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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Review and Swatchfest: E.L.F. Studio Cream Shadow

I only purchased one cream shadow in my recent E.L.F. haul, but had two others that I purchased a while back so I figured I would include them in the swatchapalooza. The E.L.F. Cream Shadows retail for $3 and come in quite a few shades these days. They have pretty opaque coverage and work well both as a base to a look or a standalone wash of color on the lid. They have excellent lasting power when put over a primer, and I get a decent amount of wear without a primer (5-6 hours without creasing).

Now on to what all of you swatch hounds really want…
Bronzed-a deep gold-brown with a metallic finish

Eggplant - purple with a nearly metallic sheen
Eggplant on the left, Bronzed on the right

Teal Party - a gold laced glue
Gold flecks!
This is me trying to hold it so the gold flecks would really come through.

Another thing I love about these is their buildability. I don't think that with just one coat they will be sheer by any means, but you can certainly build them so they have bold, opaque coverage. Although the texture and longevity (when worn alone) of these aren't quite the same as MAC's Paint Pots, the functionality most definitely is (especially since there are colors like "candelight" or "natural glow" that might mimic the look of Painterly or other popular primer colors).

If you are looking for a cheap alternative to expensive cream colors, these are for you. You just need to keep in mind that there is a good chance you will need to put them over a primer if you want to wear them alone or set it with a powder to keep it from creasing.

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