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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: EF | Studio Lip Color Palette in L101

EF | Studio Lip Color Palette in L101

EF | Studio is an underrated brand in my book. The first product I tried from the brand was the Cheek Color Palette and I was so impressed that it made it into my top 10 blushes to have. I was eager to try the lip color palette with the hope that it had the same rave-worthy qualities. Spoiler alert: it does!

EF | Studio Lip Color Palette in L101

EF | Studio Lip Color Palette in L101

EF | Studio Lip Color Palette in L101

The EF | Studio Lip Color Palette in L101 is a 5 pan collection with a mix of both subtle and bold shades. The consistency of these is more emollient than a lip stick, but the coverage is just as opaque and all shade but one has a cream finish (it's not matte, but there isn't shimmer to be found). From the left of the palette, there is a creamy nude (Breathless), a nude with soft pink undertones (Bambi), deep plum with brown undertones (Viva Sweet Love), a red with blue undertones (The Cure), and a shimmery gold (Penny Lane).

While I can absolutely see the appeal of this kind of potted packaging for makeup artists, I never personally found it to be user-friendly to the person who wanted to throw a lip color in their bag for effortless reapplication throughout the day. Now, I'm convinced it's because I hadn't found the right lip color. Worn along, these shades will last until lunch (which is more than I can say for glosses and even lipsticks I carry with me throughout the day), so only one reapplication should be needed. Just take care to throw a lip brush in with this palette and it's easy to reapply in the bathroom or on the go (it has a big mirror!). If you are worried about a mess with your makeup brush, swipe it across a paper towel or napkin a few times to wipe away excess and you are good to go. The range of colors in this palette makes it perfect for a day to night transition. It has all the right elements to create the perfect pale pout for the daytime and vamp things up at night. Lastly, this collection of colors makes it easy to mix and match to custom make nearly any shade you want and as well as create the two toned or gradient lip art that has been so trendy throughout the past seasons. If you are at a loss for how to wear the gold shade, use it as a subtle highlight at the center of the top and bottom lip. To see a tutorial where I put together 3 lip looks using this and two other EF | Studio products, check out the Bluebird Blog!

Alone, the EF | Studio Lip Color Palette retails for $45, however you can get it as well as a lip gloss and dual ended lip liner in a set for $49 from Bluebird Bath and Beauty. If this particular palette doesn't seem like the right color selection for you, but you can see the appeal of the palette itself, there is another set (Set #2) that sticks closer to shades of pinks and plums. 

FTC: I received this product as part of my partnership with Bluebird Bath and Beauty, however all thoughts and opinions are honest and original. This is not a sponsored post, however it contains affiliate links. 

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