One of my favorite makeup and skincare companies of all time is e.l.f. Cosmetics. I still remember buying the original Shimmering Facial Whip a decade ago and using it incorrectly since I knew nothing about makeup back then. I’ve been watching as they’ve experienced the ultimate glow-up in the past few years–not just makeup but effective drugstore skincare that rivals high-end products. I firmly believe you do not need to be emptying your wallet at Sephora to take care of your skin. There are so many more affordable options these days. Here are the 14 best e.l.f. skincare picks to revolutionize your routine.
We’re starting off on a high note with the Holy Hydration! Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm that rivals high-end products at Sephora. Made with hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and peptides, the solid balm melts into an oil texture once on the face that wipes away all kinds of makeup, even the most stubborn mascara. This is a staple in my routine–I even have the mini travel-size balm to take with me whenever I’m away from home.
When you hear the word “cica,” you may think of Dr. Jart’s Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment that beauty editors rave about. E.l.f.’s Supersoothe Cica Mask also uses the superpower ingredient of Centella Asiatica, along with ceramides, lavender oil, and coco butter. The thick gel mask soothes redness and aids in skin renewal. E.l.f. has recently renamed some products, and this used to be the Supermask. Different look, same benefits.
Like the cleansing balm, the Holy Hydration! Daily Cleanser is packed with hyaluronic acid and ceramides. The gel-based foaming cleanser is gentle enough for day and night, leaving your skin hydrated and fresh. One thing I love about e.l.f. is how many travel-size versions of their products they offer (including this cleanser), making it a snap to bring your routine with you when you’re on the go.
Banish pimples with the Blemish Breakthrough Triple-Acid Resurfacing Serum. The fragrance-free formula is great for oily, acne-prone skin. It has an 8.5% triple-acid complex with salicylic acid, tranexamic acid, PHA plus, and 10% niacinamide. Apply three to five drops during your nightly routine. One reviewer said the gentle composition makes for effective treatment without being too irritating or drying and that it’s a gradual process for getting calmer and clearer skin.
The e.l.f. Pore Refining Brush and Face Mask Tool is a double dose of skincare accessibility. The mask side provides a hands-free, sanitary way of applying your next relaxing mask. The small brush side can be used to clean pores, wipe away excess mask in hard-to-reach corners of your face, or even blend color while you’re applying makeup.
The Happy Hydration Cream is infused with hemp seed oil, which is known to help moisturize and nourish, and other powerhouse ingredients that make for a buttery, luxe formula. There’s no fragrance and no essential oils, and the cream absorbs easily into your skin and locks in moisture. Drugstore skincare has never been more promising.
Reawaken the skin around your eyes with the CBD Plumping Eye Cream. With 50 MG of full spectrum CBD, the gel-like consistency is cooling, soothing, and quick-absorbing that makes for a simple skincare step. The peptide complex ingredient is also known to help reduce the appearance of aging. For those who want to check out the cream in person at a local retailer, it’s important to note that the CBD collection isn’t for sale in Hawaii, Idaho, Nebraska, or South Dakota.
Part of e.l.f.’s Pure Skin line that’s great for folks with sensitive skin, this toner evens and smooths without stripping away moisture. It has nourishing oat milk, aloe juice, and niacinamide for a non-irritating formula that’s also free of fragrance. Apply the toner after you cleanse using your hands or a cotton pad.
Got a sweet tooth? The Cookies ‘N Dreams Milkshake Overnight Mask is your perfect match. The whipped, creamy texture smells as good as it looks. It has hydrating jojoba beads and shea butter for a luxurious experience that won’t break the bank. Depending on your preference, you can use it as a wash-off or overnight mask. E.l.f. has a whole Cookies’ N Dreams collection that includes a sweet version of the Putty primer along with some makeup.
Exfoliators come in a variety of different forms, and it all comes down to preference and skin concerns. The Superglow AHA Peel Pads are 45 single-use daily pads with glycolic and fruit acids to exfoliate dull skin and bring out a healthy glow. They have an energizing citrus scent, so keep that in mind if you’re sensitive to smells. These used to be called the Superbrighten Peel Pads.
Yes, another Holy Hydration! product. They’re that good! The Gentle Peeling Exfoliant has tangerine, papaya, and licorice extracts to remove layers of buildup on the skin while prepping it to better absorb other products in your routine. Use in place of your cleanser two to three times a week.
Ditch the makeup wipes and reach for something better for your skin and more eco-friendly. The Cleansing Cloud Duo is a pair of soft reusable makeup remover pads that only need water to work. The white cloud has softer fibers and is best for simpler, everyday makeup, while the black cloud has denser fibers for stubborn long-wear makeup. I also use these cotton rounds with micellar water to remove thick eyeliner, and intricate eyeshadow looks.
Level up your glow with the Beauty Shield Vitamin C Serum. Key ingredients are vitamin C, vitamin E, and pomegranate extract, a powerful blend of antioxidants to help brighten and even out skin tone. Apply four to five drops and blend onto your face, neck, and chest in the morning or at night.
The CBD Lip Oil has 5 MG of full spectrum CBD and sunflower extract, along with refreshing notes of peppermint and vanilla. It’s non-greasy, non-sticky, and can be used alone, under lipstick, or over lipstick to help prevent cracking. One reviewer said they use it at night after their skincare routine, and they wake up with the softest lips. Swipe it on when you’re in need of some TLC.