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Monday, June 13, 2011

FOTD - Mermaid Inspired Look with ELF Mineral Pigments

I know it's not Halloween, lol...but I love how tropical and summery this looks is. After hauling a lot of ELF eyeshadow pigments, I of course wanted to test how they work out. The best way to find out is to attempt an eyeshadow look.
First off, I can tell you that using pigments as eyeshadows are a pain. They are messy. I'm reminded once more why I prefer pressed eyeshadows.
Saturday, I attempted to use Girly and after failing miserably I decided to wipe it off and head out to the mall. I tried using it wet and the color just ended up looking patchy and muddy.
For this mermaid inspired look, I tried to use Flirty all over my lids and just couldn't get it to look good. After 3 failed attempts, I finally got it to work on my crease. Don't ask me how is that possible, lol. I still don't know how I managed to make it look alright on my crease.
So far what I can tell you about these ELF mineral eyeshadows is that some shades turn out great and some are difficult to work with. They blend out easily, can look muddy, and don't adhere to the skin very well.
My recommendation would be to use an emolient base. It will grab on to the pigments and keep them in place better. Another tip would be to pack the shadow on a flat shader brush and just pat it where you want it to go. Avoid swipping your brush back and forth. If you need to blend, be a little more gentle since they fall out easily. I haven't had much luck using them wet. I don't know if maybe I'm not doing something right. Also, I'm thinking perhaps using a foam tip applicator instead of a brush may work better, IDK.

For this look, Flirty gave me a hard time. I couldn't get Beachy to look as dark as it is in the pot. Fortunately, Dreamy applied nicely.
Anyways, if you didn't get to see my haul and swatches of the ELF Mineral eyeshadows, you may click HERE to view pictures and swatches of all the colors that I got.
My son came in my room while I have my mermaid face on and he goes "woah! You have a lot of makeup!" hhahahha, too funny. I told him "ughh I'm just playing with my makeup!"
Ok, for the record, I hardly ever get out the house with all these bright and fun colors on my face. Most of these dramatic looks are for experimental and inspiration purpose.

Product Used

  • Essence Stay with Me long-lasting lipgloss - I like cotton candy

Thanks for reading. Hope you enjoyed the look. If you would like to request a look, let me know. I will give it a whirl. I could use some new ideas ^^


  1. i really like this! you could totally wear this outside the house!

  2. I actually really think this is CUTE, blue eyelashes and all. Per usual, what an amazing look you have here. I was still awed by previous yellow FOTD... and now I'm awed again. How fun!

  3. I can't believe you had as tough of a time as you did working with these shadows! That's truly unfortunate. I found them quite easy to work with, and they blended really well for me. I've done several different looks with these thus far, and I'm very pleased. This look is beyond gorgeous. You are my inspiration lol :)

  4. This is so cool! I love this look :D You come up with the best color combos for your eyes that I couldn't even dream of doing ^^ I'm always at a loss as to how to use brights and your eotd's always seem to help :)

  5. Now that's a lot of blue! I love it(:

  6. Sugarbumpkin--hmm, idk bout that. Perhaps for a special occasion or a night out.

    JC--Thank you, I'm glad you enjoy my FOTD posts.

    Huda--IDK gurl, maybe you can give us some tips on how you use mineral eyeshadows. Some colors work just fine for me while others don't.

    AngelicBetrayal--Thanks gurl. I am still trying to improve and need to come up with more creative looks.

    Lexie--thank you my dear :)

  7. The look is gorgeous. Those colors are amazing. Love this look. :D xx


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