E.L.F. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow ($3) is a new shimmering cream shadow release from the brand available in seven shades. That’s the problem by the way…seven shades? We need more variety guys! These rock!
These soft, fluffy mousse-like shadows are incredibly lightweight and have the perfect amount of lovely sparkle for the Holidays.
Take a look!
At first I thought these might be like Chanel Illusion D’Ombre or L’Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow. But they actually kinda fall into their very own category. They aren’t powder so you def can’t compare them to L’Oreal’s Infallible Eyeshadow Collection however, they are cream and do have some of the same spongy consistency as Chanel’s Illusion D’Ombre. I wouldn’t call them a spot on dupe for Chanel’s version but they do have very similiar characteristics.
The shadow formula has a spongy almost moldable consistency kinda like Maybelline’s Bouncy Blushes. When you touch them they kinda resemble molding clay although far softer and fluffier. The texture is a cross between a mousse and a denser cream eyeshadow. This makes for a very easy to apply and blend experience. I had absolutely no issues getting them onto my lid and smoothing them out perfectly. However, in order to achieve the best application you do need to get into the pot with your fingers as brushes simply won’t cut it. I realize this application method isn’t for everyone and I can relate however, I tried brushes and I got the smoothest, best finish using my fingertips.
Toast, Festivity, Soiree, and Gala
The really great thing about the shadows is the ease of application. You can go with a sheer layer of color or build these up for better color payoff. No matter how many layers you apply they always remain quite lightweight and have the knack for living on lids all damn day without creasing or fading. It’s almost as if E.L.F. has built a primer into the formula as I put them through some really great tests and they wore strong throughout the day with nary a crease in site. Pulled in all my Halloween decorations, put out all my Thanksgiving ones, pulled in all my patio and porch furniture, worked in the yard, etc….etc…and through it all my eyeshadow remained fresh. They even served well through a warm, sweaty club scene. I can’t believe they wore so strong!
They do have one issue that could make or break your purchase. The shimmer. Oh boy…! Each shadow has a healthy dose of sparkle so if sparkle really isn’t your thing you might feel like these are overloaded with it to the max. I kinda sorta felt comfortable wearing them as they didn’t look frosty or too overly disco ball like. But boy am I ever a bad judge when it comes to how much sparkle I should or shouldn’t be wearing…! I love it a little too much! But be warned they do have a healthy dose of it.
Unlike the Jumbo Eyeshadow Sticks I recently reviewed, I had no issues with these smelling badly. They contain 0.11 oz of product but for some reason I felt like I was going through them fairly fast. I used one shade three times in a week and proceeded to notice I was already touching pan. So you might want to grab a back up of your fav shade if you are ordering.
Overall, E.L.F. did an excellent job with these. They pack pigment, sparkle, an easy to blend formula, and a crease-free, fade-free finish. What more could you want from a cream eyeshadow? Don’t love cream shadows? These MIGHT just change your mind. The formula rocks at three dollars, now they really have to get on their game and create a wider selection of shades.
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Available now at www.eyeslipsface.com