This is one of those youtube made me buy it moments. I ordered the e.l.f. Studio Aqua Beauty Cushion Eyeshadow Palettes after seeing a review of them on youtube. They looked super sparkly and pigmented so I thought they would be a fantastic edition to my kit.
First off these palettes do come with some stunning colours, I love the blues and browns in the Cool Mist palette and the vivid berry red in the Island Breeze palette.
The pigmentation of these things is no joke when swatched with your hands or applied with a flat packed brush, however they do take a bit of extra work to blend in with a fluffy brush. In the crease for example. Once used the shades look a mess in the palette due to the putty-like texture of them but the hard, sturdy plastic case allows you to wipe them clean.
I tried to create two different looks with both palettes (four looks in total). I found that the browns in the Cool Mist palette were gorgeous, lovely and pigmented and not too much of a struggle to blend with a fluffy brush. Though, the stand out colour for me is that deep blue! The only colour I’m not a huge fan of in this one is the brown one with blue sparkles, though it catches your eye when you first open the palette the sparkles get lost once you dip in to this colour.
The browns in the Island Breeze palette were horrendous to use, really hard to blend and didn’t offer much pigmentation but if you put up a fight once layered up offered a softer crease look. I absolutely loved the berry red and the gold colours in the palette.
The light shimmers in both palettes are best applied with your finger to the inner corners.
The texture of this eyeshadow doesn’t lend itself to all over looks, you definitely miss the powers of a matte powder, and the feel of them reminds you of those lipstick palettes you used to get as kids.
I have included some swatches for you so you can see the colour pay off:
I’m not sure whether I recommend these shadows, but if you want to try them out I’d go with Cool Mist all the way. Hopefully I’ll be able to incorporate some of these shades into looks I create with my other shadows because I don’t think they will work as a full look.
Both retail for £14.50 so not too pricey but you can probably get more usable shadows for less.
Have you ever tried these eyeshadows? What did you think? Let me know!