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Up until quite recently I had never used liquid eye shadow and I wasn't really sure if I'd like it.
I came across ELF's liquid eye shadows a few weeks ago while browsing their website and they sounded great from the product description and are very cheap so I decided to buy two to try. The eye shadows retail at just £1.50 each and they come in 1ml tubes. There are eight different colours to choose from ranging from clear to bright pink.
I decided to look at some swatches on Google while choosing which shades I wanted because I find ELF swatches quite inaccurate and in the end I decided on silver and brown. Both colours are extremely well pigmented with a shimmery finish. I was expecting the silver to have a metallic, high shine finish but it is a little darker than I expected and not at all metallic looking, but the slight sheen that it has stops it from looking too dull.
Unlike the brown one I am not able to just wear one layer of it as it isn't very intense - I have to apply a good four or so layers before I am happy with the intensity. The brown shade is gorgeous and has goldy red tones and it looks really impressive and a lot more luxurious than I was expecting considering the price! The packaging is a little cheap looking and very basic but seeing as I just keep it in my make-up bag this doesn't matter at all.
The tube is shaped just like a lip gloss tube and it is clear. This is handy as I have two different shades so I'm easily able to see which is which. The brand and product name are written on the side in black writing and the black plastic lid screws on and off. The lid has a wand and sponge applicator attatched to it and the applicator is made of soft sponge. It has a slanted tip and is a good size but I don't use it to apply my eye shadow as it picks up way too much product.
I use my fingers to apply the eye shadow and I only need to dab a small amount on each eyelid for a really impressive finish and great colour pay off, I then blend it with a small, fluffy brush while it's still wet and if necessary apply another layer for a more intense finish. Although the eyeliner does feel quite cold when I initially apply it this feeling soon subsides and it does not feel greasy or heavy. The formula is just the right consistency - not so thick that it feels heavy on my eyelids but it is not at all runny or sticky.
The finished result is always great - the eye shadow never looks patchy or anything and it doesn't take long to dry. I've never had any issues with smudging as long as I keep my eyes closed for a minute or so while it dries. It looks and feels smooth and crease free and I'm really happy with how it looks. ELF claim that it is crease and smear proof but I find that it does start to crease after around six hours, even with a setting spray. The tube is a handy size and small enough to fit in my bag for top-ups if needed though so this isn't a problem. It can take a while to remove with a damp cotton pad as it really sticks to my eyelids but again, this isn't too much of a problem.
I overall highly recommend this liquid eye shadow and I give it five out of five stars.
An ELFy haul
This was yet another one of the products I picked up in my E.L.F. haul earlier this year, but is one of the last ones to be reviewed! For those of you who aren't familiar with E.L.F., it stands for Eyes Lips Face and is a company that was launched in America. As it has no high street presence it manages to sell the vast majority of its cosmetics for the super-cheap price of £1.50!
These eye colours come in eight shades, including silver, pink and green. The one I am reviewing here is called Sultry Satin and is a goldy bronze shade - although it looks lighter on the website. The product promises to "dry to a water tight finish to give endless staying power so you can take your look from day to night without looking faded". The colours are supposed to dry quickly so they don't crease. I usually use a primer under my eyeshadow but I decided to try this one out without to really test the non-crease claims!
Simple and functional
The eye product comes in a tube with a sponge applicator hidden inside the lid of the tube - all is revealed when you unscrew the lid! The packaging is fairly straightforward, as you would expect for this price, and is very functional. In the tube the product has a very metallic shine to it - it seems quite modern and a little bit edgy! I would describe the shade as in-between gold and bronze.
Although there is a sponge applicator, I prefer to apply this using my fingertips, so I use my fingers to take some of the liquid off the tip of the applicator. I always find that applying eye shadows with my fingers gives me more even coverage! While this product goes on smoothly, I did feel that the coverage wasn't completely even - the nature of the product meant that for me it was quite tricky to get the coverage just right, and you may need to fiddle around a bit! Also the liquid dries quite quickly so you have to be a fast worker to get this how you want it!
