Review : ELF Duo Eyeshadow Cream Mocha Swirl – 9-5 Test

Review : ELF Duo Eyeshadow Cream Mocha Swirl – 9-5 Test

Hi guys, how are you all?

Today I’m going to be reviewing ELF’s Duo Eyeshadow Cream in Mocha Swirl. This is from the £1.50 range.


Nice simple packaging. I like the clear lid which means that you can see the product at a glance.

As you can see the swatches appear to be quite pigmented.

8:30 am

However, this is what happened when applied to my eyes. I do have oily lids so maybe that is the reason, but it would hardly transfer. I had to build it up A LOT to get this result.

5:30 pm

Hello serious creasing! Unfortunately I cannot get on with this at all. As I said above I do have greasy lids so maybe this is why. If it wasn’t for the creasing I think that these would make a good base for powder eyeshadows.

ELF say : Express yourse.l.f. with the easy to blend, crease resistant, creamy duo eye shadow colors. 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.

I say : The crease resistant claim really wasn’t true in my case, but I’m yet to find a cream eyeshadow that doesn’t crease on me, I think me and my oily lids need to take the hint and stay away from cream! As for the ‘wearing alone for a dramatic effect’ I’m not convinced! I think these would be better suited to be ‘layered under powder eyeshadow’.

I am disapointed as this is the first ELF product that I haven’t been happy with, but I can’t help but think that all of the problems are down to my oily lids.

Have you tried these yet? What did you think of them?

The eyeshadows cost £1.50 for 3g and come in a variety of colours.



  1. December 28, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    I always wonder if its just me or if they're like it on everyone, they're useless on me! x

  2. December 28, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    Its disappointing isn't it, but then they're so cheap that its worth trying them xx

  3. December 28, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    I have looked at the elf cream shadows and wondered if there would be a problem with creasing, well you've certainly cleared up that little conundrum for me. Thank you for such an honest review, I will keep searching for a creasless cream shadow that doesn't crease. Jude xx @jadlgw

  4. December 28, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    I am always dubious of cream eyeshadows, they just crease instantly!

  5. December 28, 2011 / 11:16 pm

    I have two shades (They look very similar to yours actually) of cream eyeshadow in my ELF Beauty Encyclopedia palette. I can't get on with them either, I even tried to use them as liner but nope.. They will remain useless in my palette.

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