Wednesday, 13 August 2008

ELF All Over Color Stick

RRP: £1.50
no. of shades available: 4

--What does the promo say?--
"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."

Short, sweet, simple, and oh so dinky. White twisty bottom with ELF logo and product name adorning it in silver text; see-through pull-off protective lid. And that's it! Measuring at a mere two inches tall, you might even be able to fit this one in your purse.

Be prepared for this to get messy. Using your fingers (unless you want to cack up all your brushes, you just can't win here), carefully smear this stuff onto your eyes and lips, though you can get liberal with the stick itself on your cheeks before blending. After blending, prepare to wash your hands...
Simple, but messy.

The stick itself is virtually indistinguishable from its more expensive counterparts at NARS: shimmery, soft, and with a very natural colour. On the face, you can easily fashion for yourself a natural rosy glow for daytime, or vamp up for evening. It's also surprising how good having the same colour all over your face actually looks: sophisticated, effortless and unified.

Unlike its NARS rivals, this stick is quite soft. While this means the colour blends easily, it also means it's easy to overdo (which can be easily rectified by blending, but still leads to wastage).

The website promises 'sugar orange', and sugar orange is what you get. Deeeeeelicious (though don't hold me responsible if you actually are stupid enough to eat it).

You shouldn't need to touch this one up all day for your cheeks, but on your eyelids you may struggle with the creases. You may also wish to apply this with lip balm on your lips, as it can feel dry and powdery on its own.

--Value for money--
As with most cream-based formulas, there are more troubles associated with the multi-use concept than there may initially seem. However, this is still an excellent value product that can easily give its higher-end competitors a run for their money.

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