ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Royal Review, Photos, Swatches

by Nikki on January 28, 2011 · 64 comments

E.L.F Mineral eyeshadow in Royal review

I had never tried mineral eyeshadow so I got the ELF ones in US. They cost $3( approx Rs 150) so they are pretty cheap like all ELF products. The size of the product is also decent for the price.

ELF Mineral eyeshadow royal

ELF Mineral eyeshadow royal

However I made the cardinal mistake of ordering something from ELF website based on the photo on their site. ELF is notorious for their pictures not being true-to-color. So what I thought I was getting was a fairly matte looking purple color turned out to be a shimmering purple eyeshadow.
ELF Mineral eyeshadow royal

ELF Mineral eyeshadow royal

As stated on their website:

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Bring a touch of natural beauty to your eyes with these soft, translucent shades that add subtle highlights for daytime or increased drama for night. With key vitamins A, B, C & E these eyeshadows hydrate and minimize the appearance of fine lines. Available in an array of light-reflecting color options they can be worn wet or dry, together or alone, for countless shimmering styles and trends. The all natural consistency makes them incredibly easy to apply and blend for a flawless finish. All our mineral makeup is 100% mineral based with no parabens, no preservatives and no chemical dyes.

How to use:

  • Shake the Natural Mineral Eyeshadow back and forth to get the excess powder loose into the tray.
  • Gently glide the powder onto eyelids with finger or the Eyeshadow Brush.

Ingredients: Mica, Bismuth Oxychloride, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Boron Nitride, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate(Ve) , Retinyl Palmitate(Va), Panthenol(Vb), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate(Vc). May Contain: Iron Oxides(CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Ultramarine Blue(CI 77007)

Zinc Oxide has natural healing qualities and is used to calm and soothe irritated skin and is an anti-inflammatory. It also acts as a physical barrier that provides excellent protection against both UVA and UVB rays.Titanium Dioxide is also an important ingredient because of its ability to provide sun protection to the skin. Micaingredient imparts a soft focus effect that creates a natural, healthy, and youthful glow that instantly fills facial lines to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Silicadelays the aging process by moisturizing skin and stimulating collagen re-growth and also helps deliver a silky feel. Retinyl Palmitate is a Vitamin A derivative that helps to reverse signs of aging. Panthenol is a B complex vitamin, aiding in skin moisturization. Palmitate is known to normalize skin. It will help to keep skin soft and plump. Clinical results have shown that vitamin A palmitate significantly increased skin composition to increase collagen, DNA, skin thickness, and elasticity.

ELF Mineral eyeshadow royal

I like the packaging it is simple but very messy because of too many holes. I think they should seal off half of the holes. The shadow is pigmented maybe a little shimmery for me. But using it sparingly it can really be worked into pretty purple look. Will look good when paired with a smokey eye.

“Royal” is a very pretty deep purple color with silver shimmers. It is quite shimmery, so I won’t wear it too much, if I do, I would layer it with other matte colors to turn down the shimmers. However, it’s great for a glamorous night time look. It be applied wet or dry.
I swatched it dry:

ELF Mineral eyeshadow royal

ELF Mineral eyeshadow royal

To sum it up-

Pros of ELF Mineral eyeshadow

  • Great value.
  • Mineral makeup so safe for all skin types.
  • Great pigmentation.
  • Variety of colors to experiment.
  • Good quantity. Lasts forever.
  • It be applied wet or dry.

Cons of ELF Mineral Eyeshadow

  • Messy packaging.
  • Horribly wrong color swatches on website.
  • Extremely shimmery.( Might be a pro for many.)
  • Needs a good base for long lasting color.

Conclusion :

I have no experience with any other mineral makeup brands, so I can’t offer any quality comparisons, but I believe these eyeshadows are beautiful if used sparingly. I love that it is a deep purple, and it’s also very pigmented. They have great quality and pigmentation. I have read that they’re about the same size as the Bare escentuals eyeshadows but at 1/3 of the price. My verdict is to go for them but to refer to swatches on beauty blogs before ordering.

Have you tried ELF Mineral Eyeshadows? Please rate in the box below.

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{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

Aarthi January 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Really nice colour Nikki :)

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Neha S. January 28, 2011 at 1:53 pm

tooooo much diffrence! but the colours are pretty :)

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calicoaster January 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

You take such awesome pics Nikki!! :worship: … And the review is really good..Me liking this shade..but shimmer may be a :no: for me!!….It can be used well for smokey eyes and party makeup na!! :) :) :)

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Nikki January 28, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thanks! Yes I think this is more of a party shade. Will have to figure out what color shadows I can combine with this. Any suggestions?

