E.L.F. (Eyes - Lips - Face)
Palette well-constructed; good variety of shades
Brushes are very small; could use another shadow applicator or two
1 - Horrible Value
2.5 - Terrible Packing
I cannot tell a lie: this isn't UD Naked 3. But then, I didn't expect it to be. ELF products, in my hoarded makeup wardrobe, are like my favorite pair of soft, comfortable, serviceable jeans: they're great, they work and I love them, but they're for neither the boardroom or a fancy night out. What a great ELF product lacks in flash is made up for with dependability.
The ELF Cosmetics Studio 56 Piece Natural Makeup Palette is one of those great products that stands out and slaps ELF's bad reputation for cheapness in the mouth. The palette itself, consisting of sliding trays that reveal 32 shadows, 16 lip colors, and four blushes, is solidly constructed, and despite everything in it is compact enough to fit into a relatively small purse. The shades are natural, but hardly neutral; among the obligatory browns are shades of peach, wine, rose and soft gray-blue that are wearable on most complexions. However, if your tastes tip the balances in favor of heavy shadows with very rich color payoff, this might not be your best bet. They go on pretty light (although to be fair, I have not tried them yet with a primer.) Un-primed lids aside, the shadows are still wearing well (as of right now I've had them on a few hours) without getting creasy, or fallout from the modest shimmer. If you prefer a more casual or muted look, however, you cannot go wrong with this palette. The lip colors run a variety of shades as well, from a very sheer pink to brown to burgundy. So far all seem to go on as a nice light glaze, and blend well if you like to mix. The blush so far is wearing very well, without getting blotchy or streaky.
The palette comes with a lip blush, blush brush, and two shadow applicators, all on the small side. The blush brush is especially small to the point of ridiculousness. even so, at $15.00 it's still a decent value for those who prefer a softer and more subtle face.