Tuesday, November 27, 2012

E.L.F baked products.(swatches)

Of the e.l.f baked products, I bought 3 blushes, 2 bronzers and 2 eyeshadows.
First up, the blushes in (from left to right) Passion Pink, Peachy Cheeky and Pinktastic.
These can be difficult for people with oily skin because their sheen leans into shimmer territory and can make already oily skin just gleam. I think these are great as blush enhancers and Pinktastic is a beautiful highlight. Maybe that's the way they're supposed to be since they are commonly compared to MAC Mineralize Skinfinish but then why advertise them as blush? 

These are really better for adding dimension to a more pigmented blush you're already wearing. I just can't picture using these alone as a blush, they'd just come off too shiny if I were to try and get them at the opacity I like in a blush.

Next, the eye shadows in Bark and Enchanted.
I was pretty pleased with one of these, the pigmentation of Bark was really awesome but Enchanted left me disappointed. Instead of the pretty color you see in the pan (or even on my swatch that I had to built up) you just get a wash of the gold shimmer color over your eyes. 

You have to be patient with these and build color gradually if you want them to blend. They are workable, I just wish Enchanted showed up better. It's pretty over a similar shade though and with a white base the color would probably really show.

And the bronzers in Los Cabos and Maui.

As far as color payoff goes it really depends on the color you choose. Maui is a lot like Enchanted when comes to the difference between the color in the pan and what shows up on your skin. Los Cabos on the other hand has great pigmentation, it's very blendable and it does have some glittery bits but they show up as more of a glow.

Getting a proper swatch of Maui and Enchanted took a little more effort than it should have but I really wanted to show those colors with the highest opacity possible without a base or primer.

Overall Pinktastic, Bark and Los Cabos came out on top in these purchases. Passion Pink and Peachy Cheeky are pretty good (the blushes are all nice)but Maui and Enchanted were both disappointments. So this really comes down to the shades you select.


  1. great review..thanks!

    xoxo Wengie

  2. I didn't even know ELF made these! Totally going to be looking for those next time in the ELF section.