ELF Essential Duo Eye Shadow Cream in Mocha Swirl | Review, Photos, Swatches

Express yourse.l.f. with the easy to blend, crease resistant, creamy duo eye shadow colors. Each gorgeous shade can be worn alone or toget...

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. (source)
ELF Essential Duo Eye Shadow Cream in Mocha Swirl
Hi there! For a change, I have an eye product to share with you all today. This one is ELF Essential Duo Eye Shadow Cream. I have it in color Mocha Swirl (#7103). 
Swatch on NC 24 skin: ELF Essential Duo Eye Shadow Cream in Mocha Swirl
I decided on this particular duo because I was thinking I could use this as an everyday shadow. The lighter shade is a shimmery ivory pearl while the darker color is a slightly shimmery medium brown-bronze. Both swatched beautifully on my arms with only a couple of swipes.
Swatches: (Left) No Flash, (Right) With Flash
Putting the product on my lids was a challenge. It was oily and slippery so the color migrated everywhere. It was just a mess. I wanted to get the same color intensity as I had swatched on my arm but it was just impossible. They are too creamy. When you layer the color, you get a lot of crease.

I tired a different tactic and used just a small, thin amount. Doing this, I had some success. Some color showed up but not as intensified as I would have liked. It added just a wash of color on my lids.
ELF Essential Duo Eye Shadow Cream in Mocha Swirl
This product has minimal staying power. If you use it on it's own, it will crease and migrate all over your lids the moment you put it on. It's simply too difficult to work with. You can't build up the color because it's too oily and slippery, it won't set unless you top it off with powder.
On Eyes: ELF Essential Duo Eye Shadow Cream in Mocha Swirl
On Eyes: ELF Essential Duo Eye Shadow Cream in Mocha Swirl
Overall: E.L.F. Essential Duo Eye Shadow Cream in Mocha Swirl (#7103) is a mediocre product that does not perform well. It's not good used as an eye shadow as it will crease and migrate all over your eyes. The product does not set so blending is a mess. While this is not a good eye shadow option, you can save your pennies and not throw it away by using it as a base for your powder shadows. Just remember to apply sparingly so it does not go all over your face.

*Ingredients: Isopropyl Palmitate, Paraffinium Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Petrolatum, Ceresin Wax, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Mica, Synthetic Beeswax, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHT, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 , CI 77492 , CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) Yellow No.5 Lake (CI 19140), Red No.40 Lake (CI 16035) Ultramarine Violet (CI 77077), Blue No.1 Lake (CI 42090)

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