I ordered this palette online from the ELF website. It retails for $14 USD. With shipping and conversion to Canadian dollars plus taxes and duties, it cost me about $27. Shipping from the ELF site was quick, and the cost works out to approximately $1.50 per pan. The palette comes in a nice sturdy plastic case, the shade names are displayed on each pan, and the top is clear. The case does not come with a mirror or brush.
Now I was totally stoked to get this palette and try it out. The colors in the pan are super vibrant, and I literally dropped everything to immediately go and play with these.
The description from the ELF website is:
This 18-pan eyeshadow palette contains 9 warm-toned and 9 cool-toned shades with neutral and vibrant pops of color to achieve subtle or bold looks. The luxe formula is smooth, creamy, blendable and ultra-pigmented. Create artistry-level or everyday looks effortlessly with this perfectly arranged palette designed to inspire you.
Colors and how they performed:
Fresh: This is an excellent light beige shade, it was easy to apply with minimal fallout.
Spicy: A gorgeous golden glitter shade, can be built up to be quite opaque, no fallout. Applies best with a wet brush or over concealer (Or both.)
Sassy: Love this peachy shade, it is way lighter in person than in the photograph. This is an excellent transition shade with no fallout. It does take a bit of work to build up the color, but for a light tone, I was quite impressed.
Low-Key: It looks like a white shimmer in the pan, but it actually has the reflection of pink to it that you won’t see until you dip into the pan. Beautiful and sheer, this color makes an excellent inner eye corner or brow bone highlight. You could also use this as a face highlighter. There was no fallout.
Calm: A lovely shade of grey. This color really didn’t work for me. It is very sheer, and it didn’t seem to matter how much I tried to build up the color I couldn’t get it to look pigmented on my eyes. There was no fallout with this shade just disappointment.
Clever: Amazing deep purple metallic. I adore this shade. Not a lot of fallout, for best results, use with a wet brush over concealer otherwise the color loses some of its payoff.
Bold: It feels like butter. So soft and workable, with no fallout this color is pretty awesome. The color on the skin is a deep burgundy metallic that is just amazing. Again this is a color that you would want to use a wet brush to apply or apply over concealer. I did try it with a dry brush and found that the colors got muddy quickly.
Cheeky: This was the shade that made me purchase the palette. It is a very warm peachy shade. It goes on quite sheer, but it does build into decent coverage. Excellent matte shade with no fallout and makes me think of summertime.
Happy: This color did not make me happy. It’s a greenish-yellow matte shade with very little pigment. Sheer as heck, and it had some fallout. The picture looks like something unusual, yet I couldn’t make this color work for me no matter what I tried. The color is just awful. (If you like it then you do you, I am just saying for me it didn’t work.)
Witty: A decent shade of brown, very soft. Some fallout, the color is sheer but builds up quite nicely.
Smooth: Excellent matte brown shade. Very pigmented. Lots of fallout. This color tends to stick where you put it, I found it a bit hard to blend, but not to the point of being unusable.
Chill: I love purple shades, and I was so stoked for this purple metallic. There was no pigment. It swatches a lovely light metallic shade, but on the eyes, there was no coverage. I tried this with a wet brush, I tried layering, I tried concealer. I tried all three at the same time. This purple shade didn’t darken up enough for me to utilize it in a way that would look good. Which is such a shame.
Saucy: Beautiful mustard yellow shade. A sheer matte, this shade had no fallout and offered buildable coverage.
Daring: Stunning golden brown metallic. This shadow is soft and beautiful, little fallout. This one, of course, will produce the most color payoff when used with a wet brush or over concealer. Amazing color.
Warm: A reddish-brown matte that I keep reaching for. This shade is quite pigmented, and a little goes a long way. There is a fair bit of fallout with this shade.
Easygoing: In the pan, it is a perfect matte purple. On the lids it has no pigment, it is very sheer and doesn’t build. In fact, the color disappears entirely when used with a brush. Very disappointing.
Wise: Excellent, highly pigmented deep green matte shadow. This is an awesome color! There is a ton of fallout with this shade, and it doesn’t blend easily. I would recommend using a small brush and patting the color on exactly where you want it.
Genuine: An all-purpose matte black shade. A fair bit of fallout, this color does need a little bit of building but is very functional.
Other things you need to know:
Net. 0.62 oz. (17.5 g) – Mica, Talc, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Magnesium Stearate, Magnesium Palmitate, Silica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite,Tridecyl Trimellitate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Tin Oxide MAY CONTAIN: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide(CI77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 40 Lake(CI 16035), Ultramarines (CI 77007), DC Black 2 (CI 77266), Yellow 5 Lake (CI19140), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510)
-Persons who have allergies or sensitivities to Talc, Mica, Dimethicone or Silica may wish to give this product a pass.
-This product is Vegan and Cruelty-free
For the price, this is a decent palette. You get a lot of shades to play with, and most of them are really awesome colors. The purples are disappointing, but that is only two colors, and I was not a fan of Calm or Happy. So, for me, 4 of 18 shades were a pass. All in all, this was a quick and easy palette, I was able to create some decent looks, and I will continue to try to find ways to work with the problematic shadows. It’s a fun palette to practice with and at such a reasonable price its hard to say no.