Once on, the colouring is a little more subtle than it appears in the tube - it is not quite as pigmented and gives eyes more of a metallic sheen than a full-on layer of colour. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, depending on the effect you want, and I guess you could put on a second layer after the first dries!
So does it have the staying power that I was promised? Surprisingly yes - I was pretty impressed with how long this stayed put on my eyelids, even without my eye primer. It lasted me pretty much all day without creasing and, for a liquid shadow, I really have no complaints about this.
So do I like it?
Overall, for the price, I was really impressed with this little product. It does what it says on the tube, and gives a really nice metallic sheen to the eyes. But for me, overall, I still prefer my powder shadows! I just find them a bit easier to apply and layer as I want, and I can blend different shades which I couldn't do with this. But overall I'm giving it a well deserved four stars.
I Was running low on my usual eye shadow so when I passed this and noticed that it was just £1.50 I gave it a go. They come in a wide range of colours and I brought Cream Dream which is a very light silver as I love lighter colour eye shadows. There are around 10 different shades so there is a colour for everyone.
It comes in a small tube with a twist of lid and once opened you find the application stick attached to the lid which is handy as it means I can't loose it and don't have to get messy to apply it. At the end of the stick is a soft curved padded application area that is very soft and the right size and shape to add the colour to your eyelids.
When I applied the colour at first it felt very wet and sticky. I was worried that it would smudge crease and just look a mess. Within around 40 seconds that feeling went away it was completely dry and upon inspection in the mirror had created a very neat finish. It felt very light and was easy to forget it was there.
I was very surprised after a full day at work I came home to find the eye shadow still laying perfect on my eyes. It had faded slightly in the brightness it first gave when applied but my eyelid was still covered and there was still definitely a seal of colour.
For the price easy application and staying power of this product I would definitely recommend it when my tube runs out I will be replacing it and maybe even purchasing a few more colours!
In one of my recent Elf hauls I decided to try out the liquid eye shadow. I bought the shade 'Sultry Satin' which on the website looks like a creamy colour but when I received it, it actually looks quite golden. So be careful when ordering from Elf, don't expect the colour to be an exact match.
This product costs £1.50 and again another bargain from Elf.
It comes in a tube which has a unscrewable top, the applicator is the same as you find in most lip glosses. I wouldn't use the applicator itself to apply the eye shadow as there would be too much product.
The shade I have isn't very pigmented, but is a really pretty colour. I have actually been really enjoying using this as a highlight for my cheek bones. It also looks really pretty on the inner corners of your eyes, really brightens the eye. I have used this colour all over the lid and blended it with a medium brown in the crease and it creates a really pretty natural and quick look.
When I next buy from Elf I will buy some more of these in different shades as they are lovely products!
E.L.F. Liquid Eye shadow - Sultry satin
Before I begin my review of the liquid eye shadow I wanted to explain what the brand ELF is and where to find them. ELF, standing for eyes, lips and face are an online store that sells makeup products for bargain basement prices. ELF offer a wide range of makeup from mineral makeup, to their own line of Studio based makeup and items from their basic makeup catalogue. What initially caught my attention (as well as a few glowing reviews on dooyoo) was the makeup price tags, 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 and tempted me to make that first purchase unless you get something that you like and would use it can't really be classified as a bargain no matter how cheap the product might be. As you might expect from a cheaper brand of makeup certain products and items differ drastically in quality, there are some that I really like while others have been a bit disappointing. To date, I have only placed two orders to ELF online (both over £30 to take advantage of the free delivery option) and more often than not I have been pleased with my purchases, this liquid eye shadow is one that I have been more than pleased with. If you are interested in trying some of the makeup for yourself you can find everything available at - eyeslipsface.co.uk. If nothing else I suggest you take a look.
This liquid eye shadow is really easy to apply and comes in a sort of lip gloss packaging with a wand type applicator. The applicator is very soft and good for applying onto your eye lid if you intend on blending it in. However, for more precise application then this does fall down a bit and it would be easier to use a better quality eye brush.
