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."
ELF Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette Seattle
ELF Studio Seattle Palette
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.
ELF Seattle Eyeshadow Palette
ELF Seattle Baked Palette
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.
ELF Seattle Palette Swatches
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!
ELF Seattle Palette FOTD
[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']
ELF Seattle Palette EOTD
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?

xo

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful palette!! indeed these shadows are amazing on their own already! I also prefer to apply baked shadows with a wet flat brush and just add them as a finishing touch in the center of the lid for some extra dimension.
    xo
    Alice|Alice's Beauty Madness

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    1. Oh that's a great suggestion Alice, thanks - I've not tried them like that! :) xo

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    1. It's a really gorgeous palette and the shades go so well together! :) xo

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  3. This is such a beautiful palette, I am a big fan of ELF and their baked products x

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    1. I've not tried any of their other baked products but I think I'm going to have to now! :) xo

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  4. Lovely Palette Jess I love the colours and the shimmer to them is really pretty.

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    1. They are lovely, they're all so nice on as well! :) xo

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  5. lovely palette! I think elf makeup is great for the price.

    Sophie
    xx
    www.pocockins.co.uk

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    1. I find it can be a bit hit-and-miss but the Studio line is generally a safe bet! :) xo

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  6. I haven't tried this, these always seem to be out of stock whenever I check! They do look fab though x

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    1. It's definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on it Julie! :) xo

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  7. Some really pretty shades - purples have always been my favourite!

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    1. I love purples too, I think they really suit my eyes :) xo

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  8. I've actually never tried applying eyeshadow with a damp brush! I've heard of it before but I've always thought that it'd make it difficult to blend and clean the brush because the leftover pigment would dry onto the brush as well. How do you dampen your brush? Just dip it in some water and whip the excess off? The shades look beautiful with your swatches!

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    1. It is harder to blend but you can just wash your brush as usual afterwards. I tend to use a spritz of rosewater toner in the palm of my hand and dab my brush in that to dampen it, but tap water would be fine too! :) xo

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  9. what a gorgeous palette! I have way too many but this one seems so nice! Might pop it on my wishlist! haha
    http://creepersandcupcakes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. There's always room for one more palette! ;D xo

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  10. This palette is so pretty! I've never tried any ELF before but I think i'll have to soon as they look lovely.

    Aisling xx

    rosysmiles.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It is a lovely palette! I definitely recommend giving ELF a try, they have some absolute bargains and if you stick to the Studio line the quality is pretty good :) xo

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  11. I love these shadows, they are great dupes as well. FYI elf has 40% off today online, don't miss it!

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