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E.L.F.All Over Color Stick
Member Name: Loubielou22
E.L.F.All Over Color Stick
Date: 29/03/12, updated on 29/03/12 (39 review reads)
Advantages: It's multi purpose functionality and price
Disadvantages: The durability of the packaging
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/Colur Stick was one of them.
According to the ELF Website Blurb - the All Over Cover Stick is a "3 in 1 color for your eyes, lips, and or face! Get the color that illuminates for a healthy glow, and instantly soothes and conditions the skin for fresh and natural color all day long". Source - ELF Website
The Product was much smaller than I expected and fitted neatly into the palm of my hand. It's essentially a condensed solid shimmer stick packed into a tube with a twist mechanism.
Eagerly I sat poised next to my Make up Mirror and twisted... the shimmer stick felt soft and glided across my cheekbones like a dream. I ordered the Lilac Petal colour which is a sparkly almost pastel pink and was surprised that the product looked exactly like the swatch provided on the website.
The product is quite metallic and pigmented and it blended really well (via my hands) leaving a shimmery highlight effect across my cheekbone. Not too obvious and in fact considering the pigments in the stick the effect was quite subtle and very similar to Benefit High Beam but at a fraction of the price.
The product has definite staying power and lasted a whole day without melting which a lot of products tend to do due to my oily skin. I loved the application, durability and simplicity of the all over colour stick.
I checked the Caring Consumer list and the products are not tested on animals.
The Colour stick is small and compact and is essentially a solid colour stick that resides within a small plastic white tube with a clear plastic lid. The Shimmer 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 it tended to get stuck and I fear for the longevity of the packaging after a lot of usage.
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*****
Regarding Functionality I think that the all over cover stick is essentially a good idea and I loved the fact that I could transport this product in my make-up bag due to its compact size. I also loved the fact that it's a solid highlighter as opposed to the liquid ones I had used previously.
I loved the multi functionality of the stick, I predominately use it as a highlighter but it's also great as a blusher, eye shadow and a lipstick.
As an eye shadow I used the stick over an eye primer just to add some shimmer and colour and it left a faint shimmer glow over the eyelids which weren't too greasy or powdery.
As a blusher the product was a little too faint for my skin tone and worked much better as a highlighter but a darker coloured stick would more than suffice as a blusher.
I loved the product as a lipstick, it glides on and stays on and leaves a faint pink glittery shimmer. I added a clear lip gloss over the top.
The product is exceptional regarding usability and functionality, it's my new make-up best friend and is reliable, adaptable and provides a hint of shimmery magic in a variety of ways.
Aqua(Water), Isopropyl Myristate, Octyl Isopalmitate, Ceresin Wax, Microcrystalline Wax (Cera Microcristallina), Sorbitol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Red No.6 Lake (CI 15850
There are quite a few chemicals in this product but far less than I expected and I was relieved to see that there weren't any parabens on the list.
Isopropyl Myrisstate is mainly a penetrating serious offender to the skin which is found in many cosmetics. It's used for its to apply "slip" allowing it to go on more smoothly, thereby appearing to have a sheer feel. This explains why the Colour stick glides onto the skin like a dream. Although generally considered to be safe, isopropylmyristate may cause mild allergic reactions along with possibly aggravating skin conditions such as acne.
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 the carcinogenic effects of Titanium Dioxide but sufficient evidence for its carcinogenicity in experimental animals, and classified the substance as possibly carcinogenic to humans
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.
As with nearly all brand cosmetics there is a list of chemical ingredients which are always up for debate regarding their toxicity. Due to the heavy pigmentation the product 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 Colour Stick is without question great value for money it's a Highlighter, blusher, eye shadow and lipstick all for £1.50
I adore this product and its versatility. It's easy to use really cost effective and cruelty free. It's a make-up must have for any gal.
I like the packaging, the usability, the functionality, the price and the product itself and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
Summary: Great idea and a must have for makeup Junkies.
Summary: A beauty must have