Essence has some great makeup at affordable prices but when I swatched the new All About Palettes I knew I had to have them! In terms of color payoff, quality, vibrancy and glam-factor I think these pigments are some of the best the brand has to offer and they retail for just $5.99 each!
The texture of these shadows is smooth and a tad creamy so they apply well (I recommend a primer or base) and stay put all day without fading. The range of effects and shades are stunning with a flattering combination of neutrals, smokey hues, shimmer and glitter in matte, metallic and satin finishes. You can create a wide variety of looks from soft and office appropriate to bold and dramatic.
The palette that first caught my eye was All About Bronze. If you love shimmer and brilliant radiance then these shades are for you! All of these shadows have a glittering finish in a range of bronze, gold, champagne and silver tones plus the vivid sparkle is prominent and full-coverage with little fall-out. These colors look great on every skin tone and can even be used to highlight the face. If you are looking for show stopping eye shadow then you need this little palette in your makeup bag.
All About Roses includes a beautiful bronzy-garnet that I’m slightly obsessed with! There are 3 velvety mattes and 5 shimmery metallics in some seriously gorgeous shades. This palette is perfect for a night out and great for travel.
All About Toffee has a great balance of neutrals and deep contouring hues which creates beautiful contrast and definition. The dark grey-black is embedded with subtle blue glitter while the other shimmers are bright and multidimensional.
All About Vintage includes golden-bronze, deep bronze, black shimmer and a range of silver, cool grey and cream. It could have probably used a couple more matte hues but you can always mix and match with the other palettes.
Essence is available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Ulta Beauty in the U.S.