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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Review and Swatchfest: e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadows

I am finally getting down to the last of my e.l.f. haul! One of the last things I have to review are the Studio Eyeshadow singles. While I found Mystic Moss at the Dollar Tree, the rest were purchased during the 70for70 sale. Now, without further ado, some swatches and then a review.

A deep gem-toned purple with very fine purple shimmer
I just used Amethyst in a tutorial that should be up within the next few days!
Mystic Moss

A deep smoky grey-green with fine gold shimmer
 Mystic Moss needs a heavy hand to apply both wet and dry. It sheers out pretty fast and the grey color takes over once that happens.
Butter Cream

A soft yellow based cream with very fine gold shimmer (almost a pearl)
This color gives such a nice glow and would be good not only as a brow bone and inner corner highlighter, but as a cheek highlighter! Love a product that can multitask.
A brownish garnet color with brown shimmer

  This shade was the most disappointing as far as performance goes. I had such high hopes, as I have been on the hunt for a great cranberry color. But, the color payoff and ease of application just wasn't there for me! It was a little chalky and swatches very unevenly. Even when used wet, it still proved difficult.
Wild Wheat

A light brown taupe with gold shimmer
This going to be a great blending color!

Overall, this is a good lot of shadows. But for my disappointment in Raspberry, I intend to use these in many upcoming looks. Across the board, they are consistent in their silky texture and okay color payoff (they definitely need more building and less toning down). Another plus is that they can be used wet! With gorgeous gem-tones like amethyst and raspberry, that is excellent news. As for uniqueness, I'm not sure they aren't dupable elsewhere. The colors that I am excited to use for blending (Wild Wheat and Butter Cream) are available anywhere from Wet N' Wild palettes to the Naked Palette. I'm sure the others are dupable as well considering it seems gem tones come back every fall and winter.

So then, who do I recommend these for? If you see a color you like and are sure you don't already have in your collection, go for it! At $3 a shadow, I don't know how else you could beat these! If, however, you think you might have something vaguely similar, I would save the $3.

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