Because Sarie was trying to spend all of the store credit from her Crossings gift certificates, she gave the rest to me after buying a bowl-type of contraption. There were e.l.f. products there so I picked my poison and got a) a pair of falsies (my first!), b) two cream shadow duos, and c) another one of the quad things, like the one I mentioned in my Makeup Starter Kit post.
Natural Lash Kit. In the kit are a pair of black lashes and a small plastic vial of glue. This is my first ever pair of falsies and I quite liked them a lot, though they make me look, in my opinion, quite strange and foreign to myself. I suspect that’s because I’m not used to “flirty” lashes, but they are quite cute.
The lashes are interspersed in long and short lengths. And it’s fairly easy to apply, though I wonder if this is something I need to trim (I don’t know how to tell). The glue is decent and is easy to remove. In any case, it makes me want to get a) more!, and b) those pretty mini lashes that’s part of the Karl Lagerfeld x shu uemura collaboration.
Next up are the duo cream shadows. This one is in Berry Mix. e.l.f. claims that these are long-wear, easy to blend and crease resistant. The colors are meant to be either worn alone, or together, as the shades of the duos are meant to complement each other.
Berry Mix features a pretty cranberry shade, and a pale pink one. They have a satin-y finish and both are easy to apply. I do not believe that they are long-wear. They crease especially when they are worn alone, i.e. they crease less when used as a base. Pigmentation is decent, but not great. Colors are complementary, and both look pretty on the lid.
The other duo cream shadow I got is called Olive. I didn’t realize this looked extremely like a NARS duo I already have called Paramaribo. I meant to review that actually, since setting up this blog, but it’s been chilling in my Drafts.
Anyway, Olive has two pretty green shades, which actually reminds me of a deconstructed olive, or the range of greens present in olives. Does that even make sense? One pan is an almost lime-y green with a hint of grey, maybe. And the other one leans more towards a brown-based green. They’re very pretty together, but like I said very much like Paramaribo.
Brightening Eye Color. Last but not the least, it’s a quad called Ivy. BECs are “long-lasting easy blending color,” will “instantly brighten and define,” and make “eyes look fresh and wide awake.” I’m not sure how, but I’m guessing it’s from the color selection?
The quads from this line have triangle pans, which I think is cute. From left to right, it’s a super pale yellow green, a medium forest green, a shimmery gold green, and a shimmery mauve-y lilac. Pretty, eh?
I like the finishes of this selection better than Butternut’s, because there isn’t a super chunky glitter shade that’s prone to fall-out. I mean, I don’t expect a lot from e.l.f., so even that is good enough for me. I like the combination of this quad, though I don’t know if it’s as versatile or “fun,” as three of the shades are some type of green. Really pretty, though. Pigmentation is O.K. but not great.
And that’s it for my e.l.f. haul! Each item is priced at Php 129.75, which is already priced three times as much as it goes for in the U.S. I know it’s kind of pointless to buy “subpar” makeup when I already shell out money for higher end brands, but it’s really great when you get to try certain shades and discover HG products on the cheap.