Essence Makeup Boxes | Review

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Over the past few weeks I've been on the search for cruelty free makeup products and Essence was one of the brands that I came across. I've never bought anything from them before now and I must say I'm impressed. All of Essence's products are really affordable but the quality exceeds the price. 
When I first saw these adorable little palettes I thought they were too cute and since they were only $9 each I thought that I would give them a try. Im so happy that I did because I think they're absolutely fantastic! 

Each Palette includes 6 eyeshadows, a double ended applicator and 2 instruction cards tucked behind the mirror, one card for a day look and the other for night. 

Starting with the Bright Eyes palette.. 

This palette mainly consists of shimmery pink tones with a few neutral shades placed here and there. The eyeshadows themselves are very creamy and apply really nicely. The pigmentation is okay, there are a few that definitely show up but some of the shades are so light that they are barely there (they could be used as a nice highlight though). I don't tend to use a primer because I don't really see a difference between when I use one or not, but these eyeshadows really benefit from the use of a primer or base because it not only helps them last longer but also keeps them looking vibrant. 

Next is the Nude Eyes palette...

Pigmency wise I think this palette tops the Bright Eyes palette. All of the colours show up really nicely and blend beautifully as well. I'd once again recommend using a primer or base before applying these eyeshadows because with both palettes the eyeshadows last about an hour without a primer but with a primer or base they will last closer to three hours.

Conclusion : 
I think overall these palettes exceeded my expectations, they aren't perfect but for the price I didn't expect perfection. They are better than any drugstore eyeshadows that I have ever used in the past which were usually either equal in price or more expensive. Oh, and did I mention how adorable the packing is?! 
These palettes are definitely something to look into if you are just looking for something small to try out and mess around with, but if you're looking for something that will really become a staple in your makeup collection I might recommend saving your money and going for something a little larger and better quality (such as my favourite palette, the Urban Decay - Naked 2 Palette). 

But in the end, I will definitely keep an eye out for when a new Essence palette comes out! 


  1. I haven't heard much about this brand. However, I recently came across a lip gloss of theirs at Ulta that I am loving right now. Great post.
    Bright Shiny Day

    1. I hadn't heard of it before either until now. It seems to be showing up everywhere though! Thank you so much!!

  2. The nude palette is sooo perfect!! :))

    1. I'm in love with it! Ill be sure to check out your blog!

  3. Some really great shades! I love the pretty packaging too :) x

    The Belle Narrative


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