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      18.12.2013 21:05
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      Cheap and cheerful
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      I recently took advantage of a 50% special offer with cosmetics retailer ELF and got myself lots of makeup to try out. ELF stands for Eyes Lips Face, and is an online only cosmetics website that sells lots of items, starting in price from £1.50.
       
      The duo eyeshadow is available in a range of shades, and the one I bought was called Berry Mix. This retails at £1.50 but cost me only 75p.
       
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      Pretty in pink and plum
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      I was pleased when this arrived at my house, as the two shades look really pretty and complement each other well. One is a very pale but dusky pink, that has a slightly pearlescent, shimmery appearance. The other shade is a dark plum shade.
       
      The eyeshadows come in a small round palette, divided in two. As you would expect at such a low price, the packaging is very cheap and cheerful, and probably wouldn't survive being dropped or knocked about!
       
      I always apply primer before applying eyeshadow, and the one I use also happens to be by ELF, and I swear by it! My eyeshadow never budges or creases when I use this. And as this is a cream format I of course applied primer first. The duo eyeshadow fells really soft and creamy to touch - other cream eyeshadows I have used have sometimes had a mousse or slightly powdery texture, but this is very creamy indeed. The pale pink is a really nice shade - quite subtle but with a nice hint of shimmer. It gives a really nice, pretty colour the eyelids. The plum is also more subtle than it appears in the pot. It isn't actually that dark and I applied it on the outer corners of my eyelids to add a bit of definition. This adds just a hint of colour, and it is a bit less interesting than the pale shade.
       
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      A bit useless...
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      Well, it didn't take me too long to discover that this eyeshadow is basically rubbish! Within minutes this had creased really badly - and in fact had pretty much disappeared from my lids into the crease above! When I use a primer, none of my other eyeshadows crease. I think the problem with this one is that it keeps its creamy texture even after application, whereas others become more powdery so stick to the lids better. This is just a bit useless. 

      I have since tried to use this again, and exactly the same thing happened. So sadly this one is destined for the bin - although I have considered using the pale shade as shimmer for my cheeks!
       
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      All in all I can't give this more than two stars - and even that is a bit generous! It is very cheap and the colours are pretty, but it has no staying power at all and is pretty much useless as an eyeshadow. I'm afraid I can't recommend this one.

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      06.08.2013 00:30
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      Not bad but not amazing but good for the money!

      I am a huge fan of E.L.F cosmetics (Eyes Lips Face). Not only is there a gorgeous array and ever growing collection of cosmetics for me to choose from but they are usually fantastically priced. Being an online retailer costs seem to be kept right down and so once every few months I feel that I can update my look without breaking my bank balance and do end up placing an order!

      I have never been a fan of crème or moist eyeshadows. The only reason I decided to try one out was because I was browsing through the site for things that I hadn't tried before when I spotted this and in a colour option I really liked the look of. These are duo, meaning of course you get two eyeshadow colours and you can wear them one at a time, both together or with other things or under powder eyeshadow to intensify the powder..... the choice is of course, as ever yours!

      I bought this in the colour option Mocha Swirl as it simply appealed to me though in total there are 9 options to choose from (including mine) and all cost £1.50 and each compact weighs 3g meaning of course you get 1.5g of each colour in half moon shapes within each. The colour options mainly involve one brown colour and then a green or peach or a pink and there are a couple of blue coloured options to go for as well so really if your interested in trying out this product there should be something that appeals to you!

      The packaging is simple though a bit cheap looking in my opinion it does do the job well. It comes in a black, round plastic compact where the lid simply twists on/off and it has e.l.f written on the front and the colour and what it is on the back of it. You get no applicator with this which I think is fair enough as it is a moist eyeshadow it would only ever get dirty and grotty looking if you shove an applicator in there or whatever anyway!

      The Eyeshadows:

      One of the reasons I have never been overly enthused about moist eyeshadows is that I get really disappointed with them. I have, in the past spent ages getting a really lovely, subtle and sheeny look to my eyes for just half an hour later for it to have creased on to the bottom of my eyelid and for it to look like its melting and sliding off though I have to be fair these are reasonably good!

