By Akanksha Katihar
The product I am going to review today is called ELF Essential Smudge Pot in the shade “Ain’t that sweet”. This is a cream eye shadow from ELF’s essential line.
This smooth gel formula glides on perfectly. Use it as a long-lasting eye shadow or eyeliner! Enriched with Vitamin E, to nourish and hydrate the delicate eye area.
My Experience With E.L.F Essential Ain’t That Sweet Smudge Pot:
Shade: The shade is called Ain’t that sweet and, is a beautiful shimmery pink with a little bit of sparkle. It looks really nice in the pot, but it does not come out as dark as it should on the lids. On the lids, it comes out as a very light shimmery white. As a result, I use it as a highlighter for my brow bone or in the inner corners of my eyes as a brightener or a base, to build on a more dramatic look with a darker shade.
Packaging: I like the packaging of this product. This comes in a pot, just like MAC paint pots with a white cap and a thin silver band, and the name of the product on the pot. I really like this about ELF, that even though they make cheaper products, their packaging is almost always very cute and does not look cheap at all.
Texture and Pigmentation: This cream eye shadow is definitely thicker in consistency than the MAC Paint pots, and they are extremely easy to apply. I used my finger to pat this all over my eyelid for the desired look. And even without a primer underneath, it just stayed in place throughout day. As it is a cream eye shadow, there is no fall out, as in the case of powder eye shadows. These smudge pots can also be used as liners apparently, but this particular shade is so sheer that I did not like it as a liner. Also once set, it does not rub off as well.
But this particular shadow, is too sheer to be used on its own as an eye shadow. And as a result, I used it as a base and blended it with a darker shade for my look.
Staying Power: This has an extremely good staying power. Even with no primer used underneath, it pretty much stayed for the entire day.
For my eye look, I used ELF smudge pot in “Ain’t that sweet” as the base all over the lid, and in the inner corners of my eyes and used Merle Norman Eye shadow in “Froze Cocoa” (which I am going to review soon) in the outer V and blended them. To finish the look, I used Benefit They Are Real Eyeliner and YSL Faux Cils Mascara.
Pros Of E.L.F Essential Ain’t That Sweet Smudge Pot:
• Extremely affordable.
• Extremely easy to apply.
• Great Staying Power.
• No fallout to deal with.
• Does not rub off.
• Cute packaging.
• This particular shade can also be used as a highlighter and brightener.
Cons of E.l.f Essential Ain’t That Sweet Smudge Pot:
• Very sheer pigmentation for this particular shade.
• This shade cannot be used on its own for a finished look.
• No variety in texture and finish for this particular product (as in MAC Paint Pots).
• This shade will definitely not work as an eyeliner.
Would I Repurchase E.l.f Essential Ain’t That Sweet Smudge Pot?
Definitely, would love to try these in other shades.
Would I Recommend E.l.f Essential Ain’t That Sweet Smudge Pot?
Definitely, but buy this particular shade only if you want to use it as a highlighter or a base to blend with other eye shadows, because it has a very sheer pigmentation to be used on its own.
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