Before I get into this review, I want to thank you all for the birthday wishes and support while I was in NYC recently! I am thankful for all of the positivity that Pretty Panda brings into my life and am glad to still be writing on this blog!
Now, enough of the mushy stuff. I know a lot of brands are releasing their summer palettes and shades right now and trust me…I want them all! But until you can afford one of those high-end ones, if you are on a budget like myself, tide yourself over with this little gem from Essence Cosmetics.
Essence has a line of palettes called ‘All About…’ and they retail for $4.99. The one I have is called ‘All About Paradise’ and I found it in a summery Essence display at Ulta. There was also one called ‘All About Sunrise’, which had some neutrals and a pretty yellow, but of course I had to go with this one for all of the colors!
There are 6 pans in each palette. The top row contains a shimmery cream color, an orange/peach, and a hot pink. The bottom row contains a slightly greenish yellow, a teal, and a shimmery navy.
These are swatches over a thin layer of primer. Realistically, I never go without eye primer, so this is the intensity that will show up on my lids. I think for the price the quality is there. I love all the shades and they are easy to work with except for the navy, which pulls patchy and is a bit dry. It takes a bit of work to get right, but it won’t stop me from using it.
Above are light swatches of the navy, cream, and teal without primer. Pigmentation without primer is only okay, as you can see, but there is potential to create a wash/watercolor effect if you choose not to wear primer. But pandas, you should be wearing primer! (I have my eye on the new UD Enigma for my next one!).
Here is a quick look I created with the peach shade in my inner corner, yellow in the middle of the eye, and the hot pink in the crease and slight outer corner. I blended everything with the cream shade. Wear time was 9 hours no creasing with primer and they were easy to blend. I do recommend a sticky or white base or at least a primer and a dense brush to really get vibrant results. I got tons of compliments!
For five bucks, you can’t go wrong with Essence. They aren’t the best eyeshadow formula ever, but they blow the water out of the NYX square shadows and Revlon, for sure! If you don’t want to make a spendy commitment to bright colors, this is for you!