E.l.f has many palettes but I decided to pick the elf everyday smoky eyeshadow palette, mainly because it looks like it has a good number of colours which I can use for a daily soft look and at the same time switch easily to a dramatic evening look with its deep shades on the other end.
So after testing this palette I decided to record my favourite aspects about this product and any cons I found too!
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- Simple, sturdy and travel design
- Good amount of shades
- Easily blendable
- Lastage is good
- Some fallout
- Different/inconsistent pigmentation for some shades
Right let’s begin!
First up the packaging!
The packaging is a plastic rectangle shaped case, which kinda reminds me of those pencil cases, if you know what I mean.
The colouring is kept similar to other products in the brands line. It’s all black with the words ‘e.l.f’ inscribed in white along with ‘everyday smokey’.
When opened you are met with your shades at the bottom and a handy clear view mirror at the top.
What I find a little annoying is the shade of the plastic, as it’s in black, dirt and fingerprints can be seen quite easily so you can’t go without wiping it down a few times when in use.
Overall though it’s super travel friendly, I like the slim shape and how light it is too!
Okay I might sound like a mess explaining the shades as they aren’t labelled here, so good luck understanding!
With that in mind, let’s begin!
There are 10 different colours packed in the everyday smokey eyeshadow palette.
It starts with the lightest which is a white pearl like shade, I think it’s perfect for using as a highlight on the brow bone or inner eye corners. It also does great on the eyelids to help lift other colours.
The shades then gradually build, getting deeper as you near towards the end. The deepest is a highly pigmented matte black shade.
I like to use it on the outer corners of the eye when going for a smokey effect as well as an eyeliner for the top lid.
The shades in between them consist of different variations of browns as well as an ashy-grey and pink or rose gold shade.
I’d say around 4 shades have a shimmer to them. There is shimmer in the metal grey colour, two cooper bronze like hues and a golden champagne shade.
Application isn’t an issue apart from a little fallout after patting the shades into place. When I’m applying I tend to notice the colours do crumble a little and look powdery even though they feel soft to the touch.
It’s more noticeable when I look down at the palette and see the mess I’ve unintentionally created. I mean it’s not that big of a problem but if you are a tinie bit picky like me then I suppose it kinda bugs you a little.
But if I look at how affordable it is then it’s easily ignorable.
I use a small dense eyeshadow brush to grab some colour on and then blend with a fluffy brush.
I do recommend using a damp brush to pack the product on as that way it’s much easier and quicker to get some colour to your lid.
Blending is smooth and quick and doesn’t leave patches neither does it feel heavy.
I can also easily build on top of the previous shades applied too! Which I think is great especially when you are switching from a natural look to a more dramatic effect.
The pigmentation in my opinion is okay. I did notice that some shades had different pigmentation strengths though.
The lighter shades needed more packing whereas the deeper shades on the right side have a nice colouration.
The few shimmering hues are great too!
However for the first few shades such as the third one, by the way the colours don’t have any names so explaining may be a little tricky like said before, it requires a few extra swipes for it to be visible enough to see.
So to sum it up I’d say the pigmentation isn’t perfect but if you look at the price then it’s definitely worth it.
By using an eyeshadow primer and a quick spritz of setting spray, the majority of the shades did get through at least 6 hours, which I’ll gladly take as I do have oily lids and getting a product to stay clinged on for that amount of time can be a little difficult.
I’m not too sure how it would do without prepping the skin or on other skin types but I’m guessing maybe similar results.
Overall I think this eyeshadow is great value for its price, it’s super affordable and you can actually achieve an everyday look whether it’s for the day or evening. The smokey look is easy to get too!
But if some fallout and a few light pigmentation does bother you then I wouldn’t suggest this but other than that it’s cool.
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Have a great day! ?