My thoughts on e.l.f skincare.. take it or leave it?

I’ve always wanted to try the ever-expanding e.l.f skincare line, but didn’t know if it would be worth it, since it’s so cheap.. would it really work?

But one day while I was bored, I started to online shop.. which should never happen cause I just start buying stuff lol. But I had seen an email from e.l.f with exciting news that their popular “Hydrating Bubble Mask” was back in stock. I thought “hmm… bubbles.. plus a face mask… I’m in!”

I have dehydrated, dry skin, and sometimes it’s flaky around my chin… a.k.a I’m the furthest thing from oily, so a hydrating mask is perfect for me.

I have a deep love for all things body wash, soap, scrubs, bath-salts, bath-bombs, bubbles, face masks; so this had my name written all over it. Combining bubbles and a face mask into one sounded like a party for my face, so of course I obliged.

I clicked “add to cart” without even thinking about it, because apparently it had sold out before, and I wasn’t about to let it sell out again before I got to test it.

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It was only $14 for a jar of 1.69 oz. The Hydrating Bubble Mask claimed to be hydrating and nourishing for the skin. It begins as a gel like formula that slowly transforms into a bubble mask on the face. “Watch as bubbles fizz and foam to remove excess dirt and cleanse pores for glowing, healthy looking skin.” Sounds like a dream, am I right? Wrong..

To be honest, it’s kind of painful. For some reason it burns my face the whole time I have it on, and it gradually starts to get worse as more bubbles form. While the bubbles are forming it also itches like crazy. Once I rinse it off, my skin looks like it always does, no healthy glow, radiance, no “touchable softness” nothing; just irritated, red normal skin. I don’t even notice it cleaning very well either, I feel like there’s some type of film left on my skin, and like I have to rewash my face after I use it. Perhaps there’s something in it that I’m allergic to, I’m not sure, but for my first impression, I’m not loving it. I’ve only tried it about 4-5 times, so maybe my thoughts will change as I continue to use it.

Now don’t get me wrong, it’s fun to watch as it goes from a gel, to a white creamy substance as you massage it in, to a layer of bubbles on your face, but boy, does it itch/tickle, and I still seem to be lacking in the hydration department. p.s. don’t get it in your eyes

Luckily, I also ordered two other products, because everything was so cheap I thought why not? I got the Soothing Serum and the Daily Face Cleanser, both of which I love so far. The soothing serum was only $12, and the face cleanser was a whopping $7!!! I’ve gotten Starbucks drinks for more than that lol. 😉

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The soothing serum does a great job of calming my irritated skin after I use the bubble mask, and it adds a ton of moisture back into my skin, while also making my skin soft to the touch. This silky serum is supposed to help “lock in moisture to reduce the look of fine lines for glowing, healthy looking skin.” It is also infused with purified water, Jojoba, aloe, and vitamin E to nourish, moisturize, and protect your skin, along with antioxidants such as shea butter and grape. This serum is a winner in my book so far.

The Daily Face Cleanser is really nothing special, but it gets the job done. I was out of my usual facial cleanser and wasn’t attached to it, so I thought I’d try out this one. I really don’t know what separates a

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good cleanser from a bad cleanser as long as it cleans my face and doesn’t hurt my skin lol. And I’d say this guy does just that. For only $7, it’s a pretty okay cleanser: it cleanses gently, doesn’t burn, and has little to no smell, the smell that’s there is just a clean smell. If you aren’t into “9 health benefits” for your skin, a girly scent, and pretty packaging for all your skincare, then this daily cleanser is for you.

All in all, not over the moon in love with e.l.f. skincare, but I don’t hate it either. The serum is A+ to me, the face cleanser is okay, and the bubble mask is an awesome, fun concept, but doesn’t perform to my standards. I’ll give the e.l.f. skincare a couple more weeks and see how I feel.

What I do know is their prices are amazing! Even though I’m not obsessed with my bubble mask, I don’t feel like I wasted a ton of money on it either.

So the verdict: I say you should give e.l.f. skincare a try, maybe order 1 to 2 products that are specifically tailored to your skin type and see how you like it. If you have dry skin, I highly recommend the soothing serum to calm, nourish, and protect your skin.

Everyone is different and everyone’s skin is different, so maybe the bubble mask will work for you!! And I hope it does 🙂

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<3 Claire


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