Saturday, 18 June 2011

e.l.f Brightening eye color (quads) **Updated** review

Luxuriously smooth, corn silk formula provides eyes with a neutral base and an awakened brightness. by e.l.f

Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Paraffinium Liquidu(Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, MethylParaben, Propylparaben, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035), Ultramarine Violet (CI 77077), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090)

These are 8 additional shades i got :)
There are 18 shades altogether available on the site.  They retail at £1.50/$1/€1.70 each you can click HERE to take you to the UK site and have a look.  I have purchased 9 shades so far.  Read on to find out my experience with them :) :) 
Firstly you are getting a quad of small shadows.  Each one allows you to create some sort of stylish look so are dramatic some are everyday looks or you can mix up colours from different quads to create you own unique look...... thats the best thing about these they give you the chance to experiment and be creative without feeling "bad" about messing them up as they are so affordable.....:) 

Starting with the first line from left to right: 
These swatches are on their own with no primer used
Brownstone:  This is a great everyday wear quad to create neutral look or every a everyday smokey eye now the darker shade in this is actually a dark grey and the most pigment colour out of this quad on the site it look dark brown but i find the dark grey is perect for the smokey eye effect..... plus these are all matte colours 

Glam:  This pallet is so sparkly i love it....this is perfect for a night out on the town.  The darker shades in this quad are definately the most pigmented but the lighter ones you have to use a bit more to get them to show up which surprised me...... The lighter pink you bearly notice, The black isnt really the blackest ive seen its more dark grey but i still like it, the darker pink is lovely, and the Pinkish coral took alot of swatching before i got colour payoff.... there is a bit of fall out with this one so anymore i put the shadows on before my foundation with this one if you dam the colours onto your eye you would definately get more pay off 

Ethereal:   This in another everyday wear quad not as pigmented as brownstone but between the two you can mix and match.... these are a little glittery but wearable during the be honest i only really use the last to shades of this for a look the pinky shade all over and the brown in the crease works great :) 

Again these swatches are on their own without any primer 
Day 2 Night:  Ok this one is definately well pigmented i really like this quad first of all your getting a light gold,  Bronze, dark brown and light bronzy gold all shimmery......this quad alone creates a beautiful look....... you can also create 2 looks with this one for day and then for night its true to its name :) 

Punk Funk:   I was absolutely amazed at how strongly pigmented this quad was or should say is...... i mean for the price this is definately on top of my the blue and the purple in this are matte and need abit of enticement before showing there true strong colours but i on the other hand wouldnt wear them so strong a dab of the brush for me is grand.....The pink and the white have a wee bit of shimmer in them....the pink look very neon to me but on the eye its perfectly fine :) The white a a tiny tint of pink in it i love this in the inner corner of my eyes it really gives you the wide awake look :) This is another of my favourites 

Butternut:  This is a very pigment neutral quad by far......Your getting a cream, a peach, chocolate brown and Bronze all shimmery.  I loke this one over all the neutral quad i do have from e.l.f but again you can mixed these around with the other quads which is great 

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Drama:   This is definately a highly pigmented quad and very suitable for nights out......out of this quad you are getting a highly pigmented white not i mean highly you literally only need to dab this to get the amount you need, next is sliver which is very glittery, next is a matte black now this is proper black and again highly pigmented and lastly a light grey with silver sparkles.....this is another of my top list favourites perfect for a dark smokey eye i highly recommend this you wont be disappointed 

Silver lining:   comes with a pearly highlight,a blue purple shade, a charcoal grey shade and  a light pink that can be used as a highlight aswell, ,. All the shadows have a touch of shimmer to them. Both the pigmentation and texture are great on this. It's smooth, easy to blend, and rich in color.  this is another quad i will be buying again 

Pretty in pink:  Your getting in this quad an ivory highlight , medium pink, a purple and a  baby pink.  All of these are shimmery.  I mix these with some purples to make a lovely soft look........i like this too the pigmentation is medium on this quad.  

The first 4 of my lastest addition of the brightening eye colors *Note Please excuse the misprint of the First shade i have "Ivory" down its actually "IVY"
Ivy:  Your gettin a light lime shade, a dark green, an olive shade with gold shimmer and a taupey shade......this is perfect for me as i have hazel eyes and it really makes the color of my eyes pop.......but only thing is its not hugely pigmented i had to literally take a while to get these swatches up for the photo 

Luxe:  In this quad your getting a yellowy/goldy highlight very little pigmentation, a cranberry like red very highly pigmented the other 2 shades a perfect for a natural look you are getting a dark and light brown and they too are highly pigmented..........over all this quad is great 

Hazy Hazel:  I love this quad simply because its suitable for my eye colour.......your getting A dark brown , a very light highlight shade which is not very noticable if your are in any way tanned, a purple and a light brown with a hint of gold shimmer....... this quad is nicely pigmented but i do find it a wee bit on the powdery side so what i do is apply to my eyes before applying foundation as you will expect fallout 

Nymph Dreams:  This is another of my favourites........your getting a gold shimmer highlight, a bronze with gold shimmer, a teal & a dark brown with gold shimmer...this quad is powdery so expect a little fallout.....but this is perfect for spring-summer looks........highly pigmented :) you wont be disappointed with this quad

The last 4 of my latest additions :)
Matte Mauve:  You are getting in this quadLight pink beige, Taupe beige, Maroon brown anda Peachy pink in which all of these are matte true to the name.....I wouldnt use these all together but would mix with neutral shades for everyday looks.  This wouldnt be top on my list on its own as its not as highly pigmented as some of the quads above......

Rocker:  in this quad you are getting a white shimmery highlight with silver glitter the least pigmented in this quad as i found it hard to swatch this one,  a nice goldy tan, a beautiful purple and a charcoal black with silver glitter........ i like this one its perfect for a smokey eye especially for those who are getting used to trying it out or have just started wearing smokey eyes :)

Teal Dreams:  Ok your getting a Cream, a shimmer taupe, a medium to light blue and a beautiful teal,  this is another one of my favourites because of the shades,  im thinking something along the lines of "a sea" look with this quad with a darker blue in the crease......they work fab together try it :) you will love it 

Blue Moon:  This is yet another of the best quads :) your getting a champagne highlight, medium to dark brown, light blue and denim blue.  These shades are great for 2 simple looks i am not a huge fan of blues as i feel they dont suit me and my eye colour but i still find they have great pigmentation and great wear :)

My overall opinion 
Thats it i have finally stocked up on all 18 shades and find at least half of them are my favourites and the others i would be quite happy passing them on.  So girls with these quads you either have a love/hate relationship with them...In my opinion they are not going to please everyone.  If you are expecting high quality out of these your going to be disappointed, if you are open minded and dont expect them to as high quality as some high brand named eyeshadows well these are suited for you.  There is going to be a few in this bunch that will be disappointing i know that but at the end of the day for the price they do a good job and most of them are perfect for everyday wear.....i will be purchasing them again no doubt apart from the few i was disappointed in but they are well worth trying as everyone has different opinions 

i hope this review was helpful girls and let me know if you have tried any.  Can i just add that every one of these quads were bought out of my own money :) and that this review is simply my utmost and honest opinion.....i hope its helps you all out when questioning yourself about these :) thanks for reading my review and if your like what you see please click follow :)

ok girls until next time 
take care 
lots of Irish kisses 
nina xoxoxoxox

1 comment:

Raven said...

I have tried some of these, i like the light soft texture but hate the lack of pigmentation, however I found a solution for that -using a wet brush! when you apply them wet the results are amazing! And they still blend well and dry into the same silk smooth effect! plus less fall out!

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