Tuesday, July 30, 2013

{Vanity on a Budget} Review: ELF Brightening Eye Color

Hiya ladies!

I am back with another Vanity on a Budget post, and today on the spotlight is the ELF Brightening Eye Color eyeshadow palette. These are just two of the things I got for my birthday goodies which I talked about in this post.

ELF Brightening Eye Color in Luxe (left) and Ocean Dreams (right); 129.75php
Without further ado, let's get on with the review, shall we? :)

**Warning: I am no professional beauty blogger nor photographer. I will try my best to give as much detail as I can, but if I lack the skills of doing reviews, please bear with me.**

**Disclaimer: Colors of the products in the photos may vary from the actual item. I suggest that you check them out personally at the counters and test them out if they have samples available. :) **

I got two of them, Luxe and Ocean Dreams. Luxe is more of a reddish golden palette, while Ocean Dreams (from the name itself) is of blue tones.

Product Description and Directions for Use
Price and Ingredients
Ocean Dreams Palette

Back has palette name


Back of Luxe palette
Okay, enough of the packaging photos. I'm pretty sure you are excited by now for the most important part of the review - SWATCHES!
Ocean Dreams Palette. Top-No base; Bottom-With base. Swatched with one swipe.
 The reason I got the Ocean Dreams Palette is because I do not have a navy eyeshadow color yet in my stash. So, I decided to pick this up. I went through a couple of brands before I landed with this (glad I saw this!). The other navy colors I swatched had too much glitter in them, and since I will be using the navy for the crease and outer edge, I wanted the least amount of shimmer I could find. I was going for a single eyeshadow (was eyeing for Essence), but when I found this, why not pick up a palette which has 4 colors total? Definitely a great steal!

Anyhooo. Let's get on with the swatches. I LOVE all the colors. Reminds me of the ocean, indeed, and I think would be a great palette to take along during the summer. But, it can be adapted to other seasons depending on how you pair each shadow.

I am no good with color descriptions, I will try my best to describe each color. First is very pale aquamarine color. Second color is somewhat Turquoise-ish. Third and fourth are two different shades of navy, the 4th color having a more purple undertone to it. First and second colors are quite shimmery, while the 3rd and 4th have very little amount of shimmer. I would say semi-matte.

As you can see, they go on better with a base. I know the bottom is a little blurry, but judging from the last two dark, navy colors, the color payoff wasn't great without the base. They faded out towards the end of each swatch. So, I definitely recommend you use a base such as primer or concealer prior to application for the best color payoff and to ensure your shadows last all day long!

Luxe Palette: Top-No Base; Bottom-With Base
Color Descriptions: Pale Gold, Burgundy-ish or Maroon, Antique Gold, Copper-y Bronze. All colors are shimmery, and more shimmery than the Ocean Dreams palette.

I got the Luxe palette mainly for the burgundy-ish color. It may be quite light, but it can be darkened a little more with black or dark brown. ;)

What I love:
♥ Very pigmented (except for the two navy colors)
♥ In my experience, ELF eyeshadows never creased on me (I always wear primer though)
♥ Very affordable! Just 129.75php for a pop!
♥ Easy to carry and lightweight
♥ Colors are very blendable and buildable
♥ 4 colors in one palette! You can use them individually and mix and match with your other eyeshadows.
♥ I love that the name of the palette can be found at the bottom/back of the palette. Although I don't do FOTD's and tutorials, sometimes people ask what palette it is and it's a bummer when you can't find the name anywhere on the product's packaging. ELF does have products that don't have the name on the packaging.

What I loathe:
♥ None, really, except for the two navy colors. I am just hoping I got a bad one. But, I can work with it anyway. :)

Will I repurchase? Absolutely! Although it may take a while before I get to use them all up, but I would definitely when I run out! :D

Please don't mind the automatic watermark Blogger/Google placed on my photos. It  would've been fine if it wasn't the other blog link it put on them (Thrifty Crafty Things is my craft blog). I still have this to figure out, so if anyone has any idea how I could change or remove them, it would be highly appreciated.

I hope I covered everything there is to say for a review. Please let me know in the comments below your thoughts about this! :) I would definitely love to hear from you guys for me to improve. I will be explaining on a separate post why I decided to make reviews and all that jazz. But for now, I bid you adieu.


DISCLAIMER: I wasn't paid to make this review. All products mentioned are purchased with my own money. ;) Pin It Add it to your boards!


  1. I've been reading about elf products but have not tried any. That is because I am not a make-up fan. All I have is a lipbalm and a face powder.. :(

    1. Hahaha! That's okay! I think natural beauty is still best. Sometimes, I do wish I did not learn about makeup and stuck with au natural. However, I do love playing with colors and such, so why not embrace my kakikayan. LoL! Thanks for dropping by!

  2. i love how elf is very affordable yet satisfies our needs :)

    1. so true, aby! I never fail to pass by the ELF counters to check for sales and new prods! :D


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