Elf has some new holiday offerings, and the Studio 32-piece warm eyeshadow palette is one of them.
They come in these cute, glittery silver boxes, and that gives them a youngish feel, as if they’re only something you’d get your eleven-year-old niece who’s just starting to play with makeup. But the packaging is misleading, because this is a good, reasonably sophisticated palette that many adults will find useful – and pretty. And at $5, it’s a great deal for the money!
Like I said, this is a good palette – not a great one, although it is amazing for $5. These shadows are more comparable to a Maybelline or Cover Girl palette than one of those super-cheap sets you find around the holidays from brands you’ve never heard of. They’re drugstore quality at a lower price.
- Pigmentation. The shimmer colors have good pigmentation (not great; good), but the mattes less so. You can build up the mattes to what you want, but it does mean you have to do a little more work than you would with most high-end brand mattes.
- Glitter? Elf is getting much better at separating their glitter shadows from their shimmery and matte ones. This palette only has one truly glitter shadow (the gold in the top corner of the first picture of the open palette), which is dry and not so easy to work with. But I would say the same about Urban Decay glitter colors – glitter shadows always need some extra TLC.
- Wearable colors. This is meant to be a neutral palette, and I can wear every color in it. Even the ones that have some red in them are not red enough to be a problem for most people.
- Who’s it for? While this seems to be marketed toward young women, it’s a great palette for anyone who wants a selection of good, neutral looks for day and evening. It’s not a dramatic palette. It’s a great bargain if you’re trying to build up your collection, or maybe right now you can only afford to spend about $5 on eyeshadow at all – this would be a good choice.
- Wear time. Average without primer, but wearing a primer will make it last much longer.
- Liner colors. This has a black, but it’s not very black. You can pack it on, dry, with an angled liner brush and get a soft line. It’s not bad, and I’ll show you a couple of pictures where I did just that.
- Fallout. This really surprised me, but I’ve had really minimal fallout except with the black eyeshadow when using it dry as a liner (it’s fine when you’re using it as a lid color) and the glittery gold color. The other colors pretty much stay put, even without a primer, though I did have a few tiny sparkles on my cheeks after a few hours. But very, very minimal.
- Wet? These are not designed to be used wet, but I did test it, and it makes a small difference:
The first two and last two are the same shade, with dry on the left, and wet on the right. Applying these wet, with just a little water on your brush, will make them more dramatic. It will also keep the shimmer where it goes. It also makes them wear longer. Using a good eye primer would have the same effect, but the wet trick is good to know if you don’t have a good eye primer.
These are a couple of looks I did without primer, not using the shadows wet, and using the black eyeshadow as a liner:
I think this would make a nice gift item for a lot of people, because the colors are so wearable and it does work surprisingly well for the money. Great as a Secret Santa gift, stocking stuffer, or for yourself!
Where to buy:
The silver box versions of these are quickly selling out at Target stores, but you can buy the regular version through the the e.l.f. website.