This next post was supposed to be my follow up on the Ever Bilena eyeshadows, but after having purchased something ultimately special today at SM Mall of Asia, I could not help but move this review up to the front of the line. I continuously share the same feelings of frustration that Filipina makeup lovers/enthusiasts have, which is that certain highly recommended imported, affordable eyeshadow brands like NYX from the U.S. and Sleek makeup from the U.K. are not readily available in retail locally except maybe through individual sellers/dealers. Who knows, perhaps it’s better that they aren’t. Maybe this is a chance for high caliber Asian brands to step up to the plate. Brands like Elianto which is a Korean brand distributed in our region by Malaysia. You might possibly squeal at the deal and quality I got from Elianto. This is my first ever purchase from them, two single pearl shine eyeshadows, one in #08 Aquamarine and the other in #21 Princess Plum which is more like a cranberry cocoa shade than plum to me. Happy happy joy joy, there is also a separate matte shadow range, but I exercised restraint for today, I will blog about the matte eyeshadows in a separate post. One single Elianto eyeshadow costs Php150.00 (USD $3.50). The pan is about 1.5 inches in diameter (bow to them, MAC).
I find that from all the swatches, both photo and video, that I’ve seen online of both NYX and Sleek products from various gurus and enthusiasts, Elianto I believe is Asia’s close version of those brands. I so hate that I didn’t take photos in the Elianto store, but I didn’t want to have to cunningly dodge the mall’s security staff. Here is a totally awesome thing about the packaging, the pans of product come glued to thin disposable plastic trays from which theyare easily removed, goodbye stressful de-potting, hello easy collecting. Elianto also sells 4 slot palettes for Php 150.00 if you want to collect 4 single shadows straightway (might I suggest 2 pearl shine, and 2 matte ^v^) I can’t wait to fill my soon-to-arrive organizing palette with these! Oops…am getting ahead of myself.