      I use a spongy type of applicator to apply this, it goes on sheer and the colours are really subtle allowing me to build the colour up. My shades are a slightly shimmery brown and a very pale lilac colour and it goes on very easily and smoothly indeed and not one bit thick and blends really well with little effort required from me. I just be careful to not apply it too thickly which means I never get a really heavy colour to my eyelids.

      They have no fragrance to them, don't irritate my sensitive eyes one bit and stay put rather well my only real quibble with them is that the colour can't be built up too much and although the colour doesn't slide off it does fade rather badly on me within about an hour leaving me looking like I haven't got any on but I have to be fair I'd rather it fade off over time than slide off! The other issue is that my eyes are 38 years old and I do feel that these combinations highlight my little wrinkles and so on more than a conventional eyeshadow powder.

      These are not an awful product though, though it isn't one I'd go crazy for or buy again but if your interested in this type of product then by all means try it for £1.50 and see how you get on!

      Only available from e.l.f.com

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      14.04.2012 20:33
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      A really good product that I think I will re-purchase :)

      Elf Cream Eye shadow Duo (Butter Pecan) - shade that is illustrated above

      I have had this product for a while now but I have only just started using it, mainly because it is incredibly easy and quick to use and because the peachy shade is fantastic for spring. I have a few elf products and I find them to be quite hit-and-miss, with some products being just awful and others being cheap but fantastic products.

      - Product description (from elf website)

      "Express yourse.l.f. with the easy to blend, crease resistant, creamy duo eye shadow colors. Each gorgeous shade can be worn alone or together for a dramatic effect. The soft-blending formula can also be layered under powder eye shadow to set the color in and keep it lasting vibrant all day."

      - Ingredients (from elf website)

      "Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Ceresin Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Mica, Synthetic Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035) Ultramarine Violet (CI 77077), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090)."

      - About the product

      The cream eye shadow duo comes in a small plastic container which is quite thin and lightweight so it would be fantastic for travelling or just putting in your bag for touch ups throughout the day. The plastic container is black and the lid is mostly clear so you can see the shades of the cream eye shadows in the container. The plastic feels fairly strong and durable but it does look really quite cheap, although the product itself was really cheap. The container holds 0.1 oz or 3g of product and the product has no real scent in my opinion. There are currently nine eye shadow duos, including this one, on the elf website but I think this number does fluctuate as new shades come in.

      - Application

      The application of this duo is just fantastic; the texture of this product is what makes it so nice, quick and easy to apply to the skin in my opinion. The cream eye shadows just have the most amazing creamy, smooth, soft texture which makes them really nice to apply and it makes the product on the whole a lot nicer to use than powder products in my opinion. The application of this product to both of my eyelids takes only 30 seconds maximum as the shadows are incredibly quick and easy to apply and as they are very smooth they blend like a dream! Even through the two shades have slight shimmer in them, they do not feel rough at all and overall they are just fantastic to apply and blend onto the skin. Definitely 5/5 for application!

      - Results and longevity

      The results from this eye shadow duo is just great in my opinion, the shades look really nice on the skin as they are slightly shimmery but they are not glittery and the shimmer is really quite subtle which is what I like. The peach shade is my favourite by far as it is so wearable and it looks so nice on the skin, in my opinion. And the peachy shade is just fantastic for spring/summer as it looks really fresh, bright and radiant on the eyes and it makes my makeup overall look a bit more fresh and spring/summeresque. The results are great, as is the application, but it is the longevity that lets this product down quite a bit. The only negative point about this product is that it creases really quite easily. I have used this product with various eye lid primers and they do help with the creasing issue but this shadow duo starts to crease after an hour or so on the lids (without a primer). With a primer however this product starts to crease after about two maybe three hours, which is better than without a primer but the longevity is still not good. Overall, the initial results are great with a 4/5 from me but the longevity is poor at a 2/5.

      - Price and availability

      I bought this product from the elf website as there is no elf store or counter and it is not stocked in supermarkets (although in America I think this brand is stocked in supermarkets). I bought this product for only £1.50! The price is amazing and the product overall is really good, apart from the creasing issue. Overall, I think I would buy another one of these cream eye shadow duo's as the texture, colours, finish and price are really great!

