And yet another company that lures you into their shadows by “making” you buy more than you need just to use them.
I first found this out with Mary Kay shadows – all sold individually, and after you buy 2 you can then buy the matching compact to fit the individual shadows to fit in. While a little intriguing to get to mix and match your favorite colors into one little compact, is it really that necessary? Not to me, especially when the Elizabeth Arden Eyeshadows I tried were not that impressive.
Buying some Elizabeth Arden’s popular Green Tea items for a family member, I happened upon Elizabeth Arden’s GWP time (Gift With Purchase – where you get free beauty items to try when you spend a certain amount at the counter). I was not at all familiar with this company and went into trying their products with an open mind.
The single eyeshadows are currently sold at $15.00 for each individual color – I chose one called Moonbeam. (a light, base color) It comes in a small compact with a small sponge brush. I find $15.00 to be a little more than I hope to pay for an eyeshadow, but I’ll gladly pay for a high quality item.
Truthfully, that’s what prompted me the most to consider this eyeshadow – for the price surely it was superior to others I owned. I have singles and duos ranging in price from around $3 to around $12. The Elizabeth Arden eyeshadowswere actually a little less preferred by me.
Why less preferred?
The Elizabeth Arden shadows were so flaky! I kept getting powder all over my cheeks and outside my eyelid area every time I tried to apply these shadows – for the price I expect something close to perfection.
There is nothing special to these shadows – just apply with the sponge provided (or brush of choice) and blend. But be prepared for the powder to move around some before it sets – every time I used the Elizabeth Arden shadow it flaked all over the compact, the sponge applicator, my lids, my cheeks, my hands.
Not all expensively priced shadows are the same, but this eyeshadow was just subpar.
Just because something is sold at a counter does not necessarily mean it is a better product than what can be found in a drugstore. There are many pricier product lines that I feel are worth the extra dollars and you get a far superior product. (MAC and Stila, for examples) There are also many drugstore type eyeshadows that feel perform on the level of or better than the Elizabeth Arden. The Elizabeth Arden eyeshadowsand honestly any other Elizabeth Arden product I have tried just have not been worth the money for me.