A Tale of Two Tiny Eyeshadow Palettes: The Elf Bite Sized Palette in Rosewater and Beauty by Popsugar in Morocco

The two palettes I used this week Elf in Rose Water and Beauty by Popsugar in Morocco

This week I chose two small eyeshadow palettes to add to my makeup bag.  One is the Beauty by PopSugar in the Trio Time Morocco and the other was the Elf Bite Sized Palette in the shade Rose water.

Now some of you may remember that I tested out an ELF Bite sized palette not too long ago.  It was a palette of neutrals (Cream and Sugar) and I really liked it.  The palette was well thought out and the colors all worked well together.  The shadows worked well and stayed in place with little fall out.  I picked up the Rose water palette because I wanted to see if the way the shadows were assembled was consistently well-chosen or if Cream and sugar was just a fluke of fabulous design. 

Plus in the summer time I generally find myself wanting to reach for pink toned shimmers and I have recently realized that I have a lot of warm winter colors but few summery ones.  So I picked this palette up.  I have to say it has the same nice formula and the shadows work just as well together as the Cream and Sugar Palette. 

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The one true matte shade is slightly powdery but with a tap of the brush it is fine. I did find the black a little hard to blend. I don’t know if it is because it has a bit of a shimmer to it rather than being a matte, but It took a little work. While I wasn’t the biggest fan of it, I adored using the other three.

Elf Rose Water Swatches (L to R)

I am really impressed by whoever thought through these palettes. They are fantastically easy grab and go items that give you several different looks and are small enough to travel with.  The fact that each palette is only $3 at Target doesn’t hurt either. If the black had been a more pigmented matte shade then I would have been in love with the whole thing. I will end up reaching for the other three shades consistently though. I doubt I will use the pan with the black in it.

The open trio of Morocco from Beauty by Popsugar

The second palette in this week’s bag was the Morocco palette by Beauty by Popsugar.  I picked it up on a whim from a Boxypop up because I had never tried their shadows before. I also thought it was a cute little neutrals trio that I could toss in a travel bag. 

The packaging is adorable.  The top pops up with a tiny and fairly useless mirror inside and one of the shadows.  The other two shadows swivel out from the base.  The top shade is a peachy shimmer, the middle shade is a neutral base and the bottom shade is a darker crease shade. 

Swatches (top to bottom)

The middle shadow so closely matched my skin color as to be nearly invisible once applied. Perhaps it would work better on someone else.  I applied it over a lid primer and found I got more pigmentation from the lid primer.

The darker shade is not highly pigmented and when you start blending, tends to blend away to almost nothing.  Except where it poofs out and covers the side of your nose during application.  It is very powdery and no matter how many times I tapped the brush before applying it seemed like none of the product went on my lids and all of it went on my nose.  In fact all of the shades proved to be quite powdery. It is even evident in the swatches.

The shimmer shade applied better than the other two, especially with a finger tip to lay it down and a primer below.  Any attempts to blend it in made it disappear so once you applied it, you had to just leave it where it was. 

Over all, I was not a fan. 

This was the first Beauty by Popsugar product I have tried and I don’t know it this is typical of their formulas or if they were trying something new with this small shadow trio.  Either way, I don’t care for it and it doesn’t really encourage me to try more from the brand.  Perhaps they do something else really well, but it certainly wasn’t these shadows. These I will be sanitizing and passing on to someone else.  Perhaps they will enjoy them more than I do.  For now,  I think I’ll stick to the ELF bite sized line rather than picking up more Popsugar shadows.

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