Although e.l.f. is definitely on the budget end of the makeup spectrum, their products are of surprising quality. Some of them rival luxury brands that cost 10 or 15 times as much. They also carry a full line of makeup application brushes and there are always at least a couple of those in the boxes.
e.l.f.'s Spring Beauty Bundle arrived this week in the much anticipated big black and white box. I'm not kidding; this thing weighs almost 2.5 lbs.
When you open the box, the bundle is wrapped in a lot of hot pink tissue paper.
The welcome note on top includes a discount code (BeautyBundle) which will get 25% off your next purchase of $25 or more at e.l.f.'s store. FYI...$25 goes a LONG ways with this brand.
Here's the drawstring black logo bag inside which all the products are packed. I have quite a collection of these; they are roomy and sturdy and useful for many purposes.
Can you believe how much product is in this box???? And not one sample size among them!
I should have removed the cosmetic case from the plastic before photography. It's a gunmetal color and measures about 8" x 6". What I really like about it is the depth which is 2". The inside has a waterproof lining with a zippered pocket on one side and an open pocket on the other side. Perfect travel case!
There was a face primer in e.l.f.'s Spring Beauty Bundle last year. That was a mineral infused primer; this one is a hydrating face primer which is definitely more suited to my skin type.
This nourishing cuticle pen is a new product to me. It moisturizes cuticles with Vitamins E, A, C, B5 and aloe. It provides deep hydration by sealing in moisture, giving you softer cuticles and healthier nails. My nails are in desperate need of some love so this arrived just in the nick of time.
Two brushes were included in this box, an angled blush brush and a concealer brush. The angled brush is one of the few I don't already have and I plan to use this one for applying bronzer. e.l.f.'s brushes are exceptional for the price and I think they hold their own very well against much more expensive brands.
The one product I really don't need in this box is the baked eyeshadow. This one is "Enchanted" which looks like a light coppery rose shade with gold shimmer. Since I don't use eyeshadows, this will go in the trade pile.
Next is a pot containing a lip balm tint in a pretty peach shade. This gives sheer hydrating color. This looks like a go-with-anything lip staple to me.
There is a package of a dozen lip gloss wands. These are commonly used by makeup artists and cosmetologists for maintaining hygiene between clients but I can see where they would be useful at home too.
You can't have too many makeup remover cleansing cloths as far as I'm concerned. These have come in various forms in e.l.f. Beauty Bundles before which is fine with me. This package contains 20 pre-moistened cloths. I'm so glad that e.l.f. is generous with these in their Beauty Bundles!
I thought this black tube was a mascara but it's actually a hydrating under eye primer in a clear color. The purpose of this is to prime the undereye area to prevent concealer from settling into fine lines and wearing off.
I've saved the best for last! If you've read my blog for any time at all, you know my favorite cosmetic is blush. So, that's the "prize" for me whenever it appears in a beauty box. e.l.f. included this beautiful mineral blush which is a woodsy rose shade called "Sweet Retreat" (a bit darker than it looks in the photo). Although you can't customize e.l.f. boxes, they really nailed the shade of this blush....it is perfect for my skin tone! (To be fair, this color is going to look good on most women.)
I think this is one of the best e.l.f. Beauty Bundles yet. I love the emphasis on hydration in many of the products plus the fact that they included several new and unusual products. I am continually amazed at both the breadth and depth of e.l.f.'s cosmetic line. After subscribing for more than a year, you'd think I'd be seeing a lot of repeats since they only send their brand. But that has not been the case. There have been similar products but I haven't received more than one of any particular product. That tells me that this company is on top of innovation, an amazing thing considering the affordability of their products.
If you would like $5.00 off your first e.l.f. order, please send me your e-mail address. I'll submit that to e.l.f. and they will send you your discount. Please note that this discount is not good for Beauty Bundle plans and will not work if your e-mail address is already registered with e.l.f.
Be sure to check eBates if you want to do some shopping on e.l.f.'s site. Right now, you can get 4.5% cash back on any order (including Beauty Bundles). Save even more with the following codes:
PLAYBEAUTIFULLY - Get the "Play Beautifully Bundle" for just $6 with any $25 purchase
SALE30 - Get an extra 30% off sale and clearance items
ONLYHERE - Get 50% off a $30+ online exclusives order
SHIP25 - Get free shipping on a $25 order
HELLO - New customers get free shipping on a $20+ order
e.l.f. offers an enormous range of really nice cosmetics at bargain basement prices. Their site is a great place to shop for younger girls, anyone new to makeup or anyone on a tight budget. I highly recommend their Beauty Bundle for quality, variety and value; they just don't have any sub box competition at the $19.99 price point.
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Disclosure: Views and opinions expressed in this blog are strictly my own. Product discussed in this post was purchased by Lone Star Shopper. Post does not contain referral or affiliate links.