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Recently I was lucky enough to get a 50% off (and free postage and packaging which is usually £3.50 no matter how many things you order) for e.l.f.com which is a make up site offering all things cosmetics and related items. I registered with the site rather a while ago and now own absolutely loads of the stuff from the site as I find it to be really cheap but of really good quality too (usually) which suits me just fine! This duo eyeshadow usually retails at £1.50 which I'm sure for two eye-shadows you can see already is an absolutely brilliant price but of course to me was only 75p which I was delighted with. In 6 shades (which I will list a the end of this review) I opted for the Butter Pecan shade which as someone else pointed out on her review on here rather regularly sells out very fast indeed as is a very popular colour indeed. The compact itself is very simple in style indeed. Black plastic with a see-through window to the top of it, it is round in shape and weighs 4g. On the top of it and in black writing we are told that it is e.l.f Eyeshadow Duo, the weight is stated and the colour is given. Inside you two decent sized half moons of pressed powder eyeshadow. No applicator or mirror comes with this but you do get plenty of product! The Eyeshadow: I chose, as I mentioned earlier the Butter Peacan shade which is a rich deep brown and then a lighter brown shade, almost a beigy colour. The idea is to wear these one by one or use them together to contour and shade with. Quite simply these are excellent quality eyeshadows. Some days I use the paler of the two colours just on my bottom lids to give me a brightening effect, other days I use the two colours together for a more smoky, going out look and of course you can always use them with any other colour/brand of eyeshadow you want to as well. The powder is thick enough to cling to an applicator and it glides on leaving a rich colour behind on the eyelids and its really easy to blend. It leaves a soft look and feel on the eyes and it lasts all day long without transferring or creasing or anything adverse like that and not once has it ever irritated my very sensitive eyes thankfully. I can create a smooth and as rich a colour wash on my eyes as I want to and I think this is truly not only a great bargain buy but is simply a wonderful product and the shades in the compact compliment each-other perfectly! As I mentioned earlier these come sin 6 colour options which are: Butter Pecan Olive Mocha Swirl Blueberry Berry Mix Black Licorice Only available from e.l.f.com
A short while ago I read a review about this E.L.F duo eyeshadow and despite the fact I don't usually buy eyeshadow in anything except singles I decided to have a look at them next time I was shopping on E.L.F (www.eyeslipsface.co.uk) and one in particular caught my eye enough to make me purchase it. The duo eyeshadow comes in 6 different shades and the one I liked is proving to be the most popular as it is now out of stock for the time being! I plumped for the Butter Pecan set which consists of a warm beige kind of colour and a mid brown. I often wear these kind of colours as I have green eyes but I'm always wary of this kind of set because I find they rarely live up to my expectations. The eyeshadows cost £1.50 for the set and come in a small pot that the lid screws off. Each colour is perfectly half of the circular pot and there is no applicator or brush so you need to have your own, I always use a brush so this was no problem for me. The claim is simply they are "2 beautiful eyeshadows" and they can be "worn alone or together for a dramatic effect". I personally wear them together and use the light colour on my eyelids and the brown in the socket line. Alot of eyeshadow sets have one colour that isn't what you expected but I have to say this duo is exactly as expected and the colours go on as you think they will. Both eyeshadows are nice and soft so very easy to apply to the brush and to your eyes which is always a bonus. The pot is handy and could go with you in your handbag as long as you have somewhere else to keep a brush or an applicator. So far so good. As for staying power I found these eyeshadows performed well. I usually end up with creasing about halfway through the day but I got no creasing at all by that point with this combo, I also had minimal creasing by the end of the day when I came to remove them so they really do have good staying power. The colours had faded slightly by the end of the day but not so much I would be bothered by this. To remove I simply use baby lotion and a cotton wool pad and the eyeshadow comes off easily. I can find no gripes with these pots at all, they contain plenty of each colour and the eyeshadow is soft and easy to apply, they cost a measly £1.50 and are convenient enough to carry around with you. The only downside I can see is having to provide your own applicator or brush but as I always do anyway it isn't going to lose these lovely little pots a star! A full 5 star rating from me and highly recommended. I may even try another colour combination I like them so much.
When ordering a number of things from E.L.F, one of things which I decided to give a give was their Duo Eye Shadow. I have previously reviewed their duo cream eye shadow, however this is a powder one and seemed much more to my taste, so I had high hopes from this one. The shade which I opted for was called black licorice, and is a combination of a silver, and a dark grey black shade with silver specks within it. This seemed like quite a wearable colour which would be perfect for night time wear. However, if this is not the shade for you, it is available in another five shades which include browns, greens, blues and pinks so there is something for everyone, however the range is not extremely large so it is unlikely you will find your perfect shade, but for £1.50 who can be picky? They come with four grams worth of product which is not a great deal when you consider that there is two shades within these, however this did not bother me too much as I wouldn't be using it too regularly. The pot itself is nothing special and is shown in the image, but E.L.F get to price their prices so cheap because they do not spend extra money on fancy packaging. To use this product, you simply have to unscrew the lid and then apply the colour to your eyes. Originally, I just used my finger tips to do this, however the pot is a little awkward to get into and this means you don't get much product out of it, and is a big negative for me about this product. I ended up using a small eyeshadow brush which did the trick. I decided to apply the lighter shade all over the lid of my eye, and then use the brush to create a look by getting the darker shade and apply it to the crease of my eye and blending in to create a sultry, glam night time look. Application was fairly easy with these eye shadows, and I did find that they were quite pigmented considering the price which I paid for them, and this impressed me quite a lot. The eye shadow itself was of a terrific quality, and just glided on to the eye lid really well, so that was a thumbs up from me! After application, I was able to see excellent results, and considering I do not have a particularly steady hand when it comes to creating looks, I was amazed at how easily I could make these. However, the eye shadow was not very long lasting, and it did mean that I had to retouch it throughout the night, but I still have to admit that I was fairly pleased with this eye shadow overall, as it did stay in place it just needed going over once or twice. Despite this, and despite the awkward shape of the pot making it difficult to get to the eye shadow, I was really impressed with these eye shadows, and I would probably be happy to buy some more in the future as it is hardly breaking the bank! Thanks for reading.