03.12.2015
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Shine Eraser
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50 sheet for $1
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Shine Eraser is the best value around for oil-blotting papers. These powder-free sheets work quickly to mop up excess shine before touching up with powder. They are supposedly infused with green tea extract, which the company says will retexture skin to mask facial imperfections, but, of course, these do no such thing.

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e.l.f. At-A-Glance

Strengths: Bonafide beauty bargain prices; several praiseworthy makeup products including the powder blush, bronzer, and eyeshadows; some great face powders; oil-blotting papers are a steal; excellent brushes in the Studio line; a few good, inexpensive skincare products.

Weaknesses: Mostly average to poor skincare formulas; a multitude of terrible concealers; limited options for foundation; average to not-worth-it-at-any-price eyeliners (with the exception of one); some of the skincare products aren't on par with better formulated options that cost a bit more.

From a line of cosmetics whose claim to fame is its rock-bottom prices we weren't expecting much. With many of the makeup products selling for just $1, could there be any outstanding finds to rival the best options from drugstores and department stores? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Yet although that's good news, the entire picture isn't so rosy, and many of the products from e.l.f. (which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) are as basic as can be, while a few are resounding disappointments we wouldn't even give away.

e.l.f. was founded by Scott Vincent Borba—the same businessman responsible for the Borba "beauty waters" once sold at Sephora boutiques—and Joseph Shamah. The story goes that one day Borba was shopping in an unnamed "dollar store" (where everything sells for a dollar) and noticed women dressed in designer clothing and sporting designer handbags loading up their baskets with inexpensive nail polish, eye pencils, and lip balm. He took note of the products being sold in such stores and quickly decided he could offer products of even higher quality at the same competitive price. His idea paid off, as e.l.f. has enjoyed continued success and increased distribution online and in retail stores like Target.

As you might expect, not everything in the e.l.f. line is great. When you're offering almost every product for $1 (OK, there's plenty for $3 and $5, too), they're not going to be nearly as luxurious or innovative as the company proclaims (most of the ingredient lists couldn't be more basic and the packaging is sometimes slipshod). Many e.l.f. items have packaging that, while functional, can only be described as cheap. In terms of value, yes, almost everything is inexpensive, but in most cases the container sizes are much smaller than the norm. Still, if you're considering spending a few dollars on fun, occasional-use colors, size becomes much less of an issue.

This line can be found at select Target stores and some regional drugstores, but the best place to experience the collection is online (none of the stores provide testers). The cheaper elements are a given based on the price point e.l.f. has established, but overall you're likely to be impressed with what they developed for so little money, and you may just find some beauty bargains (especially makeup brushes) that raise the bar—at least to a height that's taller than your average elf!

For more information about e.l.f., call (800) 231-4732 or visit www.eyeslipsface.com.

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02.09.2015
Fantastic

Love that this is available in Au! Use them daily as my spf tends to shine throughout the day, great oil absorber & keeps my make up looking fresh

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Sofia
08.24.2014
I love these!

These oil blotting sheets are amazing. I was a little hesitant because I've tried so many products that costed way more than a dollar. I've never been happier spending $1.00

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Kathryn Mc.
06.10.2014
Works

If you have oily areas this is the product to buy. I use it every afternoon for my oily nose (even at 65). The price is exceptional, so I can keep them at my desk, purse, car, and home. Buy them and you won't be disappointed.

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ROSEMARY S.
09.02.2013
Fantastic!

These blotting papers work wonderfully! I'm in my mid 50's with (still) slightly oily skin, and these work much better and last longer than any so-called oil absorbing powder I've ever tried. And the value can't be beat!

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