The new E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette seemed mighty similiar to Sephora’s Moonshadow Baked Palette when I originally saw it. So I took some time out in this review to compare my Sephora In the Nude Moonshadow Baked Palette to the E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette in California and I think you’ll be quite surprised at the outcome.
Take a look!
The new E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette is $10 and is available in two shade selections of a cool and a warm palette. I indulged in the California Palette which is a nude, natural selection of shades.
The palette comes in a simple black compact with the E.L.F. logo in small print on the cover and a full size mirror inside. At a glance, side by side, the Sephora and E.L.F. palettes look very similiar however the Sephora one seems to have a bit more sparkle and vibrancy in the colors than the E.L.F. This is particularly noticeable on the second level of eyeshadows as the E.L.F. ones seemed drown out where as the Sephora show a nice intensity.
However, after swatching a few shades side by side they are VERY similiar if not exactly the same right down to amount of shadow you get, the way the palette is shaped, opens, etc…and even the colors which are borderline dupes for each other.
The main difference?
Sephora charges $30 and E.L.F. a mere $10. It is possible that Sephora and E.L.F. simply have the same distributor and that’s why the two palettes are so similiar. I really can’t call it a complete dupe but they are VERY, very alike in texture, formulation, finish, and shade selection.
Top: E.L.F. Palette Bottom: Sephora Palette
Left: E.L.F. Right: Sephora
Left: E.L.F. Right: Sephora
Both have sheer but easy to build formulas that apply more dramatically when wet. They apply easily on lids with some fall out that can be avoided with the use of a sponge application. Blending shades together is a little difficult since they tend to run on a looser shadow formulation resulting in shades contrasting poorly and looking muddy applied together. However, on their own they create very nice, natural eye looks.
Swatches above are a few shades side by side taken from the Sephora and ELF Palette. Swatches on the left are Sephora’s shades and the right are from the E.L.F. Palette.
Overall, the E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette is pretty much spot on for Sephora’s version and quite a good deal nicer price wise. If I knew about this palette prior I’d probably have saved my $30 and just got this one instead. But as I mentioned above Sephora does seem to have a better quality…the shades in their palette just seem more intense and vibrant with a nice bit of sparkle which the E.L.F. version seems to lack. However, swatching shades side by side and they pretty much look identical so yeah, I feel a little let down that I dished out $30 and could have saved $20 by indulging in E.L.F.’s version.
It’s worth having particularly if you like nude, natural shades of eyeshadow in a baked formula. Hate baked eyeshadows? Don’t bother!
And def don’t bother if you already have Sephora’s version!
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P.S. I had friends over last night to play the new Arkham Horror expansion pack and we watched the Weeds finale. OMG Andy and Nancy didn’t end up together?
I has a sad!