I’m a big fan of the brand ELF. They were a brand I frequented as a broke, budding makeup artist in the mid-2000’s. They had decent-enough products at VERY cheap prices. Nothing was over $3. While shopping at my local Walmart, I found this new ELF “Cushion” eyeshadow palette in Island Breeze and thought it would be interesting to try. Wanna hear all the deets? Let’s get into it.

ELF Cushion Eyeshadow Palette Review

Before we get started, let me first say that this palette is $12. 🤔 For 6 shadows. That is $2 per shadow. For reference, Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadows are $3 per shadow if purchased in a palette. This particular palette is part of their newer AQUA line that is a bit more expensive than their regular line.

The shadows come in a black, plastic compact with the brand written in teal metallic lettering. It feels very nice and sturdy. Much more lux than typical ELF packaging and I love how sleek it feels. Once opened, I’m greeted with a very nice mirror and absolutely beautiful eyeshadow shades.

When I think of “cushion” products, I think of the sponge-type material with a liquid underneath. These shadows are not like that. They are more of a putty consistency. Very gooey and moldable. The 6 shades are stunning! There are:

  • 2 high-shine metallics; silver/white (fair pigmentation) and yellow gold (excellent)
  • 2 mattes; cool-toned peach (fair) and neutral brown (fair)
  • 2 satins; cranberry (excellent) and taupe (fair)

When swatched, pigmentation is kinda all over the place depending on the shade. My 2 favorites are the cranberry and the gold. Both are knock-out shades and I can envision all types of makeup looks with them.

Application is best done with fingers only. Brushes do not work. It’s best to rub the shadows with the finger and then “push” the color onto the lids. The set to a powder consistency in about a minute. Check out my quick video review and demo below.

Final Thoughts: $12 is expensive for ELF, however; I really like the shades and think there is a place for this palette in a makeup routine. It would be great for travel or days you just want simple “one shade” eye looks. The cranberry color ALONE is beautiful and provides such a cool, grungy 90’s look. You can also use these as a base for powder shadows on top. Overall – this palette is a win for me. Try it out!


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