Sometimes E.L.F. Cosmetics is a hit.
E.L.F. Cosmetics Little Black Beauty Book Volume 1?
Total hit people so listen up Back to Schoolers!
I’ve indulged in some of E.L.F.’s bigger palettes before and wasn’t too impressed since the palette was inconsistent with the formula. It was a mix of chalky versus velvety awesomeness….I can’t stand a palette that has some ho-hum formulas and some awesome ones, ugh, irritating.
Little Black Beauty Book? No issues here!
This tiny palette is a padded, faux patent leather design shaped, literally, like a little black book. Inside you’ll find a mirror and 48 shades of eyeshadows. The shadows are pretty small and this is one of the quirks of the palettes as I can’t fit a brush or a sponge applicator comfortably into the wells but outside of this, I likey!
I think the main appeal for me here is the palette is made up of 99.9% natural, nude shades of warmer colors. You’ll get a slew of various browns, golds, beiges, corals, peaches, and some greens thrown in and one with aqua, a single blue, and a few select shades of pink. The warmth of the palette definitely appeals to my boring makeup standards lately plus for Fall, who doesn’t love a nice natural eye look?
Formula through the entire palette is very, very consistent. The shades are decently pigmented, the shadows have a smooth, velvety formula that blend easily alone or together, and the finish has a soft sparkle without looking over done. They wear well under primer but show minor fading without within three to four hours of wear so I suggest a primer prior to application to keep them in place all day. When worn under Urban Decay Primer Potion I can get constant wear straight through the day and into the evening without creasing or fading.
Granted, they aren’t MAC, they aren’t Urban Decay….but they are decently formulated shades of shadow in a small, compact, travel friendly palette that won’t cost you a ton of cash. I think the palette’s size and the amount of shades inside is fabulous for travel plus you won’t be too scared to pack it with you and worry about it breaking and even if it does, no loss tears over it for $5!
It’s probably one of the nicest palettes I’ve seen offered from E.L.F. and if they release another volume I’d be game to haul it.
It is made in China so that’s one thing you might want to consider prior to purchase.
Overall, the E.L.F. Cosmetics Little Black Beauty Book was a nice beauty budget purchase and I imagine I’ll pull it out for a variety of looks come the Fall. I generally, really like this one and suggest grabbing one up.
Of course, if you’re a makeup snob (totally understand I am too) you might want to avoid this one but those on a budget or college and high school students heading back to school, this is one you can’t beat!
This one is available exclusively at Target and Target.com for $5.
P.S. They have this available with lipcreams and eyeshadows but I don’t recommend it as having powder and lippies in place is messy plus the lipsticks are probably awful but that’s just my opinion based on prior experience with such palettes.
Note: I only swatched a few of the shades because I simply didn’t have time to sit and swatch 48 shades of shadow, apologies! Also these shades came across very light because I had a hard time getting into the wells for better color pay off but rest assured the colors build up very nicely for more pop!