Today I have another Guest Post from my good friend Kelly. She has the e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette for review with some excellent swatch pictures. Before we get into Kelly’s review, here’s what e.l.f. has to say about it: “This 96-Piece eyeshadow palette features a fun geometric pattern for a totally unique design. Become your own makeup artist wherever, whenever! The beautiful soft textures melt into your skin for vibrant color that lasts. Convenient and easy to apply, just layer the colors to achieve your desired look. Apply wet or dry for a fabulous look that never creases or fades.” And here is what Kelly has to say.
A giant eyeshadow palette is kind of the last thing I needed, really, but I couldn’t resist the e.l.f. Studio 96-Piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette. First off, it’s currently at an introductory price for $10, 50% off its regular price ($20, for those of you who really hate to do math), but I was able to pick it up at a further 50% discount during the 50% off Studio sale e.l.f. had a few weeks ago. So, yeah… $5 for 96 eyeshadows? Anyway, that’s why I now own this thing.
It’s nearly impossible to tell the size of the palette from the photos, and I worried about that when I ordered it. If it’s HUGE, I’d find it unwieldy, and if it’s tiny, I wouldn’t be able to get a brush in some of those smaller pans. So, for the curious, the palette measures 7.25×8.25 inches. It’s not entirely practical to be used on the go (also, no mirror), but it’s not so large that you can’t easily store it. The geometric pattern of those shadows is lovely, and I like that it has a mix of bright, dark, and neutral shades, as well as a mix of shimmer, matte, satin, and sparkle finishes.
I’ve arbitrarily chosen 19 shades to swatch for you, and the success rate was generally good. Slightly less successful was my attempt to create a look out of pink and green shades, but we don’t have to talk about that.
I started out picking one shade from each quadrant (numbered for clarity), but I wanted to swatch multiple colors in quadrants 8, 9, and 12. All of these swatches are applied on my hand (duh) over a layer of e.l.f. essential eyelid primer in Sheer.
In the pan, shade 1 looks like it would be a medium taupe, but it swatched a lot lighter. It’s got a pearlescent shimmer and is actually a lot prettier than it appears in the photo. I liked the formula of this shade, and it was easy to work with and didn’t have much fallout. Shade 2, a warm cinnamon brown, had decent color payout, but it took a bit of effort to build up the color, and there was some fallout. Shade 3 had a hell of a lot of fallout, but I loved the color once I finally got it to work. It’s a lovely cool taupey shimmery brown. Shade 4 was just awful when I tried to apply it with a brush (so much fallout that the color went everywhere I didn’t want it to be and nowhere that I did), but it was much better when I used a sponge applicator. The color is just gorgeous a warm brown with plum shimmer (not that you can tell from the photo… Kelly fail). I’m still trying to decide whether it would be worth it for me to use a sponge for this one color…
Shade 5 was one of my favorites in the whole bunch. It’s this beautiful pale grass green with a gold flip; it looks darker in the pan, but it’s still a fantastic shade. The formula was amazing. Shade 6 was a trifle disappointing… I was so stoked about another angry teal shade in my collection, this one with a bit more green, but it takes a huge amount of product to get any color payout, and then I really had to work it to even out the patches. ): Shade 7 doesn’t look like much in the photo, but it’s a lovely duo chrome with light blue and gold. I could have wished for the same formula as shade 5, because 7 took more effort to work with, but I love the result. Shade 8a is a stunningly lovely iridescent blue. As with shade 7, I could have wished for a slightly better formula (it took some work, and there was a bit more fallout than I like), but the color payout is definitely worth it. The same is true of shade 8b, which is a beautiful bright iridescent purple with a blue shimmer.
Shade 9a is actually my favorite in the whole bunch. It has an excellent formula (like shade 5), and it’s a beautiful medium pink shimmer. I have no idea why I love pink eyeshadow, but I do. Shade 9b was probably the worst of all the shades I swatched with regard to the formula. I like the color, a matte peach, but it was patchy and not very pigmented. Shade 10 is a nice, coppery orange, but there was lots and lots (and lots) of fallout when I applied it. I’ll have to get one of those shield things if I plan to wear this shade (and I do. It really is pretty.). Shade 11 is a pretty peachy terra cotta with a satin finish. It’s a lot lighter than it appears in the pan unless you really build the color up, but the end result of all that effort is worth it. I’m not entirely sure how anyone could pull off shade 12a – unless they’re really brave or totally goth – but I like the satin finish. It’s a little patchy in application, but it was fairly easy to even it out. Shade 12b is not quite as vibrant as it appears in the pan, but it’s a pretty cool-toned hot pink with subtle shimmer. This shade has a lot of fallout, so you have to be really careful when working with it.
I really loved shades 13-15. Shade 13 is a beautiful pinked violet with a lot of shimmer and a bit of subtle sparkle. The formula is great, and I’ll definitely be making a lot of use out of the shade. In the pan, shade 14 looks very similar to shade 8b, but it swatches much lighter and with less blue. Also, 14 had a lot more fallout than 8b… Shade 15 is showing up almost red in the photo, but it’s much closer to a plum/raisin color. I really liked the shade, but it’s another one with a lot of fallout. Lastly, there’s shade 16, which isn’t quite as pigmented as I’d hoped and which also suffers from a lot of fallout. That said, I really liked the satin finish (in the pan, it looks like a shimmer).
Overall, I’m pleased that I purchased this palette, especially for $5. The shimmer shades are definitely a cut above the matte and satin shades, but I’m inclined to approve of e.l.f.’s attempt to incorporate more balance into this palette. I can’t wait to play with some of the brighter colors.
Thank you so much, Kelly for your great review. I really like the look of these geometric palettes, and I’ve definitely been tempted to pick one up, so it’s great to see them in action first. To read more of Kelly’s writings, check out her book blog at readingwithanalysis.wordpress.com.