is a little too sticky for my liking.
E.L.F Minty Lip Gloss
I bought this minty lip gloss as well as quite a few other products from ELF, an online store that sells makeup products for bargain basement prices. ELF offer a wide range of makeup as well as mineral makeup and their own Studio range based makeup. What really caught my attention was the price, most of all their items cost £1.50 or £3.50 (or some are somewhere in between unless you plan on buying any larger gift sets). Although the prices initially drew me in, unless you get something that you like and would use it can't really be classified as a bargain. To date, I have only placed two orders to ELF online (eyeslipsface.co.uk), but overall I have really been pleased with what I have purchased, some of their products are excellent while others like this lip gloss are just pretty average.
When I bought this minty lip gloss I was wondering if it would have any natural lip plumping qualities because mint is often associated with that. However, this lip gloss doesn't have any effect in that regards with me, it is merely a minty tasting and smelling lip gloss and a rather sweet minty fragrance than what I had hoped for. It also has a very sweet aftertaste about it, after the minty smell has settled. I did find that when I was out for a cup of coffee that I really needed to wipe this off before drinking as I found that the sweet taste and smell of the lip gloss was affecting the taste of my coffee. I don't think I have ever felt the need to do this with any of the other lip glosses or balm that I have owned, this really does have a sickly sweet taste about it.
When I apply this it doesn't last as long as I would love, you do need to reapply it quite often to keep your lips looking glossy. However, the slight colour shade does seem to stay in place giving your lips a hint of colour but without the glossy look. This lip gloss just can't compete with some of the more expensive brand named lip glosses that I own.
The packaging is simple and what you would expect from a wand lip gloss. I ordered the Boston shade and it does look very nice when inside the container, however, the colour and look doesn't quite translate to the same rich red glossy colour when applied to my lips.
This is an ELF product from their Studio line, which always costs a little more than some of their other products. Retailing for £3.50, for your money you do get enough of the product to justify the price. Personally I think that this would be a fantastic lip gloss for younger girls that are just starting their make-up collection or if you are on a budget, but I doubt that I will be buying another one of these in a hurry.
This gets a three out of five stars from me. This is a pretty average lip gloss, but that isn't meant to be a negative remark. For £3.50 this is pretty good value for money, you get a nice colour and although it could stay glossier for longer I quite like the shade I bought. However, I doubt that I will be buying this one often. ELF have other lip glosses and lip sticks that I am keen to try.
If you are interested in trying this then it is only available from ELF's (Eyes, lips and face) online website, easily found if you search google.
I've recently made a couple of orders from Elf (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk). Elf are a cosmetics brand who are only available from their website. I've seen lots of reviews on their products on Dooyoo and on YouTube, and they seem to be notoriously hit or miss. However, as they are sold at such reasonable prices, I thought I would try them out and see if I could sniff out a few gems.
Elf Minty Lip Gloss is from the more expensive Studio Line product range. These products are generally priced at £3.50, so are still very reasonable, even when compared to the cheapest ranges in Boots or Superdrug. I chose the colour in 'Boston', which is a reddish/rusty colour with glittery gold flakes. I thought it would work very well over the top of my new Mac 'Thrills' lipstick, a lipstick that I'm thrilled with!
The lip gloss comes in a clear plastic tube with a matt black lid. The packaging is nothing special, and looks relatively cheap, which is unsurprising for £3.50. From the outside, the lip gloss is a very pretty colour, which is quite dark and shimmery. There is a white sponge wand fixed to the inside of the lid for applying.
I first tried applying this on top of my lipstick. I was instantly very pleased with the product. It made my lips look even more shimmery than the lipstick finish and at once gave a lovely minty feeling to my lips which was very enjoyable. I wasn't sure about what the point of a 'minty' lip gloss was, but I liked it! However, after wearing it for a while the minty taste does tend to fade, and a sweetish aftertaste begins to appear. Although this isn't unpleasant, it's not minty and the sweetness does tend to last quite a while, and can interfere with the taste of any food you are eating, so be warned.
In terms of staying power, the Minty Lip Gloss lasts a relatively long time. Obviously, like every other lip gloss I've ever tried, it doesn't really survive a meal, although it has lasted after coffees and other drinks. However, if you don't eat or drink anything, I do find it tends to last a pretty long time.
Another advantage to this product is that it passes the 'sticky' test. It doesn't feel at all sticky, and rogue gusts of wind aren't going to mean that all your hair is stuck to your lips. I've used more expensive brands where this is common, so this is a great benefit.
However, one criticism of the product is, although it looks very dark in the tube, it is actually very lightly pigmented. The colour does give a slightly pinky wash when used on bare lips and retains its shimmer. However, it is nothing like the luscious sparkly red in the tube. I've decided that it's a great product for a top coat to lipstick, but not on its own. By the way, it doesn't seem to matter which colour lipstick you use - the pigment is so light, it doesn't cover up the lipstick colour. I only bought one colour, but it would be interesting to try a number of different colours to see if they are all the same!
To conclude, I like this product and it has some advantages, most importantly, it's not sticky. At £3.50, I would buy it again. However, it's not the greatest product in the world, and the sweetish aftertaste and lack of colour are definite disadvantages.