      Conclusions

      Positives

      *Gorgeous shades (butter pecan)
      *Incredibly quick and easy to apply and blend onto the skin
      *Results are great - both shades look really nice on the skin and the shimmer is not over the top at all
      *Great for everyday wear and it would be great for travelling
      *Fantastic price of £1.50!

      Negatives

      *Longevity - the product starts to crease after about three hours with a primer underneath

      Thank you for reading my review

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        15.02.2012 23:54

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        Not a very eyeshadow cream - much better products out there worth spending a bit extra on

        ELF is quite an amazing brand in my opinion, they produce makeup at the sort of price that you don't feel too guilty if you have bit of a splurge.

        I'd got to the point where I realised that I had got out of the habit of wearing makeup for such a long time that my old makeup just seemed a bit lacking and probably too old to be ok to use.

        I've never really been an eyeshadow girl, but I decided to give the eyeshadow cream from E.L.F a try, it was such a bargain that It seemed too good to be true.

        The consistency of the eyeshadow cream is really nice and easy to work with as it is nice and creamy and even after owning this product for a while it doesn't appear to have dried or deteriorated. It applies nicely on to the eyelid so even a makeup novice like me can't mess it up too much. Not to mention their range has really pretty colours so anyone can find the look and colours that suit them.

        However, for me this product really creased quite badly after quite a short while. I didn't like it at all. Yes the product is cheap, but for me the creasing renders this product unwearable. In order to be able to use this product you'd have to be expecting to apply your makeup through an evening frequently and I just don't think that is very practical.

        Such a shame, but E.L.F do have other great products.

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        18.06.2011 18:41
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        Not the best, sorry E.L.F.

        When I first heard about E.L.F (eyes lips face) products, I decided to make a massive order of products as they were such a good price, so I might as well dabble with a few of them. I am not usually a big fan of cream eye shadows, but since these were only £1.50 I could not help but order myself a couple of them.

        Firstly, you get 3g of products which is reasonable but not a great deal meaning you are likely to get through it quite quickly. This eye shadow is a duo, and looks as shown in the image therefore contains two different colours which combine well together. I picked up a shade in Butter Pecan which is a caramel brown and a chocolate brown as shown in the image, and I also brought it in the shade Blueberry which is a frosty blue and a more navy colour. There are a range of shades to choose from other than this, including greens, purples and greys, so there is something there for everyone!

        To use these, I personally choose to use my fingertips by rubbing it gently into the cream eye shadow. I apply the lighter colour all over my lid, and then I use the darker colours to blend in around the crease of my eye to get a dramatic look that is perfect for nights out. Alternatively, you could just wear one of the colours on its own, however I must admit that despite not being the best when it comes to blending eye shadows, these cream ones make it a much easier task to complete. These are easy to apply and you can create excellent looks within seconds. They glide on to the eye smoothly, and I would recommend these most to people who can be quite lazy when it comes to applying make up such as this on a regular basis, therefore you still get a gorgeous look, but the application process is much easier than perhaps compared to a powder eye shadow, as they tend to get quite messy. Saying this, if mistakes are made with this cream eye shadow, they can be fixed easily without smudging all over your face!

        E.L.F claim that this eye shadow duo is easy to blend, crease resistant and creamy. I agree that it is extremely easy to blend as the texture of this is so creamy, however crease resistant is the complete opposite to what it is. Despite generating gorgeous looks using these eye shadows, they do crease really easily, and within a couple of hours your whole look is ruined. But not only does it crease a little, it is very noticeable and not a good look, and this spoils the whole product for me as it just does not stay on the eyelids without smudging and creasing.

        Overall, for £1.50 it is a decent product but you do pay for the quality you are going to receive. Good looks can be made with these creamy eye shadows, however you look simply will not last throughout the day, and you would have no luck on a night out as when they are exposed to heat they just seem to melt away which is not great! If you are willing to redo your make up every couple of hours then these are for you, but I am too busy for that! Thanks for reading.

