e.l.f. Smudge Pots (+ Easy Fall Smokey Eye)

My e.l.f. Cosmetics Smudge Pot in Crusin’ Chic is one of my most talked about items on this blog, and since I have two other shades (each on very different ends of the color spectrum) I thought I could finally do a review for you guys.

Top: Party Poppin’, Ain’t It Sweet Bottom: Crusin’ Chic
R/L: Ain’t It Sweet, Crusin’ Chic, Party Poppin’

I think that for just $3 USD these cream eyeshadows are an absolute steal, especially Crusin’ Chic which I use on pretty much an everyday basis (read: if I lost it I’d have a meltdown). I can layer the color, so I can esentially create a beautiful bronzed-eye with this shade alone! I have had Party Poppin’ for a while but haven’t used it so much because of how dark it is, and while it is possible to apply a fairly thin layer and not have it be too intense, it’s just not as much of a wearable color, and was much darker than I was expecting it to be. I use it only for my crease and as liner, but when it catches the light it becomes a beautiful dark, but cooler purple. I bought Ain’t That Sweet at Target this summer since none of the other Smudge Pots were on display, thinking it would be a lovely champagne cream eyeshadow, but as you can see from the swatch, it’s almost non-visible and is very tough to try and build up. It reminds me more of the effects I see of the MAC Eye Glosses, which wasn’t what I was going for, since this one can get a bit creased even if I apply it as an inner corner highlight (something I’ve never had to worry about with the other two). However, when it catches the light, Ain’t It Sweet sheens a beautiful pinky-champagne wash of color, and is fine when layered on top of other cream eyeshadows. I used it with Crusin’ Chic quite a bit while traveling this summer!

Will I purchase more of these? Absolutely! I think for the price and the amount of product you get, the quality of the individual color is a perfectly okay gamble. Like most cream shadow pots, I can complain about how annoying they get to be with long nails, but given that I’ve been avidly using Crusin’ Chic now for over half a year, I still have way more product left to go than I would if I had spent $8 on a Maybelline Color Tattoo (at least in my experience; if you’d like to see a comparison post, let me know! I think that would be interesting). You can also use some of these darker shades as eyeliner. The color payoff may not be as intense this way, but it’s still a great thing to do especially if you’re traveling and are trying to minimize the number of products you’re bringing with you.

Warning: While these shadows are quite blendable, they dry pretty quickly, which is good and bad news.


Now for an easy peasy Fall smokey eye: I first used Crusin’ Chic all over my lid (I often use this as a base), but didn’t sheered it out a bit more as I reached my inner-corner. Then I took a tiny bit of Party Poppin’ into my crease and outer-V, blending it into Crusin’ Chic so the color wasn’t too intense. I then took and angled eye brush and dipped it into Party Poppin’ as eyeliner and lined my upper lash line for some smokey-ness. Finally, I took Ain’t It Sweet and used it to highlight my inner corner and brow bone.



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