Sunday, 16 January 2011

Hauled: Elf & Blog Sale Bits

There's nothing like a little Elf order to cheer a gal up so after a bad day at work last week I popped online and ordered up a few bits.  

Into my basket went their Daily Brush Cleaner, Studio single eyeshadow in Wild Wheat, Studio blush in Mellow Mauve and Brightening Eye Colour in Brownstone.

First up the brush cleaner. I try to clean my brushes frequently but thought this might help to keep them hygienic in-between washes. As my brush collection isn't huge its also useful to be able to get the remnants of darker shades off my eye brushes so I can blend without the risk of panda eyes.

The spray is anti-bacterial and a quick spritz onto the brush and a wipe with a tissue removes a fair bit of left-behind product. A possible downside is the scent - the alcohol in it whiffs quite badly - and also the packaging. It looks great but the plastic that body of the bottle is made of is pretty flimsy and when I opened up the parcel my bottle had leaked :(  The cleaner costs £3.50 for 250ml.

Wild Wheat appears to be a mid-beige/gold in the pan but in reality it lacks a bit in pigmentation and on my skin tone (Mac NC25 for reference) comes out as a true nude with a fair amount of shimmer. Texture is fairly smooth and blendable but there's a LOT of fallout.

I'm still pleased with it though as think it will  be great - used with a light hand - for blending out darker shades from the crease. Nars-eqsue packaging is teamed with a clear plastic window so you can easily see what shade you're reaching for. Each of the 10 shadow shades will set you back £3.50.

Mellow Mauve is a deep dusky pink with very subtle shimmer. Colour payoff is again lacking but its not a bad thing and the blush leaves you with a nice, natural flush. Same packaging as Wild Wheat (but bigger obviously!) & like the eyeshadow we do also have some fallout folks. Price-wise, the blush comes in at £3.50.

Last of the Elf goodies is the Brightening Eye Colour in Brownstone which is a quad consisting of a pale cream, light taupe brown, mid cool-toned brown and a charcoal grey. All the colours have a small amount of very fine glitter running through them, are actually quite pigmented and blend well. You will hit pan on this pretty quickly but at £1.50 its perhaps not an issue.

My last haul item is a something I picked up in the lovely Pyxie's blog sale - Mac's MSF Natural in Medium Plus. This is the first time I've used a Natural MSF but I have By Candlelight which I love and this is already proving itself to be a fab setting powder.

Last but not least...some swatches for your perusal. Sorry for having to use the flash...its such a grey and miserable day that there was no way I could snap without it.

Clockwise from top left: Mellow Mauve, Brownstone, MSF, Wild Wheat

Until next time,



  1. The elf daily brush cleaner looks good...need to get a new brush cleaner so might have a look into elf.

  2. I love the elf daily brush cleaner, its so cheap but does the trick! x

  3. I love natural eyes, and I think this quad is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing this!

    xo, Jay