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Monday, 8 September 2014

ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette 'NYC'

You may have seen my recent post on ELF's Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in 'Seattle'; I also picked up the palette in 'NYC', which I'm sharing today. Like 'Seattle', 'NYC' contains ten baked eyeshadows in a range of shimmery shades. The palette comes housed in an outer cardboard packaging which, like the 'Seattle' palette, shows the shades contained; these shades are also reflected in the colour of the bars along the top of the packaging, where the palette name is printed.
ELF NYC Baked Eyeshadow Palette
"This perfect palette of 10 pigment rich baked eyeshadow shades can be used wet or dry for a subtle or vibrant effect • Infused with Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot, and Grape Seed to condition and nourish the skin • Create gorgeous custom blended color for both day and night looks • Directions: For longer lasting color first apply an eyeshadow primer. Using an eyeshadow brush, apply the color of your choice or layer shades for a multi-dimensional look on the eye. Use the darker hues as an eyeliner for a bold effect."
ELF Studio NYC Palette
Inside, the palette is the same as 'Seattle'; in fact, it's literally indistinguishable without opening it, which annoys me slightly - would it really be so hard to have a label on the backs to allow you to differentiate easily if you own more than one!? The palette itself is made of black chunky plastic which I still don't like - I think it feels cheap and poor-quality. Opened up, however, the ten shadows within are gorgeous shades, and you also get a decent-sized mirror which is always handy to have. The shades don't have names (boo, ELF!), but are as follows. Top row: a shimmery pale pink, a shimmery pale rose-toned gold, a pearlescent white, a cool-toned gold, a shimmery silver. Bottom row: a dark grey with shimmer, a warm brown with shimmer, a gunmetal grey, a warm brown with gold shimmer, and a navy blue with silver shimmer.
ELF NYC Palette
ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette NYC Review
Much like 'Seattle', the shadows in 'NYC' are pretty rubbish when used dry, with a spectacular lack of pigmentation meaning you really get very little colour pay-off for your application efforts. Applied with a damp brush, however, the shadows really come to life - the swatches below show one swipe of each shade with a dampened brush. All ten shades are wearable ones, giving you the option of a wash of colour, or building up product for a more intense effect. Applying with a well-dampened brush gives an almost foil-like effect to the shadows which I really like.
ELF NYC Palette Swatches
I feel like this palette has less unusual shades than 'Seattle'; all ten are pretty typical baked shadow shades and don't really feel as special to me. Don't get me wrong, they're nice shades and ones I'll use, just not as noteworthy as some of 'Seattle''s shades.
For this look, I used the second shadow in the top row all over the lid with a damp, flat brush. I then added the second shade from the bottom row with a small damp brush along my lashline as a liner, as well as in the crease for a bit of definition. You can see here that I struggled to blend due to applying the shadows wet; it's not a huge problem but if you're looking for perfect blending, I'd look elsewhere. I've included an outtake photo here because it made me laugh, excuse my ridiculousness.
[Products used: Pop Beauty Face Magnet Primer (forehead/nose); Benefit The POREfessional (cheeks/chin/jaw); Makeup Revolution The One Foundation in shade 8; Natural Collection Cover-Up Cream in 'Fair'; Collection Loose Powder in 'Translucent'; Sleek Blusher in 'Suede'; Wet N Wild x Fergie Shimmer Palette in Rosé Champagne Glow; ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette 'NYC'; MUA Pro Brow Kit; Accessorize Volumising Mascara; Laqa & Co Lip Lube in 'Menatour']
Much like 'Seattle', I've found that the shadows in 'NYC' last well even when applied without primer, easily 8+ hours. ELF's Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette is priced at £10 for 6g of product, though ELF have regular promotions and discount codes so if you hang on for one of those you should be able to make a nice saving; mine cost me £4.90. I feel like I'd be disappointed if I'd paid full price for this but at under a fiver I'm pretty happy with it and would recommend picking it up if you like the look of the shades and don't mind applying them damp to get their full effect. Have you tried any of ELF's Studio Baked Eyeshadow palettes? Do you like the look of NYC?



  1. Those shades are really pretty, but it's a shame using a dry brush they don't work too well.
    The swatches do look amazing though. That blue shade is beautiful :D

    Juyey Xx

  2. I adore this palette! Do you know any online stores that may have this?

    Lovely posts, can't wait to hear more :)

    -the other one.

  3. The look so pigmented... I should get one of these.. Love ur neutral eye look...

  4. I have the neutral palette for the baked eyeshadows and it is brilliant x

  5. This is another great ELF product! :) the look you made is very bright and suits you well! nice pics!!! :)
    Alice|Alice's Beauty Madness

  6. I really want this palette! The colours are so gorgeous!

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo
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  7. It has lovely colours :)


  8. The shadows look so pretty! Love the look you created :) xo's

    Pink Frenzy

  9. The colors are pretty but I feel like ELF can do better

  10. looks like a lovely palette, think elf do great makeup for the price!


  11. I've seen a few reviews on this palette so far and now really want it x

  12. You really would think that they'd have a label on them! These looks really good with a wet brush, and considering it was so cheap it's not too bad. This is a really nice thorough review :)

  13. wow the shades look amazing!!!


  14. I just ordered a few of these. I took advantage of the 40% off and thought I'd give these a whirl. I've found a lot of ELF products to be great DUPES, I was hoping to see if this is.

  15. This is such a beautiful palette (love the selfies too!) - I really want to buy it now! :)

    Frankie x

  16. I loved your FOTDs :D :D The palette is gorgeous too.

  17. Oh wow what a gorgeous palette! The shades are all so pretty xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

  18. Great palette! So many pretty colors, I think I might buy this one!


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