I purchased one shade, Brownie Points, from the e.l.f. site a few months ago. I've given this product a thorough testing, so read on for my full review.
e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Brownie Points
(retail: $3, 0.19 oz)
The e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pots are available in nine shades on the e.l.f. website. I can't remember if these are sold in-store at Target and Kmart yet, but I would image they will be soon (if they're not there already).
I usually show you the outer packaging of the products I review, but the packaging for this product got a little banged up in shipping, so I'm sparing you! Here are the ingredients from the e.l.f. site (per the packaging, this product is "Made in China, Designed in the USA"):
Dimethicone, Caprylyl Methicone, Ozokerite, Phenyl Trimethicone, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Mica, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve), Propylparaben.
MAY CONTAIN: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Calcium Titanium Borosilicate, Tin Oxides (CI 77861).
After seeing this product in person, I couldn't help but think of Maybelline Color Tattoos. The packaging is different though--Color Tattoos come in glass jars while these are made of light plastic. The Color Tattoos are also a little bit bulkier, while these e.l.f. pots are smaller--although a bit taller--than Color Tattoos.
Brownie Points actually reminds me of the Maybelline Color Tattoo Spring 2014 Limited Edition shade Sleek & Spice. While not an exact dupe, I have no doubt that if you liked the color of Sleek & Spice, you will love this color as well.
swatched once on bare skin with my finger
In these photos, I applied Brownie Points to bare skin (no primer) using the Real Techniques Shading Brush. I also lined both my upper and lower lash line with Brownie Points using my e.l.f. Studio Small Smudge Brush (my absolute favorite brush ever for applying cream and gel liners).
As you can see, this is a very pigmented product. I definitely don't have to build for more intensity--I swiped my brush two times lightly into the pot for the amount of color you see on my lids above. The only issue I DID have was with how quickly this product sets when you're applying it as eyeshadow. My goodness! By the time I applied it to my lids, it was challenging to blend it up into the crease. I've had to practice my technique several times to get it to what you see above--if you think it looks patchy up above my crease, you should have seen what my first few attempts looked like! It was a mess. My suggestion is to apply the thinnest layer of product possible to your lid and then quickly work up, with a fluffy brush, and blend like crazy before this sets. Because once it sets, it's not going anywhere.
The texture of this product is thinner than a Maybelline Color Tattoo, and it's not as slick--it's a little bit drier. So you don't get that "slip" that you get with the Color Tattoos, but you do get the same level of pigmentation as many of the Color Tattoos. This product also sets much more quickly than a Color Tattoo, but I find the wear-time to be about the same. I'm seriously impressed with how long this product wears as both shadow and as liner. It doesn't budge for a good 6-7 hours on my super-oily skin, but after the seven hour mark, I do see a bit of fading in the crease area and the shimmer sort of fades to more of a matte finish.
Removal is not difficult, but I do find that it's easier to remove this product using eye makeup remover (or a cleansing oil), especially if you're wearing it as eyeliner.
Speaking of eyeliner, that's actually my favorite way to wear this product. Using an eyeliner brush, I find that this product applies very easily to the lash line, and it's also easy to smudge it out. It's way easier to smudge this out as a liner than it is to blend it as eyeshadow. I actually like wearing this product as liner over wearing Color Tattoos as liner, because I find that the pigmentation of Color Tattoos decreases a little bit when you wear them as liner. That's not the case with these at all.
One more thing: I've also tried using this as a base for powder eyeshadows, and it works nicely in that capacity as well. In fact, for me, I think it's better as a base than a stand-alone shadow. I find that my powder eyeshadows blend over this product and cover up any patchy areas that I can't quite blend out. I've been wearing this underneath the shadows in my Maybelline The Nudes palette and it's worked very nicely with many of them.
FINAL VERDICT: For three bucks, this is a great little product. It does have its faults, but they're minor. I really love this as eyeliner and as a base for my powder eyeshadows, and I would certainly purchase additional shades in the future. The wear-time for me (and my super oily skin) is very impressive, which is what I'm mostly concerned about when it comes to cream products on my eyes. I say give these a shot if you're generally drawn to cream shadow/liners.
Do you own any e.l.f. Smudge Pots? How are they working for YOU?
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