Monday, 1 September 2014
ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette 'Seattle'
Another of my purchases in my recent ELF sale haul was the Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in 'Seattle', which is described as follows: "This perfect palette of ten pigment-rich baked eyeshadow shades can be used wet or dry for a subtle or vibrant effect. • Infused with Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot & Grape Seed to nourish and condition the skin. • Create gorgeous custom blended colour for both day and night looks."
The outer cardboard box is quite nice, showing you the shades contained within as well as all the product information and ingredients; I really like that the shades are reflected in the coloured bars across the top of the packaging, I think that's a lovely touch. Within this outer case, the palette itself is a chunky black plastic one which to me feels a little cheap and bulky; there is also nothing on the palette to enable you to distinguish 'Seattle' from the other three variants ELF produce in this line, which will be annoying should you own more than one. The lid lifts to reveal a good-sized mirror, which is always handy, along with ten domed baked eyeshadows in a range of shimmery shades.
The shades don't have names, but I'll describe them as best I can - a pale shimmery pink; a shimmery lilac with gold shift; a blue/purple shimmer; a shimmery cornflower blue; a mid-blue with shimmer; a frosted cream with a gold shift; a pale silver shimmer; a mid-silver/grey shimmer; a deep grey with fine glitter; and a black with gold shift. All ten shades are shimmery, with several of them displaying unusual, pretty colour shifts as they catch the light. I particularly like the second shade which flashes lilac and gold, as well as the left-hand shade in the bottom row which is white with a gold shift and looks gorgeous in the light. All swatches below are one swipe with a dampened brush.
I've found that all ten shades need a damp brush to bring the colours out; otherwise, you end up with very little to show for your application. Applied damp, however, they have a gorgeous pigmentation and leave a lovely metallic finish. I find that applying shadows damp makes them a little harder to blend, so these aren't the easiest of shadows to work with, but it's not impossible by any means. Applied with a very wet brush you end up with an almost foil-like finish which I really like. I find the lasting power of these shadows to be generally pretty good; around eight hours without primer. Below, I've used a fairly damp brush to apply the second shade in the top row all over the lid, with the fourth shade in the bottom row along my lower lashline and the outer third of my upper lashline. Because these are such shimmery, multi-dimensional shades, I don't think you really need to blend together three or four shades to get an interesting look - one shade alone is never going to look flat!
[Products used: Supergoop CC Cream in 'Light-Medium';
Collection Loose Powder in 'Transparent'; NARS Blusher in 'Douceur';
Wet N Wild x Fergie Shimmer Palette in 'Rosé Champagne Glow (as highlight on
cheekbones/browbone); MUA Pro Brow Kit; ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadow
Palette in 'Seattle'; Accessorize Volumizing Mascara; ELF Matte Lip Color in 'Tea Rose']
All in all, I think at £10 the ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette is a little over-priced but when bought with one of ELF's regular discount codes, it's definitely worth a look-in - mine was £4.90 which I think it's easily worth. You get a reasonable mix of shades which apply quite nicely with a damp brush and last well on the lids. ELF's Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palettes are priced at £10 for 6g of product and are available in four colourways. Have you tried any of ELF's Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palettes? What do you think to 'Seattle'? What's your favourite way to wear baked shadows?