Wednesday, October 23, 2013

ELF Holiday Palettes at Walgreens

Hey everyone!
Just wanted to share a little Walgreens find with you. I noticed quite a few different ELF holiday products on sale, including these eyeshadow palettes. There were a few palettes that were quite large as well! I've never tried ELF's new eyeshadows with the triangular shapes, so I figured I'd pick up this neutral palette (the only shade I saw that was on display), along with one of the Beauty Books (there were a couple of color options on these). I thought all of the white and gold packaging was really cute, by the way!
6 Piece Eyeshadow Compact ($3, Walgreens)
 At a glance, you can tell that there's nothing matte in this palette. I'm not so sure how I feel about the triangle-shaped pans. I mean, nothing is so small that you couldn't fit a brush into it, and a couple of the shades are quite generously-sized. But when you look at some of those acute angles (remembered something from geometry!!!), at some point- if you use up a lot of the shadow- you'll struggle to get into those corners. This palette does not include a mirror, but it does have a double-ended sponge tip applicator. 
When I first touched these, I immediately thought that the use of a primer would make a big difference. While some of the shades were nice and smooth either way (and surprisingly pigmented!), the primer really improves the application of the very flaky and shimmery white and gold shades (at the center of the palette). The primer I used was ELF's $1 Eyeshadow Primer. While nothing in the palette is matte, the deepest brown is the least sparkly/shiny color of the bunch. 
 ELF Beauty Book - 10 Piece Nude Eyeshadow Palette ($5, Walgreens)
The color variety in this palette really caught my eye. ELF puts out these Beauty Books every so often, and in the past, I've actually had pretty good luck with them. For 5 bucks you're getting 9 large eyeshadows, along with a double-ended sponge tip applicator, a Brightening Eyeliner in Black, plus some instructions on how to create a look. I'm not a big fan of the eyeliner... it's a dry, very old-school pencil liner. Now let's check out the shadows...
There's such a variety of shadows in this kit, both in terms of colors and finishes. For these swatches left to right-- I did the top 3 shadows, then the middle 3, then the bottom 3. I also used the ELF $1 Eyeshadow Primer in the bottom picture. There are two entirely matte shades in this palette- the first one in the line of swatches, and also the 7th. I was SO surprised at how buttery and smooth those shadows were- even with no primer! Shades 3 & 4 (the lilac & peach) on the other hand, looked gorgeous in the palette but were extremely flakey with no primer. As you can see, the primer had the biggest effect on these two shades-- with primer, they go on much more smoothly and are less dry. All of the other shades range from a metallic to a satin finish and were consistently good. Love that greenish-teal, as well as the deep grey. 

Bottom Line: While the $3 palette has a nice combination of neutral colors, I'm not jumping up and down over it (probably because I already own a LOT of neutral shadows). And while they look pretty with a primer, there's just nothing really unexpected or unique about the palette, and I would've liked at least one matte shade in there. I was really impressed by the Beauty Book, and just astonished at how nicely those matte shades go on. I like that you get a couple of colors to pop things up with, but mainly there are lots of pretty neutral basics. A pretty great deal for $5, in my opinion. Have you run into any other drugstore holiday palettes that you'd like me to test-drive? Let me know! :) 

Daily Nuggets...
  • YouTube has been strange this week. I've already had an upload fail once today... hoping it ends up working for me!
  • World Series tonight!!!! GO CARDINALS! :) 
  • We've turned on the heat here... it's definitely feeling like fall!
  • On that note, I've also busted out my slippers. Nothing like the feeling of warm, fuzzy slippers!

38 comments:

  1. palettes looks great...very pigmented!

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  2. I have the 150 eye geometric pallet and I love it! it was 15.00 and normally is 30.00 I have a couple of their other geo pallets and I like those as well. The triangles dont bother me as I can see getting the color out of the corners with a brush isnt a worry for me. I have had great luck with all the colors being pigmented and not really flaky, then again I always use a primer but even just swatching on skin they were amazing in color. I thought it was a great value for my money at 10 cents a color. the only down side is it IS only available on their site but toss it in with 40.00 worth of brushes use the 50% odd brushes code thats good right now and you get free shipping and hey, you can never have enough brushes!

