Out of all the new e.l.f releases, I didn’t really bat an eye at the new Studio Eyeshadow palettes. To be honest, I have had hit-or-miss experiences with the brand’s powder eyeshadows (but those smudge pots tho…) so I went into testing them without much to go off of. No high or low expectations, just curiosity.
First off I wanna give snaps to e.l.f. for putting together a great range of shades and finishes in each palette. The various types of shadows give you more to work with for a load of look options. Besides Mad for Matte, each palette contains a mix of shimmer/satin shades and matte shades that I find to work well together.
There are a total of four palettes, each housing ten shades. Each one has a designated type of mood or type of look you can achieve with them.
Need It Nude
The Need It Nude palette is the more neutral of the four. With mid-to-deep browns, and some splashes of gold and pink, the possibilities are endless for creating both everyday and more dramatic looks.
Mad for Matte
Mad for Matte is, obviously, completely made up of matte shades. I’m a matte lover, so I was pretty stoked for this one. We’ve got mostly neutrals in this palette too, and I’m absolutely loving and appreciating the deep black, which can come in handy to deepen the crease or to use for liner.
Check out swatches of the new Mad for Matte Summer Breeze palette and Holy Smokes palette.
Party Ready was actually what I consider to be the dud of the four palettes. Although it had the most gorgeous champagne highlight color (the first swatched on the left), the shades that I was hoping would pop more (the blue and purple) fell short with sheer pigmentation. The darker shades are nice for a dramatic look, though, and the other neutral shades still perform well.
Lastly, and probably my personal favorite, is the Everyday Smoky palette, housing all cool toned shades like taupes, mauves, browns, greys and another deep black. I’m all about a good smoky eye, especially moving into fall, and I love how this can offer both intense and subtle looks that are going to look great paired with a good berry or vamp lip shade… can’t you just see it now?
Across the board I’m enjoying this shadow formula. In my swatches, you can see that even without primer, they have good pigmentation, and adding a base can really make them stand out. Most of the shadows have a smooth texture; a few of the matte ones kick up a bit of powder, but nothing that bothers me all too much. With primer, I’ve seen the the looks I create with these palettes last about 6 hours before starting to fade or crease minimally.
At only $10, I would say that the e.l.f. Studio Eyeshadow palettes are very competitive with other drugstore shadows— better than some, even. The variety you’re getting in just one definitely beats most palettes I come across at the same price or less, and they are definitely a hit from e.l.f.