Saturday, March 31, 2012

Eye Eye

Remember this? It's the E.L.F. Eye Transformer that I won in February.

It's taken me a while to get around to a review because it's taken me a while to work this one out.

So, what is it? Well the idea with these four opalescent shadows is that you add them over or under an existing shadow to change the appearance of it. You could also wear them alone too. The palette includes 4 very light hues of (L-R) green, neutral/yellow, pink, blue/mauve.

I've spent a lot of time playing with the palette and seeing how to get the best of it. A couple of things I've learnt along the way- it's very compressed, meaning you need to be quite vigorous with the brush to get the product onto it. The shades are quite white- you will need a very dark shadow to use this with.

In terms of using it- despite difficulties getting it onto the brush, I didn't experience any fallout from this product- always a bonus in my book, it stays put for a full day of staring at computer screens, battling commuters and enduring suicidally boring lectures, it comes off easily- I use baby lotion on a cotton pad to remove my eye make up, and this came straight off onto the pad.

So, onto a few swatches- no pictures of my eye looks I'm afraid, firstly because I'm not able to wear my contacts at the moment, and nobody wants to see pictures I take without them... and also because my skin is not happy at the moment.

My base shadow- Humour  by Bare Mineral

With the transformer- From L-R Green, Neutral/Yellow, Pink, Blue/Mauve.

As you can see from the pictures above, it's not made as dramatic a change as expected. It's quite difficult to see the opalescent sheen to the shadows, but it is there, despite making the base shadow very pale.

I'll be honest, I'm no beauty fanatic, I don't own many eyeshadows, because I simply don't wear them that much. And the ones I do own, all but one have some kind of shimmer to them, they're also all loose powder mineral shadows.

Having tried the transformer shades with my one matte shadow- a smokey grey, with a couple of darker green shades and the above, which is a very dark carbon with tiny but not densely distributed particles of glitter, here's what I conclude:

The Eye Transformer would be great with a matte solid shadow. I firmly believe that a matte shadow, from a pressed pan- which would seem to apply with more pigmentation, preferably in black or a very very dark carbon type colour would allow the change in colour and the opalescence to show much better. However, with loose shadows, such as my mineral ones, it's not so effective. I think if I had an hour or so to get ready- maybe for a night out, it's perfectly feasible the transformer and mineral shadows could be built up to the same standard, but the last time it took me that long to put make-up on was for my graduation ceremony, and before that it was for interviews... on an every day basis it needs to be quick and simple.

So, thank you to lovely people at E.L.F. This was, after all, a competition prize, for which I am very grateful. And I'm now on the hunt for a palette of pressed shadows that I can use alone or with the transformer. At present I have my beady eyes on:

MUA Heaven and Earth- a perfect and cost friendly solution


Bare Minerals The Truth- quite excitingly Bare Minerals are releasing solid mineral make-up including eyeshadow quads/duos, as well as blushes and other products. To say I'm excited would be an understatement, and it looks like they've already been released in the states.


Isabela said...

Get the MUA Heaven & Earth palette! I didn't have great expectations at it at first, but the shades are so lovely and the colour pay-off is great. :)


Chloe said...

I've heard good things about MUA, have tried a few other bits myself and think they're great. My problem has been finding somewhere locally that stocks more of their stock. I'm planning to grab me a Heaven and Earth Palette in London next week though. 

A Thrifty Mrs said...

I fancy that elf eye doodah because I tend to use one solid colour and want it to stay put. I've just used their eyelid primer (just reviewed it on my blog actually) and I got on really well with it, so it might be interesting to compare the too.

I asked about eyebrow kits on twitter the other day and lots of people came back recommending the VIVO one and a Sleek one.