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calicoaster January 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Pink and sliver!! :)) :))

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sireesha January 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

such a gorge colour.. :inlove:

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sireesha January 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

that wrong swatch thing irks me too! i made the mistake of ordering by relying on online swatches :) loooots of times.. i learnt the lesson afterwards and now i search for swatches on blogs and then order.

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naina January 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

sad it differed from u ordered , but this is gawwwwjeussss !! sooper pretty colour :toothygrin:

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Rati January 28, 2011 at 2:13 pm

It’s a very pretty shade, Nikki. I myself picked up a similar colour a few days back. :))

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calicoaster January 28, 2011 at 2:35 pm

hawww..when? You didn’t flaunt that!! :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

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Nikki January 28, 2011 at 2:39 pm

What colors do you guys suggest I combine with this eyeshadow?

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Rati January 28, 2011 at 2:42 pm

As of now I can only think of Purple Black smokey eye. Havent got time to play with it much. :((

Ya cali, I didn’t flaunt. The mickey contractor haul took over my chutku bourjois haul . :((

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Rati January 28, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Just thinking out loud but I feel even silver would look nice with this shade.

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calicoaster January 28, 2011 at 2:46 pm

:rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: me bherry interested in seeing your chutku haul now!!!

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Rati January 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm

:toothygrin: :toothygrin: Okay I’ll post. :))

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calicoaster January 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm

:jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1: :jiggy1:

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Farha January 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

Rati..wat did ya buy…tell me…hav u tried their 3d glosses…i hav one and looovve it!!!!! wat do ya thnk of their eye shodows..i was thnk of gettn sumthn this sunday…. :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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Rati January 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Farha they are pretty nice. I picked up pigment, mascara and an eyeshadow. :D :D

They have 4d glosses also but I am still not toooo much into lip glosses so never picked them up. :))

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Farha January 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Me hav their mascara tooo :yahoo: ……post ur haul pic na pls pls pls….. :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:

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Rati January 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Postoing. :D

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Farha January 28, 2011 at 5:01 pm

:yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Ankita January 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Too bad it turned out different from what you’d anticipated Nikki. But nonetheless, its a very pretty shade! Is e.l.f available in India?

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Nikki January 28, 2011 at 2:38 pm

I haven’t seen it anywhere but people living in Mumbai have mentioned that it is available there.

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Farha January 28, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Nikki…the shade is pretty :waytogo: ..me like shimmers..hehe :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: …do post ur pics wen u try sum looks… :toothygrin:

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calicoaster January 28, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I think this color can gorgeously be used with pink to create prettyyyyy pinkyy girly look..It can again work with silver and black to create hawt smokey eyes. If you want to wear it for a casual occasion, you can pair it up with brown..I have similar kinda shade and I tried doing that with brown..It neutralized the extra zing to quite soft look!! :))

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Rati January 28, 2011 at 2:54 pm

brown sounds interesting. :))

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calicoaster January 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

he he..I rely on brown in toning down all the other bright things I have…looks nice and subtle for day wear!! :P :P

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Rati January 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I’ll try :yahoo: :yahoo:

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ramya January 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

the color is gorgeous…. :)

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monika January 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

that is much too shimmery…but as u siad, if used sparingly it can be lovely

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neha January 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm

nikki really nice color…post a look using it
if ever i got to the US i will tale and empty bag and get it back full with ELF items :silly:

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Jennifer January 28, 2011 at 7:36 pm

ELF ships to India!?!?!!?

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Nikki January 28, 2011 at 9:47 pm

No they don’t :(. I got these from US.

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bhumika January 28, 2011 at 8:07 pm

pretty color !!

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Bee January 28, 2011 at 8:16 pm

lovely color- but yeahh they sudve mentioned if its shimmery or matte..
wud love to see a EOTD
:D

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Shalini Dhillon January 28, 2011 at 9:06 pm

ahh this color is soo pretty … i am sure it would look equally pretty on eyes too :bravo: :bravo: :bravo: :bravo:

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Clotho September 9, 2012 at 11:16 am

I have bought every elf mineral shadow there is, including the newest line of pressed minerals that just came out. I love the shimmery colors, but my sister prefers matte, so she orders from that line instead.
With the fifty percent off coupons, everything from the mineral line is a steal! Each eyeshadow is only $1.50, so if the color works out, great! You got it for just $1.50. If the color did not work out no biggie, you got it for $1.50, so it’s a win win situation!

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