Monday, June 30, 2014

Makeup Monday: e.l.f. Ariel Treasure Within Beauty Book Lookbook and Review

Hi! Hope you all had a great weekend! As promised, I'm back with a review of the e.l.f. Ariel Treasure Within Beauty Book! You can see swatches of that here.
First I'll show you guys some of the looks that I created with the book. I couldn't get one of my favorite ones to show up too well on camera which was a bummer and I look so much tanner in all these pictures than I am in life! I wish!

First off, sorry not sorry about my eyebrows. I hate super perfect sculpted looking eyebrows. I like the natural look, even if it means getting slightly lazy about it.
But anyway, onto the palette! I really liked this palette a lot more than I thought I would. Initially I wasn't crazy about it at all, mostly because I get really high expectations with the pigmentation of colorful shadows and expect them to be crazy pigmented and in your face. Don't get me wrong, the colors are pigmented but they're not totally opaque. There's a nice sheerness to them that make them wearable for people who aren't entirely comfortable with wearing bold colors or are just starting to experiment with them. The shadows also hold up nicely throughout the day which is a huge plus. I even found that the colors held up nicely! It was a really pleasant surprise.
The last two looks are the looks from the lookbook that is included in the palette. The first one is the look on the right called Sunset Cruise and the last one is the look on the left called On The Beach. Admittedly when I was first putting on the Sunset Cruise look, I hated it so much. I think once I put the eyeliner on it helped make it look more together. I also toned down the purple a little bit with one of the neutral colors in the palette since it just seemed a little much. The On The Beach look is really nice and fun and perfect for every day. The blue color is enough of a small pop that doesn't overwhelm the look.
The two bronzers are nice too. I like the the lightest color for contouring and the darker color is a nice blush actually. I used it today for the first time and I'm enjoying it!
The lip gloss I've been using over lipstick and it adds such a nice shine. It lasts as well as any gloss does but the consistency is really comfortable and the smell is amazing!
Overall, for $10 I think this is a great steal. Like I said, the colors are sheer so if you're not big into colors you can use them as accents or not at all. The neatral colors are really nice quality and I think the Siren Song color is actually my favorite! If you're able to snatch this up I would suggest it. It's a really fun palette for summer, especially if you're doing any traveling since it's pretty compact as far as packaging goes and it has enough in there to replace most of what you'd bring with you anyway.
Have you come across this in your local Walgreens? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments below!