e.l.f. Cosmetics New Releases Haul with Reviews!

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The new brow gel is not pictured (I forgot it) but it will be reviewed down below.

*I’m sorry if the lighting is weird in any of the pictures. I’ve been fighting against completely cloudy skies and I don’t like to over edit my pictures.

I’ve accumulated a TON of e.l.f. products over the past few months. I’m not quite through testing out everything I’ve purchased so there will be another review sometime in January or February. I decided to talk about most of the newer releases today, though there will be some older releases mixed in. Let’s start with what I’m most excited about, the eyeshadow palette!

Haute Chocolate Eyes- Sugar Eyeshadow Palette

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The Sugar Eyeshadow Palette is one of three palettes that were released for the holidays. I’m assuming that it is limited edition. It’s $10.00 and contains fifteen shades; eight mattes and seven shimmers. The palette is made of plastic, snaps securely shut and there is no mirror. I have ALWAYS  hated e.l.f.’s eyeshadow formula so I didn’t have high hopes for this palette. Luckily, I was pleasantly surprised. Let’s discuss the pros and cons.

Pros:

  • I absolutely love the color story in this palette. It is filled with neutral and cool tones.
  • The shimmers are BEAUTIFUL. All of them are pigmented, even when used dry. The silver is an especially gorgeous metallic.
  • The mattes aren’t the most pigmented but they are creamy and buildable.
  • There was very little fallout from the mattes but I do always tap off my brush.
  • I had no trouble blending any of the shades together or layering them.
  • This is a perfect “all in one” palette for me because it has a good ratio of mattes to shimmers. It also has the staple cream and black shades.

Cons:

  • The mattes, primarily the darker ones, take a little more work when blending and they tend to be patchy.
  • The shimmers do have quite a bit of fallout.

Swatches & Shade Descriptions:

These eyeshadows do not have names or shade descriptions. Just to make it easier on myself, I “named” them. I’ll be referring to each row as A through C and then the shadows from left to right are numbered 1 through 5. For example, A1, B2, C5 and so on. I hope that isn’t too confusing. I needed a way to discuss the different shadows without having to describe their color every time. Since there are no shade descriptions, I will describe them to the best of my ability.  I’ll be going from left to right, top row to bottom row. The pictures of the swatches were taken without flash.

Row A:

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  • A1– shimmery peach with white reflects
  • A2– shimmery bronze with gold reflects
  • A3– shimmery pure white
  • A4– shimmery old gold
  • A5– matte cream

Row B:

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  • B1– matte maroon
  • B2– matte deep taupe
  • B3– metallic silver
  • B4– matte peachy tan
  • B5– shimmery chocolate brown

Row C:

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  • C1– matte teal
  • C2– shimmery teal with gold reflects
  • C3– matte taupe
  • C4– matte brown
  • C5– matte charcoal black

Eyeshadow Looks:

I used this palette to create three looks. I always use a primer, the essence Colour Intensifying Primer. When explaining the looks, I will go in the order of the swatches on my wrist; left to right. You can click on the pictures to see them better. When referring to the shades, I will use the names that I’ve given them.

I was very happy with how this look turned out and all of the shades worked well.

  1. I set my primer with A5.
  2. I blended B4 in an arch above my natural crease, near my brow bone, so that the deeper shades would be easier to blend and to help create a gradient of color.
  3. I blended C4 into my crease. I also lined my lower lash line with this shade.
  4. I applied B5 over most of my lid.
  5. I applied A4 over the innermost part of my lid.
  6. I applied A1 in my inner corner and on my brow bone.

The matte teal shade is what really made me want this palette to begin with. I do like it but it does tend to be patchy. I actually created a step by step pictorial for this look for my Christmas post that will be going up next week. I’m not sure if I’m still going to include it because while I do like this look, it didn’t quite turn out how I wanted.

  1. I set my primer with A5.
  2. I blended C1 all into my crease and slightly above my natural crease.
  3. I applied C2 on the innermost and outermost parts of my lid, leaving the center open.
  4. I applied B3 in the center of my lid and in my inner corner.
  5. I lined my lower lash line with C5.
  6. I smudged B1 underneath C5 on my lower lash line.
  7. I applied A3 in my inner corner, on top of B3, and on my brow bone.

I like this look and I love these taupey shades. They don’t look the best on my skin, however, because I have warm undertones. They tend to look ashy and muddy on me so this look probably isn’t the most flattering.

  1. I set my primer with A5.
  2. I blended C3 in an arch above my natural crease, near my brow bone, so that the deeper shades would be easier to blend and to help create a gradient of color.
  3. I blended B2 into my crease and applied it onto the outermost part of my lid.
  4. I applied A2 over the rest of my lid.
  5. I applied A4 in my inner corner.
  6. I applied A1 on my brow bone.
  7. I smudged C4 on my lower lash line.

Brushes Used:

If you are curious about any of the other products on my face, you can find these looks in my recent posts on Instagram.

Do I Recommend It?

