Ever since the Urban Decay Naked3 Palette craze, I’ve been obsessed with any palettes that feature that rose gold, aubergine, purple theme as those colours happen to be my favourites and look incredibly flattering on my skintone. When words on social media had it that the new Essence Cosmetics eyeshadow palettes have just arrived at Shoppers Drug Mart, I set out to walk away with at least one. At $4.99 each, the palette isn’t too much to cry over if it doesn’t work, but definitely a steal if it ends up being a great find.
From the three palettes available, the Essence Cosmetics All About Nude Palette appealed to me most. Featuring 6 eyeshadows with satin finish that range from ivory, light shimmery pink to dark plummy purple, this was like an Urban Decay palette made especially for me. When I swatched the colours in-store, I was very surprised by the intense colour payoff. As always with Essence Cosmetics products, the palette isn’t sealed, so check that your eyeshadows haven’t been used or swatched before buying them.
The palette is about the same size as your credit card, and about as thick as the iPhone which makes it super travel-friendly. I haven’t had a bad experience with Essence products where they would crack or break, so that’s nice to keep in mind if you’re traveling with one.
Although the texture is super silky, and buttery, they don’t pack easily on the brush. The colour payoff of the product on the lids is a little bit on the sheerer side, so you have to pack over your brush several times to get the same level of pigmentation as what you see in the pan.
The lighter colours are definitely far too sheer for my liking and require a little more effort that I would normally put in. The darker shades make up for it though as they apply with a lot less effort, and blend a little easier. Despite applying primers underneath all colours, the pigmentation with the lighter shades was a little short of what I am used to.
I don’t think this palette as a complete fail – I think it’s just catered to a different set of consumers. As someone who is accustomed to highly pigmented with a great colour payoff kind of eyeshadows this fell far short of my expectations. It can be a true holy grail for someone who prefers a much subtler look, so I would not discount it yet.
There are two more palettes available which may offer slightly better pigmentation but I have not tried them yet. These palettes are available at Shoppers Drug Mart.