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          11.04.2011 22:29
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          Cheap, but not so cheerful

          I bought the e.l.f Duo Eye Shadow Cream for the simple fact that I only have powder eye shadows and wanted to try something different. I didn't want to spend a lot on a cream eye shadow in case I did not like the consistency so I headed straight to e.l.f (Eyes Lips Face) where they only cost a bargain £1.50 and you get two colours in a pot. There are 9 shades to choose from and I chose the eye shadow #7101 Butter Pecan; a beige gold and chocolaty brown. The website states that the Eye Shadow Creams are 'easy to blend' and 'crease resistant' so they sound perfect for everyday wear.

          I was quite impressed with how pigmented the eye shadows were. The colours were rich and the brown had a nice shimmer to it. They were lovely when first applied either on their own or blended together. The website says that they are easy to blend and I do agree with this. The formula is very creamy, but are slightly greasy, and when worn together they blend to make a brand new colour or a gradual change into each other, rather than having one colour and the other colour next to it.

          However the shadows didn't last half an hour before they were completely creased! Whether used straight onto the lid or used over a primer, they would always crease and the shadow would look clumpy and streaky on the lids. I even tried applying a thinner layer of the shadow, applying them with my finger and applying them with a brush but they still creased! Although they only cost £1.50, I would expect a better result than what these give.

          I would not recommend this product at all. Eye shadows should not crease that easily, especially when they are used on top of a primer. The colours are very pretty and wearable but they do not last half an hour, let alone a whole day of work/university/college. I am a huge fan of e.l.f products and their ethos, but this product is by far the worst I have tried from them.

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          14.01.2011 16:04
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          A colourful range of creamy eye shadows

          My new favourite cosmetics company is E.L.F., which stands for Eyes, Lips, Face. They are an online retailer and their UK web store can be reached at this address http://www.eyeslipsface.co.uk. They have several different ranges of make-up, including their Basic, Mineral, and Studio lines. I love wearing make-up and have great fun experimenting with colours and different looks. It's nice to have lots of products to play around with but there are always a few items that become must-haves and form the basis of most of my 'faces'. I tend to put the focus on my eyes and go for bold, bright looks with heavy liner.

          This Duo Eye Shadow Cream is part of the Basic range and costs just £1.50 for a 3g amount of product. There are 9 different shades available and each eye shadow contains two colours that complement each other. I have this is the "Sugar Cookie" colour, which contains a yellowy-beige shade and a pale rosy pink shade.

          Product description: "Express yourse.l.f. with the easy to blend, crease resistant, creamy duo eye shadow colors. Each gorgeous shade can be worn alone or together for a dramatic effect. The soft-blending formula can also be layered under powder eye shadow to set the color in and keep it lasting vibrant all day."

          It comes sealed in a cardboard backed blister pack which contains directions and ingredients listings on the back. The Eye Shadow comes in a small circular container. It has a screw top lid and the base section is split into two segments with a little partition to keep the 2 shades separate.

          This Eye Shadow has a Cream formulation and is different than a normal powder eye shadow. The Eye Cream has a very soft creamy texture. It spreads easily and is incredibly simple to apply and to blend. You can apply this using a make-up brush, or just use your fingertips. It smooths over the skin very gently and gives a nice dewy finish.

          The way I like to use this product is to wear both colours at once. To do this, I first apply the beige shade over the whole of my eyelid. I then dab some of the pink shade into the crease of the eye socket and blend along that line. This gives a really cute wearabale look that is nice and fresh for in the daytime.

          Now, on to the bad point. This cream is very prone to creasing on the eyelid. What happens is the soft creamy shadow settles onto the skin and where the eyelid naturally folds the cream eye shadow slips away from this area, leaving unsightly streaks. This is very noticeable and happens quickly, within 30 minutes or so of putting it on. I have tried wearing this eye shadow cream with various primer bases underneath to see if it would help the cream to stay in place better but I have not found anything in my make-up bag that works. This is the only thing that lets it down but it does really spoil the appearance of the make-up.

          E.L.F.'s budget range has some fantastic items and this Duo Eye Shadow Cream is a handy product that can be used to create many different looks thanks to the great range of colours. For just £1.50 this is a real bargain and a good way to experiment with different make-up styles thanks to its versatility, however there are better products out there. It is really let down by the creasing and it just doesn't stay in place well enough.

          E.L.F. are against animal testing - please keep your beauty cruelty free!

