As I was walking through the aisles in the target beauty section I tend to skip over e.l.f. cosmetics. Now don’t get me wrong, they do have some great products that I love (especially their brushes). But I haven’t seen anything new out that really caught my eye from them in some time. Once I saw this line, which I think some or these products have been out for some time now, I picked out some of the products to try out. Unfortunately they were out of the liquid eye shadow which I will have to pick up on a different trip. There are some other products in this line as well including a mousse foundation and an expanding skin care line.
The three products I did pick up were the Aqua Primer Mist, a Radiant Gel Lip Stain, and a Blush and Bronzer Duo. I’ve been testing these out for a couple months now and have experimented enough that I feel confident in my opinions of these products.
Aqua Beauty Blush and Bronzer | $6.00
First lets start out with saying that $6 for a full-sized blush and bronzer duo is just out of this world. I was praying to love this product just for the price point. I was really expecting this to be more of a powder product that has a very creamy ‘wet’ kind of feel. It’s definitely a cream product which I’m not the huge fan of, so I tried to put that aside for this review. The product itself blends wonderfully on the skin and on top of makeup. I purchased this in the color bronzed pink beige which is perfect for the summer months. The bronzer is very warm toned and the blush is a more pinky coral. It reminds me a lot of NARs cactus flower without the shimmer. These both are matte but since they are creams they add a nice hydrated glow to the skin. Overall I’m not the biggest fan since I don’t care for cream blushes and bronzers but if you’re in the market for this kind of product, this is a great option at an evener greater price point.
Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain | $4.00
Again with the price point, you can’t ask for it much lower. This product mostly intrigued me by the name. What is a gel lip stain? Well in this case it’s very similar to a traditional lip stain product. It comes in 6 colors but at the store there were only two for me to pick from. I chose Dewy Berry because I love a good berry lip. On the lips this product feels very light and wet but does dry down with a sticky feeling. It wasn’t as pigmented as I was hoping, even after a couple of layers on the lip. It was hard to build up as it started to get streaky. I’m really wondering how the nude shade would look on the lips because this one seemed like every other lip stain product I’ve used. It gave my lips the look you get after finishing a cherry popsicle. I definitely won’t be purchasing more of these and don’t see myself grabbing for this very often, just because the lip stain look is a little dated now and there are so many better products out there.
Aqua Beauty Primer Mist | $8.00
This is marketed as a product to prime, refresh and set makeup. I would highly not recommend spraying this over top makeup as it is not a fine mist and comes out very fast onto the face. As a primer though this products is alcohol and silicone free. It contains cucumber, vitamin E and B which helps hydrate and soothe the skin. I like to use this as kind a ‘pre-primer’ step – yes I’m that extra. I really like the added skin care benefits, especially when my skins feeling dry but for a primer I’m looking for something that’ll cover my pores and smooth my skin out. All together though, I do like this product. I don’t think I’ll be jumping to repurchase it, as I have other mists that do the same thing but the mister is much better for refreshing throughout the day.