e.l.f. Eyeshadow Primer in Sheer: This is the only eye shadow primer I've ever used. I'm happy with the way it works and more than happy with the price. I think I only paid $1 at Target but the cheapest eye shadow primer on the e.l.f. site is $2. Still, a great deal! Sometimes I don't wash off my makeup at night and I'll still have shadow on in the morning and when you're the type of person that really smooshes your face into the pillow at night, that's saying something! The only thing that is annoying to me is that I don't wear make up every single day and this product seems to get used up pretty quickly. I don't think it dries out because when I finally manage to get some primer on the wand it's still very moist.
Product seems to use up or (dry up?) quickly
Lots of neutral shades
Matte and shimmer colors
Some could probably be a little more pigmented
Not very blendable. (I feel like the color "stays put" a little more than a powder does)
Mary Kay Mini Mineral Eye Color Quad in Silky Caramel, Lemongrass, Amber Blaze, and Denim Frost: This was also a gift. A girl from my church was selling Mary Kay makeup and had to do 30 makeovers in 30 days. I was makeover number 30 so I got a free gift. Like I said previously, I am definitely prefer neutral eye shadows but yesterday when I was swatched these on my arm it really made me want to give them a try again. I think they do feel a little more high quality than my drugstore brand makeup, that being said, they are also a little bit more expensive. These eye shadows purchased singly are $8 each. The thing I liked about the mini quad, which I think is just a promotional product is that there is a plastic insert with the color names on them and a paper insert with charts for 5 different looks.the quad also closes with a magnet. It's really nice for a promo gift!
Price (Though it's not too bad)
--Haven't actually used enough to write pros and cons.
Left- Covergirl Eye Enhancers in Tapestry Taupe
Right- Maybelline Expert Wear in Champagne Fizz
I have to review these together. When visiting friends back in 2013 it was decided that I should start wearing makeup since I was already well into my 20s These were the two eye shadows I was told to purchase and it was suggested that I put the taupe on my lid and use the lighter color as a highlight on the inner corner. I switch it up a little now. (So daring...I know lol!) Sometimes I'll put the light one all over my lid and used the darker color for a neutral smoky eye effect. These are definitely my most used shadows and they will probably always be in my makeup drawer no matter what. They are both very comparable in quality and blend well. I have actually used these along with my Maybelline Palette when it didn't include jsut the right shade. These shadows are both shimmery, but it's a nice, highlighting shimmer and not glittery at all. Plus, they're only a couple dollars each!
To me, the taupe shadow doesn't really look as dark on my eyelids as it does in the pan. (Though, not really a bad thing in my case.)
Come back next Wednesday for the final installment in this series!