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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Product Review: E.L.F The Beauty Encyclopedia

In between my mundane stroll inside Target several days ago, I found the beautiful rack of E.L.F products and the bright red round tag saying "$5" lured me in like a kid walking into a candy store. I gambled and picked up 2 of them, one is a Smokey Edition and the other one is Neutrals Edition (of course, my boring inner soul picked this one). I came home and started to play around with it and I had to say I am quite impressed. The colors are gorgeous and versatile; you can simply create many looks and combination just using one palette.

Smokey Edition
This palette has at least 3 possibilities of smokey eyes: smokey blue, smokey purple, and basic smokey. Some of the colors are chalkier than the others but the highlight colors are absolutely smooth and easy to apply. I'm a fan of the bright purple in the middle, it's just simply gorgeous.


Neutrals Edition
If you're looking for a fairly inexpensive neutral palette, this would be good for you because it consists of a variety shades from beige, orange, mauves and browns. Just keep in mind tho, they are mostly cool-toned colors so if you'd prefer warm shades, don't get this one :) Other than that, this palette is pretty good, some shades show up better than others (just like the other palette) but for 5 bucks I'd say go ahead and give it a try.


Overall I'd give it 3.5 / 5 because they're not really buttery smooth and dare I say Wet'n'Wild Color Icon Palettes are better. Having said that, it's worth trying, I mean for $5 you get 12 shadows, you can at least buy it for the highlight shades which, in my opinion, are more pigmented than the darker ones.


Dwana, (SME) Subject Matter Expert of S.O.S said...

Dang it! I got the neutral palette last year and wanted the smokey palette but they sold out. I am making a trip tomorrow. Hopefully I won't end up with the same fate...:2/ I better not.

The palette isn't bad. I actually like it. It's highly pigmented and blends pretty well. I didn't have too much stock in e.l.f. but that went out the window after I let my guard down and dabbled with a few of their products. OMG even the brushes!?!?!? smh

Vivi Bee said...

Thanks for the review! I'll find this useful for next time, since I was actually planning to buy this palette.

Askmewhats said...

such a nice palette to take along! :)

she walks iin beauty said...

These are a great buy! I have the Smokey Eye and Neutral Eye Beauty Book editions...I pulled mine out to compare them to yours and they're very different but I like them both lol.

TKOmulatta said...

I got the 32 eyeshadow palette for 5 dollars in Target about a week ago. I plan to review it soon. They aren't bad! Nice for the cost definitely.