Although of course this eye shadow works perfectly well on its own I personally prefer to use this primarily on the inner of my eye over the top of a darker brown (Lancome single) eye shadow, because this works great at catching the light and makes my eyes look more awake. It is also a great eye shadow to blend in with other darker colours to create a slightly lighter shade or to just give my usual shade a slight touch of shimmer.
When I do apply this all over my eye lid (and I occasionally do) I sweep some over and you get a rather nice cooling sensation. After a moment or two, just enough time to allow it to go ever so slightly tacky before drying I blend it in, personally I find that using the tip of my finger works best for this. However, you do need to do this quite quickly because when the liquid eye shadow has set it can be a bit of a pain to get it to budge ever so slightly. Also I find that after I have applied the liquid eye shadow it is best just to close my eyes for a few moments while it dries to help it set without creases, it really doesn't take long to set only a few seconds. If you want a darker more noticeable and defined colour I allow it to set and then apply a second coat of the eye shadow over the top.
I own this in a beautiful light shade but I would be a bit dubious about buying it in one of the darker shades as it can be quite hard to get this to blend in properly and I wonder if the darker colour might take a lot more effort to apply evenly. However, there are a total of eight different (sultry satin, cream dream, coco loco, berrylicious, green machine, misty mauve, sexy silver and mocha madness) shades available and there are at least another four different colours that I am interested in trying at a different date.
The liquid eye shadow has quite a good longevity and although by mid afternoon the creases have well and truly formed I still think that it looks good for most of the day. I have yet to find an eye shadow that doesn't crease on my eyes and really this eye shadow is pretty average in this respect. However, it is quick to reapply because it is in a like a lip gloss applicator that is easy to carry around with you for touch ups. When the colour does set it does stay looking nice for quite a while and generally I have always been pleased with how it looks.
For the very small price of £1.50 you do get a pretty good liquid eye shadow and one that seems to be lasting me for months even thou I use it on quite a regular basis. However, for your money you do only get 1 gram of the eye shadow. ELF products tend to be smaller than what you would typically find from a supermarket or more expensive brand, but again for the small price I do feel that you get a good amount for your money.
Generally, I tend to stick to the more expensive brands of makeup as I have found in the past that my skin can react badly to cheaper alternatives. However, although ELF do deliver cheap products I find that the quality can be really good on many items, they do have some that may be on the lower end, but in my opinion this liquid eye shadow is one of the good ones. Personally, for the price I really think that this is a fantastic product and a good liquid eye shadow. If you fancy trying some of the ELF products then I can definitely suggest starting here, it is a cheap and cheerful alternative to buying much, much more expensive brands.
Overall, this gets a four out of five stars from me, I really like the light sultry satin shade and although I wouldn't recommend the other colours (largely because I haven't tried them) I do really like this colour and if you are looking for something similar then this is fantastic product for the price. This is one of the first ever liquid eye shadows that I have ever tried and I am sure that I will be back to try some more.
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 liquid eye shadow is part of the Basic range and comes in a choice of 8 different shades of all different colours. It costs just £1.50 for a 1ml amount of product. You can view the shades by looking at the colour swatches or view supersized images of the finished product. I chose three shades which I thought would be versatile; Sultry Satin, Berrylicious, and Sexy Silver.
E.L.F. say: "The pigment rich Liquid Eye shadow dries to a water tight finish to give endless staying power so you can take your look from day to night without looking faded. The colours won't crease or smear, and they won't budge until you take them off. An alternative to traditional eye shadows, these lightweight colours are exceptionally gentle for a silky smooth finish. The quick dry formula allows for fast and easy application.."
It comes sealed in a cardboard backed blister pack which contains directions and ingredients listings on the back. The eye shadow itself is very different to most normal powders, and comes in a clear plastic tube with a removable lid. The eye shadow has a unique liquid formula, and there is a sponge tipped applicator within the tube for you to use.
Directions for use: Apply colour to eyelid and blend in while still wet, allow to dry for a smudge proof seal.
