Essence is well known for it’s affordability and sometimes surprisingly good quality. I’ve never tried the eyeshadows of the brand before, but last week I picked up a palette of their regular range. It’s just that in the month of love and wine eight rosy neutral eyeshadows seemed like a good investment. The “All about…” palettes from the brand are available in 3 more shades and retail for a mere 9 leva (less than 5 euros).
The palette contains 3 matte and 5 shimmery colors. They range from light to dark and all have pink/rosy undertones. At first I wasn’t impressed with the quality of the shadows at all – they seemed very poorly pigmented and chalky. However, after I swatched them a few times and dug under the top layer they got better. The pigmentation improved and the formula was slightly creamier. There is a medium amount of fallout when I use them and they definitely need an eyeshadow base underneath. Here are the swatches of the colors:
Those are the top and bottom rows from left to right. They are swatched over Artdeco’s Eyeshadow Base. Unsurprisingly the matte shades are less pigmented followed by the light shades. I was, however, very pleasantly surprised by the matte pinky/taupe shade on the bottom row(third one in the second picture) – I see myself wearing it as an all-over-the-lid color a lot. Sadly, the rest of the bottom row is not impressive at all. The top row swatches ok.
For it’s price I think the palette is ok. I would not run to the store to buy the rest of the range, but some of the shades are pretty nice and I see myself using them. Overall I’d give it a 2.5/5 – the color selection is beautiful, but the quality is not so great, which of course is to be expected in that price range.