09 October, 2012

Essence eyeshadow inventory and swatches!

It was over a year ago I first discovered Essence cosmetics and initially went completely gaga over their uber affordable rainbow of nail polish shades.  Of course I also tried a few eyeshadow pans because they were so cheap too - gotta love a good bargain!  I was surprised by their quality and colour selection and over the past year or so my collection has grown more than a little. Time to do an updated inventory then!  Here are my eyeshadow pans, and just because I like sorting things, they're sorted by finish.

Shimmer Effect
I think the reference to shimmer's a bit misleading - for me anyway because it automatically conjures up visions of tons of shimmer or frost.  Yes these shadows are shimmery and have a glowing finish but I think they're are best described as a satin, as they appear rather silky when swatched.  Pigmentation is medium but quite buildable and there are quite a few shades in the range with this soft finish.  These shadows are perfect for daytime looks.
Shades as shown left to right and swatched in the same order:
  • 58 Cappucino, please - Mushroom beige
  • 54 Yes eye can! - Silvery blue
  • 46 Taupe of the pops - Khaki taupe
  • 16 Go glam - Pink toned lilac
  • 32 Jazzed up - Shimmery mint green


Metallic Effect
The Metallic Effect eyeshadows are incredibly pigmented and do have a definite metallic sheen to them.  One swipe and you get a lovely depth of colour and shine on your lids.  I use these as crease shades and prefer to use them for evening eyes. 
Left to right and swatched in the same order:
  • 14 Irresistible - Gunmetal grey
  • 35 Party all night - Warm golden taupe


And the rest...

Matte Effect
I only have one of these so I can't generalise.  The pigmentation is soft and a little on the sheer side and the finish isn't 100% matte as I can detect a slight satiny sheen. 
Holographic
I don't know about holographic but this has a gorgeous, duochrome look on the skin and has great coverage.  Stunning and very glam for an evening eye!  I'd buy more of these if I see them because I love the multidimensional iridescent look.
Sparkling Effect 
Sheer and powdery with a hint of sparkle.  Unfortunately mine is extremely crumbly too.
 Left to right and swatched in the same order:
  • 21 Colour splash (matte effect) - soft lime green
  •  43 Mystic lemon (holographic effect) - iridescent golden yellow
  •  02 Dance all night - Ivory with subtle sparkle

 Australian readers can buy Essence cosmetics at Target and Priceline stores nationally.

Until next time.

Vita :)

16 comments:

  1. Wow good collection I have only tried essence eyeliner n I really liked it ..I really liked 35 Party all night and 21 Colour splash..

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    1. You know, I actually haven't tried their eyeliner, except for a glittery liquid liner, although I do love their lipliner pencils cos they're so soft! I can totally see you in those E/S shades Saumya :)

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  2. I already bought Cappucino please! cuz' of you. Now I need Mystic lemon too! :D

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    1. Mystic Lemon's a unique and very pretty shade. You'll love it Sara!

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  3. Mystic Lemon is the dupe for Nars Albatross. I have quite a few of this, both from their core collection and a few others from their LEs.

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    1. I really want more of the holo eyeshadow because it's such a lovely finish. Great to know I have a NARS dupe in my collection!

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  4. Pretties! I didn't have too many essence shadows, but I was just sent a bag from them filled with beautiful goodies so I may have just as many as you now! I love their holographic shades, so unique in this market.

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    1. I look forward to seeing what you've got in your goody bag! I'd never refuse a bag of Essence goodies - lucky girl! :)

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  5. I own a bunch of these too. I usually buy them when they go on sale before being discontinued, and that way I get many colors I wouldn't normally buy, to experiment because they are very cheap then. Love their quality and shade selection

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    1. I'm quite impressed too! Although I don't think we have as large a selection as you do in Europe - some of the colours I've bought have already been discontinued down here :(

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  6. I swatched some of these and was pleasantly surprised by how shimmery they were - in a good way! I think this brand is the perfect introductory makeup - wearable shades, good quality for great value. Fun for us as well though, because it's tempting to buy the entire rack due to affordability!

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    1. I'm trying not to buy them all, but I do want some more holos, hehe! You get what I mean about the shimmer, right? It's much silkier rather than a frosty finish so very wearable! :)

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  7. I love them too! Did you go to the Heat Group sale recently? I'm told they're opening a factory outlet shop soon too. eek! x Marnie

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    1. Heat are opening an outlet?? Keep me posted on that one!!

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    1. My pleasure! I hope you found it useful :)

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