Becoming Sleek

Review: Ellana Minerals Eyeshadow Quads

Posted on: April 21, 2014

One (well, two) of my recent favorites with regards to eyeshadows is my pair of eyeshadow quads from Ellana Minerals (here’s the haul post). I got two of the three available quads, both of them are of course neutrals. Today I will review these two quads as well as show you the arm swatches.

ellanahaul07ellanahaul08ellanahaul09

Let us start with the Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad, with the shades Beloved, Intense, Wish, and Hush. Here is the quad and the respective shade names.

ellanaeyes8

I’ve been using the shade Intense a lot as my go-to eyebrow powder as that is the only one that matches my hair. It is a very dirty dark brown shade. The other three I’ve used in various looks as eyeshadow. Wish, in particular, is a very pigmented coppery shade and is great as crease color for neutral looks. I use Beloved, a dusty light brown, as an overall lid wash, and goes well with many colors even outside this quad. Hush, a beige, is the least used because it practically disappears on my skin.

Here are the arm swatches (click the image for a bigger version). The bottom row is swatched over Artdeco Eyeshadow Base. The primer really unlocks the full potential of these eyeshadows!

ellanaeyes3

The second quad I bought is called the Mesmer-eyes Eyeshadow Quad, and has the shades Inspiration, Brilliance, Charisma, and Sensational.

ellanaeyes7

Now here is where it gets a little gnarly. The shade names you see above are assigned by me based purely on the shade descriptors on the Ellana website, so you’ll have to take this with a grain of salt. It doesn’t help that the back of the quad has a misprint (Wish is listed instead of Inspiration). Brilliance (Ellana: “soft bronze”) is a pretty nice, almost metallic brown that can passably be bronze. Sensational (Ellana: “iridescent gold”) is actually a peach-leaning beige whose potential really emerges with a primer. Charisma (Ellana: “soft copper pink”) is a light metallic pink that turns into a deeper pink with a primer. Inspiration (Ellana: “soft beige”) is essentially a very light beige which strangely turns pretty white with a primer.

Here are the arm swatches (click the image for a bigger version). Check out how it practically is a different palette with the use of a primer (again, Artdeco Eyeshadow Base). It is a lot more apparent here compared to the first quad.

ellanaeyes1 ellanaeyes2

Here is a look I’ve made using the two quads. Intense is definitely used for the brows. I used either Sensational or Beloved for the lid wash, and Wish for the crease.

ellanaeyes6 ellanaeyes5 ellanaeyes4

Pros: affordable; most shades are very pigmented, and go well together; portable; comes with mirror; multitasking; beautiful illustrations on the case

Cons: some shades require a primer; cardboard case

Neutral: requires separate brush/es

Both of these quads are Php350 each, and are available through the Ellana website or at The Ramp in Trinoma and Glorietta 3, Cinderella at SM Megamall, or their showroom at La Fuerza Plaza 2. Ellana is locally-made and cruelty-free.

 

Advertisements

17 Responses to "Review: Ellana Minerals Eyeshadow Quads"

The Mesmer-Eyes swatches are so pretty!! Love that it’s practically 2 palettes in one. I have to get that soon. I’m just completing my shopping list haha.

I’m sooo happy to have gotten that along with the eyebrow/shadow quad! Sobrang sulit!

The mesmer-eyes look great for a more romantic (but still neutral) look. Wow I’m so glad you did this with primer. It is indeed like a whole new palette when used with one!!! I’ll try it for myself 😛

The pink one is my favorite! Perfect for our demure needs hehe!

Wow, it’s crazy the difference the primer makes! Gorgeous palettes 🙂

It’s such an awesome discovery! You wouldn’t really see it when swatched at the store.

Do they have a palette na may blues or purples? I’ll google na lang.

They do have a third palette, one with black blue and purple I think. Same price. 🙂

I think I’d opt for that over another inglot palette. I’ll check their site.

Wow, the primer worked wonders! I will definitely try that. I love how pigmented they’ve become! 🙂

It’s like I have four palettes suddenly! Sulit! 😀

UM. I have to go check out that primer. Agree with Eula, I love Mesemer-Eyes!

I should review this primer. It’s so good! Smells wonderful too!

Hm.. I’m liking these quads and the versatility! I should probably check them out soon! Thanks for the review 🙂

[…] and I would gladly add to my (already excessive) collection. This one seems to be similar to the Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad from Ellana Minerals, but that does not stop me from looking forward to […]

[…] items on face: Ellana Minerals Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad (brows), Ellefar Princess Eyeshadow Quad (lids), Pixy Waterproof Mascara (lashes), Daiso […]

[…] items on face: Catrice Matt Mousse Make Up in Light Beige, In2It Eyebrow Powder, Ellana Minerals Mesmer-Eyes Eyeshadow Quad, Pixy Waterproof Mascara, Canmake Cheek&Cheek in 07 Orange […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Who is Becoming Sleek?

A Filipino blogger interested in all things makeup, skincare, and nail polish. She may or may not also be interested in crafting, cats, and food.

Enter your email address to follow Becoming Sleek and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 629 other followers

Follow on Bloglovin
Lazada Philippines
Fashion & Beauty - Top Blogs Philippines

Blog Stats

  • 105,509 hits
RSS, Twitter, and Facebook icons from YOOtheme
%d bloggers like this: