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ELF cosmetics stands for Eyes Lips and Face, they are an online company. I like that you are able to buy their products online because this is a lot easier than having to go to the shops if I am busy. Most items on the website cost £1.50 which is amazing for make up. They have a few other lines on their page which range from £2.50-£3.50. They also have sets of make up and eye lashes which would make great gifts, these are a little more expensive but still very very cheap.
I have used a few products from ELF before and an usually satisfied with the results considering the low price. When I buy from elf online I tend to order a lot and stock up as the products are cheap.
I have bought each of the colour choices available of these eye shadows as they are so affordable. These eye shadows are very pigmented looking but aren't really bold on your eyes as they appear in the packaging. They are quite good in colour though, especially for the price the colour pay out is great. They last a while which is the thing I really like about these.
I like the way the mini eye shadow pallets include four different colours in each pallet. They all go really well with the colours in the same art and can be worn together all at once. I wear the lightest colour on my brown one, the darkest in my crease and the most natural looking shade on my lid. You can create many different and unique make up looks using these eye shadows.
Product: ELF Brightening Eye Colour
Price:- £1.50 from ELF Cosmetics
Elf products are everywhere at the moment, staring out at me from the pages of glossy magazines and appearing in makeup bags across the office. This is one beauty secret that took me a while to catch on to but Boy am I glad that I finally did.
Cost effective, budget friendly quality make up encased in simple, transportable, practical packaging. I have begun a whole new love affair with my makeup bag and rejuvenated my look all courtesy of the wonderful peeps at ELF.
E.L.F is essentially Eyes Lips Face.com. A makeup company that provides cruelty free, good quality products across three ranges that not only perform well but they are really really cost effective.
The blurb on the ELF Website describes this product as:-
"Luxuriously smooth, corn silk formula provides eyes with a neutral base and an awakened brightness. The formula blends into the skin for a long lasting, beautiful effect. The 4 colour quad allows for both natural and dramatic looks. Mirror in compact included".
This is another ELF Product that I really like; the eye shadow set that I purchased is advertised as ELF Eye Brightening Color and contains four different gorgeous autumnal shades. I choose the set named butternut but there are plenty of other colour options ranging from pinks, mauves, greys, blues and assorted bright greens etc.
The first colour is an ochre cream which looks darker in the eye shadow set that was on my eyelids. There is a hint of sparkle in the eye shadow but I wouldn't say this was a heavily pigmented product. I used an eye shadow brush to apply the eye shadow which I was glad to say was quite solid in its packaging and there wasn't any of the surplus powder trailing from the eye shadow brush as I applied it. I used the colour to as a base over my eyelid and then added a bit more to accentuate my brow bone. The colour wasn't dramatic but rather a pale natural sparkly glow and surprisingly had staying power. I didn't need to reapply at all during the day so there is longevity with this product.
The Second Colour is a bright, slightly metallic peach which again once applied seemed to lose some of its colour but I actually preferred the colour it transpired to be once it was on my eyelids. Again there is a light sparkle with this colour and I used an shadow brush to blend it into the corners of my eyelids nearest the eye. The peachy tone seemed to work with my yellow skin tone and gave my eye area a fresher more awake appearance.
The Third colour is a very dark metallic brown which softened to a smoky brown once I had applied it to the bottom half of my eyelids. This colour seemed to contain a lot more glittery metallic pigment that the other two but it wasn't an overpowering glitter fest and didn't detract from the rich smoky brown hue. Again this product lasted throughout the day and was very easy to blend into the other eye colours.
The Fourth colour is a rich metallic russet brown and again it was a joy to apply and lasted the whole day. I blended the colour into the smoky brown with ease and it stayed true to the colour in the eye shadow palette with a hint of glitter.
The set allows room for a lot of experimentation; you can create a really natural fresh faced look or a dramatic evening look depending on the look that you require. Because the products are a dream to blend there isn't really a limit to what you can achieve with this set and I love the versatility of the product.
One of things I most appreciate about the eye shadow set is the consistency, the eyeshaows stay firmly in their packaging and glide from eye shadow brush to eyelids with ease. No broken bits of eye shadow floating around the packaging and more importantly there wasn't any powdery residue dropping off the brush when it was applied. The eye shadows melt into the eyelids like a dream are easy to blend with one another but somehow retain both their colour and their lasting power.
I have very oily skin and most eye shadows tend to crease or disappear by the end of the day but although there was some creasing on the eyelids, overall I am very impressed with the performance of this eye shadow set. It's functional and affordable and the least messy eye shadow set I have used to date.
One thing I didn't like was the foam eye shadow applicator provided. It was low quality and I gave up using it to blend the eye shadows as they just flopped too much to be able to apply with precision. But for the cost of the Eye shadow set I don't consider the cheap applicators too much of an issue and happily used an eye shadow brush instead.
The Eye shadow set is quite small and fits into the palm of my hand which was an ideal size as it's transportable in a makeup bag.
The eye shadows are laid out a triangular pattern with the ochre and peach eye shadows to the left and the smoky and russet browns to the right. The case itself is white, wipeable plastic at the bottom with a clear plastic front with the ELF log in silver with the words Brightening Eye Colour underneath. The eye shadows are accessed by simply lifting your thumb under the clear plastic lid and pushing upwards. No fuss, no nonsense and there is the added joy of the eye shadow applicator being stored over a small mirror. Such a simple space saving idea that works really well.
There isn't a wow factor with this packaging as opposed to something at the higher end of the cosmetics scale such as Chanel's iconic black packaging or benefit and too faced's distinctive approach to packaging but ELF manage to keep their costs down in part due to their no nonsense packaging approach and with that in mind I think that ELF have managed to achieve their goals whilst providing packaging that isn't ugly or poorly made. In fact their simple, minimal approach to packaging works. Their products manage to look simple and understated and quite urban. I view their packaging as the IKEA of make up if IKEA decided to create a makeup range then ELF make up encapsulates the look IKEA would be aiming for.
Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Paraffinium Liquid (Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, MethylParaben, Propylparaben, 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
There isn't a plethora of nasty, toxic chemicals listed in the ingredients for but there are the dreaded Parabens which I have commented on regarding their toxicity in other reviews on DooYoo But I have highlighted a few below because essentially the product is applied to the eyelids and invariably seeps through the skin and I think it's useful to make an informed choice as to whether we want to absurd some of these ingredients on a daily basis.
I would always recommend a skin patch test before full application in case of skin sensitivity and allergies.
Mica is basically a mineral based powder harvested from rocksand ground into a powdery form to be used in cosmetics and are generally used as fillers or bulking agents in cosmetics. But can be used for a matte or shimmery effect and probably contribute to the glittery pigments in this eye shadow set. Although not considered toxic, ethically my concerns are regarding the harvesting of the mica.
Talc is a basically another mineral powder which is usually made from talc rocks and is used to ensure that your make up stays where it should as it's usually moisture resistant which explains the longevity of the eye shadow set. Regarding toxicity talc isn't considered to be really harmful but again it's not on my list of favourite ingredients as it can cause allergic reactions
Zinc stearate is a compound of Zinc and is generally used as an anti-caking agent because it's insoluble in water and has a great capacity for absorbing excess moisture by coating make up particles which in turns makes them water repellent. It's used to encourage easy application and build texture in cosmetics which I imagine has contributed to the lasting power and easy application of the eye shadow set. Again not regarding as a major make up toxin but not something I am overly keen on using.
I adore the ELF Website, it's very easy to navigate and each product is listed under sections such as Eyes, Lips, Face, Brushes etc. There is the lower budget range with an assortment of Make-up items and a Studio Range which is the more professional and pricier type of items and also a Mineral range which contains mineral type make up such as foundations and blushers etc.
The Studio and Mineral ranges are also broken into sub headings such as Eyes and Lips etc.
Shopping on the ELF website couldn't be easier you just select the item you want and the colour (ELF provide3 a very accurate swatch of colour under each item) and add to your shopping basket or wish list. Once you have selected the items you just proceed to a secure checkout which lists your order and delivery options which is £2.95 for standard UK 1-5 days and £8.95 for Next day delivery with all orders over £30 being free to deliver HURRAH!!.
Once you have placed and paid for your order via credit or debit card you can track your parcel and your order is also emailed to you.
My items arrived the next day on the standard delivery and were packaged in a large cardboard box. Great prompt service in my book.
*****Value for Money*****
I would consider this Product excellent value for money. The eye shadows had longevity, were easy to apply and stayed in their packaging without crumbling. I would highly recommend this ELF Product.
My main concern regarding the price is the ethical considerations regarding the manufacturing.
