ELF Pretty n Pink Essential Eyeshadow Quad Review+Swatches

ELF's Essential Brightening Eyeshadow Quads have a "luxuriously smooth, pigmented formula" that "provides your eyes with a bright and beautiful sweep of rich color. The formula blends into skin for a long lasting, beautiful effect. Each quad is comprised of 4 coordinating shades that allow for both natural and dramatic looks." ELF offers six quads, this post features Pretty n Pink. Each little palette sells for just a dollar. ELF is cruelty free and vegan friendly. This product was made in China. 

ELF's Essential Eyeshadow Quads come in small, square, white plastic compacts with a clear flip tops. The ELF logo is printed on the compact's lid. The shade name can be found on the back of the palette. The eyeshadows are separated into four triangular pans. This configuration is cute, but not very practical, it can be a struggle to fit even small brushes into the pans. A good quality, but uselessly small mirror, and a sponge tip applicator are also included. I'm unsure if packaging is recyclable.
To be frank, ELF's Pretty n Pink Quad is awful. All four shades are painfully underpigmented. A primer and sticky base are an absolute requirement if you want any color payoff at all. I only achieved the color payoff shown in my photos by scraping the shadows into a loose powder then really packing them on. These eyeshadows are super chalky, so its surprising that they blend decently and cause little fallout. Wear is passable, these shadows begin to fade after six hours. I don't experience any creasing when wearing Pretty n Pink, though I'm sure that has more to do with the multiple layers of primer than the quality of the eyeshadows.
Shade 1 is a warm off white shade with a frost finish.

Shade 2 is a shimmery, warm, carnation pink shade with mid sized flecks of silver glitter.

Shade 3 is a shimmer finish burgundy shadow. This is the most pigmented shade in the quad.

Shade 4 is a soft, frosty baby pink. This shade has almost no payoff to speak of.
[No Primer]
[Smashed shadows over Primer]
ELF's Pretty n Pink is terrible. There's next to no pigmentation in these chalky eyeshadows. The only way to make the Pretty n Pink work is to scrape them into a pigment and press them into a sticky base and even then they're still underwhelming. Its unfortunate, since the color scheme of the Pretty n Pink Quad is nice, with potential Naked 3 Palette dupes. This eyeshadow quad is a definite skip, and a waste of a dollar to be totally honest. 



Ingredients:
Talc, Mica, Zinc Stearate, Kaolin, Paraffinium Liquidu(Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, MethylParaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: 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)

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