Thursday, October 28, 2010

e.l.f. Natural Eyeshadow Palette

This was my first foray into e.l.f. cosmetics (aside from their super-easy to use/comfortable eyelash curler) and I must say I was quite pleased with the results of my $3.49 eyeshadow palette. First of all, I'm a neutral-eye kind of gal. So when I saw the "Natural Eyeshadow Palette" staring at me from the display in Jewel-Osco I just had to have it. I figured, it's 4 bucks. What's the worse that can happen? I buy it and there's no color pay off or it's just crap and I chuck it. No biggie!

The colors aren't named or numbered, so I'll try to give an accurate description...
From left to right, top to bottom:

  • White shimmer with silver micro-glitter. It is quite chalky, but works well as a highlight. There wasn't too much fallout, but I wouldn't really recommend it as an all-over color.

  • True gold shimmer with gold micro-glitter. Again, there was some fallout, but surprisingly not as much as I expected with all of the glitter.

  • Copper shimmer, no glitter. This eyeshadow was very soft and you really have to tap your brush off before applying it, or it will be fall-out galore. The color is gorgeous, though. It's a true copper that doesn't pull super red on me.

  • Greenish-gold shimmer, no glitter. Kind of olive-y, kind of sage-y, kind of gold-y. It's really pretty and I think it would be awesome with the plummy color in the palette.

  • Muted gold shimmer, no glitter. I think this one, along with the greenish-gold, would be the best all-over lid colors since there's not a ton of fallout and/or glitter.

  • Plummy shimmer, microscopic silver glitter. Not a ton of glitter fallout, but this is another very soft shadow that you have to tap the excess off, unless you want to look like you're sportin' a bruise underneath your eye.

I wore three of the colors today over my MAC Painterly Paint Pot (muted gold on lid, copper in outer-V and white shimmer for highlight) and it's 12+ hours later and it still looks as awesome as it did when I first applied it. I think for the makeup connoisseur, this palette might be a little underwhelming, but for someone just starting out or someone that wants a few versatile-yet-neutral colors to have as their go-to palette for traveling, this is a heck of a steal for under $4.

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