I’m pretty confident when I say that all of us have so many different eyeshadow palettes that we could use them daily for YEARS before we finish them all. If it were not for expiration dates and „when opened, use within x months“, we would be set for a long time.
Of course, that’s not the point of us hoarding makeup and we are always down for another, slightly different palette. Maybe it has more sparkle, more mattes, darker, warmer, you name it. There is always a new excuse for buying another one.
Still, I feel like I need more of my „go-to“ makeup. I don’t know about you, but I have those mornings when I oversleep and have 10 minutes to do my makeup. Those are the mornings where I wish I had less choice and more basic stuff. I guess that is what tempted me to buy this e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Smooth Matte Eyeshadow. I had a feeling that it would become my go-to. There are four shades to choose from and they all range between different kinds of beautiful, natural, nude colors.
Here are the official swatches for all of them in order with their description listed below.
- Nude Linen
- Neutral to cool light taupe – I believe this one would be too light to use it on its own, but it could be a great eyeshadow base for a vibrant eye look.
- Soft Beige
- Peachy caramel shade – It seems to have a prominent yellow undertone, so if you have cool undertones this would not make a good base for you. Warm undertones should get it while it’s hot!
- Blushing Rose
- Dusty rose – This is the shade that I’ve bought so you’ll find more about it in this review. Right off the bat I have to tell you that it is less rosy in person than it seems on the official swatches.
- Brown Cashmere
- Cool dark brown – Darker skin tones will probably find this shade to be their go–to. It could be worn as a crease shade if your skin is not dark enough to use this as an eyeshadow base. I haven’t tried it, but it looks tempting to me because of its cool undertone. I love deep chocolate browns.
Here is what e.l.f. has to say about their product:
“Create a flawless, natural look with this lightweight liquid matte eyeshadow. This silky smooth formula defines and contours the eyes for long wear. Enriched with Vitamin E to help nourish and hydrate.”
Both hydrating and matte are two words that you can’t often see in the same sentence. I am always thrilled when claims like these turn out to be true. Was this claim true? Read on and find out in this review!
e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Smooth Matte Eyeshadow
Packaging - 9/10
Texture & Pigmentation - 9/10
Longevity - 9/10
Price - 10/10
- Creamy texture
- Shades not true to official swatches/descriptions
- Fades with heavy blending
This Matte Eyeshadow looks so similar to a liquid lipstick (this shade isn’t helping it either) that I would not be surprised if I mix it up with my liquid lipstick while I am still sleepy.
It comes in a cardboard box with the name of the shade clearly marked. Its net weight is 0.22 fl. oz. or 6.5g. Although the tube at first seems smallish, the amount of product it actually contains is not inadequate. It outdid all of my liquid lipsticks. Of course, it all depends on how much of the product you need to put on your lids, but this amount will surely last you a while.
For some reason, the product looks way darker in the tube but is more true to color once you apply it so no bigger issues there. I will talk about the shade in the next section.
The brush that you are supposed to apply it with is the doe foot applicator that is hidden underneath the silver twist-off cap. It is soft and fluffy and picks up just the right amount of product.
I am always amazed how e.l.f. manages to make their packaging look so sleek on a budget. It is nothing over the top, yet it looks nice in your makeup stash.
Here are the official instructions and ingredients on the back of the box. I listed the ingredients in a tab below for those of you who can’t read it from the picture because you are a mobile user.
Isododecane, Quaternium-18 Bentonite, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Triacontanyl PVP, Propylene Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate (Ve) May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)
Texture & Pigmentation
The texture of this matte eyeshadow is really smooth so its name is on point. It feels silky on your lids both when you apply it and when it dries. I was afraid that the fact that this is a liquid eyeshadow will make it sticky or feel heavy on my lids. Like I will know that it is THERE throughout the day, but luckily that wasn’t the case at all. I literally forgot I was wearing it as soon as I left the house.
Also, it dries and turns similar to finely milled powder within 10 seconds of applying so you will have to blend rather quickly because it really blends easily once it is not fully dry. I switch up between blending it with a brush and simply my finger. It blends easily both ways.
Once it dries, you can go for a second layer because it layers beautifully – no issues there. There is no patchiness, no creasing and no rough edges with this eyeshadow. One thing that some of you may not like is the fact that it is not really a super matte eyeshadow. It would be best to describe it as a velvet instead of a matte. However, I don’t mind it even the slightest bit because I find the formula phenomenal.
The pigmentation is good. There are no streaks in the color and it is uniform no matter how you apply it. Pigmentation usually differs from shade to shade so let’s be clear that I’m talking about a shade, Blushing Rose. It is a shade that could double as a lip product easily and from what I’ve seen, many of you do use it as a lip product with no issues. The name could be misleading because you may expect a rose shade, but what you’ll get is a brownish pink. I am by no means unhappy about the shade, but I can understand your frustrations if you were expecting a rose shade. Think more of a very neutral brown shade with a slight pink undertone.
Overall, I am happy with both the color and pigmentation with the only fault here being the fact that you can lose a good chunk of pigmentation while blending, but that can be easily remedied by adding another coat.
It would be great if e.l.f. decides to broaden the range of shades that they offer, especially with them being so affordable yet great!
Here is the swatch of Blushing Rose on my hand.
If I put this in the morning with no priming or setting powder on top, it will still last me through my whole workday. It won’t slip or fade, but my oily lids will shine through after a few hours. That can be easily solved by priming. If you are using this as a base, you probably won’t have those issues. Of course, I am speaking from my perspective of very oily skin and it is rare for me to find something that will completely control my shine, no matter the face or the lids.
I consider this matte eyeshadow in the very long-lasting category and you can skip a primer without a fear of your makeup melting within an hour.
Here is how I apply it, I dab a bit with my finger and let it dry for half a minute. It really doesn’t take it any longer than that. Then I do another coat just on the crease because blending makes it fade a bit. Once I build it up how I like it, I do a dab of highlighter. I love to use this awesome Wet’n’Wild megaglo Highlighter in the shade Crown of my canopy (you can check it out here!) that is a bit too dark for my winter skin tone, but perfect for my eyelids. I finish it with long-lasting eye pencil and mascara and I’m good to go! Step-by-step is in the picture below.
It retails for $4 with some resellers going up to five bucks. Considering how much product you get, and the quality of the said product – I consider this a bargain! So let me tell you where you can buy it.
First and obvious choice is e.l.f. official website where you can order them.
Other option would be Ulta which has all four colors on this link.
And lastly, you can buy it at Walmart for $4.95 in every shade:
So just pick your shade and get to ordering it!