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E.L.F. Aqua Beauty Molten Liquid Eyeshadows

Since becoming a mother I have found myself more and more attracted to liquid and cream eyeshadows that you can throw onto your lid, blend with your finger and then run out the door.  Some days no one has time for makeup, let alone powder shadows that need brushes and time to blend.  As such, I have been trialling a few new products including these Molten Liquid Eyeshadows from E.L.F.

I own the colours ‘brushed copper’, ‘rose gold’ and ‘liquid gold’, from the range of six shadows and each eyeshadow contains a total of 2.6g of product.  The packaging is a practical lipgloss style tube with a doe foot applicator which I find practical and easy to use.

In terms of formula, these eyeshadows are a very thin texture so ‘molten liquid’ is an accurate description, although it is not so liquid that it will drip from the applicator.  These do dry down completely and in good time too so I would recommend applying to one eye at a time and blending the edges before moving to the next eye.  To be honest, I actually find that these are much easier to blend with a shader brush than my finger.

I think the key observation for me is that these are sheer.  You can build them up some, but I would say that two layers is about the limit before the product starts to lift as you apply it.  I would describe these as a base liquid pigment with lots of micro, micro glitters suspended in it.  While they are shimmery, they lack opacity so they aren’t going to give you blinding shine.


Molten Liquid Eyeshadow swatches (top to bottom): Liquid Gold, Brushed Copper and Rose Gold

I find that these do wear quite well for me.  It isn’t the longest wearing eyeshadow I have in my collection, but it certainly functions to get me through the day looking a bit put together.  They don’t crease on me but I would say the base pigment does fade so if you have them on for a long day by the time you remove them mainly the glittery shimmer remains.

Of the three shades I own I think that ‘Liquid Gold’ is probably the most streaky when first applied and definitely needs to be built up.  My favourite colour for tone and opacity is definitely the ‘Rose Gold’ shade.  Very pretty.

Overall, these are a handy little product for a quick look.  This is ‘pop to the shop’ sort of makeup for me.  Life changing? No.  Must have?  No.  Do I regret buying them?? NO.  They are cheap and handy but nothing special.

If I was going to recommend a cream shadow I would still say the ColourPop Super Shock shadows are a better buy in the same price range or if you want to try something else from E.L.F. their smudge pots are also a cream shadow and a superior formula in my opinion.

Have a great day!

Things I don’t love: Foil finish, metallic cream eyeshadows.

Welcome back to my ‘Things I don’t love’ series where we discuss products that just didn’t work for me.  Today I am lumping two very similar products from two different brands together as I feel that they look and act in the same way even though the colours I will be reviewing here are different.  We are going to be discussing the Australis ‘Metallix Cream Eyeshadows’ and the Makeup Revolution ‘Awesome Metals Eyeshadow’.

Just from looking at the packaging of these products you can see that they are very similar.  I believe that both are designed to be dupes for the Stila ‘Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadows’ and I suppose if you are looking for a more budget-friendly and cruelty-free  alternative to that product these might be just what you are looking for.


Australis Metallix Cream Eyeshadow – Guns and rose petals; pearl jammin


The texture of these products is part of the problem for me.  They are very thick and very sticky.  Like the Stila version, Makeup Revolution does provide a primer and mixing tray with their eyeshadow to allow you to thin out the consistency of the cream before applying, but I did not find that this helped overly.  Mainly, I find these extremely difficult to apply.  Let me set the scene for you – imagine this:

  • I apply a swipe of the eyeshadow across my eyelid with my finger.
  • It goes on so thickly that it immediately cracks/creases when my eyelid moves.
  • I panic.
  • I try to thin it out with my finger to stop the foiling from cracking further.
  • All I achieve is spreading the glittery shadow to new sections of my eye while completely lifting off sections I had originally applied – it is now creasing and patchy!
  • I panic again, and go back in to try and even out the texture but this just starts a glitter fallout like I have never experienced.
  • I try to brush the fallout away from under my eye but just manage to smear it creating further mess.
  • In a last desperate bid to save the situation I go in with a brush in an attempt to brush off the fallout, thus spreading glitter everywhere.
  • The end results?  I look like the tin-man from the Wizard of Oz after a Saturday night bender!! 🙂

I literally had to remove everything, wash my face and start again.  It was a total disaster.

And perhaps those of you out there who love this kind of thing are cringing at my incompetence but I just found that both brand’s versions of this foil metallic shadow went on SUPER thickly and looked totally bazar but when I tried to thin them out (I won’t say ‘blend them out’ because that is simply not possible) the product just starts to lift off all together when you go back to correct or even it out.


Makeup Revolution Awesome Metals – rose gold


Not one to give up I have tried patting them gently over other powder eyeshadows like a glitter but found them to again, disturb the shadow underneath and/or end up looking super patchy.  I have tried them with and without the primer.  And as you can see from this review, I even tried the product from two different brands just to see if it was a brand specific issue.  Its not.


Swatches: Australis – Guns and rose petals; pearl jammin.  MUR – rose gold.

I wanted to love these so badly.  I feel like every other review I have read is really positive for both the Australis and Makeup Revolution versions.  This does make me think that my issues are user error – but seriously, how hard can it be??   I have reached the conclusion that regardless of how pretty these look in the pan, they just don’t work for me.  Apparently I just don’t like ‘foiled’ shadows 😦

If you would like to try a cream shadow that is super metallic while also being SUPER user friendly, I can’t recommend the metallic Super Shock Shadows from ColourPop enough!

Have a fantastic day!