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Thursday, February 27, 2014

e.l.f Studio Prism Eyeshadow Palettes

The e.l.f Studio Prism Eyeshadow palettes are a fairly new product. I picked all 3 up to review for you! These retail for $10 each on the e.l.f website and all 3 palettes are highly shimmery. When applied with your finger they go on very smoothly. The shades are absolutely beautiful and kind of remind me of the Maybelline color plush quads. These have a very metallic foiled appearance on the lids and can be applied lightly for a sheer look or applied heavy for a intense look. There are three different palettes available Naked, Sunset, and Smoke. There are 6 shades in each palette. The packaging is quite nice and sturdy and includes a full size mirror.

e.l.f says: These ultra-silky and lustrous eyeshadows look like a powder but feel like a cream, allowing for a smooth and flawless application. Use to contour, line, and highlight for a radiant finish. The luminous, shimmery formula creates a gorgeous range of looks for both day and night. Apply dry all over the eyelid with a brush for a subtle wash of color or apply wet for a vibrant effect. Choose a light color to apply all over the eyelid as a base or to highlight. Next, apply a medium shade over the eyelid or in the crease to contour. Then apply the darkest shade to define and line the eye for depth and a smoky look. Mix and match for a custom blended look.

Up first is Smoke, which includes a white, gunmetal gray, jade green, plum purple, dark navy blue, and a black.

Next up is Sunset which consists mostly of bronzey shades. There is a champagne, coral, peachy gold, orangey gold, bronze, and a orchid purple.

 Last is Naked, probably my favorite of the three. It has a white, pale yellow, peachy gold, deep gold, bronze, and a dark taupe brown.

NYX Butt Naked Turn The Other Cheek Palette

I absolutely loved the NYX Butt Naked Eyes palette so when this one came out I immediately went to Ulta and got it! I am a neutral palette freak seriously! I really like the NYX eyeshadows and have quite a bit from them. This palette retails for $25.00 and has 15 eyeshadows(6 glitter, 1 shimmer, and 8 matte/satin shades) 4 blushes( 1 matte, 1 satin and 2 shimmer), 3 highlighters all shimmer shades. This palette definitely has more warmer shades than Butt Naked which has more cooler shades. I personally like the Butt Nkaed palette more than this one but the dark brown shade in this palette is the PERFECT brow shade for me. I use the e.l.f eyebrow kit in dark and the wax is great but the powder included is too light so I use the eyeshadow in this palette.

NYX says: Enhance your natural beauty with this sensational collection of warm neutral tones. 15 sultry and seductive eye shadow shades, 4 matte and pearl blushers and 3 pearlescent face illuminators. This kit will make you and them take a double take.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

e.l.f Baked Eyeshadows

The e.l.f baked eyeshadows have a 4 star review on the website and retail for $3.00 each. There are 10 shades available enchanted, pixie, toasted, bark, burnt plum, dusk, moonlight serenade, bronzed beauty, passion purple and chocolate dreams. All of these contain shimmer/glitter and can be used wet or dry, if applied dry with a eyeshadow brush they can be very sheer. If you are going to use them dry I recommend using your finger to apply them then blend with an eyeshadow brush.

e.l.f says: The silky and blendable formula of our Baked Eyeshadow provides smooth and even application with each sweep of color. Baked in an oven, these eyeshadows offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting and shimmering color can be worn wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation, offering a variety of gorgeous eye looks! Apply dry all over the eyelid with a brush for a subtle wash of color or apply wet for a vibrant effect. I apologize in advance some of the eyeshadows may look a little rough in texture I waited until after I swatched them wet and dry before I took pictures of them.

I really like these because they are buildable and if you want a one eyeshadow look these are great for that. I can wear one of these over primer with some mascara and I'm good!

                                                                    Dry swatches
                                                                     Wet swatches

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

e.l.f Jumbo Eyeshadow Sticks

The e.l.f jumbo eyeshadow sticks are part of the essential line and cost $2.00 each on the e.l.f website. There are 10 shades available Little Miss Thing, French Lace, Rock Out, Bali Bound, Turkish Coffee, Feeling Lucky, Forest Nymph, Check Me Out, Like A Boss, and Midnight Rendezvous. I will talk about all of them in this post. 

e.l.f says: This creamy and pigment rich Jumbo Eyeshadow Stick is perfect for creating a natural or smoky eyeshadow look. Infused with nourishing Vitamin E to condition the delicate eye area. The twist up component and smooth glide formula is easy to use for on-the-go beauty. All colors, except Like A Boss, have a shimmer finish. For best results apply e.l.f. eyelid primer prior to adding color for long-lasting wear. Draw stick along the eyelid and lash line and blend in with a brush or with your fingertip.

These contain coconut oil which may be why they crease so easily. I tried wearing these with only primer and they creased within one hour. Next I wore them with primer and a eyeshadow on top, again it creased in a little over an hour. On the water line they aren't that great as well because of how fast they crease. I had high hopes for these and the shades are very nice but with creasing they are basically useless. The texture is great they go on so smooth but the creasing!! :/

If you are curious about these I'd have to say skip them. They are great except for the creasing! Have you tried them? Tell me about your experience with them.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

NYX Winter In Moscow Palette

The NYX winter in moscow palette is in the form of a magnetic book. It has 14 eyeshadows, 2 blushes, and 5 lip colors. It has a mirror, double ended sponge tip applicator, lip brush and blush brush all of which aren't very usable. The eyeshadow shades in this palette are all smokey colors. There are 6 matte, 6 shimmer, and 2 glitter shades all of the shadows have good pigmentation. There is one matte and one shimmer blush very pretty shades. The lip colors are a little on the sticky side and are pretty sheer, they all have a little shimmer in them as far as I could tell. This palette retails for around $10 and from what I can see is no longer available on nyx's website but is available here. Fyi I did not use primer under these swatches or any swatches I have done.
                                                        Left row eyeshadow shades
                                                        Right row eyeshadow shades.
                                                               Cheek and lip colors.

If you are thinking of picking this palette up I'd say go for it! It is worth the money, I have gotten a lot of use out of it and I just love the eye colors!

e.l.f Essential Loose Eyeshadow

The e.l.f essential loose eyeshadow is a fairly new product. I picked up one of each color, I was intrigued by the packaging. It's in a pen form with a spring loaded sponge tip applicator and the shadow is packed down in the screw on lid. You may need to swirl the applicator down in the lid to really pick up the eyeshadow.

e.l.f says: This silky fine powder eyeshadow creates an intense wash of color that is effortlessly beautiful. The portable, no-mess sponge applicator provides the perfect amount of powder with every use. Simply dip the sponge into the loose pigmented eyeshadow, apply to the eyelid and blend for gorgeous eye looks.

Ok now the eyeshadows are pretty pigmented and for $2 it seems like a pretty good buy. The second time I opened them the lids cracked down the side and won't go on so great anymore. The packaging is very cheaply made. The eyshadows themselves are nice in my opinion, very pigmented and they almost have a creamy feel to them. I have worn these on my lower lash line for a pop of color, the applicator makes it great for those hard to reach areas. As far as applying it all over your lid, it's possible of course but may take some time.

The brighter shades of these will be great for spring and summer but the packaging is just, well....terrible. If e.l.f would redo the packaging and make it a little more sturdy this would be a all around great product. Have you tried these? If so what are your thoughts?