If you are a regular follower of this blog, then you’ve noticed the majority of the posts are recipes. So this one is definitely not a recipe of any sort or food related. Some women could care less about make up. Some have never worn it, don’t have any desire to wear it or watch videos or read blog posts about it. Some of my readers are men and are wondering why they are following this silly blog in the first place and why they have wasted their time reading this post this far so if that’s you, then maybe just wait until my next post since this one is all makeup.
I’ve said it before, I’ve always loved makeup. My Granny was into makeup, clothes, and accessories. At one point she worked as a beautician. When my mom was little, she was often my Granny’s little guinne pig, trying the latest cuts, styles and sometimes horrible perms. When we would go visit her in Texas, I would rummage through all her goodies, sit at her little vanity and just get lost in the world of cosmetics! She was so sweet and would give me old half used or almost empty liptsicks and makeup and pass on little trinkets for me to take back home with me. As a little girl, I would go through my mom’s makeup and sometimes sneak it to school. I remember having a little bottle of Foxfire perfume at school in first or second grade and somehow I dropped it on the playground. A kid turned it into the teacher who was a fourth grade teacher and I had to go retrieve it. I knew this teacher, she had been one of my brother’s favorite teachers and she knew me. She was tall. I don’t know if it was just because I was short, but man, she was tall and she was intimidating. She always wore flats in bright, bold colors and colorful lipstick (of course I noticed these things). I told her that the perfume was mine she gave it back to me, but she firmly told be that I should not bring it to school. I wanted to say, “But I have to smell nice!” Instead, I kept my mouth shut and agreed to not bring it again. My mom always joked that one day I’d get paybacks for all the sneaky mischief I got into. So I can’t help but laugh when I share a funny thing that happened at our house this week. Our four year old decided that she wanted to change up her Barbies’ hair color. I guess Ariel’s red was just not doing it for her any more. Maybe she needed some highlights or lowlights. So she decided that the best way to remove the color was to use finger nail polish remover. There was no denying that’s what she used. The dripping wet hair reeked like the stuff. I soaked the poor Barbies in the sink and they all made it through the ordeal with their original hair color unharmed, thankfully. We discussed how she is not supposed to get into any of mommy’s make up, nail stuff which includes nail polish remover. A little later I was upstairs and noticed she didn’t just use a little of the polish remover, the entire bottle was empty. When I brought up her naughtiness again hollering down the stairs to her and threatening if she ever touches that stuff again. . . she sighed and said “Mom, we’ve already talked about this. Can we just stop talking about it?” It was so hard to control my laughter because she was so serious. I guess I needed that little reminder to move on. Note to self: make sure she is no where in sight when I bring out my hair color supplies and color my own hair!
Before you watch the video, please have some patience with me. I am not very good at taking videos. I never look at the right place. I either talk really fast or too slow. When I watch the videos I seem like I don’t open my mouth very much. Well, my family will tell you that I definitely don’t have any issues there, so maybe I just get camera shy and talk funny. I’m sure there’s lots of room for improvement as far as my set up, speed, and explanations of application and product. And I’m still learning this video editing game. I don’t even want to admit how long it took me to figure out how to speed up a tiny section of my video. So I’m a little unsteady and nervous about posting videos. I don’t want to come off as a know it all type person or product expert, but instead I want to hopefully help other makeup wearers and shoppers out there. When I’m looking online for information on a product, I will definitely watch videos to see how other’s use the product, what they like/dislike etc. So hopefully I’ll get the hang of this and be able to make better videos and while helping others along the way.
So this post is a review of e.l.f. Smudge Pot Long-lasting eyeshadow and eyeliner in Brownie Points. I think the name may have changed a bit. Online it is listed as e.l.f. essential smudge pot cream eyeshadow.
I have worn Avon Glimmersticks Waterproof Eyeliner in Copper for many years. I change up my eyeliner based on my eye makeup so I also had a few other colors that I used (Brown, Plum, Black), but the Copper was my favorite. It went on smoothly, lasted all day and I think enhanced my green eyes. Well, the Copper color is no longer available. I don’t know if it’s been discontinued, or just not available, but for the last several months I have not been able to buy any. When my last one ran out, I was on the hunt for a new copper colored eye liner. I tried Ulta Automatic Eye Liner in Bronze. The price is comparable to Avon’s and some of the reviews looked pretty good. After it arrived, I tried it and it was not as rich as a color as Avon’s. Application seemed about the same, glided on smoothly but I don’t think it holds up as well as Avon’s. So when I saw this little copper colored smudge pot by e.l.f. at the grocery store, I snatched it up and couldn’t wait to try it.
Below is my video of the first time I applied it.
That was actually at the beginning of September and I just didn’t get around to posting it. So I’ve definitely had some time to try it out and I’d give it 5 out of 5 stars for sure. It’s a great copper color. It lasts all day, even through humidity and workouts. It’s smooth and easy to apply with a little brush. You can make it more subtle or dramatic to suit your look and it has made a spot in my everyday makeup bag. I have containers full of different makeup, but only the ones I use every day, or almost every day get to belong in my everyday makeup bag. These rotate and adjust for the seasons and as my favorites or go to’s change. The pictures below are from just last night, right before bed as I began to write this post. Yes, I’m tired and look a little dazed and confused. I had worn the eye liner all day long and you can see that it is still going strong, even though it’s time to wash that face and get to bed!
So here’s a short recap of my review of e.l.f. ‘s Smudge Pot Long-lasting eyeshadow and eyeliner in Brownie Points
great price $3 is a steal!
Easily available at most large grocery stores – I know Walmart, Meijer, and Target carry e.l.f. products, plus you can purchase them online.
Easy to apply – just need to have a brush for eye liner application. The Smudge Pot does not come with a brush. A brush or even a finger would work fine for eye shadow application.
Lots of colors available. I think I will try a few other colors and maybe some of the softer colors to use as cream eye shadow since I’m so happy with this product. I’ll keep you posted! You can check out all the other colors and products here. Based on the color Brownie Points, the online color is very accurate to the actual product color so I’m hoping the others are just as spot on.
Not many. The only thing I can think of is, if packaging were different so a brush could be included in the same container as the smudge pot. This would make it more travel friendly.
Other e.l.f. products that I have in case you are curious . . .
e.l.f Baked Eyeshadow in Pixie and Toasted. Both are nice neutral colors that can be worn very light or a little more bold when applied wet. They blend and wear well. The hinge on the Toasted broke so I have to be careful with it so my only complaint would be packaging.
e.l.f. essential shimmering facial whip in Pink Lemonade. This is a great item for highlighting and adding just a little brightness and subtle shimmer. I only use it on my cheekbones and a little on jaw and forehead for contouring, but it works well.
e.l.f. essential all over color stick in Pink Lemonade. I have used this as a cream blush, but it’s a little to bright for me unless I really blend it well and apply with a very light touch. I like the look of it for summer when it’s done well, but many times I feel like it’s too bright and I look like I have clown cheeks so I wipe it off. Also a little bit too sparkly for my taste.