          Ingredients: Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Ceresin Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Mica, Synthetic Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035) Ultramarine Violet (CI 77077), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090)

          {review also posted on ciao under my zombieflesh username}

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            06.11.2009 18:29
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            Another great product from E.L.F!

            I did my first e.l.f order a couple weeks back, e.l.f has been one of those products I've always been interested in but as they don't have a store to test the products in I've always kind of chose other brands over them. So double curiosity came with this product as it's the first cream eyeshadow I'd bought too. So I kind of rushed to try this one when the order came.

            ==E.L.F==

            E.L.F (Eyes, Lips, Face) is an American born brand where 'Beauty meets Value.' Over in the States all the products are priced at $1. Following a similar rule over here, all the products are priced at a tiny £1.50. (Although the new Studio range is £3.50 a pop)
            E.L.F have always prided themselves on having high quality yet low costing makeup, suitable for any age, any look and most importantly every purse.
            And another bonus? While buying your budget friendly makeup, you can feel almost saintly as E.L.F are 100% against animal testing, and according to a little symbol on the back of their packaging they also support charities, so double kudos to E.L.F
            (Sorry, I cheated and stole this off my other E.L.F review!)

            ==Packaging==

            The packaging on the duo cream eyeshadow, like on all the other E.L.F products, is pretty basic. It's a small palm sized black pot (roughly 4/5cm circle) with a simple screw off lid.
            The lid has a clear plastic circle in it where you can see the colour of the cream shadow inside.
            The only writing on the packaging is 'e.l.f Duo Eye Shadow Cream' so although the packaging is very basic, it kind of has a chic minimal feel to it.

            ==Product==

            E.l.f's Duo Cream Eyeshadows come in 5 different 'sets' with colours ranging from greens to purples and blacks I was pretty much spoilt for choice when I clicked on the shadows. I decided to play it safe and ordered 'Butter Pecan' which is a light golden shade and a shimmering chocolate brown.
            Although I thought with the sheer cheapness of the product it would be lowly pigmented I was happily proven wrong! Both shadows in the duo I bought are very very highly pigmented, especially the brown. The set I bought is a very 'bronzed' kind of palette, and blend smoothly on the eye to create a great 'all year round' kind of look - using the golden shade as a base with the brown to contour.

            ==The Results!==

            I was really impressed with this product. I found it very versatile - I've managed to use it just about everyday since I got it creating lots of different looks from a subtle work look to a heavier night time eye. Also, you can use this under a shadow and you just get a kind of 'shimmer' coming through and it seems to make it last a bit longer - which is win:win in my books!
            E.l.f claim this is a crease proof shadow, and I'm kind of 50/50 on this. Weirdly enough the more I use (for the heavier eye) the less it seems to crease - yet if I use a little of the darker shade to contour my eye for work I find around 12ish it starts to crease and I need to re-blend. But then that is a pretty good wear time of about 5 hours.

            Over all I'm super pleased with this product, and I'm looking forward to my next E.l.f order so I can bag a few more duos! So I can whole heartedly recommend this product, for £1.50 it's a major bargain and even if you were to just use it a handful of times you've more than got your moneys worth.

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            06.08.2009 20:25
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            Great if your in a rush but want some eye colour on.

            E.L.F. Duo Eyeshadow Cream

            ~About E.L.F~
            Eyes Lips Face (ELF for short) first started in New York in 2004, by American celebrity and beauty professional Scott-Vincent Borba (the man who founded Hard Candy's cosmetics line in 1995 in LA).

            ELF provides cosmetics for as little as £1.50 and their mineral makeup up to £3.50

            They manage to keep their prices low by not using high prices advertising. Rather they use the Internet for branding and word of mouth.

            To say the cosmetics are cheap doesn't mean they skimp on ingredients. ELF are said to use the best ingredients for their cosmetics.

            ELF has been named in many TV shows and magazines including, GMTV, This Morning, Hello Magazine, Marie Claire, Glamour, Grazia, The Times and many more.

            ELF came to England on 27th November 2007 and they have not looked back. It is ran by brother and sister Neil Phillips and Jo Westlake, from ELF HQ in Swansea.