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  3. I agree with your regarding the triangular-shaped pans; actually, that is what is turning me away from them. Now, the Beauty Book has that gorgeous forest green color that I love so much this time of year...and also that gorgeous shimmery pink, oh! It's beautiful.
    As always, thanks for your honest reviews!

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  4. I can't wait to get the beauty book. Those colors look so nice.

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  5. This look cool. But i can never find this at my walgreens

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  7. With the beauty book...do you think that green color is close to one of the greens in the Sonia Kashuk Jewel of an Eye palette?

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  8. Wow, I'm impressed! Walgreens here I come!

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  9. The second one is so pretty for Fall !

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  10. i was wondering about the pigmentation on these pallets. elf can be hit or miss on their eyeshadows and i was eye balling these. because of our finances, even $5 can be a lot to spend, so i have to know its going to be a good product. thanks for the review.

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  11. Such lovely colours!

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  12. NOT a fan of their eye shadows. Never had any luck with them. But this book looks soft and pigmented like Wet n Wild. Just don;t wanna get suckered in again.lol

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  13. I have tried the 100 piece ones and I love them. Haven't tried these but I did give some as gifts and my friends loved them so im guessing they are good. I am going to get some and finally try them out myself :) thanks for the honest review!! :)

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  14. I saw the books at a my Walgreens. Now that I've seen you swatch them I'm heading back to get this booklet. Would love so see you do a holiday look with them, maybe for the Thanksgiving holiday???

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  15. those colors are so pretty! I love those palettes!!

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  16. Oh wow. They're gorgeous! And I love the packaging, not so much the geometric one but it IS pretty to look at :)

    FMWL

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  17. Wow! These palettes are super pigmented. I'd love to try the $5 one because I don't have anything like that. :)
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  18. I haven't seen these in my Walgreens yet! I like the first palette, but I wish they had included at least one neutral matte brown shade. Sparkly browns don't look as well in the crease.

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  19. Hey emily,i know that elf is a brandt many people turn their back on,i found some realy great products from the elf webpage,i will check out their page for some of thoose new palette,thank you for sharing :-)

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  20. That $5 palette looks so pretty! Too bad I'm on a project pan right now. Maybe I'll make a hint for Christmas. hehe

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  21. Wow those are so pigmented!!

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  22. Thank you for sharing all this lovely with us. What a treat!

    xo

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  23. Great products Emily. Stay gorgeous! blog.flowerinapalm.com

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  24. Perfect palette. Very nice colors!!!!!!!!!
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  25. My Walgreens does not carry elf products! It makes me so sad! They need to get on it.

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  26. Awesome color. thanks for share this pretty ELF Holiday Palettes at Walgreens.

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  27. Mac cosmetics has come out with some new makeup brushes. I saw them in allure mag. They are supposed to help make it easier to apply makeup. They look really funny and i wonder if they truely make it easier. They look like toothbrushes lol. Thanx Emily for all your helpful and entertaining videos and information. :)

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  28. lovely colours...can imagine how beautiful the eyes will look with these colours. TQ for the posting

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  29. I picked up the same palettes myself. I was eyeing the huge $10 palette but I don't know where I would put it.

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  32. I so want to get that $5 palette!! thanks for the swatches and your thoughts:)

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  34. Loving the ELF geo palettes. The shadows are surprisingly pigmented, and I'm loving the neutral shades. Emily, have you thought about getting any of the Too Faced holiday palettes? I am absolutely in love with the Favorite Things palette (Sephora exclusive), as well as the Joy to the Girls palette

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  35. Hey! What do you think about the new profusions holiday palettes like the neo pearl palettes and the petite dazzle kits?

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