e.l.f. The New Classics Eyeshadow Palette Review

 The e.l.f. neutral palette is just…classic. The e.l.f. The New Classics eyeshadow palette set is like a well-tailored blazer for the eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I love colorful eye looks, too. But there’s nothing like the quickness and ease of a neutral eyeshadow look.

e.l.f. The New Classics eyeshadow palette delivers a variety of shades and finishes for every neutral eye look desired. I’ll break down my thoughts and all the pros/cons of the palette in this review. 

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Hi there! I'm Megan and I'm reviewing the e.l.f. The New Classics Eyeshadow Palette today. Just so you know, some links may be affiliate links. I may get paid if you buy something or take an action after clicking one of these links. Don't worry though, there's no extra cost to you.

e.l.f. Neutral Palette Review

The New Classics palette is an 18-pan collection of matte, satin, and shimmer eyeshadows. I love that every shade in this palette is curated to create easy, everyday neutral looks (with some surprising shades thrown in for funsies). 

I especially love the mix of colors. The shades are not only diverse in finish (matte, satin, and shimmer), but also range (light, medium, and dark; warm, cool and neutral). 

The price is a big selling point for me. Being a cheap chick, the inexpensiveness of this 18-pan palette excites me. 

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e.l.f. The New Classics Palette Pros & Cons


  • Smooth and blendable formula
  • Variety of finishes and shades
  • Good pigmentation in most shades
  • Excellent price point
  • Cruelty-free

Overall, I love the formula of this eyeshadow palette. The mattes especially stand-out. These shades are intensely pigmented, smooth to the touch (and eye!), and easily blended. 

The colors are formulated to work together. There are several grouping of shades that could complete a smoky eye look. There are pretty brown, gray, and magnenta/purple color stories in the palette. 

The price point is extremely hard for me to ignore. Especially with the variety of looks, color stories, and finishes available in The New Classics palette. It’s amazing that the palette is also cruelty free.

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Shades used: Uptown, Earth, Opulent, Noir, and Blanc


  • A few of the shimmer shades don’t play as nicely as the others
  • Flimsy packaging
  • Eyeshadow kickback

Not every shade is like the other. Some of the shimmer shades in The New Classics don’t play as nicely as others. They are less pigmented than they seem in the pan. And harder to blend. I’ve found that these shades are best applied by my finger, moistened with a shot of makeup finishing spray. 

And, while most shades are blendable, there is some kickback upon application. A quick swipe with a make-up remover wipe easily removes fallout. 

The packaging of e.l.f. The New Classics is nothing to brag about. It’s flimsy plastic. However, beggars/choosers and all that. I surmise that part of the reason of the reasonable pricing is due to e.l.f spending more money on the eyeshadow than any fancy packaging. 

Overall Rating

This eyeshadow palette from e.l.f. cosmetics has earned 4.5 out of 5 stars.

I’m impressed with The New Classics palette. It’s helped me quickly and easily look my best when posing against my bathroom wall or doing Zoom meetings (I’m still not getting out much, due to being super pregnant during COVID-19 shenanigans).

I highly recommend this palette, especially for someone with fair skin who doesn’t want to think too hard about figuring out eye looks. Or spend a lot of time blending shadows (my arm gets tired!).

Pick up your own palette set here.

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Shades used: Truffle, Darling, Rose Gold, and Noir

Thanks for reading my review of this e.l.f. cosmetics eyeshadow palette. I hope it answered all your questions. Let me know what you think in the comments!


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Megan writes everything on Ish Mom. She possesses a bachelor's degree in psychology, a flair for theatrics, and a whole lotta nerve. She lives in the Midwest (and loves it) with her wonderful husband and three young boys.

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