The long-awaited and much anticipated e.l.f. skin care line launched a couple weeks ago, and it was revealed that out of the twelve product concepts, customers requested moisture-focused products the most. The Daily Hydration Moisturizer, Soothing Serum, Illuminating Eye Cream, and Nourishing Night Cream were the four picks released as the first in the line. The skin care products’ prices are a little higher than the dollar bargains that e.l.f. is most well known for, but from my experience with them thus far, the price is justified.
The brand was very thoughtful with the packaging, which not only looks and feels high-end in the sleek, aqua blue containers, but is also designed to keep the products at their full potential. Each product’s packaging is opaque, which helps preserve the properties of the formulas.
In the morning, I’ve been using the Daily Hydration Moisturizer ($8) which surprisingly keeps my skin smooth while looking healthy underneath my makeup. I don’t find myself feeling too oily throughout the day, but my dryness is kept under control. This is the only product in the line that contains fragrance, although very subtle. I think I was most disappointed in the fact that, as a daytime moisturizer, this does not have any SPF protection in it. I typically like layering my SPF with moisturizer, my primer, and foundation… so this makes me feel like I need to add that extra step of sunscreen to keep my skin sun-safe.
I’ve typically used the Soothing Serum ($12) in my nighttime routine. Since it has Dimethicone in it, it might also work as a face primer… but for my skin it seems too slick for that. It has an extremely thin cream consistency that sinks into the skin rapidly to moisturize deeper layers. It’s refreshing and hydrating, and after a few uses I saw the redness around my nose start to calm down.
Next at night, I use the Illuminating Eye Cream ($10) on my lids and under-eye area. Again, this is a light cream consistency that’s very emollient… some might say it leans oily. However, I already have oily lids and I haven’t found that using this made them any worse. It has helped keep the area around my eyes smooth, and I haven’t had any dry patches or puffiness that I commonly get this season. I like that it has a second lid underneath the tub’s cap to keep the cream as safe as possible.
After the eye cream, I’ll finish off with the Nourishing Night Cream ($12). This has a slightly heavier feel to it than the serum, but still does not feel overbearing. A small amount will offer a ton of moisture that I can still feel once morning hits. With both the night cream and eye cream, it would be best to use a spatula to scoop out product so that you’re not running the risk of contamination… or just make sure your hands are completely clean.
The e.l.f. skin care line is water-based, and features ingredients like Cucumber Extract, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Aloe, and Green Tea Extract to soothe and moisturize. I feel like this is an appropriate line for those with sensitive, normal or dry skin. Out of the four, I would say my favorites are the eye & night creams.
You can purchase the skin care line online separately or as a full set.