ELF Drama Essential Eyeshadow Quad Review+Swatches

ELF's Essential Eyeshadow Quads have a "luxurious, 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 four pan palettes are available in six shades, this post features Drama. Each of ELF's Essential Eyeshadow Quads cost just a dollar and contain 2.5 grams of product. ELF is a cruelty free, vegan friendly brand. This product was made in China.

ELF's Essential Eyeshadow Quads come in white plastic palettes with a clear flip top lid. The shade name is printed on a label on the back of the palette. The four eyeshadows are separated into four small triangular pans - a cute presentation, but difficult to work with. ELF included a sponge tip applicator and a poor quality mirror are included; I suggest disregarding both.
The eyeshadows in ELF's Drama Quad are...strange. They're powder eyeshadows, but they have a higher than average moisture content that makes them difficult to work with. All four shades are nicely pigmented, but hard to apply and blend evenly. Three of the four eyeshadows cause a small amount of fallout, nothing worth complaining about though. Drama's wear is very poor, these eyeshadows fade and crease in under three hours...and that's with a primer!

Drama has a very basic color scheme that's handy if you want to create a quick, simple, and classic smokey eye.

Shade 1 is a highly pigmented, stark matte white that really packs a punch on the brow bone. This is the highlight of the quad (I only kind of meant for that to be a pun), its much easier to blend than the other three shades.

Shade 2 is a blue based charcoal grey with plenty of silver glitter. This shadow applies in a strange, bunched up way, it resists blending and loses all of it's intensity.

Shade 3 is a soft black with a satin finish. This eyeshadow can be stubborn to blend, but it makes a pretty decent eyeliner.

Shade 4 is a shimmery, cool toned silver that suffers from the exact same problems as Shade 2.
ELF's Drama Quad is underwhelming. The eyehadows have weird textures that cause them to under perform in all ways. The colors included in Drama are super common and can easily be found elsewhere. Sometimes it pays to spend more - and that happens to be the case here. Skip ELF's Drama Quad. 

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. I have this quad and actually really like it! It's a bummer it doesn't work out for you...I wear mine over nyx jumbo eye pencil in milk and it last, I'd say 6+ hours before fading noticeably....but I will say that I get some pretty bad fall out???I mean it's pretty obnoxious lol but I just do my eyes first...I actually really like it otherwise! I get the perfect smoky eye :p

    1. Please excuse all the ??? I hate auto correct lol

    2. I think the end results are alright, but the formula just isn't for me =( I'm glad it work for you tho. :3

  2. I still think you look pretty ;-;