e.l.f. Cosmetics

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.

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).

From a line of cosmetics whose claim to fame is its rock-bottom prices we weren't expecting much. With almost every individual item 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" being 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. enjoyed sales last year of $5 million.

As you might expect, not everything in the e.l.f. line is great. When you're offering almost every product for $1, they're not going to be nearly as luxurious or innovative as the company proclaims (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.

In addition to being found at some dollar stores, e.l.f. has expanded its distribution to selected Target stores and regional drugstores. However, 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 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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Poor Studio BB Cream SPF 20 e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
BB Cream  $6.00 1.06 fl. oz.
Best Moisturizing Lipstick e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Cream Lipstick  $3.00
Best Studio Hydrating Face Primer e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Foundation Primer  $6.00 0.49 fl. oz.
Average Studio Mascara Primer e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Mascara Primers  $3.00
Best Studio Makeup Remover Pen e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Eye Makeup Removers  $3.00 0.07 fl. oz.
Average Studio Eye Refresh e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Eye Moisturizers  $3.00 0.38 fl. oz.
Best Studio Flawless Finish Foundation SPF 15 e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $6.00
Average Studio Defining Mascara e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Regular Mascara  $3.00
Best 11 Piece Studio Brush Collection e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Brushes/Applicators/Curlers  $30.00
Best Studio Lip Stain e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Lip Tint/Lip Stain  $3.00
Best Studio Lash Extending Mascara e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Mascara  $3.00
Best Studio Lip Lock Pencil e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Lipliner  $3.00
Good Studio Pressed Powder e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Pressed Powder  $3.00
Good Studio High Definition Powder e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Loose Powder  $6.00
Poor Studio Concealer e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Stick Concealer  $3.00
Average Studio High Definition Undereye Setting Powder e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Loose Powder  $3.00
Good Studio Complete Coverage Concealer e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Cream Concealer  $3.00
Average Studio Matte Eyeshadow e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Powder Eyeshadow  $3.00
Poor Studio Cream Eyeshadow e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Cream/Cream-to-Powder Eyeshadow  $3.00
Poor Studio Pigment Eyeshadow e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Powder Eyeshadow  $3.00
Good Studio Exact Lash Mascara e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Mascara  $3.00
Poor Studio Lip Balm SPF 15 e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $3.00
Best Studio Blush e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Powder Blush  $3.00
Good Studio Volume Plumping Mascara e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Mascara  $3.00
Best Studio Cream Eyeliner e.l.f. Cosmetics
- Studio
Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $3.00
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