            ~About the Product ~
            Theses little pots of cream eyeshadow have been seen in Stella magazine and was rated one of the best cream eyeshadows, coming close with Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown. Now that has got to be something?

            ELF state there cream eyeshadow are crease resistant not crease proof, so they will crease if not careful. So don't be fooled by what you read and take it the wrong way.

            When you're looking on their site the pots look quite big on screen but again don't be fooled when purchasing them they really are small but for £1.50 you get a lot for your money as you get two colour coordinated coloured creams in each pot. A lighter shade to put on your eye lid and the darker colour to put on your crease and outer corner for more definition.

            ~Where to buy and Price of Product~
            You can purchase theses off ELF's site www.eyeslipsface.co.uk and they cost £1.50 each.

            ~Packaging~
            The duo eyeshadows come in a little black plastic pot with a screw lid. The top of the lid is see through with writing elf Duo Eye Shadow Cream in black. With the pots I got the names aren't at the bottom of the packaging as you would expect.

            ~Personal Review~
            I bought Butter Pecan, Mocha Swirl and Berry Mix.

            Butter Pecan: lightest shade on the website looks more peach. In real life it is more of a gold/bronze colour. The darkest colour on the site looks brown and real life is brown/dark brown. When theses colours are swatched at the back of my hand and on my eye lids both colours are high pigmented, creamy and very easy to apply.

            Mocha Swirl: lightest shade on the website looks a light pink in real life is it more of a light silver/shimmer pink. The darkest colour on the site looks a nice light brown and in real life it is more of a dark brown. When theses colours are swatched at the back of my hand and on my eye lids both colours are high pigmented, creamy and very easy to apply.

            Berry mix: lightest shade on the website looks a light frost lilac and in real life it is that. the darkest shade on the site looks a dark red and in real life it is just that. When theses colours are swatched at the back of my hand and on my eye lids both colours are high pigmented, creamy and very easy to apply.

            I have oily eye lids and when I first applied them I first applied power over my lids and applied the cream eyeshadow to see how it would stand. Within half an hour it was creased and nothing left on my actual eyelid. Very disappointed.

            So I thought what about applying a primer first? I tried MAC Prep and Prime, Gale Hayman Lip and Eye Primer, primer from cheap brands and other primers from well known brands. If the primer is applied thickly then forget it, it will crease again. If it is applied thinly then you have more of a chance of it not creasing. I have also found if the primer you used before with power eyeshadow and you had a bad experience with that then you will get the same when applying a cream eyeshadow.

            In my makeup bag I also had MAC Paint in Bare Canvas and have used this in the past as a primer and it worked an absolute treat. I applied a thin layer over my eyelid and above the crease, applied the lightest shade on my eye lid and the darkest colour on the outer corner and blended slightly. I found you don't need a lot of the cream eyeshadow as it is well pigmented. I left it a few hours and went back to check if it had creased yet. To my surprise it was the same as when I first applied it. YIPPEE. But the next few hours after that I noticed slight creasing, I just wiped it back or applied a little more and it was like new again. I will be doing it this way from now on.

            I love my power eyeshadows don't get me wrong but cream eyeshadows are so much easier. Especially if you don't have a lot of time. Apply theses with a good primer or whatever works for you. A little eyeliner, blusher, lipstick/gloss and your out of the door. Perfect.

            Would I buy again?
            Yes cant wait to get the other colours :-)

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              27.07.2009 15:51
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              A nice addition to any make-up bag.

              I love having lots of different colours of make up, especially eye shadow, so when I discovered eyeslipsface.co.uk and their £1.50 cosmetics, I was like a child in a sweet shop and went mad.

              One of my purchases was these little duo pots of eye shadow cream. They are available in 6 different colours, with each pot containing a light and darker shade. I had selected Blueberry (blue shades) Olive (green shades) and liquorice (black/silver)

              They arrived on in little blister packs with a card backing which had some application tips. I didn't really pay much attention to these as I was keen to get into the product and see what it was like.

              Each pot contains 0.17oz (4.8g) of product. It comes in a small round plastic tub, about 5 cm in diameter, and has a screw top lid. Inside the 2 colours are partitioned off from each other to avoid them seeping into each other. I was quite impressed when I first saw this product in it's packaging. Ok it doesn't look like a top end designer product, but it certainly didn't look cheap either.

