Product Type: ELF makeup
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E.L.F. Tinted Moisturiser
Member Name: MrsD76
E.L.F. Tinted Moisturiser
Advantages: Fab price and gives good, light coverage
Disadvantages: A touch greasy and may be too light for some
I picked this up as part of a recent bumper E.L.F. order, even though I thought it was probably not the best thing to buy online as I was bound to end up with the wrong shade!
E.L.F. stands for Eyes Lips Face and is an American cosmetics company that now sells its products in the UK as well. It's main attraction is the low, low prices of its cosmetics - most products cost a mere £1.50, as this one did, with some 'premium' products coming in at £3-£3.50.
This product is designed to "help combat premature ageing and protect against sun damage while leaving skin radiant and lightly hydrated". It has an spf of 15 which is an added bonus, and the product measures 12g. I opted for the shade 'honey', and there are seven shades available in total.
The little tube of moisturiser comes in its own box, and my first impressions of the tube itself was that it was quite small! However for the price this isn't really something I can complain about. The packaging itself is fairly unremarkable but simple, in keeping with all the E.L.F. range - it's a simple, see-through tube with some basic lettering. The lid unscrews and the applicator is thin and pointy. The design of this is good as it means you can dispense small amounts of the cream as needed. The website suggests you use a pearl-sized amount, but to be honest I find I need even less than this - although I do tend to prefer very light coverage.
Grease is the word?
Amazingly the colour of this cream turned out to be just right for my skin. It's a lightish beige colour which suits my light Asian skintone so, so far so good. I started off with a very small amount of this cream and I must say that a little goes a long way. It is quite easy to apply to the skin but it does have a slightly oily feel to it - not too much but it isn't as creamy as you may expect from a moisturising product - instead to me it is just a touch 'greasy'. However I would say the coverage is pretty good. As it is a tinted moisturiser rather than a foundation, it does give quite light coverage so it's not ideal if you prefer heavier coverage or if you're having a particularly bad day! Instead this is quite good for summer wear I think, or for complexions that don't need that much assistance to look good! It does even out any slight blemishes and overall I quite like the coverage it gives me. I do think it gives a very slight shine to skin though - I guess this is because of the slight oily texture. However this isn't a big problem and I don't mind this particularly. But if you want flawless, matt skin then this may not suit.
One thing that is very unusual about this product is that it's scented! I have never used a tinted moisturiser or foundation before that has had a fragrance so this is a bit odd at first, but I don't mind it - the smell is faintly of oranges and it isn't at all unpleasant I don't think - but I think it's important potential buyers are aware of this as it may be something that would put them off! Once the cream is on I can't smell this any more, which is probably a good thing!
I will also mention that this does need reapplying as the day goes on - you can't expect a product that's this cheap to stand the test of time! But I think you could get a full day's wear out of it, maybe touching it up once or twice a day.
The verdict ...
Overall for the price it is hard to fault this product and I must say I was pleasantly surprised at how decent it is. I probably wouldn't use it on a daily basis but if I need a quick bit of 'tarting up' before popping out, then this is really easy to apply for a quick fix and to make my skin look a little bit perkier. However I will deduct a star as it is a tiny bit greasy, and I am not convinced it would be great for all skin types. But for this price it may well be worth a try!
Summary: Pretty good for the price, but might not be for everyone.