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

  2. 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. 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! :)