              I find this eye shadow cream very easy to use. I simply rub the tip of my finger gently in the product and apply it direct to my eyes. It's quite greasy, with a similar consistency to lip balm and I find it best to use only a little and to begin and build to my required intensity level from there.

              The eye shadow cream blends very easily into my eyelids. It's quite opaque and just a small amount gives me a subtle colour, while adding more builds a deeper colour. One issue I have with the product is that it isn't matt, so I wouldn't wear this myself during the day. The blue and black shades are quite shimmery, while the olive is very metallic looking, so I prefer to keep them for party wear rather than every day wear. You can also use this as an eye shadow primer, and add a matt dust eye shadow over the top. I have never tried this personally so can't comment on the results but have read that it's quite effective.

              I find the eye cream lasts well throughout the day, and in fact when I looked 4 or 5 hours later, I still had colour on my eye lids, something I don't find with my usual matt powder brands. I did find that it would collect in the creases of my eyes, despite ELF's crease proof claim on this product. However this small problem was easily solved by simply wiping my finger gently over my eyelid and reblending. so I didn't find this to be a huge issue, and not one that would stop me buying the product in future.

              I was also very pleased with the colours of this eye cream. Quite often, particularly when buying make up from a website or brochure without being able to test the product beforehand, I find that in reality once applied to the skin, the colour looks very different to how it appeared in packaging. I didn't find this with these eye creams, the swatches on the web site where a good representation of how the colours will look when applied. I particularly like how by starting with a very small amount and building layers you can adjust the shade from just a hint to dramatic.

              I'm very happy with these eye creams, and would buy them again. Unfortunately not all of my purchases from EyesLipsFace.co.uk where as successful, however this is one I would happily recommend. They are a nice addition to any make up bag, and at only £1.50 each, you can afford to buy them all and have a different colour for almost every day of the week!


              ~ Other Information ~

              Available from eyeslipsface.co.uk
              Not tested on animals
              12m use by date once opened.
              Full ingredients list can be found on the eyeslipsface website. I have no known allergies and didn't have any problems with any of the ingredients.

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                15.03.2009 20:27

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                I recommend these!

                I bought these when I was in the States a few months ago for $1 each - this is around 70p each which is unbelievably cheap! However, they can also be purchased in the UK from the elf website eyeslipsface.co.uk for £1.50 each which is over twice as much as in the US but still very very cheap. The benefit of using a cream shadow is that they create a smooth canvas for any other eyeshadows, so I have been using them as a base. I love the butternut pecan duo as seen in the product image because the peachy side is a very neutral base colour, and the darker brown I love to use as my liner on my lower lash line. They come in an array of colours and I am thinking of trying out some of the greens and blues because they are a cheap way to play around with a little more colour. Yes, they do crease, but by applying Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath these, they do not crease at all :)

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                21.07.2008 13:07
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                Not high end stuff, but if you're in a rush or strapped for cash not a bad standby.

                As part of my recent Elf Cosmetics order (see my review) I received the duo eye shadow cream. This was the first item I tried from my haul as I was running late for work but wanted to try one of my new goodies.
                The duo eye shadow creams are available in six colours: Butter Pecan (chestnut brown and peachy coral), Olive (tan and olive), Mocha Swirl (dark brown and pale pink), Blueberry (navy blue and baby blue), Berry Mix (dark ruby red and pale pink) and Black Licorice (practically the same as Blueberry but more smokey grey/shimmery). I am reviewing Mocha Swirl.

                The package doesn't say anywhere how much it contains, but the shadow comes in a round container roughly an inch and a half across. It's quite flat so it doesn't take up a lot of room in your makeup bag, and is split down the middle with half of each colour. The lid is see-through so you can identify it from other shades you may have and screws on.
                When I first used the product I was impressed by the size, as some of Elf's products are tiny, and as I dipped my finger in I was struck by how much colour was on my finger without having to rub it in much. Being in a hurry to get to work after unpacking my new Elf goodies, my first application was a simple finger-applied sweep across the lid with the dark brown colour. I then pottered off to work and forgot all about it.