This eye shadow is unlike any that I've seen before, and is applied in a way to suit its liquid form. The liquid eye shadow is applied straight from the sponge applicator onto your eye lids. It is very gentle and you can sweep the colour over your skin quickly and cleanly without creating and mess. This is also really easy to use on the go and it's handy to put in your handbag for top-ups.
The sponge has a slanted tip which gives a smooth and even application, and allows you to sweep the colour evenly over your eye lids to get a full coverage. It spreads well and you can blend it in to achieve various different looks. The level of colour you get is even and you can build up the colour to make it brighter or darker. The liquid formula feels very cooling and refreshing against the skin which is lovely on tired eyes in the morning. To get the best results I find it helps to keep my eyes closed for a minute or so after applying until the eye shadow is fully dry. This helps to keep it firmly in place and will avoid any issues with creasing along the fold of your eye socket.
I picked different colours that I thought would be suitable for frequent use. I am a little disappointed that the shades were not quite true to the display on the website and when I tried them out they were not quite what I was expecting. Sultry Satin is a natural beige shade with tones of gold, whereas I was expecting it be closer to white. It is actually a beautiful shade and after wearing it again and again over the last few months I can safely say that it is now one of my favourites. Berrylicious is a deep, rich burgundy, whereas I was expecting it to be a copper toned pink. Very nice but one that I don't have the opportunity to wear very often. A nice glam evening colour. Sexy silver is not at all the shiny bright silver I was expecting, but is a dark shade I would describe as gun metal. This didn't suit me at all and after trying it a couple of times with various different looks I gave this shade away. As well as getting a rich colour from the eye shadows, you get a lovely sheen which shimmers and catches the light. This is a very flattering finish that hides any imperfections in the skin and gives a pretty, youthful look.
The liquid eye shadow does have fabulous staying power. It is simple to apply as you just wipe the sponge wand over your eye lids until you have the desired colour density. Then as long as you keep your eyes shut til it has dried, the eye shadow stays in place all through the day. This does not crease, fade, or wear away.
E.L.F.'s budget range has some fantastic items and this Liquid Eye Shadow is an excellent product. There are a good range of colours to choose from, although they were not quite as they seemed in real life compared to online pictures. I like the application, and have been impressed by the long lasting staying power. I would definitely recommend Sultry Satin to anyone who likes a sleek, natural look, and the Sexy Silver shade would be perfect or rock star smoky metallic eyes. Berrylicious is a tricky one as it might not flatter all complexions, but it is a nice way to add a pop of unusual colour to your look. For just £1.50 this is a real bargain and I'd happily buy it again.
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Ingredients: Deioned Water, Cyclomethicone, PVP?VA Copolymer, Metylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Blue 1 CI 42090).
E.L.F. Liquid Eyeshadow!
I have just reviewed the elf waterproof pen which was a completely flop! But now to review one of their many good, value for money, high quality products!I went on to their site and after adding three other things to my basket I came across this little gem! I was attracted to it firstly because it says "he pigment rich Liquid Eyeshadow dries to a water tight finish to give endless staying power" so I thought this is a product for me! As at lot of my eye shadows look really good in the morning and by noon they have slid half way down my face or have creased to give a line of dark colour and none anywhere else! Just another one of life frustrations, but not anymore! I immediatley added it to my basket and when they came I was really excited about trying them out, and they as so shimmery and glittery, they are so nice!
They are applied very quickly and easily as they have a little brush on the end - like an cross between a eye shadow brush and a lip brush. They are so nice and they do dry to a water tight finish and they don't crease! They stay on all day and night with out a sight of movement! Great!
On the elf website they are currently priced at £1.50 each and they have a wide range of colours, I have the sultry satin and cream dream, which are a bit darker than in the picture. But I would recommend them to everyone!
