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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC

e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette 
e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Palette 

e.l.f. has been expanding their collection like mad and many of their latest additions closely resemble high-end products. Their 3-in-1 mascara is similar to Benefit's They're Real, the HD liquid blush is looks exactly like MAKE UP FOR EVER's HD Microfinish Blush, and this Baked Eyeshadow Palette is very similar to Sephora's Moonshadow Baked Palettes. Needless to say, I had to try some of them to see if I could save a few bucks!

e.l.f.'s Baked Eyeshadow Palette in NYC is the darker of the two palettes with one row of lighter neutrals and another of darker, smoky shades. This palette retails for $10 which makes each shadow worth $1 individually - a third of what their studio shadows go for individually. I always have such high expectations for baked shadows as they look super smooth and pigmented in the pan. While that wasn't true for these upon first use. Some working with and a wet brush proved this palette is worth every penny. 

Swatched dry, all of these shadows are powdery, sheer, and shimmery - even when worn over a base. Worn dry, however, they do a 180. On the top row, from the left, there is a light pink, light peach-champagne, frosted yellow-white, a light neutral yellow, and a silver. The bottom row has, from the left, a shimmery black, chocolate brown, silver-grey, charred olive green, and blackened royal blue. Although not all of the shadows perform perfectly when applied wet, most do. If you are looking for some variety in texture, this is not the palette for you. Although there is a slight variation depending on whether you apply them wet or dry, there isn't a matte in sight. 

Overall, I would recommend this palette to anyone wanting inexpensive shimmery shadows. You just have to be willing to work with them wet!

Top Row dry

Bottom row dry

Top row applied wet

Bottom row applied wet

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