It’s been a while since I reviewed anything from e.l.f. but here I am again with a selection of three of their new nail colours. All of which are very ‘me’ – neutrals or purples… my favourite nail shades of the moment.
The colours are (left to right) Innocent, Nude and Lilac. Not the most creative names, but they work.
In the bottle I was mostly looking forward to trying the Nude shade – I thought innocent might have been a touch too grey-toned to suit my skin and the lilac, although a shade I love, I doubted would be anything different to the shades I already have. But I was wrong – all three of these surprised me in their own way.
Innocent was probably my favourite – ideal for a polished/mannequin hands look. Formula wasn’t great and needed two coats at least to get opacity. It tended to smudge if painting another coat before dry – so best to leave drying time between each one.
Please excuse the dodgy cuticles and messy application.
Nude was a bit of a disappointment. It was extremely transparent and I don’t think you would be able to achieve opacity on this without going as far as 5+ coats. Not necessarily a problem if transparent gloss is what you are looking for – but I had my hopes for a peachy toned, creamy, nude based on the bottle but this isn’t what it looks like on the nails.
Lilac was another one that surprised – it was a very transparent/sheer lilac, which will disappoint if you want a creamy colour but I actually quite liked it for something a bit more subtle than the other shades I have in the same ‘family’ of colours.
All pictures are two coats with no base or top coat.
These colours are fantastic value for £1.50 a bottle. No, they aren’t perfect formulas but they are good for getting a cheap fix of the latest nail colour trends – plus they are big three free (Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate).
You can buy them by clicking HERE. (not an affiliate link or anything, just trying to be helpful!)
**The Small Print**
PR samples for review.