ELF Butternut Essential Eyeshadow Quad Review+Swatches

 ELF says their Essential Brightening Eyeshadow Quads boast a "luxuriously smooth, pigmented formula" that "provides your eyes with a bright and beautiful sweep of rich color. The formula blends into skin for a long lasting, beautiful effect. Each quad is comprised of 4 coordinating shades that allow for both natural and dramatic looks." These quads are available in six shade combos, my review features Butternut. ELF's Essential Eyeshadow Quads sell for just a buck! ELF is proud to be cruelty free. This product was made in China.

 ELF's Essential Eyeshadow Quads have simple, small compacts. The palette is white with a clear flip top that bears the ELF logo. The shade name can be found on a small sticker on the back of the compact. The four eyeshadows are arranges in small, triangular pans. While this looks super cute, its difficult to get anything but little brushes into the pans. A uselessly tiny, but good quality mirror is include, along with a double sided sponge tip applicator.
 The four eyeshadows on ELF's Butternut Quad have mixed quality. Two are dry, and stiff with low color payoff. The other two are soft, nicely pigmented, though a little powdery. The aforementioned powdery shades cause a fair amount of fallout. These shadows blend well. ELF's Eyeshadow Quad in Butternut requires an eyeshadow base or primer, and even then wear is less than satisfactory. These eyeshadows fade significantly throughout the day. Creasing begins to set in after six hours.
 Shade 1 is a light, buttercream yellow with small flecks of gold shimmer. This eyeshadow has pitiful color payoff, without a primer or base its pretty much non-existent. Shade 1 is very stiff and difficult to pick up on a brush or blend.
 Shade 2 is a soft, peachy orange shade with small golden glitter. Like the previous shade, pigmentation is poor, but the texture is softer, making it much easier to work with.
 Shade 3 is a deep, dark chocolate brown. This eyeshadow has a satiny finish with just a bit of gold shimmer strewn through. In some lights, this eyeshadow looks to have a golden sheen. Unlike Shades 1 & 2, Shade 3 is packed with pigment, but its crumbly, with loads of fallout.
 Shade 4 is a frosty, warm, midtoned brown with a golden sheen. This eyeshadow is very nicely pigmented and buttery smooth, definitely the best shade in the Butternut quad.
I don't know what to tell you about ELF's  Butternut Essential Eyeshadow Quad. Two of the eyeshadows are utter crap, but the other two are awesome! Seeing as this quad only costs a dollar, I say pick it up if the two good shades appeal to you, otherwise skip it.

Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Paraffinium Liquidu(Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, MethylParaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035), Ultramarine Violet (CI 77077), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090)

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  1. OMG that fourth shade - thank God it's only a dollar! *grabby hands*

  2. It better not be butternut pumpkin cause that is gross ;-;