According to Wikipedia
"e.l.f. Cosmetics was founded by Joseph Shamah and Scott Vincent Borba in June 2004. The duo originally met at a party in 2002; Shamah was a 23-year-old New York University business student. Borba was a 31-year-old Los Angeles beauty-industry veteran, responsible for previously launching brands such as Hard Candy cosmetics and Murad skin care. Both were enthusiastic about an inexpensive, high-quality cosmetics line for women, and decided to form a company together. A few days after the party they sat down to brainstorm, and a business plan was created within months. Borba claims the idea originated from seeing women with expensive cars such as BMWs and Mercedes-Benzes buying bargain-price cosmetics at 99-cent stores in Los Angeles.
e.l.f. Cosmetics (short for Eyes Lips Face) was officially launched in New York City on June 2004, also with the assistance of Shamah's father Alan. They continue to sell high-quality cosmetics at $1, $3, and $5 price points". Source = Wikepeida
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I baught this item from E.L.F mainly because i had heard good reviews on the product and for £1.50 for us in the uk i thought why not!?
Lets firstly look at what E.L.F say this eye shadow palette will achieve us:
Luxuriously smooth, corn silk formula provides eyes with a neutral base and an awakened brightness. The formula blends into skin for a long lasting, beautiful effect. The 4 colour quad allows for both natural and dramatic looks. Mirror in compact included.
*Apply to upper lid
*Gently glide on powder
*Blend as desired
Here is a list of ingredients :
Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Paraffinium Liquid (Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, MethylParaben, Propylparaben, 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)
First let me comment on the product itself as i feel its the most important part of the review. You can buy it in 19 different colour palettes so its easy to collect them all (eventually). The colours on offer are very highly pigmented and in pretty shades. Some palettes are non shimmery and some have shimmer in them. The 4 colours put together have been matched up well and can usually be used all together. Though on some of the palettes where theres brighter colours you probably wouldnt use them together unless you are going for a dramatic night look. The texture is very smooth wen applied yet slightly dusty. You do have to be careful not to be too rough with the actually palette and not drop it else it does crack and crumble slightly. So overall for the price this product delivers good pigmented shadow.
Let's talk about the packaging. It's very plain basic and a bit cheap looking (looks like makeup i was baught to play around with when i was 10) but if you can look past the packaging which i can im sure you will like this. The palette comes with a tiny little applicator with a sponge tip. I really dont like using these so i just discarded mine. Usually i will apply with a fluffy brush instead feels alot nicer than a rough spongey feel on the eyelids.
Lastly the price £1.50 for 4 colours! These are going to last you a while and even if you did use them up quickly you can afford £1.50 to buy a brand new one! So all in all i really do like these and i will be buying more in the future i think so far ive baught about 5 of the different palettes and i will write them down here shortly to explain what i think about them. Hope you find this helpful. 4/5 for this product! Worth a buy ladies !
(i will be posting this on my blog www.mylittlemakeover.blogspot.com, www.epinions.com and www.ciao.co.uk)
E.L.F. stands for Eyes, Lips, Face and one of the real selling points (literally) of the brand is that the majority of items come in with a price tag of £1.50. This covers the whole range of cosmetics that you would expect - lipglosses, lipsticks, eyeshadows, mascaras, foundation and so on. Alongside the £1.50 products, the company has two slightly more upmarket ranges - Minerals and Studio. Prices vary but all are generally around the £3-£3.50 mark. So still super-cheap but as you shop around the site you get so used to all the £1.50 products that the £3 and over ones seem extortionate in comparison!
The site is very easy to navigate with everything split into the categories you would expect (eyes, lips, face unsurprisingly) with separate sections for the Minerals and Studio ranges. You need to spend £30 on the site to get free postage - otherwise it comes to £2.95 however much you order. So you would need to buy 20 items from the basic range to qualify for free postage! When I made my order, the top story on the front page said that there was a special offer if you spend £20 or more. Type in a code at the checkout to receive ten free eyeshadow compacts. Yes you read that right - TEN free compacts. And each of the compacts contains four shades so that was 40 free shades of eyeshadow which would normally cost you £15.
