Today I have some of the new Baked Eyeshadows from e.l.f. for review. If you haven’t seen my review of the new Baked Blushes yet, click here to check it out. I’m going to say it again, I really didn’t expect e.l.f. to come out with a baked product line because I didn’t think that they could do normally expensive baked products without bumping up their signature low prices. The Baked Blushes proved me totally wrong, so let’s see if the eyeshadows can do the same.
The packaging of the e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadows looks exactly like the Baked Blushes, only in miniature. As part of the Studio line they come boxed in the traditional Studio black boxes. The simple and functional plastic packaging, is easy to open and relatively sturdy as long as you don’t drop the product on a hard surface. Still, though, it’s nothing special and looks kind of cheap to me. Ultimately the way the packaging looks isn’t that important to me, but it’s worth mentioning. E.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow contain 3.5 g which is twice as much as Milani Baked Eyeshadows.
E.l.f. had this to say about their Baked Eyeshadow: “The silky and blendable formula of our Baked Eyeshadow provides smooth and even application with each sweep of color. Baked in an oven, these eyeshadows offer rich pigmentation for a beautiful effect. Infused with active key ingredients Jojoba, Rose, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting and shimmering color can be worn wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation, offering a variety of gorgeous eye looks!”
I have to say that I was really impressed with the e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadows. I found them to be extremely pigmented, even without a primer, and very long-wearing. The shadows have a soft, velvety texture that blends like a dream. In general I like e.l.f. shadows, but I admit that they are often hit and miss, and sometimes you get a few duds. These baked shadows are really good quality, much better than the other shadows e.l.f. has to offer, except possibly the mineral eyeshadows. They easily stand up to Milani Baked Eyeshadows (which you know that I love) and are even more pigmented. The e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadows last a good 6+ hours on me without primer and go all day with a primer used first. They truly are very good quality and the only negative thing I have to say is that there are not enough shades. Currently e.l.f. offers six shades and they are all very similar. I hope that e.l.f expands the line and adds more shades soon.
Speaking of shades, I have three of the six to show you. I opted to buy Toasted, Burnt Plum and Pixie. All three of the shades that I own are metallic. I believe the same is true for all six shades offered, but I’m not 100% sure on that.
Toasted is a gorgeous warm bronze. It looks a little darker brown in the pan than it actually applies. Toasted is probably the strongest of the three shades that I own. Its dry application is almost richly pigmented and vibrant as its wet application. Toasted is super high quality and will give any Milani baked eyeshadow a run for its money.
Burnt Plum is a metallic brownish, red-toned plum. Though not quite as good as Toasted, it also performs very well dry in addition to wet. It is a gorgeous color, and will look fantastic on almost anyone.
The last shade I have is Pixie, which is a soft pink with gold undertones. Of the three, Pixie is by far the weakest shade. To be honest, its dry application is nothing to write home about and is a little patchy. However, a wet application is where pixie really shines. When applied wet, Pixie takes on a gorgeous rose-gold hue that makes it worth the extra effort you have to put into this finicky shadow.
These swatches were applied with no primer so you can see how the shadows stand on their own. The above swatch is a dry application. You can see how Pixie just can’t stand up to the other two shades. The swatch below is wet application, again without primer. All three shades are intensely pigmented when applied wet, and absolutely gorgeous.
Overall, I am sold on these e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadows. They are fantastic, and worth well over the $3.00 retail price. Again, I wish the shades offered weren’t quite so similar because then I would buy one in every color. E.l.f. has to release more shades soon, because I predict there will be quite a demand for them. They certainly get my stamp of approval. Right now, e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadows are only available online at eyeslipsface.com.