Monday, January 9, 2012

Essence Eye Shadows - Review, Photos & Swatches

Essence Eye Shadows($1.99) come with a variety of finishes, textures and in some cool, fun colors. The matte finishes go on a little sheer, the shimmery(metallic) and holographic ones pack a little more pigment. The eye shadows come with a cute design and also have a soft, blendable texture. The packaging feels a little too flimsy and tends to break easily.

Ultra Violet

Mystic Purple

Knock Out

Blue Mission

                                                                               Back to Khaki

                                                                                It's Up To You

With the metallic finishes, I like to use a fluffy brush for a nice wash of color. The shimmer isn't chunky and blends quite well too. The matte finishes need quite a bit of layering for the color to show up. Over a good eye shadow base, they stay on for about 5-6 hours before creasing. Without a base, they tend to have very poor staying power and crease a lot, especially the shimmery ones. There's very little fall out from these eye shadows. The matte ones have little to no fall out and the metallic ones have just a tad more. Mystic Purple is a holographic finish but sadly, I see more of shimmer here than a holo effect. That being said, the shades are certainly nice to have and play around with. The price makes it a fantastic pick especially, if you are someone just starting out with makeup. "Back To Khaki" is my favourite among these shadows and a great color to be used all over the lid.
L-R : Mystic Purple, Back to Khaki, Blue Mission

L-R : It's Up To You, Knock Out, Ultra Violet
Overall, if you are looking for a basic eye shadow with decent pigmentation and a nice range of colors to choose from, these are worth a shot. The may not be the most long lasting shadows but, with a good primer underneath, they wear well and do the job without breaking the bank.

What are your thoughts on these Essence Eye Shadows?

Available at Ulta, HEB & Fred Meyer stores and online at

Disclosure: The products in this article were provided by PR for consideration. All opinions are my own. For more information please refer to my Disclosure Policy.


  1. Beautiful shades <3 Great review !!!

  2. The shades are lovely. You knocked me out with knock out dear!!

  3. I love essence, you should try their long lasting eyeshadows...I forgot the exact names of them but they are really smooth and dont crease

  4. Have you ever done a makeup storage post? It would be fun if you could show us where your makeup lives. :)

  5. @Nivedita - haha thanks! Glad you like them :)

  6. @Sidrah - There is a long lasting eye shadow? I must try it then. Thanks for letting me know :)

  7. @Chris - I absolutely will sometime soon! Right now, they're living inside stackable storage boxes :D

  8. I do love a bit of essence it is great for a budget friendly make up treat

  9. @aprettyobsession - I agree. Great to play around with too! :)

  10. very nice shades ...liked all of them :)

  11. I have to check this brand out the next time I shop at Ulta.

    1. They have some very cute stuff! I'm sure you'll like quite a few of 'em! :)