I am loving the direction that e.l.f. seems to be going in with their Mint Melt Collection. I hope that these curated collections become a trend for them because it’s honestly just a great idea. I picked up a few products that I was interested in and I’m very pleased with them. Let’s talk about all the minty goodness!
*This whole collection is mint scented but since having Covid a few months ago, my sense of smell is warped. I can tell that they’re scented but unfortunately, I can’t really comment on how they actually smell.
The Cooling Face Primer is $8.00 for 1.01 ounces of product. It’s a gel primer that hydrates and cools the skin while gripping onto makeup. It comes in tube packaging with a pump, my personal favorite. I’ll keep this short and sweet, I’m pretty sure this is my holy grail primer.
I have NEVER had a primer perform so well for me. It does everything it claims to do plus, I feel like it really blurs my pores and fine lines. I’ve tried it with multiple base products and I’ve loved it with all of them. I mean, no, it doesn’t make my makeup last for like 15 hours or anything crazy but it definitely helps the longevity and my makeup looks so smooth on top of it. I really feel that most skin types could use this primer. It is lightly hydrating but not so much so that people with oily skin would have an issue. I have combination skin and it works well in my oily T-zone. This primer has made me want to get rid of all my other ones so that should tell you how much I love it.
The Plumping Lip Glosses are $4.00 apiece for 0.08 ounces of product. They have a high shine, hydrating formula that also plumps the lips. I have the shades A Hint of Mint and Chocolate Chip. A Hint of Mint is clear and Chocolate Chip is a warm, orange toned brown.
Like most e.l.f. glosses, I love these. I don’t really notice a plumping effect but they are cooling on the lips with a slight tingle, not a burn. They’re easy to apply with the doe foot applicator and while they are just glosses, they actually stick around for awhile on the lips. They have a tacky, but not sticky, formula. I do find them to be hydrating and my only complaint is I wish that Chocolate Chip was a cool toned brown. All of the eyeshadows are cool toned and with a name like Chocolate Chip, it would make more sense for the gloss to be cool toned. This isn’t a big deal but it annoys me😂 These are great, though, and I recommend them.
The No Budge Eyeshadow Sticks are $5.00 apiece and claim to be creamy, easy to blend and crease resistant. I bought two of the three available shades, Ice Creme and Melt with Me. Ice Creme is a deep champagne with silver shimmer and Melt with Me is a deep chocolate brown with gold shimmer.
I love both of these and that’s honestly surprising to me. I tried one of e.l.f.’s No Budge Eyeshadow Sticks a long time ago and really didn’t care for it but these are wonderful. I applied them on top of a tinted moisturizer with no primer and had very minimal creasing. However, I do think if they were applied on just bare skin, they would probably crease badly. They blended out beautifully and were so quick and easy to apply. I also love how shimmery they are! You can really see the shimmer in the close up picture I took with flash. I don’t feel the need to buy every shade of these but they’re good for an interesting pop or simple shadow looks.
The Chocolate Mint Eyeshadow Quad is $4.00; $1.00 more than e.l.f.’s quads usually are. It contains four shades, two mattes and two shimmers. The two shimmers are a mint with gold and mint shimmer and a champagne with silver shimmer. The two mattes are a midtoned cool brown and a deep, cool chocolate brown. The two mattes in this quad are also in the Truffles Quad. This is slightly annoying because I do own the Truffles Quad so I paid $4.00 for basically two shades. I typically don’t love e.l.f.’s eyeshadow formula and while I do have some issues, I had a lot of fun playing with these shadows.
I created two separate looks with this quad. In the look pictured above, I did use a shade from the Colourpop Just My Luck Palette on my waterline but other than that, I used this quad alone. The mattes were typical e.l.f. mattes so I wasn’t the biggest fan. Their matte formula tends to be hard to blend and patchy on me. I was able to make them work but they’re not really fun to use. However, I LOVED the shimmers in this palette. They look like ordinary silvery champagne and mint shades but they have so much depth. The mint shade has an almost duochrome look to it. They do perform the best when wet but they’re overall really good shadows. I recommend this quad if you don’t mind working with the mattes.
This is a really solid and fun collection. I would love to see them do lavender or green next. Let me know if you picked up anything and what you thought! Thanks for reading and have a great day!