To be honest I was convinced I has misunderstood this offer but decided to try it out at the checkout (as I had spent just over £30) and, sure enough, once I typed it in 10 randomly selected eyeshadow compacts popped into my basket. To be honest, this wouldn't exactly be my free gift of choice - I would rather have had, say, five different freebies than 10 all the same (even if they are all different shades) but I am assuming that there was something of an overspill in the eyeshadow section of the E.L.F. storeroom at the time! You will be pleased to hear that I will not be reviewing all ten versions I received here ... in fact, far from it...
I made my order on a Sunday night and my package arrived on the Tuesday - I have to say I was impressed by the speed of delivery.
I was planning to review a few different compacts but, for reasons that will soon become clear, I have decided not to bother! Instead I will describe the first one that I used - and why many of the rest remain unopened...
So the palette I chose to try out was called Nymph Dream. The four colours in this set are a very pale gold, a grey, a mid-brown and a pale green.
Using the small brush I decided to try out the green shade first. The first thing I noticed were how soft these eyeshadows were - it simply crumbled under any sort of pressure from my brush. You could tell straight away that these just aren't great quality shadows. Applying this shade to my eyelid I was also a bit disappointed by the quality - or lack of - the colours - this one was much paler than it appeared in the palette and a bit nothingy really. Which, I was soon to discover, could be argued about all the colours! I tried different shades both on my upperlid and as a liner, and none of them was very pigmented at all, and all of the colours came out very dull on the skin. Overall the whole palette was a complete let-down! Also, given the slightest knock or bang, the colours would disintegrate - maybe a bit careless on my part but I have other eyeshadows that can handle a few little knocks!
I did try a couple more of these palettes just in case I had picked a dud, but really I had the same experiences. All were too soft, lacking pigment and just generally of a low quality.
Overall I am very glad I got these free! They are really rubbish quality and the ones I haven't opened are off to the charity shop (although I am inclined to think the bin may be a better place for them). I can't even bring myself to give these two stars - even though they are incredibly cheap, they are useless so not even worth the low price in my opinion. If you want to experiment with some cheap colours, I would say there are other palettes out there for low prices that you would be better off trying.
I am not somebody who wears eye shadow on a frequent basis, however there are some occasions such as nights out where I do like to glam up a bit and add a little shimmer to my lids. I got super excited when I first heard about eyes lips face (E.L.F) around a year ago, and I made a massive order of make up products, particularly those from their basic £1.50 range. Their Brightening Eye Color was in this range, and four mini eye shadows for £1.50 sounds like a pretty good deal to me so it was worth a go.
I must point out that I was not expecting much from this, based on the price and the packaging. As you can see from the image, it is very basic packaging which probably contributes to how cheaply these are sold, however I will not be swayed by it, as I wanted to try the eye shadows out properly. You get 2.5 grams of product consisting of four different coloured eye shadows, and a sponge applicator brush to apply it to the eyelids.
When I ordered mine, there was not a wide selection of colours to choose from, however E.L.F have recently introduced a number of new ones. There is something for everyone, as originally they were all fairly neutrals and browns and quite wearable colours, but more recently they have brought out bold pinks, purples and greens for the more adventurous make up wearers! Many of the neutral pallettes contain colours which blend in well together and using a variation of all four shades could be excellent to create looks, however the more bold ones contain colours which completely clash. Some people might be into this but it was just not for me. Of course, you could just wear one or two shades at a time, but this put me off purchasing the bolder ones. The shade I opted for was called Silver Lining, and it consists of a white, lilac, baby pink and brown shade, all of which are extremely glittery.
The first thing to note when you receive the product is that it is really small. This can be seen as an advantage as you could squeeze it into even the fullest of make up bags, however it is just not practical, and can sometimes mean it is a little difficult to get right in to get colour out of it. I hate sponge applicators, and the one that comes with it is very cheap and tacky and hardly does anything. Normally, I would just throw it away straight away, however my eye shadow brush was far too big to use on this product, therefore I attempted to try applying some eye shadow with the sponge. It did the job but not very well, so instead I opted to use my fingers. For a £1.50 eye shadow it is extremely pigmented and you do get a really good colour pay off from them. I noticed this more so in the lilac shade and the white shade, whereas the other two were slightly less pigmented. They glided on easily and did not smudge at all. Even though they blend together nicely and the colours combine well, actually blending two colours together can be quite a struggle with these eye shadows, and this can cause it all to get a bit messy.
