Review- Beauty Encyclopedia: Everyday Eyes

Quite a few people have asked me what eye shadows from e.l.f are the best and the answer is the beauty encyclopedias. The quads are good but you tend to get tones of fallout with them, and the studio line are not very pigmented.

All the eye shadows in this pallet are well pigmented and have a satin-like texture to them, it comes with 12 eye shadows, 2 cream eye shadows and and eyeliner and applicator.

Are they the most pigmented eye shadows I have ever tried? No, for the moment Sugarpill are the only shadows that have blown my mind as far as pigmentation goes, but the e.l.f eyeshadows are still very good.

All the swatches bellow were from one swipe so you can see they’re quite pigmented. One thing I have noticed though is that the shades with glitter in them tend the lose the glitter a little bit when you apply them to the eyes.

As for the eyeliner and applicator in the set I never use them, I normally end up using the applicator for pastel drawings. The eyeliner looks great in the swatches but on the waterline ends up being a weak greyish colour.


  • Good pigmentation
  • Super affordable
  • Good range of colours
  • Shipping is VERY fast!
  • Excellent customer service
  • Cruelty Free


  • Prone to fallout
  • They can arrive a little battered
  • Are very prone to “popping” as they are loosely pressed. Do not drop these! They will explode!

To note:

  • With the cream eye shadows you will need to set them with a primer or a powder and apply them lightly or they will crease in seconds. You can use them as a primer but you have to apply them extremely thinly or again they will crease.

I was going to list the fact that I’m not too fond of the packaging in the “cons” section, but seeing as it’s more a personal preference to have all my eye shadows in pallets it’s not too fair to put it in that section.

Overall this one is much better than the “Sparkle Eyes” encyclopedia, I found with that one that the glittery eyeshadows tented to just blow off my eyelids while these eye shadows have much more staying power.

I hope this review was helpful to some of you and feel free to leave requests of other e.l.f products you want me to review :)


  1. says

    can I add a word? Creamy shadows are great to be used as highliter under the brow bone (at least the lighter one), but don’t use them as base…they look great but become annoyingly creasy in minutes! that’s the only disappointing thing about the palette, I like it very much!

  2. says

    Hi Klaire! Thanks for the review!!!

    Have you tried Tarte Cosmetics eye shadows!!?!? You’ll be amazed with pigmentation. Cons? pricey, but worth it. Plus, they’re cruelty free and fill the cosmetics with pure natural goodness.

    In any case, I love ELF, some of their stuff is great!


  3. says

    You’re right. They do “pop” when you drop them. Lol. And I also don’t like the eyeliners that they include in these things, they tend to smudge too much!

  4. Katie says

    Unfortunately the U.S. elf site got rid of these palettes! the new spring ones are here, but the old ones are gone!