e.l.f. part i

each part of this buzz worthy post will feature one of my favorite e.l.f cosmetics item! updating this weekly ♥


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e.l.f. studio contour palette, $6.00

description: this quad can be purchased online directly from the link above. according to e.l.f.’s website, “the pigmented colors are designed for contouring, shading, sculpting, brightening and highlighting the eyes, cheekbones, nose, and jawline to slim and enhance features.” the coolest feature of this product is that each quad pops out of the packaging for customization with other e.l.f. palettes!

color:

  • upper left-pearlized shimmer-used for highlighting and lifting the high points of the face
  • upper right-yellow matte-used for setting concealer and counter acting pink tones as yellow is a color correcting shade
  • bottom left-caramel matte brown-lighter contour shade used for defining and shading areas of the face you want to sharpen
  • bottom right-chocolate matte brown-deeper contour shade used for defining and shading areas of the face you want to sharpen

how to: just like it’s higher end competitors, this contour palette gives you the ability to essentially redefine your face-shape. the brown matte shades are designed to help “carve” out your cheekbones, jawline, and any other ares you’d want to deepen. the yellow matte shade helps to color correct any pink under tones in the skin, and will set concealer into place. and lastly, the pearl-white shimmer shade is this palette’s highlighter. sweep this pretty shade anywhere that deserves a little brightening: above your cheek bones, your temples, ball of your nose, and cupid’s bow.

verdict: unbelievable dupe for some of the most popular, and expensive, contour kits on the market. the powders are not as finely milled as some of the others, but when you keep the price point in mind, it isn’t a huge deal. my only gripe about this product is the yellow matte shade. this powder lays very thick on my skin, and creased like crazy when i applied it to set my concealer. my under eye skin felt very tight and dry with this on, which gave an unappealing aging effect. my favorite powder is the caramel shade because it’s only slightly deeper than my natural skin tone, and blends out well. if i was tanner, the darkest shade would be just right but my time in the arizona sun is very limited. no one likes to bake outside when it’s triple digits. nope.

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