Review- e.l.f Essential 10-Piece Nail Polish Set

Hi all!

Today I have a limited edition e.l.f nail polish set I picked up at Target today! e.l.f also has a 14-piece nail cube for sale as well, but that wasn’t available at my Target location. This set came in two different versions: one had lots of darker, metallic colors, while the other had bright, bold cremes. I decided to get the creme set because my stash is very shimmer heavy. The collection I bought does include two fantastic glitters to satisfy my shimmer craving.  Its packaging is so cute; here’s a picture!

Packaging!

Packaging!

And did I mention it’s only $10?! So inexpensive! So without further ado, let’s get to reviewing the polishes!

Mango Madness is a bright, in-your-face coral color that leans more towards orange. It’s bright and applies like a dream; not too thick and not too thin! It’s very similar to Essie Tart Deco, which I’ve previously reviewed. Below is two coats of Mango Madness, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

Flirty Fuchsia is a bright, bubble gum pink creme. Consistency is good, and is opaque in two coats. It’s not the most exciting pink in the world, but the formula is good. Pictures below are two coats of Flirty Fuchsia, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

Electric Fuchsia is Flirty Fuchsia’s darker, more raspberry cousin. It’s a very similar color to Love and Beauty Red, but without the glass flecks, and a little more on the cooler side. It’s a very rich creme. While the pictures make it look somewhat like a crelly (creme-jelly), it’s definitely not. Pictures below are two coats of Electric Fuchsia, no topcoat.

Sunlight

Sunlight

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Smokin Hot is your basic, red creme. It leans more brick red (blue-based) than an orange based red. Almost opaque in one coat, but it really needs two to even it out. Pictures below are two coats of Smokin Hot, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

Sunflower is a bright yellow. Stop the presses, folks, this might be the ideal yellow. It has a slight shimmer to it that’s only really noticeable in the sun, but it helps build opacity. Depending on how thickly you like your coats, 2-3 should get this bright yellow in your face. It reminds me of cheese, lol. Pictures below are 2 coats of Sunflower, no topcoat.

Natural indoor light

Natural indoor light

Sunlight

Sunlight

Mint Cream reminds me a lot of Wet n’ Wild Megalast I Need a Refresh-mint. Its e.l.f counterpart is a little more on the green side. It’s a nice, basic pastel seafoam green creme. Pictures below are 2 coats, no topcoat.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

Skinny Jeans is a bright, basic blue creme. Surprisingly, I have nothing like this in my stash right now. When I buy blue polishes, I tend to gravitate to the shimmery and glitter blue colors. But this is going to be a great nail art staple. It’s very opaque- it’s almost a one-coater, but not quite. Pictures below are two coats of Skinny Jeans, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Outdoor lighting (some sun)

Outdoor lighting (some sun)

Lavender Mist is easily my favorite creme color out of this collection. It’s a rich, periwinkle blue, and I’ve never seen a color quite like this before. It definitely leans purple, but I think it’s more blue based, especially when it’s on the nails. This is probably the most sheer of all the colors in this set, but evens out in 2-3 coats without a major issue. Pictures below are 2 coats of Lavender Mist, no topcoat. Yes, they do look that different in the sun and indoors.

Indoor, natural lighting

Indoor, natural lighting

Sunlight

Sunlight

We’re on to the glitters! Dream Maker is a combo of tiny silver hex glitters and larger, holographic silver hex glitters in a clear base. It’s a total disco ball polish, it’s great! I like to wear silvery colors like this over a cool-colored based, and Lavender Mist was perfect for it! It’s the silver version of Love and Beauty Gold. The glitter hardly needed any placement on the nail, just a little bit for the larger pieces if you’re picky (like me, lol). Pictures below are 1 coat of Dream Maker over Lavender Mist. Sorry for the yellow looking fingers in the indoor picture, I altered the colors in the picture to do the polishes more justice to their actual colors.

Sunlight

Sunlight

Indoor, natural lighting

Indoor, natural lighting

And, of course, you always have to save the best for last. And Fairy Dust does not disappoint! Fairy Dust is a semi-flaky polish. It has some flakes, as well as small, iridescent hex glitters to give it a more interesting look, all in a clear base. The glitters flash red and orange when the light hits them, similar to Essie’s Hidden Treasure. In no way are the two polishes dupes, but if you’re having a hard time finding the Essie, this e.l.f polish might satisfy your craving. I prefer flaky polishes like this over dark colors, but the beauty of the polish is it looks slightly different over every different color you try! I used 2 coats of Fairy Dust over Skinny Jeans in the photos below!

Sunlight

Sunlight

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Overall, I really like this set. Some of the colors aren’t really super unique, however, there are a lot of great staple polishes here for anyone just starting a collection. My favorites are Fairy Dust, Lavender Mist, and Electric Fuchsia.

So, what do you think of this stunning set? Will you be picking it up?

The polishes in this set are 0.203 fl. oz., meaning that they’re minis (but much large than OPI minis) and are 3 free. e.l.f also has the added bonus of being cruelty free- they never test on animals. The set retails for $10 and can be bought at Target stores, as well as the e.l.f website, here.

~Beth~

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