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I own a lot of make-up and there are only so many eye shadows, mascaras or blushers one person can own. If ever I see something which I think looks a little bit different, I tend to buy it, even if I feel it is gimmicky. That's how I ended up with the Elf eye transformer palette, which I saw on the ELF website and thought it sounded like a good idea.
~~What is it?~~
This is a palette of four powder eye shadows, which can either be worn on their own or worn over the top of other colours to create a new, unique shade. I had never seen anything like this before, but I liked the idea of being able to change the colour of my eye shadow by applying one of these powders on top.
The palette comes boxed and inside it's in a black plastic case, which fits in well with other product in the Elf studio range. Despite being so similar there is a window on the front as well as the product name, so if you have lots of elf products it should be easy to identify.
Inside you get a small brush with which to apply the shadows and a good sized mirror. The shadows are pressed powder and unfortunately one of mine has cracked and crumbled which is a little disappointing.
There are four colours in the set - all pastel shades - and to be honest, all very similar. The first is white and seems to have a very fine silver shimmer running through it. The next one is a peach shade again with a hint of shimmer. The third colour is a very pale pink and finally the last shade - the one that cracked - is a grey colour. I don't find the colours very inspiring on their own, so I prefer to use them over others rather than simply as eye shadows.
On its own, I just brush this onto my eyelids using the brush provided in most cases, which is actually of a pretty reasonable quality. I have only really used the product directly onto my eyelids a couple of times, the main reason being, the colours are all so insipid that they don't really show up very well against my pale skin. I find that I have to layer the powder on and build it up, which then makes my eyelids look like they are caked in powder - not exactly an attractive look! I have also noticed that all four colours look very similar once on the skin - a pale grey-white colour - which doesn't really suit me, I think my complexion needs something a bit warmer in tone. On a more positive note, the powder has a very soft and silky feel to it, so feels lovely against the skin when you apply it.
The real reason I purchased this was to wear over other shades. I thought this would be especially useful to update my look when going out straight from work, as it wouldn't mean standing in the toilets removing my make-up and re-applying everything from scratch. Unfortunately, despite the claims, I am disappointed to report that I did not find that they 'transformer' part of the palette worked very well.
I usually use brown shades on my eyes for work or during the day. A favourite at the moment is the Accessorize Merged shadow in Cocoa and I also own Urban Decay's Naked Palette which is a collection of browns and nudes. I have tried applying all four of these shadows over the top and the result is always the same, no matter which of the colours I use. Rather than transforming my eyes, it simply lightens the colour very slightly - so slightly that you can't really tell you've applied anything. I tried in vain to add more powder, but that just resulted in the same caked look that I got when using this alone as an eye shadow. I did also try applying this over other colours than my staple browns - pinks, lilac and even a green shade that I felt brave enough to wear one day, but again the transformer shades did virtually nothing except mute the colour a little.
Once on, this does seem to last reasonably well and doesn't seem to crease - especially if a primer is applied to the eyes first. It is easily removed with a dab of eye make up remover.
~~Price and Availability~~
This palette costs £3.50 from www.eyeslipsface.com. Whilst that is a pretty low price, obviously given that the product does not work, then I can't say it's good value for money.
The problem with gimmicks is that half the time they don't work, which is what I found here. This product does not work well as an eye shadow palette due to the pale colours which don't show up on the skin and it certainly didn't transform my eye colours - unless you count making them one shade lighter as transforming them. So to sum up, save your £3.50 and buy something else!