Have you seen the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette California? It looks quite a bit like the Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette – In The Nude, which is obviously much more expensive. They’re pretty good dupes in terms of shades, though I’ve found there are a few tricks to using this palette. I do really like it, I included it in my post on the Best Products From ELF
All 10 shadows in this palette are metallic with frosty shimmer. While you probably wouldn’t go overboard with this palette for an every day look, it’s great for adding a little extra something to a daytime look or to create an amazing smoky eye for night!
Here I’ve swatched the shadows on my arm, both dry (and I hope you’re not using shadows dry) and with primer. I grabbed the ELF Glitter Primer for this, mostly because I had ordered them together so the tube was sitting right next to me. However, after using the shadows for a while (it’s been about 6 months) I’ve found that you really do need to use a primer with some “grab” when using these shadows, they’re just too powdery to work well with a regular eye shadow primer. So, the ELF Glitter Primer, Too Faced Shadow Insurance or Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy are my choices.
When swatching this palette, I found that the shadows are pretty hard, even for a baked shadow. I had to press quite a bit with a q-tip to get any shadow, and when it came it was pretty powdery. Then, once you have that shadow you need to pat (not sweep) it on to the area of application (where you have a grabby shadow primer). This is true when using the palette on yourself as well. I actually use q-tips to apply it to the area I want, then go back to blend with a brush.
While it does take a little extra to work with these shadows, once you’ve figured out the tricks I think they’re a steal! For $10 you get 10 really pretty shimmery colors that you can work into almost any look. I really love that upper left shadow as an inner corner highlight and many of the darker colors are amazing along the lash line (I blend them into black liner using a stiff angled liner brush).