Monday, November 29, 2010

5 Days of E.l.f. #5: Liquid Eyeliner, Cream Shadow and Cream Liner Review

I wanted to group these posts as best as I could -- so I felt like these three items (sort of) went together.

As usual, let's start with swatches:

I will review each item individually...

First up, the cream eyeshadow. I picked up "Dawn" (bottom left swatch). Dawn is a silvery taupe with a small amount of silver and (faint) light brown shimmer. I can honestly say I love the consistency of this cream shadow, especially over that of the duo cream shadow's formula. It applies much more smoothly and is less oily, therefore the colour transfers onto your eyelid better. When applied (not swatched), more of the silver sparkle seems to come through and stick to your eye. It also leaves a bit of a muddy light tan base underneath. This is very similar to my NYX Jumbo Pencil in Iced Mocha... and I think this applies better when spread out.

For this item, definitely worth a purchase, it's a very pretty shade.

Next, the liquid liner, which I picked up in Midnight. This is a navy blue, nearly black. For $1, I am pretty impressed with the liner. It is slightly watery, as you can see from the swatch, so I was concerned that it would be a pain to apply. It seems to swatch that way but on the eye, it goes on smooth and opaque. The dry time is average, I had to keep my eye closed for about 15 seconds before I could touch it and it was completely dried. The applicator is a stiffer pointed one, which I prefer to achieve a steady and even line. I felt like the product was overall easy to use.

For reference, here is a picture of the tip (out of focus):

I think this item is also worth purchasing, though I'm not sure blue is worth it as it showed quite dark on my eye... I would go for black or a purple, if they have one.

The last item is their cream eyeliner in Olive. I got this to match the olive eyeshadow duo that I previously reviewed. I honestly have to say that I'm not a fan of this one. I had to swipe back over my line four or five times to get an opaque line on my eye. It still looked patchy and uneven after doing that... I do like the colour though, it's unique for $1. I'm not sure why it performs poorly, I think the consistency is again too oily... which I think is an ongoing problem with their cream products.

As a final review, I am pretty impressed with e.l.f.'s products, especially for the price. I will definitely be ordering more... I want more quads!

What products have you tried and loved from e.l.f.? How about products you've hated? Let me know!


  1. The products seem nice :) thanks for the swatches :)

  2. I hated most of the Studio line of brushes, but the Powder brush is amazing!