Absolutely love these ... and only £6 each!
I first heard about the e.l.f Beauty Encyclopedias when the amazing make-up artist Lisa Eldridge used products from the Face edition (above) to create a fabulous first date look on her blog, www.lisaeldrige.com
Just lately I've been lucky enough to try some myself and I've got to say, I think these Beauty Encyclopedias from e.l.f (which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face) are utter genius. They're perfect for taking on holiday, or, if you're not that lucky, they offer a make-up artist's worth of shades at your fingertips at home. I can't rave about them enough ... they're affordable and great quality!
You'll love them if you're a busy mum and need to pull together a speedy semi-groomed look for the school run (no rummaging around in the bottom of your make-up bag!), or if you're a Saturday night diva who likes to experiment with different looks, there's plenty here for you too. Or maybe you're both...?!
Basically, they're a hardbacked book-style compact and hidden inside the front flap is a step-by-step guide on how to apply the products within, with illustrations so that you can see exactly what you're meant to be doing. Great for if you fancy a new look or have never been able to master that lovely contoured eye ... now you can practice until you get it perfect.
I particularly loved the creaminess and blendability of the products in the Face encyclopedia (a palette of shimmer creams, concealers, bronzer and blusher), especially the concealers which melt effortlessly over blemishes and dark circles and stay put without caking. I used my own blusher brush to apply the bronzer and blusher, just because I prefer a bigger brush, but there is a face brush included.
The Eye collections (I tried three: Basic Eye Editon, Eye Edition and Sparkle Eye Edition) offer a plethora of shades and there are few looks, day or evening, you'd struggle to create given the selection of shadow shades. Each Eye kit contains a mix of eyeshadows, cream eye shadows, an eye liner and an eyeshadow brush.
Everything you need is there to learn how to define the eye, contour and highlight to get a really professional finish. I preferred using my own brushes but that's just personal preference! I found the darker shades of eyeshadow made a good softer alternative to eye pencil.
Finally, the Lip encyclopedia contains everthing you need to create perfect glossy lips with 12 lip colour shades, two lip gloss shades, a lip liner and a lip defining brush. They're a dream to apply, with lovely suit-all shades. There's not one colour in there that's too wacky and will never get used, just like the eye shades, they're all totally wearable.
Priced at an unbelieveable £6, (yes £6 that's not a typo!), these are absolute must-haves if you love make up! You'll dip into them again and again and with so many different combinations to choose from, you'll never be bored!
Available exclusively online from: www.eyeslipsface.co.uk