September 20, 2012

E.L.F. Studio Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow Palette Review, Swatches, Photos

E.L.F. Studio Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow Palettes
are a range six coordinating shades of eyeshadow to compliment your eye color. This isn’t a new idea at all considering Almay, Covergirl, and many other brands have released similiar products.

Personally, I’m all about wear what you want however, I guess it’s quite nice having contrasting shades that supposedly compliment your own eye color. Being the rebel that I am (ha!) I got the Blue Eyes 1 selection rather than either of the two Brown Eye Palettes. Shrug! What? I liked the shades in this the best, sue me!

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E.L.F. Studio Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow Palette are available in six shade selections with each palette having six shades of eyeshadow per palette. They are $6 each so quite budget friendly and competitive to drugstore brands who you would probably spend more or around the same price on.

The palette comes in the traditional NARS-like packaging that E.L.F. uses for their Studio products but of course, these lack the messy rubber of NARS version.

I’d like to rave these but I think they are poorer quality. I’ve run across E.L.F. Eyeshadows I liked very much both singles and in some of their larger palette releases and I must say these aren’t anything like those in terms of quality and formulation.

These kick up a fair bit of powder when a brush is applied to them and have a chalky, cheaper formula that isn’t particularly user friendly during application. They apply patchy with a chalky, drier finish that’s terribly unflattering. In all fairness you might be able to get some use out of these if you spend a little more time prepping however I felt they lacked pigmented and go a little muddy when used together.

Overall, I’ve met a few E.L.F. eyeshadow and eyeshadow palettes I’ve liked but sadly the Eye Enhancing Eyeshadow Palette aren’t worth your six dollars. Don’t bother. Spend the money on something else from the brand as these simply don’t cut it. Perhaps with a thinner cream shadow under them they might produce better results but meh who wants to go to the extra trouble during application?

Tried ’em?

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I purchased this item.

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • renee

    Yesss..chalk is the best way to describe some of their shadows..too bad cuz these r pretty

  • Catherine (@bcrueltyfree)

    It’s too bad about the quality because it does have a good selection of basic colors. I particularly like that they included that soft orange, I love that type of shade and don’t see it too much. But yeah, ELF eyeshadow quality seems pretty unpredictable – when I first saw this on their site, I was tempted to get it, but decided I’d better wait for some reviews first

  • Annie

    This is why i’ve stay away from e.l.f eyeshadow products. They always come off to me as chalky and not very pigmented. I’m curious what are some e.l.f eyeshadows that have worked for you?

  • Monica – Pisica albastra

    that’s such a shame! i’ve been waiting to try this palette since I’ve first saw it on your blog as a preview for the new release. i thought that the quality will be good, especially since they’ve bumped the price up to 6 bucks :(((
    thank you for the review, Muse!!!

  • Brittany

    Not impressed by the eyeshadows but it actually looks like they added in a matte shade. Even though these eyeshadows suck, adding in a matte shadow is so important to me in little palettes. Drugstore makeup needs more matte shades in general.

  • Glitterati

    Too bad the shadows are so awful because I actually like the colors they put in there. Why elf why?!?


    maybe for three it would be fine, but 6 meh, those wet n wild palletes have corrupted me!

  • Christina

    I’m on the same page as you, I bought one of the brown eye’s palettes because neither of the blue eyes palettes didn’t do anything for me. 😛 Here is to hoping its not total crap. *fingers crossed*

  • Alyssa

    I bought two of these (the same palette reviewed, and brown eyes 2) before seeing your review. After hearing your results, I wasn’t holding out hope, but I actually do like them. There are 2 shades in each palette that are exactly as you reviewed cheap and chalky. I won’t use them. But the rest of the shades, while still very powdery, apply smoothly and dare I say velvety for me. I’ve been wearing the brown eyes 2 palette all week and continuously receive compliments.

    I think the difference is the base, as you mentioned. I wear Clinique’s lid smoothie’s as a base, instead of a traditional primer.

    • the Muse

      hi alyssa! SO so glad to hear your success with this. I only tried the one shade selection but I was a little meh all around. The colors were all very chalky/powdery for me 🙁 Perhaps I’ll try a richer base and see if I can get better intensity from them. I actually kinda tossed it on the side because it frustrated me with the poor color pay off. Happy it worked for you!!!!!!!