e.l.f. Geometric Eyeshadow Palette Review: Part 2

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Happy New Year Bellas!!

 This is my first post of the new year and I wanted to kick off January by showing you guys the second part of my review of e.l.f.'s 150 piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette. You can read part 1 of my review here! Right off the bat I'll say that this palette is only $15 and is worth every cent. 

A little back story to how I got my hands on this palette.
Ever since I heard that e.l.f. released this palette after checking out their Instagram page and reading reviews about it on other beauty blogs, I knew I had to have it. I immediately fell in love with the geometric design and found it so unique. I know some people complain that some of the pans are too small to fit a brush in, but I never really had that issue with this palette and found each pan to be roomy enough for my brushes, but that's just my personal opinion. Anyway, I was so excited when I walked into Target with my boyfriend and found it for just $12 as opposed to the average retail price of $15. This was during the holidays, so the sale is no longer available, but at $15 it's still a bargain. I was practically running down the aisle and jumping up and down when I found it because I had been looking for it everywhere since there aren't that many stores by my area that carry e.l.f. Even though this can technically be considered a holiday palette, I still think that it makes a great palette to add to your eye shadow collection for the new year because there are some shades in there that never go out of style.

For starters, you get 150 shades in this palette a.k.a. pretty much every shade you'd ever need, LOL! As you can see from the photo above, the left side features mostly warm brown and gold shades shades and a few whites (perfect for highlighting the browbone). The right includes cool tones like blues, purples, pinks, greens and  the bottom right quadrant has matte and shimmery blacks. I will say that something that I was dissapointed of with this palette was that there was no super pigmented red, hot pink or bright purple, but if you're not looking for those colors it's not a big deal.

Cool greens, blues, pinks and oranges in the upper right quadrant. 
The real stars of this palette I feel are the green, blue and brown shades. 
I haven't been able to play around with every single shade in this palette yet, but these are the ones that stood out to me the most because of their awesome pigmentation and staying power.

A closer look at the brown shadows in the bottom left quadrant. 
Eyeshadow swatches with primer.
These are a few of my favorite shades. 
The shadows are numbered from left to right since this palette doesn't assign a specific name to each color. I primed my forearm before applying these shadows and it made a HUGE difference. I strongly suggest priming eyelids every single time when using these shadows because it brings out the pigmentation so much more than if you wear the shadows alone. 

1) A black, satin shade. Not very pigmented if you're looking for a true, deep back. However, it does have subtle specs of blue glitter in it that reflect beautifully in the light.
2) This is the closest thing to red that I could find in the palette and is closer to a matte shade. Nice pigmenation with this.
3) A gorgeous copper/gold shade. Very shimmery and perfect for warmer skintones.
4) A sky blue shadow. Just as shimmery as shadow 3. I also found some flecks of white glitter in this, but it's not crazy noticeable.
4) A green matte, lovely shadow for winter or fall. It has great pigmentation but even with primer and steady brush application, there is a bit of fallout so beware. 

Eyeshadow swatches with primer.
Eyeshadow swatches without primer.

Eyeshadow swatches with primer.

A section of the blue quadrant in the palette.

1) Nice build-able blue, very matte with some fallout, but nothing major.
2) A shimmery powder blue, has a slightly purple tint to it. Not hard to apply at all and goes on smoothly.
3) Similar to the powder blue only it's slightly darker and is more of a satin shade versus shimmery.
4) This was probably my least favorite, it came out very streaky for some reason and just looked strange. Lacked pigmentation and would have made a nice indigo if there was more color in there.
5) A very girly periwinkle shimmery shade, great for those who like just a hint of color.
6) Also streaky like number 4, but this has more pigmentation and has a nice plum/eggplant tone to it.

Swatches with primer.
A few of the palette's pinks and oranges.
Unfortunately, these also happened to be the least pigmented even with primer and I found that there were a couple of dupes with the pinks.

That's a con that I have with this palette because I like having a lot of variety with my eyeshadows, so if you're looking for really bold pinks, this might not be the best palette for that.

