When you’ve been wearing makeup for years, you start to get an idea of what colors, formulas and brands will work for you and the ones that don’t. But every now and then we get it wrong. I’m well aware that I have a warm undertone and a little extra melanin to spare so I like to opt for warm, rich colors that I know will show up on my skin tone. So I figured that the new limited edition ELF ILikeWeylie Face Palette would be a good option for me because it featured two orange-toned blushes, a champagne highlighter and a deep bronzer that all looked like it would work well for my brown skin. Boy I was wrong!
I didn’t know who Weylie was before she collaborated with ELF to create the ILikeWeylie Face Palette but I still feel bad admitting that I absolutely hate it. I was hoping the ILikeWeylie Face Palette would be a beacon of light for darker skin but it quickly fell flat fro the moment I swatched it. I took chance ordering the ILikeWeylie Face Palette because I love orange blushes and I figured I’d be able to make the highlighter and bronzer work. Not to mention, I absolutely love my ELF blush palettes so I thought the ILikeWeylie Face Palette would live up to my expectations. But it didn’t.
Ironically, the bronzer is the only shade in this palette that worked for me. The bronzer is a cool deep ash brown with a hint of golden shimmer that doesn’t quite translate so it just gives it a soft, satin finish. Surprisingly, the bronzer shows up very well and has a soft, smooth texture that adheres to skin well and blends quite easily. The blushes are similar in texture as they feel soft but they’re more powdery and have a slight chalkiness to them. I find that they still blend pretty well but they’re so sheer and powdery that they don’t show up well on my brown skin without heavy layering which eventually starts to make them look pale and ashy. The highlighter was also a no go for me. I had a feeling when it swatched dry and chalky that it would be a fail but I had hopes that it would be one of those products that would apply much better than they swatch. ‘Cause we all know that can be the case sometimes. However, the highlighter was a mess from start to finish. The pale champagne base is sheer but still manages to translate to the skin once applied so it too looked pale an ashy on me.
ELF is usually hit or miss when it comes to their makeup line and the ILikeWeylie Face Palette definitely falls in the miss category. While I like the bronzer, I’m not a fan at all of the rest of the palette and I don’t think anyone with a deeper complexion should touch it with a 10 foot pole. If you’re on the light to medium end of the spectrum then I think you’ll enjoy the ILikeWeylie Face Palette as long as you don’t go in expecting stellar quality. It’s really not that bad of a palette. It’s just not for my dark skin divas.