e.l.f. An Affordable Cosmetics Brand Especially For Students on A Tight College Budget

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Looking Back


When I first heard of e.l.f. I was skeptical.


Like a $1 for beauty products, like really?

Why is elf makeup so cheap?

Are they damaged or bad quality?

Why would beauty products so cheap be of any value?

These were my original thoughts because compared to the department store products the prices of e.l.f. products seemed too good to be true. At the time I associated cheapness with low quality. You may be thinking I was inexperienced using beauty products and you would be 100% right. Being on a tight college budget did not leave much room for experimenting. Since most purchases had to be a necessity cosmetics products don’t exactly fall under that category especially when you’re a college student barely scraping by.  Moving past some struggle days I have had opportunities to experiment. On various occasions, I have unfortunately experienced some well know higher priced products not living up to their hype.


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e.l.f. Primers


e.l.f. Products Quality

Eventually, I tried e.l.f. and I wasn’t disappointed. I received great products on my first purchase. However, a quick view of the comments section on the company’s website and you will realize not everyone is always so lucky. While the company stocks some of the best products at an affordable price sometimes a few products are not of the highest quality. However, for a few bucks, I don’t expect Estee Lauder quality, so I keep on purchasing but very selectively. So far, my strategy seems to be working.


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e.l.f. Brushes



e.l.f. Product Prices

Originally, e.l.f. products were priced at $1 and $3 mostly. Products priced at $1 were part of their Essentials line while those priced at $3 were part of their Studio line. Products priced higher were usually sets containing items from either the Essentials or Studio line. However, a quick analysis of these sets would usually reveal that most of the products, if sold separately, would likely be priced at $1 or $3. Since their establishment, the company has gained momentum and as a result, their prices have increased slightly. Currently, a few products on their website are priced as low as $2.

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e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator


College Budget Or Not Save With e.l.f.

If you are able to get your hands on some e.l.f. products, you should definitely give them a try. e.l.f. sells a wide arrange of very affordable beauty products perfect for students on a tight college budget or just someone who is looking to save on beauty products. While their products are primary sold online I have seen some products at Wal-Mart and Target stores.


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e.l.f. Perfect Finish HD Powder



Budget Friendly Cosmetics Brand

Even with increased prices, their products are still affordable. Additionally, the quality of their products has also improved, so kudos to them. Honestly, looking back when you’re a college student low on funds and you’re told you could purchase beauty products for a $1 the messenger doesn’t have to do too much convincing before you decide to cross your fingers and give it a try. The beauty college budget struggle is real, but companies like e.l.f. help alleviate that struggle just a bit. My first purchase included a brush set containing 10 brushes. I have replaced a few of the brushes individually since then, however, the majority of the brushes are still in good condition.


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Some of my e.l.f. favorites


Flawless Makeup Look Heavily Relies on Application

So if you’re a college student looking for some afford cosmetics products or just someone trying to stick to their budget consider researching e.l.f. cosmetics further. You might find some higher-end dupes you were not expecting to find! Most times quality dupes can be purchased at afforded prices, so you don’t have to break the bank to look chic. Nowadays, because of the improvements made to lower-end products generally found at the drugstore, a flawless makeup look heavily relies on the application skills of the individual and not necessarily the price of the products used.


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Have you tried e.l.f.? What do you think about cheap beauty products?

XX, Janette




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6 thoughts on “e.l.f. An Affordable Cosmetics Brand Especially For Students on A Tight College Budget

  1. Great post Janette! I definitely love some of Elf’s products. I use a couple of their brushes and their HD setting powder everyday!

  2. Nice post! I tried elf waaaaaay back in those $1 days, and wasn’t a big fan of the few things I tried. The nail polish was horrendous! (Though they had these cute $1 four-pan eyeshadow palettes that I used for MAC shadows! that was a steal!)

    I think that put me off buying their stuff even to this day, though I do have a couple of their newer makeup brushes and ought to give them a try.

    Definitely don’t have a problem with cheap makeup – some are amazing! (And some expensive products…not so much.)


    • I have no patience with bad nail polishes, so I understand. I can’t make a bad nail polish work for nothing. I wish someone would figure a way to make them work. I have a couple just looking at me. I’m glad I never bought nail polishes from them, because most likely this post would have been different. 😂

      Some of their products are not of the highest quality. There are a couple of items I have no intentions on buying because I still don’t think they will be worth it. I’m still debating on trying their eyeshadows 😃 because I am scared they will be too chalky, but with your view I will consider giving one of their little palettes a try. 😊

      With e.l.f. you have to be very selective, but I would recommend a couple of items if someone is build their first makeup kit and they are on a tight budget. Nowadays a lot of cheaper makeup out there are great buys – some even outperforming makeup from the expensive brands. Wet N’ Wild is a great example. They have some good nail polishes have you tried them? BTW thanks for stopping by 😊


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