October 4, 2013

Review: ELF Mascara & Shadow Shield

I picked up this ELF Mascara & Shadow Shield around a month back in hopes of alleviating the fallout problem for my beloved glitter eyeshadows. With its lack of harsh edges and a supposedly ergonomic design, I had high hopes of replacing business cards in my makeup routine. Today I want to share my final thoughts on this little tool.

First of all, the silicone disk is flimsy and difficult to control. I find it difficult to keep the shield directly against my skin, which implies that the roots of my upper lashes often miss out on swipes of mascara. I never had much trouble with mascara smearing anyways, so I kept my fingers crossed that the shield would perform better against eyeshadow fallouts.

However, I was once again disappointed in this tool. This shield does not contour the curvature of my eyes. Although from the packaging, it looks like it was never intended to fit perfectly. While the silicone material does attract fallout, the reversible design backfires. When I flip the shield over for the other eye, the fallout-infested side would be directly against my skin, resulting in some fallouts transferring to my face. Giving the shield a good wipe in between does alleviate the problem somewhat, but I find it too much of a hassle to pause and clean a tool in the middle of makeup application.

I gave up on this tool after a couple of trials. It does not deliver results much different from when I hold a tissue or a business card around my eyes. Luckily, I did find an alternative use for it in cleaning my makeup brushes. Instead of swirling the brushes in my palm under running water, I can move the brushes gently around the surface of this shield to remove the pigments. My brushes end up as clean as usual and I can postpone getting my hands wet until I have to reshape the brushes.

I would definitely recommend a pass on this $3 shield unless you are with me on the brush-cleaning idea.

What are your tips for handling fallout?

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