The Ellana Mineral Cosmetics Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad** (350.00 Php) is a genius product. Described as a “brow and eye contour” palette, this quad features shades that can be used to define brows and shade eyelids–obviously. I love the idea of multitasking products, so when I saw this I knew I was going to love it. There are two other quads to choose from in the Ellana line, one being an Eyashadow/Liner quad (so also double-purpose) and the other is a combo of classic light peachy beiges. I’ve got my eyes on the classic quad, but for now let me give you a peek at this amazing product. Ellana’s pressed powder products are packaged in reinforced cardboard, which is something you see in other brands like theBalm. I personally really like this kind of packaging because although it tends to get dirty a bit quicker, it’s incredibly sturdy and lightweight. Travelling with products packaged like this is a breeze.
The eyeshadows might look small and there’s 4g of product in total, but it has not been easy to put a dent in them even if I use them quite often. It’s a steal for the price, really. Each shade is separated from the other by its own pan. I like that much better then when pressed mineral eyeshadows just blend into one another for sure. There is also a decently sized mirror on the backside of the cover.
The shades themselves are what make this Eyebrow/Eyeshadow quad so strategic and just downright smart. Clockwise from the upper left they are named Intense, Beloved, Wish, and Hush.
Intense and Beloved are grey-based browns that are best for brow work. Always start with a lighter shade on your brows and just build it up or shift slowly to the darker colour. Intense can also be used on the crease and./or outer-v of the eyelid to add definition. Beloved is the best option for a matte all-over-lid colour for me, but on lighter skin tones it may also work as a softer alternative to Intense as a crease definer (or “transition” shade, as it’s popularly known as).
Wish is a warm copper brown with shimmer. It’s a beautiful eyeshadow that will suit nearly any skin tone, I believe, and is the only shade in the palette that is not matte. It’s an odd choice for a shimmer shade because usually palettes will feature a bronze or a peach. The odd chice makes this palette unique though, and it’s a colour that I would even buy as a single shadow. Finally, there’s Hush, which is a matte light beige. You’ll be surprised how important a colour like Hush is–use it as a brow bone highlight, to blend out other shadows, and to add some brightness to the inner corners of the eyes.
Swatched L-R: Intense, Beloved, Wish, and Hush. The shades are true to their pan colour. Intense is the patchiest of the bunch, but with proper blending it comes out nice and smooth. The other three shades are as buttery and smooth as can be, with little to no fall-out problems in my experience. As usual, to summarize:
- Highly affordable and double-purpose, too!
- Smart colour selection
- Great pigmentation
- Blendable texture
- Lightweight, sturdy packaging makes it easy to travel with
- I can’t think of any!
I highly recommend this Eyebrow/Eyeshadow Quad. It sits on a prominent place on my vanity table so that I can reach it with ease, and I know I will be taking it with me when I travel abroad in May. You can’t beat a multitasking product that does both jobs excellently.
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Also available inside The Ramp branches at Shangri-La, Trinona, and Glorietta.
* This product was provided to me free of charge. All opinions are my own and remain unbiased.
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