Overall, this is a great little palette. I’m so happy that e.l.f. seems to be improving their eyeshadow formula while staying affordable. I definitely don’t need anymore eyeshadow palettes but I can’t help but be curious about the other two in this layout. I don’t think you’d be disappointed if you purchased this palette and I recommend it.

Monochromatic Multi Stick

The Monochromatic Multi Sticks are $4.00 apiece. I have the shades Sparkling Rose and Glistening Peach; the names accurately describe what the shades look like. These multi sticks are supposed to have a cream to powder formula that can be used on the eyes, cheeks and lips. They are packaged in a compact, twist up tube and would be great for travel… if they were a decent formula.

To put it simply, I hate these multi sticks. The formula is just not good. I tried both on my cheeks and lips; I did not try them on my eyes because I assumed that would be a disaster. Glistening Peach didn’t even show up on my skin and Sparkling Rose was a beautiful shade but it destroyed my foundation. I tried applying it by dotting it on, using a sponge and using my fingers. No matter how I applied it, it would remove my foundation and make my pores look like actual craters. The formula is very stiff and dry which makes it hard to blend. It also does not dry down to a powder finish. I had better luck using these on the lips, though they’re not really pigmented and not my favorite lip products.

Do I Recommend It?

I don’t plan to declutter these just yet because I would like to find some way to use them. I REALLY don’t recommend you buy these because I’m sure there’s better multi stick formulas out there.

Primer Infused Blush & Primer Infused Shimmer Blush

The Primer Infused Blushes are my FAVORITE blush formula. I have reviewed them before, here and here, but I bought a few new shades and wanted to show them. I also bought one of the blushes in their new shimmer formula! All of the Primer Infused Blushes are $6.00 apiece. They are just a perfect blush formula. They’re creamy, blendable and pigmented. They can be a little too pigmented, however, so it’s best to use a light hand when applying. Let’s discuss my newest additions!

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Always Fiery

The swatch at the top of my arm is the Primer Infused Blush in Always Fiery. This is a BOLD blush. I love it so much but I definitely have to use a light hand when applying it and sheer it out using a powder.

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Always Preppy

The swatch in the middle of my arm is for one of the new Primer Infused Shimmer Blushes, Always Preppy. It’s a beautiful, bubblegum pink. The shimmer in it is very fine and barely noticeable. This is not a glittery formula, which I’m personally happy about.

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Always Earthy

Last but not least is another Primer Infused Blush in Always Earthy. This is a great peachy brown shade that’s perfect for everyday wear.

Do I Recommend It?

As I said above, this is my favorite blush formula so of course I recommend it.

Lip Lacquer

Another long time favorite product of mine is the Lip Lacquers. e.l.f. released a few new shades and I bought almost all of them. They are $3.00 apiece and just a great gloss formula. They’re not sticky but they have enough tackiness to last a decent amount of time on the lips. I’m actually not the biggest fan of the newest shades, however.

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Wild Rose

Wild Rose, top swatch, is a beautiful pink shade. It’s my favorite of the three but it’s slightly too light for my lips.

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Moody & Mauve Glitz

Moody, middle swatch, and Mauve Glitz, bottom swatch, are identical on the lips. Both are very sheer, peachy brown shades. Mauve Glitz really doesn’t even show up on my lips. It does have a slight amount of shimmer in it but you can’t even see the shimmer once it’s applied. I do plan to declutter Mauve Glitz because there’s no point in having both.

Do I Recommend It?

I recommend this lip gloss formula but not necessarily these shades.

Modern Metals Liquid Gold Gloss & Cannabis Sativa Calm Lip Balm 

The Modern Metals Liquid Gold Lip Gloss is an older release. It’s $6.00 and just a gorgeous clear gloss that’s packed full of gold glitter. It has a great, non sticky formula but does feel slightly gritty on the lips. I think it’s especially beautiful on top of red lipstick, as it is in the picture on the right.

The Cannabis Sativa Calm Lip Balm is a new release and is $5.00. It claims to use Hemp Seed Oil and Sunflower Seed Oil to nourish, hydrate and condition the skin. I personally think this is a garbage lip balm. It lasts maybe five minutes on my lips and does nothing to hydrate them. It honestly makes my lips feel drier. I’ll stick with my Carmex.

Do I Recommend It?

I recommend the Modern Metals Liquid Lip Gloss because it’s just so beautiful. It honestly looks like a high end gloss. I do not recommend the Cannabis Sativa Calm Lip Balm AT ALL. 

Wow Brow Gel

The Wow Brow Gel in Neutral Brown is my new holy grail. It’s $4.00 and what I’ve been exclusively using in my brows for months; I’m wearing it in every single picture I’ve posted. It’s a tinted brow gel that also has fibers so not only does it make your brows look darker, the fibers make them look fuller. It’s easy to use and keeps my brows in place all day. It’s also SO much quicker than using a pencil.

Do I Recommend It?

If you have very sparse brows, you might need a little more help than what the Wow Brow Gel can give you. However, if you think a product like this would work well for you, I recommend it.

Final Thoughts:

I’m so happy that almost all of these products were great because I don’t enjoy wasting my money, lol. I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these products and what you think about them or what you think of my review! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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