Wednesday, January 09, 2013

e.l.f. Studio Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow in Hazel/Green Eyes 1 - Review and Swatches

Time for another review from my latest e.l.f. haul! Today it's the e.l.f. Studio Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow in Hazel/Green Eyes 1!

This palette usually sells for $6, which is more than I would normally pay for a e.l.f. palette, but I got it on sale for $3 during Cyber Monday.

Here's the image of the palette from the e.l.f. site:

And here is what it looks like in person:

without flash, natural light

with flash

The colors are definitely a little different in person than online, which has been a common problem I've had with e.l.f.

I do love the palette itself. It's made of a sturdy black plastic that almost reminds me of Smashbox in its general design. There's a sizeable mirror built into the lid, which gets a big thumbs-up. A dual-ended sponge tip applicator is included, but it's pretty run of the mill. Just toss it and use your brushes, y'all.

There are six colors to this palette, which from left to right are: a barely pigmented matte ivory, a better pigmented pale peach with a subtle shimmer, an unusual greenish gold that's also shimmery (and goes on quite nicely), a pale matte pink, a nicely pigmented dark, smoky matte purple, and a slightly shimmery spruce green. Here are some swatches. They follow the same order as in the palette:

This was taken in natural light with no flash. The top half is over primer, bottom half is on bare skin.

I didn't draw a line on this one since I think it's a lot clearer where the primer ends in this photo. This was taken in sunlight.

It's an unusual combination of colors. The pale pink and dark purple compliment each other, but I just can't imagine any combination of the other colors being harmonious. The ivory doesn't have enough color payoff to really be useful, which is sad because it would be a great neutral. The shimmery peach is definitely wearable, but chances are that if you have much makeup at all you already own a similar shade. The smoky purple is interesting, but it can be hard to pull off without making it look like your eye is bruised.

This set comes in 6 different colors: 2 for blue eyes, 2 for brown and 2 for hazel or green. Now, you may have noticed from the title of this post that I ordered one of the sets for green or hazel eyes, even though I have blue eyes. Neither of the blue eye palettes appealed to me- one was mostly blues, which I never wear, and the other was very warm golden browns, which never look right on my skin tone. Even though I didn't end up liking this palette that much, I'd still suggest picking colors that appeal to you or that you know look good on your skin; don't just go by what a company says will look good with your eyes!

Looking back over the colors, I kind of wish I'd ordered the other Hazel/Green palette. One of the brown palettes really appeals to me, too! Would I order this kind of palette again, though? Probably not. There was too much variation in the quality of the included shadows, and while some of the other color options kind of spark my interest, it's not enough to entice me to hand over $6.

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