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Three Worst e.l.f Products

Updated on October 22, 2014

Eyes.lips.face., more commonly known as e.l.f., is one of the most popular budget makeup brands. The majority of items on the site cost either $1, $3, or $5, though some items can go as high as $10. Some of the products are just as good, if not better than, more expensive brands.

Others are complete misses. Here are three things NOT to buy from e.l.f.

e.l.f Essential Shimmering Facial Whip
e.l.f Essential Shimmering Facial Whip

e.l.f. Essential Shimmering Facial Whip--$1

e.l.f's Essential line is its cheapest and most basic, so it stands to reason that most of their lower-quality items come from the Essential collection. e.l.f.'s Shimmering Facial Whip is certainly not one of its hits.

What's strange about this product is how opaque it is. It's marketed as a highlighter, but it goes on as thick as a concealer...if concealer were made of glitter. The Shimmering Facial Whip reminds me of when you play outside as a kid and afterwards your hand are orange-brown and sparkly from the mica in the soil. So if you want to save a dollar, you can just go outside and rub some dirt on your cheekbones.

Really, the problem is that this product doesn't fulfill any purpose. It's too sparkly to conceal anything and far too opaque for a highlighter. However, the Shimmering Facial Whip absolutely has its fans--it has a 4.0 out of 5 stars on e.l.f.'s website--so for $1, you might want to buy it and try it out for yourself. It does smell absolutely amazing. Just don't be surprised if you come out looking like you fell headfirst into the world's sparkliest foundation.

e.l.f. Studio Eye Enhancing Mascara
e.l.f. Studio Eye Enhancing Mascara

e.l.f. Studio Eye Enhancing Mascara--$3

The Studio line is usually e.l.f.'s most reliable--I've name-checked its brushes in multiple hubs as some of the best quality brushes at any price point--but every mascara in this line tries its best to dismantle that reputation. Seriously, this stuff is bad. Have you ever accidentally left the cap loose on your mascara, and the next time you try to use it you find that it's all dried out and clumpy?

This will save you the trouble of having to leave the cap loose.

e.l.f Studio Eyelash Curler(s)
e.l.f Studio Eyelash Curler(s)

e.l.f. Studio Eyelash Curlers--$3

First of all, yes, the actual product name for this is curlers, plural, and the off-hand mention of a mini-curler made me think I might be getting two. No dice. This is one eyelash curler, and yes, it's a mini. And I do mean mini.

The problem is that it's not just the length (aka, the number of your eyelashes) of the curler that's mini; it's also the curve, the finger-holes, and, most troublingly, the distance between the hinge that opens and closes to curl your eyelashes and the part of the curler where your eye goes. If you got over your fear of stabbing yourself in the eye with your eyelash curler long ago, this might bring that fear crashing right back down. So basically, this is perfect if you a. you have ten eyelashes or b. like your makeup with a side of terror. Otherwise, skip.

Have you tried e.l.f products? What are your hits and misses?

Other beauty hubs by me:

Top Seven e.l.f. Products

Top Five Kits from Benefit Cosmetics

Top Five Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar Shades

Top Five Beauty Hubs

Hey, Lady--You Should be Shaving Your Face

HOW TO: Apply Makeup in 90 Seconds

HOW TO: Care for Your Damaged Hair


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