Review: E.l.f Essential Loose Eyeshadow
Description of the product: This silky fine powder eyeshadow creates an intense wash of color that is effortlessly beautiful. The portable, no-mess sponge applicator provides the perfect amount of powder with every use. Simply dip the sponge into the loose pigmented eyeshadow, apply to the eyelid and blend for gorgeous eye looks.
Size: 0.5 grams/0.018oz.
When E.l.f released their sneak peek of this product, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. There was a neutral mauve color that looked like it would be the PERFECT dupe for my favorite eyeshadow (Prestige Loose Shadow Dust in Release). I was also ecstatic at the thought of a small loose eyeshadow in a “precision pen” form. My expectation of this product was for it to be a small rollerball loose shadow (before the product information was released onto the site) or a small sponge that you dip into the container to pick up some product. Let me tell you, my expectation wasn’t even close to what the actual product delivered.
Take note of the cap on the product – by looking at it, one would expect that to be a color indicator and for the product to be in the white barrel. The reality of this product is that the cap is where the eyeshadow is stored and the entire white barrel is just a spring-loaded sponge. The amount of product you get is almost a joke considering this product is $2.00 each. Even if you can get this product for $1.00, the amount of product you receive is questionable as far as value goes. I’m glad that I purchased only one.
The shade I purchased is Lilac. It is a muted, neutral mauve color.
*Please excuse the yellow tint in the photos. It makes my skin and nails look awkwardly yellow. Also please ignore the chipped nail polish. I would have re-taken photos to make them more “glamorous” but I didn’t want to paint my nails.
*I did swatches to see if it could compare to a discontinued purple shade that E.l.f recently carried but it doesn’t replace the shade Shopaholic. I also swatched Prestige since it’s the shadow color I’m trying to find a dupe for. Lilac actually is very comparable to the discontinued Prestige shadow.
- Do I recommend this product?: No.
- Value: It’s not there. You only get half a gram of product. What you see showing on the cap is all you get.
- Pigmentation: Not too bad if you can get enough product built up.
- Lasting Power: It’s okay. It depends entirely on the quality of your primer/base.
- Ease of use: It’s not very easy to use. You have an annoying spring-loaded sponge that you have to keep dipping into the cap. To get a decent amount of product onto the sponge, you need to screw the cap back on and shake it to get as much product as possible onto the sponge. I have to dip the applicator in about 6-8 times to get enough product to cover my lids.
- Would I buy this product again?: Maybe… but ONLY because Lilac is an almost perfect dupe for the Prestige Loose Shadow Dust in Release. However, I’m going to try to find better dupes. If all else fails, I know that this shade exists. But I will avoid buying this product again if I can.
The products that were compared with each other
Swatch of Lilac (fairly accurate swatch)