e.l.f. Illuminating Palette and Clay Eyeshadow Palette: Two AFFORDABLE must haves!

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Recently, I spent a couple of hours browsing around a super-high end department store, and naturally I ended up in the Cosmetics department. What really grabbed my attention were all the beautiful palettes. I’d never seen so many enticing palettes in one place, and they all had something in common—crazy prices! I mean, $86 for a simple cheek quad. $175 for an eye collection. Has the world gone mad?

I should not have wasted so much time drooling over pricey palettes, feeling a little sorry for myself for not being a millionaire, because e.l.f. offers high quality options at prices we can all afford. Like these two new selections…

Closer look of e.l.f. Clay Eyeshadow Palette Necessary Nudes

e.l.f. Clay Eyeshadow Palette Necessary Nudes ($6) – These five golden neutrals, in a range of matte, gleaming and sparkling formulas, can hold their own with any high-end shadows.

Closer look of e.l.f. Clay Eyeshadow Palette Necessary Nudes

Full of pigment and so smooth, these pretty colors blend like a dream. The shadows are infused with Kaolin Clay, which makes them longwearing as well as buttery soft even on oily skin; on my lids, the color lasted all day without creasing or fading. I applied the base shade all over my lid, then had fun with the other four. So many options! The palette itself is solid, with a nice mirror and great use of space. There’s a lot of shadow packed into a small square with no wasted real estate.

e.l.f. Clay Eyeshadow Palette Necessary Nudes swatches

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette ($6) – This is not the kind of intensely glowing illumination that makes people do second takes. Instead, e.l.f. offers four shades of wearable, grown up sheen in a collection that reminds me of my very favorite $62 “ambient lighting” palette… for $6!

Closer look of e.l.f. Illuminating Palette

There’s champagne, pink, nude bronze and peach, and they’re gorgeous alone or blended together. I love the pink above my cheekbones and on my brow bones, and the peach for a little all-over shimmer. The light-diffusing powder is extremely soft because it’s infused with Vitamin E and Argan Oil. Again, the packaging has a solid, modern design and houses a nice, big mirror.

e.l.f. Illuminating Palette swatcheschampagne, pink, nude bronze and peach

No animal testing. Vegan ingredients. Recyclable packaging. e.l.f. does not cut corners to bring us the products at such a reasonable price.

Before these palettes, I’d only used e.l.f. lip products. Now I have a whole new world to discover. There’s lavish. And there’s e.l.f. And after the two e.l.f. color assortments I just tested, you’ll never convince me that lavish is necessary.

we heartsters – what e.l.f. product do I need to try next? Let me know in the comments.


  • turboterp

    Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock 'n' roll. She lives in Baltimore with her precious pup Bellarina. skin tone: NC20 skin type: dry to normal favorite beauty product: skincare


  1. That illuminating palette is calling my name! I’m one of those pale gals that needs a little help to turn my complexion “radiant” as opposed to “Casper the Friendly Ghost”…

  2. So happy to see a review on these–I’ve been contemplating that illuminating palette! I like a lot of the new ELF releases; I’d recommend the Aqua Beauty Radiant Gel Lip Stain. It has rosewater in it and is really comfy and easy, when you just want a nice stain of color.

  3. elf has a lot of really great products, and I love that they’re continuing to expand their offerings!

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