Monday, August 16, 2010

ELF Beauty Encyclopedia Sparkle Eye Edition is a YAY!

It's time for me to do a formal review on this eye shadow palette. I was able to play with it and create different makeup looks and I can  now tell you the thing I love and hate about it. I purchased this on the ELF website during their anniversary sale for 60% off. Everything in the ELF website are very affordable to begin with but adding a huge discount on top of it is suuuper cool! I didn't know what to expect from this palette but after playing with it, I have to say that its a pretty good eye shadow palette to have. It's not the best but its pretty awesome! I definitely recommend this to all beauty junkee like me ^_^

WHAT: This is the perfect gift for yourself or for a friend. Add this trendy Little Black Book of Beauty as a reference guide to your collection.The step-by-step instructions guide you on how to apply makeup like an expert! A $16 Value for only $5!
This all-in-one compact includes the must-have makeup essentials:  
12 eye shadow shades
2 cream eye shadow shades
1 eyeliner
1 eye shadow brush
WHERE: Can be purchased at the elf website.
                          or you can spot this at your local Target. 

EYESHADOW INGREDIENTS: Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Paraffinium Liquidu(Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, MethylParaben, Propylparaben, 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)

CREAM EYE SHADOW INGREDIENTS: Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Ceresin Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Mica, Synthetic Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT, 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)

BRIGHTENING EYE LINER INGREDIENTS: Paraffinum Liquidum, Ceresine Wax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Synthetic Beeswax, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Rhus Succedanea Cera, Stearic Acid, Petrolatum, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Isopropyl, Myristate, Butylene/Ethylene Copolymer, Iron Oxides(CI 77491, CI77492, CI77499), Manganese Violet (CI77742), Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Yellow No. 5 Lake (CI19140), Red No. 40 Lake (CI16035), Ultramarine Violet (CI77077), Blue No. 1 Lake (CI42090)

PRICE: $5 but you can get it for a cheaper price if you have a coupon code.
SHADE: There's 4 kinds of Beauty Encyclopedia but this palette is the Sparkle Eye Edition.
TEXTURE: All of the shadow are shimmery and some has chunks of glitters. For the price, don't expect a super smooth texture but I have to say that most of the eye shadows in the palette are pretty soft and surprisingly easy to blend. But you have to be careful in applying it because some of the shadows kind of crumbles and you will get a lot of fall out. My tip is make sure you have a really good base underneath and apply the shadows in a patting motion. The 2 cream shadows has a thin consistency and non sticky.
ODOR: Theres no funky odor to them.

Swatches starting from the top with no base underneath #1
Shimmery White (this one crumbles and chalky), Light Taupe with glitters, Pale Purple with Glitters, Shimmery Taupe

Shimmery Sand, Shimmery Metallic Green, Shimmery Aquamarine, Shimmery Brown.

 Grayish Silver with Glitters (this was very difficult to swatch), Shimmery Purple, Shimmery Plummy Purple, Black with glitters

#4 Cream Shadows 
baby pink and white

Here are some eye makeup I've done with this palette.

 Defined Neutral eyes 
Click HERE to see how I did this look

Smokey Black eyes
Click HERE to see the whole look.

Purple-y Burgundy eyes
Click HERE to see the look

Ratings: 3.5 out of 5
  • Very affordable
  • Great for beginners in makeup because you have all the shimmery shades you need to create so many different looks.
  • Most of the eye shadows are easy to blend.
  • It has the prettiest shimmery and glittery black eye shadow. I love this color.
  • A lot of the colors are very similar to Urban Decay eye shadows.
  • There is not a single matte shade in the palette. In my opinion you need at least one matte shade when doing eye makeup to balance out the colors. All shimmery eye makeup sometimes can look funny and washed out.
  • 3 eye shadows are very chalky, it crumbles and its unblendable.
  • The fall out can be crazy and can get all over. It even stained the 2 cream eye shadows.
  • The Brightening eye liner and mini eye shadow brush is useless. I just toss them out.
OVERALL THOUGHTS:  This is not the perfect makeup palette. Don't expect a wow quality. But I do have to say that its a pretty good palette for its price. I've done several makeup looks using this palette and they were all successful. I was able to create beautiful eye makeup that surprisingly lasted for a long time as long as you have a good base underneath. I definitely recommend this palette to a friend.

Go to the ELF Website to check out this Beauty Encyclopedia

"I'm really an outdoorsy girl. People think I can't go anywhere without getting all primped up, but I love to go camping, and I'm totally fine with not doing my hair or makeup, not taking a shower and just hiking." -Vanessa Hudgens


  1. awww i SO wanna get this! looks pretty good and pigmented :) btw thanks for the comment! yes i am back to blogging! :)

  2. I have the Eye Brights beauty book and the colors look very similar, almost identical! These palettes are seriously amazing. I love them.

  3. I like how you can get so many eyeshadows for just $5! :P
    Amazing looks you came up using this palette! :) love it!