Nevertheless, you can create some really pretty looks for a cheap price. Obviously it is not of the best quality, and it is a little fiddly to get into, however the finished results actually look really nice if you are willing to put the effort in to make them. I am going to rate this product threestars because I am quite impressed with it, however it does crease quite easily after a few hours, and you do need to retouch it throughout the day. Thanks for reading.
I don't wear a lot of make-up but I am quite fond of eye shadow. I like that I can add a bit of colour to my eyes and be experimental, therefore I have amassed quite a collection of eye shadows. I decided to try the elf brightening eye shadows as they were cheap and each one contains four colours, making them even better value for money.
For those of you not familiar with elf, I should explain a bit about them. Firstly elf stands for 'eyes, lips, face' and they are an American company who produce a range of make-up at bargain prices. Everything in their basics range (this product included) costs just £1.50, but they also have a studio range where the products cost £3.50 each. I've used quite a few products from the elf to date, and had quite mixed results. I must admit, in general I have found the studio range to be much better than the basic range.
The brightening eye colour claims to be 'long lasting, easy blending colour which instantly brightens and defines and eyes look fresh and wide awake.' There are 18 colours available and these range from soft neutrals to much brighter shades, so you will hopefully find something to suit your tastes. I bought two 'drama' which is a set containing blacks and greys for a smoky eye look and Pretty n Pink which as I'm sure you can guess, is a set containing a range of pinks.
The packaging these eye shadows come in is very basic. They are in a small rectangular compact with four small triangular pans that contain the four colours. Each triangle is fairly small, but I don't necessarily think that is a bad thing, because I know I rarely get to the bottom of an eye shadow pan. There is also a small space in the compact where a double ended applicator is held, and when you remove the applicator there is a mirror underneath. Personally I've never used the mirror, but I can see it could be useful to have for when you're out and about.
When it comes to applying the shadow to my eyes I usually use my own brushes, but I have tried the applicators, and although they're soft on the skin, I find them pretty much the same as any other applicator, in that they're a bit rubbish when it comes to achieving a good application or any real effects with the shadow.
The main problem I have found when applying these shadows is that I need to really build up the colour as they are not very pigmented - this is especially true of the lighter pink shades which don't show up on the skin very well at all unless lots of layers are applied. The exception to this is when a primer is applied underneath ( I use Urban Decay's Primer Potion) as I find that it really makes the colour 'pop' and look as strong and vibrant on the eye as it does in the pan. If you are considering purchasing one of these eye shadow compacts, I would strongly suggest you buy a primer too (elf do one as part of their £1.50 range, but I don't know how good it is).
The benefit of having four colours in one compact is that you can create a variety of looks. The colours in each compact compliment each other well, therefore can be worn alone or together. The 'drama' compact containing blacks and greys is fabulous for creating a smoky eye look, and the fact there are two greys as well as black and white in the compact, means that you can soften the appearance, so it doesn't look so harsh.
The staying power of this product unfortunately is pretty poor, unless of course you apply a primer, in which case it should last all day. I found that the shadow creased within about an hour and within two it had gone completely, which was disappointing, although if I'm honest not completely surprising given the low price tag.
Overall, I have not been overly impressed with this product if I'm honest and I won't be purchasing any more colours to add to my collection. If you are someone who wears an eye primer regularly, then you should be OK with this, but if you're just wanting a cheap eye shadow, without the added hassle of a primer then I'd advise you avoid it. There are some fabulous budget eye shadows on the market, and I would recommend Collection 2000 if cheap is what you're after in a product like this.
E.L.F Brightening Eye Colour
I bought this brightening eye shadow as well as quite a few other products from ELF, an online store that sells makeup products for bargain basement prices. ELF offer a wide range of makeup as well as mineral makeup and their own Studio range based makeup. What really caught my attention was the price, most of all their items cost £1.50 or £3.50 (or some are somewhere in between unless you plan on buying any larger gift sets). Although the prices initially drew me in, unless you get something that you like and would use it can't really be classified as a bargain. To date, I have only placed two orders to ELF online (eyeslipsface.co.uk), but overall I have really been pleased with what I have purchased, some of their products are really good like this eye shadow and I will be back in the future for more.
Elf describes this as a "luxuriously smooth, corn silk formula [that] provides eyes with a neutral base and an awakened brightness." When you use this eye shadow probably one of the first things that I noticed was that the eye shadow is very soft and a bit crumbly compared to some of the more expensive compacted eye shadows that I own. It is easy to coat any applicator with the eye shadow and even with its soft texture this doesn't make too much mess when you apply it.