                When I came home, I looked in the mirror to check out what was left (the lighting at work makes it virtually impossible to see your makeup). I was pretty impressed by the amount of colour left, but it had creased a little. I used my finger to smooth this out and it blended in and looked almost as good as new. So no big deal, fortunately my finger goes with me everywhere so I just need to remember to smooth it out if I wear it alone again!
                The next day I decided to try using both colours together. I covered my lid with the pink and dabbed a little brown on in the outer corner. The colours blended together flawlessly. Again I used my finger. You could use brushes I daresay with these shadows but I think it would probably make them a little gunky and you'd need to clean them after every application. Depending on your brush I think the cream might also tend to get "lost" into the brush, whereas using your finger you can make sure you get all of the product on. Again there was a little creasing which I was able to easily smooth out, this was after wearing for 6+ hours.

                The next day I decided to use the cream as a base for powder shadow. I used the pink and then blended in some powder shadow into the outer corner. The powder blended well into the cream. I find the cream to be just "sticky" enough to hold the shadow without this hindering blending. On the parts where I added powder shadow, creasing wasn't noticeable. There was a little on the other half of my lid after 6-8 hours, but it is not so noticeable with the pink as it is with the brown.

                For £1.50 (as all of Elf's products are), I don't think you can go far wrong with these shadow creams. They all contain one more neutral, paler shade and a darker shade, but as you can dab on as little or as much as you want you are able to control the look you are going for. For me, they are the perfect thing when I am feeling too lazy to get my brushes out and make an actual "look", I can just dab on a little colour with my finger. They are so fool-proof to apply I daresay you could do it on the bus without a mirror or while sitting in traffic! As a base they stand up fairly well, but aren't really a match for higher-end products, which is reflected in the price.
                Overall, not the greatest staying power but for £1.50 a good investment for popping into your handbag just in case, and a must for lazy girls everywhere! They are great for sensitive skin and are easily removed. I will probably try some of the other colours when I place my next Elf order.

                Also on Ciao under the same name.

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                  25.06.2008 21:21
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                  These would be better than MAC cream pots if only they didn't crease

                  ~ELF: The Company~
                  Eyeslipsface.co.uk is the sister site to american eyeslipsface.com. It is an online shopping site for makeup and cosmetics, and is sometimes referred to as ELF (eyes lips face). Its main claim / attraction is that (almost) everything is £1.50! In america it is cheaper still at $1 per item!

                  The ELF company has only been shipping to the UK since November 2007, but is already very popular.

                  ~The products~
                  I bought 2 cream eyeshadows from elf for £1.50 each. They are called Duo Eyeshadow Creams and come in a wide range of pretty colours. The 2 I bought were Butternut Pecan and Black Licorice. They claim to be long lasting, strongly pigmented and crease resistant.

                  ~The packaging~
                  All ELF packaging is simple - the product is encased in a cardboard backing with plastic cover. The actual eyeshadow pot is very nice, it is a circular black dics with a lid that twists off. I like the fact that the lid is clear because I can see which one is which. Each one has 2 colours in it, these colours usually compliment each other - I love this factor because then I am really getting 2 eyeshadows in 1!

                  ~Opinion of the product~
                  The colours are quite strong and not shimmery or glittery, but have a shine to them. They are easiest applied with the finger - for some reason the brushes aren't too good with these. The colours blend together really well, however, I am afraid thats where the good points end. I applied the product in the morning and it looked really nice. 2 hours later you could hardly tell I had any eyeshadow on! It had creased completely! I have tried and tried to get this not to happen because I love the product, I have tried everything - bare eye, powder underneath, powder on top, facial primer, UDPP (Urban Decay Primer Potion), Mac Fix+, EVERYTHING!!! And it creases terrible! So if I look down all you can see it lines of the colour where my eyelid creases. Not good!

                  Unfortunately I have now given up with these things which is a huge disappointment.

                  As they claim to be crease resistant, I emailed the company with my complaint, however, they replied saying they are crease RESISTANT not crease PROOF! So that's how they get out of making these claims...!

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                  Express yourse / l / f / with the easy to blend, crease resistant, creamy duo eye shadow colors / Each gorgeous shade can be worn alone or together for a dramatic effect /