I have to say I was a bit nervous about using just this palette all week. It is why to my make up bag I added two additional shades in single shadow form. Well one single shadow and one highlighter that I really only use as a shadow rather than a highlighter. I’ll talk about them at the end of this post, but first the ELF palette.
In general I like Elf Shadows. Sometimes they aren’t the most pigmented, but they are always buildable. The bite sized palette comes with only four shades (two mattes and two shimmers) and costs $3 at Target.
While I was nervous committing to a four shadow palette for the week, I have to say, these four shadows were very well chosen. Sometimes I get palettes and stare at them wondering what on earth I am going to actually do with the colors presented. That was not a problem with this palette. All of the shades worked well together. Looking for just a light wash of color, go with the matte pink on the far left. Want a little pop? Top it with the lighter shimmer. Brown smoky eye? Easily done. Office wear? Yup. Classic night out look? Done and dusted.
Don’t get me wrong, there are only four shadows so it is a limited color spectrum you are working with, but as soon as you decide what sort of look you want, the colors click into place. The fact that they are so well thought out means that it is super quick to use this palette. If you are looking to speed up your morning routine, this might work for you. I know Elf makes several different Bite sized palettes. If they are all as well thought out as this one then I might have to look into picking more up.
Now this week in my makeup bag I added two KVD products. One was the shadow in the shade Lolita and the other was a metal Crush highlighter. The shadow is the mauve sort of reddish that blended well with this palette while allowing me the choice of adding more color.
It is a very pigmented color, but doesn’t have a lot of fall out. If you tap the brush lightly in the pan, then tap off the excess there isn’t a lot of trouble with it. The Metal Crush highlighter was a highlighter I bought a while ago, tried and went ‘no, I can’t wear this as a highlighter. It works surprisingly well as a shimmer shade for this palette as well, bringing something a lot less neutral and a bit lighter to the mix.
I enjoyed having both of them around with this palette and will use the KVD shades again. I think Metal crush is destined to remain and eyeshadow in a really big pan for me. I also think that next time I pick a very neutral palette to use for the week I will automatically add at least one single shadow to the bag as well. Not only does that plan give me a little more play with the colors, but it uses my often forgotten single shadows.
I think that because the ELF cream and sugar palette is so neutral, if I were to travel with it (and the palette seems designed for travel) I would toss one or two single eyeshadows in brighter, complementary colors to take along just in case I decided I wanted a pop of color that day. (Because let’s face it, my weekly makeup bag is sort of travel bag practice when you get right down to it.) Or I could add a second bite sized palette with more color in it. Either way, I enjoyed using it this week and look forward to reaching for it in the future.