I started playing with makeup a long time back. But since the last 6-7 months I have been using it much more sensibly. But throughout this time I never came across any product which was completely useless.
I never threw away any single product. I make them work for me- one way or the other.
I came across ELF at Big Bazaar some 6 months back. I had heard quite a lot about this brand and was happy to spot it. Moreover, the pricing was irresistible and it meant I could have a lot many things at one go. I should have known it was too good to be true.
I browsed through their range when the excessively chirpy SA showed me this particular Shimmering Facial Whip.
What it claims-
Shimmering Facial Whip
Multipurpose, on-the-go whipped colorant is vitamin B, C and E packed to instantly brighten and sooth skin with no greasy after-feel.
Shades available- There are five shades available. They are Pink Lemonade (bright bubblegum pink), Citrus (an Old Rose type colour), Persimmon (a Fresh flush pink), Lilac Petal (Lilac) and Toasted (A pale brown).
It has lots and lots of shimmer. The colours really don’t matter much as it is mostly made up of shimmer.
Directions to use: (From the website)
Squeeze a pearl-sized amount onto finger and blend into cheeks, eyes, or lips.
Ingredients: (From the website)
Aqua (Water), Cetyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearate Acid, Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Glycerin, Carbomer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance(Aroma), Diazolidinyl Urea, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Red No.33 Lake (CI 17200), Blue No.1 (CI 42090), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77491), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035)
I got the shade Persimmon. It was priced at Rs. 199/- six months back.
When I bought the SFW, the SA told me it can be used as a lip gloss (?), an eye shadow (??) or a blush (?????). I believed her. She even added her own input and said that this can be mixed with foundation or moisturizer to add a subtle (!!!!) glow to my complexion. I again believed her.
So I brought this tube home.
The formula is neither whipped nor light. I was expecting it to be something in between a lip gloss and a lip tint. It was neither. The texture was satiny but it was full of shimmer. It did not glide well on eyes, lips or face. So much for the brand name!!!!!
Then I tried using it as a lip gloss. The moment I applied, I smelt burnt plastic. That put me off. But I was determined to make it work. So I applied it generously and went out with my friends. After an hour or two, my friend asked me why I had put that cheap glitter on my lips. I was offended but checked the mirror. She was right!!! I had only glitter on my lips!! The colour had disappeared entirely.
But I didn’t give up.
Next I tried to mix it with my foundation. I squeezed out a pearl sized amount and mixed it with my MaxFactor colour adapt foundation. I had already bought a wrong shade of the MF foundation. So the final result was me looking distinctly pinkas if I had dropped headfirst in a tub full of Nerolac paint. And again after an hour or two, the colour disappeared leaving only tacky glitter all over my face.
After that I tried using it only as a blush. Same thing all over again!!! Same tacky glitter remains on my face!!!
Finally I tried to use it as eye shadow. My eyes burnt so badly as soon as the SFW touched my eyes, that I had to run and wash it off.
I was defeated. I couldn’t make it work anyhow. The product remained stubbornly tacky and glittery. It smelled horrible. And I threw it at the back of my dresser drawer.
A few days ago this brand was mentioned on the blog. So I pulled this tube out of my dresser drawer only because I wanted to warn all of you against this particular SFW.
- I would not even rate this product. It was awful. If I had to I would give it minus points.
- I did one more stupid buy from ELF. It was the Wet Gloss Lash Clear Mascara. It was water packaged in the name of Clear mascara.
- It was slightly sticky so I used it up as brow gel. But as I have very sparse brows this was again useless. But it was some Rs. 100+.. So I didn’t mind much.
So unless anybody of you comes with a great review of an ELF product, I am steering clear of this brand.