The colours are quite strong and you can see the colour stand out rather clearly if you apply them quite boldly and thickly. However, you can also apply these quite lightly to get a more natural or nude appearance (obviously depending what colour shade you are using). I have found myself using these eye shadows on a regular basis and mixing the lightest shade in the day to night palette with many other eye shadows in my collection as I do find that if I apply this to the inner of my eye it does make my eye makeup brighter in appearance.
It is packaged in a typical eye shadow compact and it seems pretty sturdy. It also closes quite tightly which is great if you want to carry this around, especially as this eye shadow can be a bit crumbly and does have the potential to make a mess.
You do get a small typical double eye shadow applicator with this, it isn't the best but it will do fine if you have nothing else. I actually prefer this one to a similar Lancome double ended applicator that I received with a single eye shadow of theirs, the ELF applicator is long enough that it is easy and comfortable to hold while using it.
In each palette you get four different shades, the lighter shades tend to be at the side and the darker shades take up the more bottom central positions. On the palette I have all the shades work well together in different combinations but it is the paler shades that I wear on a more every day basis.
This eye shadow is far from perfect and this does crease and will not take you from day until night without a quick re-apply. However, I have yet to find any eye shadow even from the much more expensive luxury brands that doesn't crease on my eye lids. Granted some of the more expensive eye shadows do last longer before they crease. This ELF eye shadow is pretty good for a couple of hours and then I need to give it just a quick touch up or if I am out and about just use my finger to blend it in to remove the crease look. When I used an eye primer it does last for a bit longer but still creases by the afternoon when applied in the morning.
There are eighteen different eye shadow sets in a multitude of different colours available to buy. Next time I place an order to ELF I will be definitely be trying some more of the colours, I often end up buying the same brown or grey eye shadows for everyday wear and because these are so cheap yet still nice I feel like I can experiment with colour a bit more without it being too much of a waste of money if it turns out I don't like it.
If you have shopped with ELF before (eyeslipsface.co.uk) you will release that the vast majority of their makeup retails for around £1.50 or £3.50 or somewhere in between. This particular eye shadow is currently available for £1.50, making this a fantastic bargain. For the money you pay this is a really nice eye shadow for such a bargain basement price.
This gets a four out of five stars from me, for the price I think that this is a fantastic eye shadow and although this isn't perfect it does deliver a great eye shadow for a bargain basement price. I would happily recommend this to anyone.
I bought this eyeshadow compact along with loads of other e.l.f products in an attempt to cut down the amount of money I was spending on cosmetics. Like most e.l.f products it costs just £1.50.
It comes in a neat little compact with a transparent plastic lid so you can see the eyesahdows through it. It's fairly easyt o open as long as you get your finger in just the right place on the catch, but otherwise it will take forever to get into.
In the compact are 4 eyeshadows, which unlike the picture above, are rectangular shapes in mine, and a sponge applicator. I chose the 'drama' set, which includes white, light grey, dark shimmery grey, and black eyeshadows.
First off, I really hate sponge applicators, they're totally useless for applying eyeshadow and I really don't understand why they're always included in compacts. But this one is worse than any I've ever come across. It's very cheaply made, looks like it's going to fall apart any minute, and it feels really rough and scratchy on the skin.
I find the eyeshadows are too solid in the compact and it's difficult to get the shadow onto a brush or applicator. Once you do actually get some onto a brush, it's a nightmare to apply. It seems to want to stay in the brush rather than transferring to the skin, and it takes ages to build up any decent amount of colour.
They don't feel soft or smooth on the skin, and my eyes feel quite irritated after applying them. They are also practically impossible to blend, again because they're too solid and not soft enough.
The colours themselves are quite nice, but they do not look anything like the colour in the compact when you apply them. It's impossible to get a bold colour with them, and as they don't blend at all you can't smudge them to get the smokey eye effect I wanted with this particular colour palette.
Of all the e.l.f products I've tried so far I think this is the worst. There is simply no redeeming quality about them at all, they're awful, and they should be ashamed to sell them, even at £1.50!
