Welcome to the sixth review of the Bloggers Christmas Beauty Brawl! For the past five days and the next five days (including today), three other bloggers and I will be reviewing ten products each, from the same categories, by the same standards. We'll honestly review and score all of our purchases, and at the end of the ten days whichever blogger chose the best products (has the highest score) will win a prize. Fun for both of us: reviews for you, prezzies for me (I hope!).
Today we're reviewing our choices for an eyeshadow palette and BOY have I been waiting to give you this review! My product choice is the e.l.f. Prism Eyeshadow palette in Naked, and this baby blew. me. away.
I've always had this "too good to be true" idea about e.l.f. If you don't have experience with this brand, here's what you need to know: most of their makeup is $1 or $3 or $6, or some of their larger items (like this) are around $10. It is REMARKABLY cheaper than any other brand, but it's also surprisingly good makeup. I've tried a lot of their products and I've loved them, but there's something in my head that keeps saying "There's a catch, here."
Well, if there is, I haven't found it.
This eyeshadow palette has six colors, all shimmer. It's hard to tell the difference between the first two in the photo, but the lightest color is a creamy white, and the second lightest is a yellow. Both great for highlighting on different skin tones! The rest range from copper to bronze. This is the "Naked" palette, but there are two others called "Sunset" and "Smoke".
First off, I adore the incredibly simple packaging. Black, slim, lightweight, shuts easily. I have no doubt that were I to drop it the shadows would shatter to pieces, but as long as I don't have butterfingers, we're good. I find that having a shadow palette that's long, where the shadows are all in a row, is much easier to manage in my makeup collection than a palette that's square or bulky where shadows are stacked. I can tuck this palette in anywhere.
I'm supposed to cover "fragrance" here, but it's an eyeshadow palette. It doesn't smell like anything.
These eyeshadows are all shimmer shadows, hence the word "prism" in the name. These days, I don't wear eyeshadow that often, and when I do, it's not usually something shimmery... which is exactly the reason I chose this palette. These shadows have the perfect amount of shimmer & sparkle, but not glitter. Plus, i didn't notice any fallout when I was applying them! They're relatively pigmented for such an inexpensive brand, and I don't require more than two layers (apply & blend, apply & blend).
Let's talk about the BLENDING, guys... these shadows blend like a dream. I have yet to use more than one of these colors on my eyes at a time, because I love the look of one color across the lid and blended out. The darkest color is my jam, because it's a gorgeous bronze. These shadows are so easy to blend to create the look you want!
The e.l.f. Prism Eyeshadow palette is $10 (more than worth it) and available in three colors (this one is "Naked"). e.l.f. is one of those brands that's available in completely random locations. I can always find it at Target and, of course, at elfcosmetics.com (they've always got some sort of discount or special going on!). I've seen it at some CVS stores but not all of them, and even the ones that have it have varying degrees of choices — I've seen displays as large as any of the other makeup brands they carry, or I've seen tiny little displays only in the featured products.
And if you haven't figured it out by now, I would 100% recommend this product!
Interested in another product review? Check out Becky's blog, Hideaway, for her eyeshadow palette pick for the #bxbeautybrawl. Click here to see what the other bloggers are reviewing, and take a look at all of the products I'll be reviewing over the next ten days:
Up for review tomorrow is my brow pick, the Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette!
Have you ever used e.l.f. cosmetics? Are you surprised by the quality for the price, or do you think the quality is about what you'd expect for the price?
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