This time we're looking at the 'Smoky Eye' book. Below is a picture of the front cover and the inside flap which has a few tips about shadow placement for beginners (honestly, I haven't bothered to read through it.) But if you'd like to, just click on the picture to enlarge it, and the photo quality is clear enough to read the text.
And here's a look at the shadows.
The books retail for $5 and come with 12 shadows, a short black eyeliner (of fair quality, but not great), and a sponge-tip applicator. I've swatched them by row to make them easier to look at.
This is the 'good' row in the palette. All of them do require a bit of building up, but they are very soft in comparison to the glittery shadows from the 6 shadow palettes (in a good way). And they have what I'll call 'good glitter', meaning that I don't see them causing excessive fallout like those others either. These would make a good foundation for a grey/silver smoky eye.
So 6 good and 6 bad. For $5, I think that's an alright deal.
I'm still undecided on how I feel about e.l.f. as a brand. So far they seem extremely inconsistent, but then I haven't tried a lot of products yet. I hope that as I work through the other books that I find the good quality shadows to be more commonplace than the bad ones.
I'll be sure to fill you all in as I learn more.
Thanks for reading!