For £1.50 these are great value considering you get 4 eyeshadows, however, I find the sets quite hit and miss. After loving "Drama" with its strong blacks, whites and greys that created the perfect smokey eye on a budget, I decided to buy some green colours called IVY and blues called BLUE MOON. I am quite disappointed with these ones as the colour pay off and pigmentation is nothing like DRAMA and I find them quite chalky. This has put me off buying any more but I guess they would be okay for someone who didnt want vibrant and strong colours - such as a beginner. The sponge tip applicator is also quite bad - I recommend using their eye shadow brush to apply instead. The darker colours do stay put all day, and the light ones make OK highlight colours. The colours all look pretty in the palette and have a range of finishes - matte, lustre, pearl and shimmer.
Another Elf product here, and yes of course as with all their others this one costs just £1.50! After my little snag with their New Moisture Care Lip Color (although they were excellent at replacing it VERY quickly and so far, so good) I am pleased to report that this ticks all the boxes.
The "Brightening Eye Color" is Elf's fancy way of saying...eyeshadow. There are nine quads available ranging from "Nouveau Neutrals" to "Drama". There are a couple of repeats in colours across the quads, but that's to be expected really as they are selected to work well with each other and take the guesswork out of makeup.
As with a couple of Elf's other products, I was a bit surprised by how small these are. Each quad measures in at just over two inches long and one and a half inches wide. They are pretty flat, so you can imagine that they are really compact, but I suppose that's useful for popping into your bag. There is a small triangle of each colour, a double-ended applicator (useless as they generally are) and a TINY strip mirror underneath the applicator. To be honest I don't think the mirror would be useful at all due to its size.
I ordered two - Nouveau Neutrals and Ivy - although I accidentally put two of Nouveau Neutrals in the cart by mistake. Good thing they're only £1.50! Nouveau Neutrals contains a shimmery silver, light goldy brown, skin tone/peach and a darker peachy brown. I found the first to be the most noticeable as it is also the most shimmery. All four colours tend to be shimmery rather than highly coloured. Ivy contains a pale shimmery green, dark green, gold and dark brown. All of these shades were a lot more noticeable than those in the other compact and stood out with only one sweep of the brush.
Elf describes the shadows as being "luxuriously smooth" due to a "corn silk formula" and they are right. They do glide on very easily although, like I said, may need a little extra applying to make the colour show much. They blend well, but again, might need a top-up of colour.
I'd say the colours work well together - although I tend to use Ivy a lot more for neutral looks than the self-professed nude shades, because I find Nouveau Neutrals to be a bit more shimmery than I'd sometimes want. As you have to build up the colour a little, or lose some colour upon blending, you can play up or down your look with any of the nine colour options I would imagine.
Although the compacts are so small, it doesn't feel awkward to use with brushes. I did notice that it looks like I've "dug in" and made a dent in the shadows even after only a couple of uses, but I suppose that shows they stick well to the brush (and in turn to your lids) - it really isn't the end of the world having to replace it eventually, at £1.50!
No irritation to report, and with a primer no creasing. They are very easy to remove and don't leave lingering glitter or shimmer which I hate!
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.
~What the website says about Brightening Eye Colour~
Luxuriously smooth, corn silk formula provides eyes with a neutral base and an awakened brightness.
Apply to upper lid; gently glide on powder. Blend as desired.
This is a set of 4 pressed powder eyeshadows in a range of complimentary colours. It comes with an applicator and a small strip mirror to see your eye. There are 9 different sets of colours, I have only bought one so far - it is called Drama.
The colours I chose were a quad of black, dark shimmery grey, light shimmery grey and a white.
Firstly, the applicator is rubbish! I am not sure what it is made from but it is quite rough on the skin and feels like polystyrene or something! I now apply it with an eyeshadow brush and have much better results.
The idea of having 4 colours in one small and compact palette is great! On the website you can make your own and choose your own colours, but this is more expensive [note: you do get larger eyeshadow pots though]
The colours really compliment each other and blend easily. There is little or no fall out for most shadows - be careful with the black though! The shimmery colours are meant to be "light reflecting" but I dont notice this too much. The colour is not very strong upon first layer application, but this actually works to your advantage because you can build it up into a darker colour more to your liking. You can also use the paler colours as bases for other applications.
The colour doesn't crease if used with an eyeshadow primer such as UDPP and lasts all day. The amount of each colour you get is great, a large enough amount to last for months, but not too much that it is in a bulky container etc.
My aim is to buy all the 9 colours as they are all great!
Luxuriously smooth, corn silk formula provides eyes with a neutral base and an awakened brightness /