ELF Duo Eye Shadow Cream Review

by Melina F on February 26, 2013 · 20 comments

ELF Duo Eye Shadow Cream Review

By Melina F.

Hey Guys,

This is my first review on IMBB.  I had ordered a bunch of stuff from ELF in October since my brother is working in the USA, and I received them only in December when he came down for Christmas.  This is my first experience with this brand and came to know about it in August while surfing the net.  I was a bit skeptical on buying these products since they are so cheap, but after surfing the web, did I realize that products from ELF are either a hit or a miss 😛 and decided to give it a try.


Product Description (from the website):

Express yourself with the easy to blend, crease resistant, creamy duo eye shadow colors (there are 6 shades). Each gorgeous shade can be worn alone or together for a dramatic effect. The soft-blending formula can also be layered under powder eye shadow to set the color in and keep it lasting vibrant all day.

Directions For Use:

Apply shadow to upper eyelid, blending in the lighter shade to illuminate and the darker shade for contouring and lining to achieve desired effect.


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).


$1(~Rs. 55)

Silver Eyeshadow

My Experience with ELF Duo Eye Shadow Cream:

Well, this eyeshadow is touted as a “long wearing” and “crease-resistant” formula, which is totally false.  It has a really super creamy texture which glides on the lid and just blends in so beautifully, but on the flip side, it tends to travel into creases and lines almost instantly making wrinkles visible. It also dissipates as the day wears on, so its not long lasting at all.  As far as other shades are concerned, most colors offered come in shade combinations that do not complement each other, which makes it even harder to work with.  In addition,each has a shiny finish that makes wrinkles more visible as mentioned above.  Since I have dry skin, I use this as a base and top it up with powder eyeshadow of the same shade . If we use an eyeshadow primer, this creases a little less, but does not stop it.

(Single swipe: it is so pigmented )

Black eyeshadow

(After blending lightly : you can see how it sets in the creases).

Single swipe

Pros of ELF Duo Eye Shadow Cream:

  • Creamy texture glides across skin and blends effortlessly.
  • Good pigmentation.
  • Packaging quality is very good.
  • Affordable.
  • The color can be worn alone and is a good base for other eyeshadows as well.
  • Good quantity for the price.
  • Fragrance free.

Cons of ELF Duo Eye Shadow Cream:

  • Creases almost instantly.
  • Shiny finish accentuates wrinkles.
  • Not long-lasting at all.
  • Not available easily in India though some shops like Big Bazaar have them and also available online.

IMBB Rating:

1.5/5 (only for its blending nature and standard pigmentation).

Do I Recommend/Will I Repurchase ELF Duo Eye Shadow Cream?

No,  never for both.  It isn’t good enough and has drawbacks which we would never want in our eyeshadows.  I am still in the process of trying other eyeshadow options in the market and this isn’t one of them.

That’s all from my point of view.  Take care.

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

neha February 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Welcome to IMBB :)
i have a couple of these and I agree about the blending nature
love ur nails BTW :)


Melina March 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Hey Neha …Thank You so much :* I am finally on IMBB .Thank you Rati :) and yes these eyeshadows are no good …..Bout the nails thanks again :)


Hema February 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Nice Reveiws …… can i hav eth email id for IMBB i wan to post on the IMBB Wall


Manisha February 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Moderation :-(


jomol February 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Welcome to IMBB Melina :)


Melina March 27, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Hey Jomol …Thank You . Finally I made it :) I have read so many good reviews by you :)


Manisha February 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm

Koi mere comment ko moderation monster se bachao… :-(


Melina March 27, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Hey Hema ….Thank you :)


Manisha February 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I’ll just skip this one! 😛


Manisha February 26, 2013 at 3:22 pm

BTW jomol di, I want to ask few stupid questions ( 😛 ), so can I please have either yours or Neha di’s or Rati di’s email-id ? Please…


jomol February 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm
Manisha February 26, 2013 at 4:41 pm

Ok thanx :-)


Shilpa Shri February 26, 2013 at 3:26 pm

I think 2nd pic is in 1st place and 1st pic is in 2nd place.. I feel so Though I am not getting these products in my city :(


jomol February 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Hi Shilpa, checking :)


Parita February 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm

aaww its sad that it creases..have u tried using it with eye primer? btw love your nails!


Melina March 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Hey Parita ….yes i tried using an eye primer(i used faces metaliglow) ….It does not help all that much ..:( :( and thank you bout my nails:* :)


ila February 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm

this is sad :(


Melina March 27, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I know …very sad :(


Mithu February 27, 2013 at 10:32 am

I loved ur nails too


Melina March 27, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Hey Mithu ..Thank you :)


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