Thank you for reading my review, I hope it was helpful! :D
ELF Cosmetics Liquid Eyeshadow
I went onto ELF's website when they had their launch of their new products in November. ELF mostly promoted their Studio line of new cosmetics but what they forgot to mention to their customers was the other new additions they had bought to the ELF family. One of them was their liquid eyeshadow. ELF has something similar in a duo cream eyeshadow, which they have had for a long time selling for the almighty price of £1.50 each, they have 9 in total with three brand new ones. Their cream eyeshadows are okay but sometimes crease in the day!
When I saw they had a liquid eyeshadow I was intrigued, although I like my powder eyeshadows sometimes I just need something quick, easy and simple that will last the day, so I bought four colours of £1.50 each. ELF state this liquid eyeshadow dries water tight finish giving you endless staying power that will last all day. Now this is the bit I was very interested in, ELF state this liquid eyeshadows won't crease or smear and won't budge until you take them off. I am SOLD!
I have had liquid eyeshadows before and the company has said they won't crease or fade, and what do they do after a few minutes? Yes they crease and look a mess and that is with ones that cost a lot more than £1.50. So I was a little dubious about buying these but I wanted to give ELF the benefit of doubt and give them a try. ELF has eight different shades to choose from.
I bought four colours, which are:
~ Green Machine: this colour looks very much like dark healthy grass with lightly gold shimmer.
~ Misty Mauve: this colour is a lovely light pink shade with silver/gold shimmer.
~ Sultry Satin: again a lovely light colour that looks more of peach/gold with shimmer and
~ Mocha Madness: this is a beautiful dark brown/chocolate shade with gold shimmer.
As with all ELF's delivery it was quick, when I opened the package I thought they we're bigger than I expected them to be as on ELF site everything looks bigger and when you get it home you need to dig out your magnifie glass to see where you've put it. But this time I was surprised it actually looked a "normal size" for them.
The products we're nicely packaged, each come in a straight plastic tube, the bottom half is clear so you can see the product and the black shiny lid is the same size as the clear part. You have elf Liquid Eyeshadow written in black on either side of the tube. The wand itself is like a lipgloss wand with a sponge applicator.
I decided before I tried the colours on my lids I did a swatch on the back of my hand to see what ELF say are true. I applied a little of each product to the back of my hand and gently tapped it in. Straight away you can see the beautiful colours and its shimmer. Where I applied it that area felt cool.
Even though I tapped the product in and rubbed with gentle circular movements, the product never lost its pigment. It dried on my hands very quickly and when I tried to rub it away it did not budge at all! I am very impressed.
The next day I tried the products out on my lids but before I applied the liquid eyeshadow I first lightly dusted my eyelids with translucent powder so it takes the greasyness away on the lid and he liquid eyeshadow has something to adhere to. Because it is a liquid eyeshadow I don't normally apply a primer before as this tends to crease but it is trial and error.
After I dusted my eyelids I first applied a light colour called Sultry Satin, the sponge applicator felt very soft and not at all scratchy. The product felt cool on my lids and it was easy to blend with great colour pay off. I first rubbed the product in gently with circular movements with my ring finger so the product was where I wanted it to be and then I applied a little more and gently tapped it in all around the lid. I closed my eyes for a bit and then I applied the brown colour called Mocha Madness. I applied this on the outer corner for a more defined look. Because the first colour had dried I found it was harder to get the second colour to blend and I had to resort to taking a small eyeshadow brush, damping it and smudging both colours together. It didn't look bad but it didn't look brilliant. Thankfully none of the colour came off as I was only blending both colours.
For the other eye I decided on a different tactic. I first applied the light colour and blended into my eye lid quickly, I then took the brown and tabbed a little on the outer corner and blended before both eyeshadows dried. This is such a better way of applying this and looks a lot better.
After I applied my gel eyeliner, mascara and off I went.
I am very pleased to announce after all day of wear there was NO crease what so ever and it never budged. Because my eyes are hooded most liquid eyeshadows crease or my gel eyeliner smudges onto my eye lid. There was none of this and I am absolutely over the moon with these.
I have worn each colour a few times now and it is so quick and easy to do my eye makeup in the morning and I still look great by the end of the day.
I cannot wait to add the other colours to my collection.