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Drugstore Finds: essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadow

essence - stay all day - long lasting eyeshadow - glammy goes to

This was one of the two items I got during my Makeup No Buy, the other being an elf Liquid Eyeliner. I had points to spend and I was picking up stuff for my sister’s birthday, so I thought, why not? I’ve been meaning to try something from this brand, and I can’t say ‘no’ to cream eyeshadow.

essence - glammy - swatch

The shade I got, Glammy Goes To…, is a cool pale gold, almost like a champagne. The texture is a bit stiff, similar to the Stila Smudgepot, but this is actually a bit more workable because the texture is better. It still has a tendency to make eyelids crepe-y if you pack on too much, but you can just use it as a light wash of color.

I find that unlike MAC paint pots, though, I can’t wear these alone. Perhaps it’s the color, which is extremely light, but I suspect it’s the texture as well. It’s not very blendable when it sets, and it does set fairly quickly.

essence - stay all day - long lasting eyeshadow - glammy goes to - Face

Here, I’m wearing it all over the lid, with MAC Handwritten in the outer corner and MAC Quarry over top of the inner two-thirds of the lid to tone down the shine.

It’s a great way to play around with cream eyeshadows if you’re on a budget, though I should say that it’s really not the best texture and consistency out there. I probably won’t buy any more of these in the future, but I think it’s also because I have a lot more cream shadows to use up.

essence is cruelty-free. It is available in SM Department Stores all over the Philippines.

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10 Comments

  1. I’ve been curious about these cream eyeshadows from Essence. Thanks for the review. I’ll probably skip this and stick to my Maybelline Colot Tattoos.

    • Can’t say the same for the rest of the line. I think the gritty/unevenness is due to the hyper shimmer. Have you tried MAC paint Pots and the Benefit ones? They’re my fave textures.

  2. Glad to know that essence is CF! I have their eyeshadow base and it’s a mainstay in my routine. I think I’ll check out the cream shadows next! 😀

  3. I have it too, in 09 “For Fairies” (it’s rosy gold-ish kind of shade). It’s definitely more on a dryer side. For the price and CF factor – not a bad product 😉

    I think they’re not making them anymore though, at least not as standard range.

    Hey, just in case you might be a production code junkie like me (I always make sure makeup I buy hasn’t gone over 30 month shelf life period), Essence marks their products with the batch code where last two letters are the year it was made in (and I have a guess that first two are the week it was made in). Usually the codes look something like this “EF.AB”. So the last two letters would be A0 – 2010, AA – 2011, AB – 2012, AC – 2013 and so on.

    • Ooh, thanks! I had no idea, but that is really cool. 😀 I wonder if the ones they’re selling here are old stock, haha.

  4. I agree on not wearing them alone! They’re a little gritty for me qua texture, not very flattering if the lids are saggy. On you they look just fine though. ;D

  5. I wish they would work for me, just as the Catrice ones, they dry out my eyelids so much and just look meh 😦 I like the sparkles actually but I just prefer my other cream e/s xxx

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