LET’S REVIEW: E.L.F. Clay Eyeshadow Palette

As part of the free gift package E.L.F. sent me recently, I got this Clay Eyeshadow Palette in Seaside Sweetie.

All the colors go on fairly smooth, there’s definitely some kickback, a bit powdery.  The palette does not come with a eyeshadow applicator, which is odd.  I was thinking there may be a side compartment, but so far I have not come across anything regarding an applicator coming with this palette.  Kind of surprising.  I checked the website, and I see recurring complaints about the eye shadows being “small” and some powdery kickback but nothing about a lack of an applicator.

The palette comes with a bit of a plastic on top covering the shadows that reads exactly which color is to be placed where on the eye area.  This plastic is unattached and can easily be removed.  I may keep this little plastic piece within the compact as a friendly reminder.  The blue color (crease) and the dark brown (line) colors are gorgeous!


The blue is HIGHLY pigmented, very pretty color but interestingly, doesn’t spread as easily as the other colors do, which was surprising.  It stays in place once you put it on — which makes me think this is the true clay one.  It took some doing to try to blend — the other colors did but the blue was a bit stubborn.  The blue went everywhere, into the corners by my inner eye — blending it out was not fun.  I think this is better to be applied with a finger and packed on the lid, very restricted in placement as opposed to blended because the rest of it disappears when you try to blend it out…as far as staying power, once you rub your eye ever so slightly, the shadow moves, fades.  No staying power.

The packaging is clean, black, classic.  And a nice mirror within.  Good snap shut.

I had put primer on my eyelids and tried this palette on following the chart color placement included (see above the words on the plastic piece overlay of the palette).  And I scared myself because of the difficulty in the blending and keeping the color true.  Will have to keep playing with this, and maybe find some kind of serious setting spray.  Primer is not enough for this powdery jewel.  The wording of “clay” is misleading as far as performance.  It’s not creamy or buttery.  I wish it was better.  I really want to like this palette, the color theme is gorgeous.  I wish the pic was better.  It was the least scary of the series.


The price of these E.L.F. Clay Eyeshadow palettes online is $6.00 (U.S.).

NOTE:  First ingredient is TALC then MICA.  Kaolin comes in a distant 7th place.



Ingredients:Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, PTFE, Nylon-12, Kaolin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol
May Contain:Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Ultramarines (CI 42090





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