Overall, I strongly recommend this product to you guys because it's a great value for the price.
e.l.f. is known for making some quality eyeshadows and this is a perfect example of that. Although there are a couple in there that are lacking in pigmentation or have fallout, for the most part I found that I was really happy with my purchase and add these shadows into my looks on a weekly basis. Two tips I have are to splurge a little on a great primer like Too Faced Shadow Insurance which you can purchase on Amazon for $12.75. Also, use a white creamy eyshadow base to make the colors pop, like this jumbo eye pencil from NYX for $4.50. By combining both of these, your shadows really have something to stick to and it leaves your application looking flawless!

Here's a look that I created recently using a black shadow from the palette in the outer v and inner corner and shimmery green in the center. I have 2 more looks from the palette that I featured on the blog which you can check out here.

The e.l.f. 150 piece Geometric Eyeshadow Palette can be purchased on e.l.f.'s website for $15 for a limited time.

What are some of your favorite must-have eyeshadow palettes?
Would you ever buy something like the e.l.f. Geometric Palette? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. How cute!!! It looks like a painted ceramic tile!
    It's true, I can see some similar colours among the pinks and also among the orangy brown shades... but this note doesn't "reset" the beauty of this palette :)
    Yes, I have a must have palette, the Avon True Color Mocha Latte quad. It's quite small (just 4 eyeshadows) but I consider it a summary of those famous nude palettes. I use it both for daytime and night looks, in order to fill my eye brows and correct the eye shape while creating a subtle look. ^-^
    Have a wonderful day

  2. Thalia - Thriftybelleza.comJanuary 5, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Hi Valentina!
    That's a very good observation, I never thought about it like that before but it does look like a ceramic tile. And the Avon palette sounds perfect because it's so versatile, I love makeup like that :)

  3. Hey Girl I happened to find your blog post, great review article i have been looking for a review on this palette to show swatches. Thanks for the swatches! xoxo- Cyndi www.cdelbeauty.blogspot.com

  4. I'm not a big eyeshadow person. I've been using the Naked Palette only for almost 3 years now but this looks really fun. Too bad I have too many rainbow palettes like this already that I don't use though! & I also find red eyeshadow hard to come across, but I guess I don't really use it.

  5. #8 is my favourite. Wow, all of these are so pigmented and vivid. Looks so gorgeous on your eye! And I love elf because you actually get a lot for their products being so reasonably priced.



  6. Thalia - Thriftybelleza.comJanuary 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Hi Sabrina! Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet comment :) I totally agree with you about e.l.f.'s affordable products, that's why they carry some of my favorite cosmetics!

  7. Thalia - Thriftybelleza.comJanuary 7, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    Thanks for your comment! Yeah, I just wanted to find a palette with red eye shadow for experimenting with fun makeup looks, haha! Just wondering, do you have any must-have makeup that you can't leave the house without? :)

  8. Thalia - Thriftybelleza.comJanuary 7, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Hi Cyndi!

    So happy that you found the post and swatches helpful! I wrote it because I was barely able to find any in-depth reviews about the palette. Also thanks for following the blog on Facebook and Pinterest, I appreciate it :)

  9. I put some concealer under my eyes & I really only use the Naked palette eyeshadows with winged eyeliner on top & some mascara. That's basically my whole eye routine.

  10. Thalia - Thriftybelleza.comJanuary 7, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Simple and classic, I like it! :)

  11. Thalia,

    I love this comprehensive review. You always provide such helpful details, and I love this big assortment of colors. I have started to use shadow for the first time in decades, because the camera seems just to read the brown and black of my mascara, and my eyes are blue! So If I add shadow it really brings them out, and i like to experiment, so i think i will look for this. Thanks!!
    and i agree, i love the packaging, like stained glass

    XX, Elle


  12. Thalia - Thriftybelleza.comJanuary 18, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    Thanks for reading, Elle! I'd love to know how any of your future eyeshadow looks turn out :) By the way, I hear that Target is selling this palette on clearance for only $4, so now is the perfect time to grab it!

  13. me again! I got inspired this weekend and wore turqoise eyeshadow! My hubby loved it. Thanks!
    XX, Elle