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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Great Fall Nail Colors From ELF

e.l.f. Nail Polish in shades 23, 24, and 26
While at Target the other day, I spotted some of the latest e.l.f. polishes to come out for fall. This batch was especially intriguing, not only because of the haute snakeskin caps they sport, but for the abundance of cream-finish shades present. Priced at $1, the polishes in their essentials line are good considering the cost, but some cream-finish shades have texture issues that leave them transparent after 2-3 coats. After seeing the new look and $1 price hike, I thought I would give what could potentially be a new formula a chance. Good thing I did because there are some real winners here!

Rather than names, I only found numbers on these little guys. So, we will now talk about polishes 24, 23, and 26. Shade 24 is a deep plum shade that's opaque after two coats and dries down to a very glossy finish (no polishes shown have a top coat on except for the picture with Butter London's Matte Finish over 24). Shade 23 is an interesting, cream-finish, deep blue-purple base with a mix of blue and purple sparkle. Very spacey. This, too, went on opaque in two coats. Finally, shade 26 is a medium blu-based red with a cream-finish. This is the perfect red for the impending holiday season and shared the great texture and opacity the two previous shades had.

All polishes have standard lasting power (2-3 days without chipping on me). I was most impressed with the quality of color, high shine finish, and opacity. For $2 a piece, these are some seriously great polishes to have on hand for fall and winter.

While these aren't available on the e.l.f. Cosmetics website, you can find their original polishes, as well as a ton of other new products (like their new HD Blush or Baked Shadow Palettes).

e.l.f. Nail Polish in shade 24

e.l.f. Nail Polish in shade 24

e.l.f. Nail Polish in shade 24 with Butter London Matte Top Coat

e.l.f. Nail Polish in shade 23


e.l.f. Nail Polish in shade 23

e.l.f. Nail Polish in shade 26


e.l.f. Nail Polish in shade 26
e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette
e.l.f.'s new Baked Shadow Palette

e.l.f. Studio HD Blush
e.l.f.'s new HD  Blush

FTC: I purchased all products mentioned with my own money. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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