October 12, 2010

E.L.F. Essentials Eyes Get The Look Bombshell Brown Review and Swatches

E.L.F. Cosmetics has several new kits which feature a smoky eye theme for $5. The kits include everything you need to create the perfect traditional smoky eye look (black) or a brown smoky eye.

The sets each include:

  • E.L.F. Eyeshadow Trio
  • E.L.F. Brightening Eyeliner
  • E.L.F. Mechanical Eye Lash Curler
  • E.L.F. Professional Eye Shadow Brush
  • E.L.F. Lengthening & Defining Mascara

At $5 you’re paying a buck each per an item in the set. Not bad eh? I do find E.L.F. products hit or miss in most cases but I still like to try things out to see what might be a winner and what might be a big old FAIL.

I purchased the E.L.F. Essentials Eyes Get The Look Bombshell Brown because I’m really into smoky brown looks lately thanks to the Urban Decay Naked Palette plus it seems interesting enough for my Beauty on a Budget category.

Was it worth it?

Check it out!

E.L.F. Essentials Eyes Get The Look Bombshell Brown is a set that includes five essential items for achieving a brown smoky eye look!

Happy Days cheap makeup! Who doesn’t like a good deal? This includes five pieces for merely five bucks, great if you’re wallet is whistling a broke tune.

The shadow trio isn’t half bad although it does have major shimmer going on. It’s made up of three shades which include generous sizes of bronz-y copper, golden cream, and rich chocolate shadow. You can use the shadows to create a super easy smoky look by highlighting with the lightest shade (golden cream), using the copper on your lid, and either lining with the chocolate or contrasting in the crease or outer v. The shadows have a decently pigmented formula, have a silky texture, and blend well enough alone although together they somethings prove tricky. Each shade has a heavy dose of fine golden shimmer which is quite pretty but does cause a bit of woe but tell you more about that in the bad section!

E.L.F. Lengthening & Defining Mascara isn’t too bad but nothing dramatic in the ways of lenght and volume. The applicator is a touch on the small size but it doesn’t really effect performance over much plus makes it ideal for doing lower lashes. Results aren’t dramatic but it gets the job done in the makeup budget world.

As with most of the studio brush like I was pretty impressed with the dome Eye Shadow Brush. It doesn’t shed, has a nice soft feel, and is a perfect pick for application. I enjoy the Studio Collection Brushes a heck of alot at this price and this little brush gets a thumbs up.

Not everything about this set was good. The shadows are definitely difficult to work with in some cases due to the loosely packed formula. They are really loose and feel almost like a thinner consistency pigment with major fall out woe. They also have a healthy, heavy dose of golden shimmer which is very pretty but just causes alot of fall out on face and cheeks which proves difficult to clean up.

E.L.F. Mechanical Eye Lash Curler is the worst of the lot in my opinion. This doesn’t fit the contour of my lashes well and it pinches terribly. I do seem to have bad luck with mechanical eye lash curlers in the past so you might chalk that up to this however I will say I don’t like the fit of the curler on my eye and I’m slightly scared to use it since the hinges feel a little loose.

Lastly the E.L.F. Brightening Eyeliner is a golden brown shade which is pretty but has a very hard texture formula which applies with a fair bit of tugging and doesn’t smudge so well. This along with the curler pretty much got tossed into the makeup graveyard pretty quickly!

  • Anyone wanting more for less (five makeup items for five bucks!)
  • Anyone wanting to achieve a smoky eye look on the cheap (this has some cheaper options for creating a decent brown smoky eye look).
  • Anyone who likes E.L.F. cosmetics (fans of the brand will likey love this set).

  • Anyone who doesn’t like cheaper makeup (this is inexpensive makeup at it’s best so if your tastes lean towards the more expensive road you might wish to avoid by default and principal).
  • Anyone who doesn’t like dealing with fall out (the shadows come with major fall out woe!).

Overall, the set has a few nice pieces. I wasn’t particularly thrilled with it all but if you’re on a budget it isn’t half bad. Some of the pieces may find their way into your makeup graveyard and some may delight you. It’s a bit of a hit or miss so you might want to see about indulging in each separately although the eyeshadow trio is sadly not available for sale on its own.

Anyone try or order these?


Any experience with items in this set?

Do share!

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  • Ally

    I’ve heard so many people just rave about the E.l.f. eyelash curler but it didn’t fit my eye either- at all! It pinched really badly so I hate it. Still love my Lacrosse super cheap eyelash curler 🙂

    • LiisK

      for me it works just fine, no pinching. I think it’s just that the quality of e.l.f. products is not consistent – I once got unusable tweezers…

  • Promise

    Hmmm….I’d rather save the $5 and put it towards one of those Body Shop blushes or the Stila Backstage palette I’m wanting really bad. 😀

  • Sarah

    I LOVE that eyelash curler! It doesn’t pinch me and gives me an amazing curl.
    Weird how it pinches you

    • the Muse

      sarah glad to hear it hun! for me was a no go 🙁 but could chalk it up to my dislike of mechanical curlers

  • savannah

    i’m glad you’ve posted today! yesterday was my birthday and i didn’t see any posts so i was moping around the whole day!

  • Jenn

    Aww! I’m sorry you hated the eyelash curler 🙁 It’s the best one I’ve ever used! I wonder if it depends on your eye shape? I ordered a few for friends for Christmas, I hope they dont run into the same problem you did :/

    • the Muse

      def not the best one I ever used Jenn. 😛 pinches like hell. Hope it works ok for you hun!