Posted on January 29, 2012

Behind the eyes with e.l.f

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Okay so I have a confession, I am a product junkie. I can never have too many products, I like to try everything, and this obsession has gotten quite expensive. I have been hearing a lot of about e.l.f. products the last few years, I have tried a few of their products but not many, so when they had a great promotion during December I ordered a ton of things to try. Although I have heard good things about the eyeshadow pallets I was still reluctant to try, my fear was the colors would appear chalky or not very pigmented and wouldn’t last all day. Fast forward a few weeks and these e.l.f. eyeshadow pallets were on sale at Target.com for $2.37, yup you read that right a 32 piece eyeshadow pallet for under $3 I knew I couldn’t let that pass and went ahead and ordered one of each color group to try and a few extras for gifts.  
 As I got more into makeup I quickly realized that an eyeshadow primer is a must. The primer really helps give the shadow something to adhere to and I found that my eyeshadow lasted longer when I used it. I have combination oily skin, so without a primer over the course of the day my eyeshadow would wear off. I started using Urban Decay Primer Potion
this product works great, but it is a little pricey at $19.00 for a .37 oz tube, I then tried an eyelid primer from Mary Kay which retails for $12.00 for .3 oz tube I actually am a Mary Kay consultant so I get this for $6.
I found it works well and is comparable although a bit thinner in consistency to the Urban Decay. I did find that my eyeshadow color was more vibrant when I used the Urban Decay. So that brings me to the e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer which retails for $1.00 for a .17 oz wand. The consistency of the e.l.f. primer was closer to that of the Urban Decay, and I found my results to be just the same as the Urban Decay, so I found a new favorite, bye bye Urban Decay, hello e.l.f. at the price point of $1 this is a must have for any makeup wearer.
Now onto the pallets, I was blown away with how well the colors went on, they were not chalky at all and well pigmented. They went on smooth and blended easily, there is a nice range of colors in the ones I got. This natural one is my favorite. I got that one from the e.l.f. site for $2.25 I love all the colors in this one and they are perfect for work, I used this one everyday last week.
The e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette  in cool has more bright colors that contain more shimmer than I am used to so I probably won’t use this as often during the day, too much shimmer is not appropriate for the Corporate Environment I work in, but these are great for a nighttime look. For any everyday look though I would go with the  The e.l.f. Studio Endless Eyes Pro Mini Eyeshadow Palette  in warm 
(pictured above on the top left)
The e.l.f Beauty School Cream Eyeshadow Collection is another great find at $2.25 if you are new to using cream eyeshadow this is a good way to start the little brush that came with it is not bad, the colors go on very creamy and blend nicely.

~this was not a sponsored review, all items pictured and mentioned were purchased by me and all opinions are my own~

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  • i actually like the elf shadows a lot!! I am surprised hehe

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