If you’ve been following me on Snapchat, you may remember me mentioning the Essence Effect eyeshadow that I picked up on Black Friday, last year. If I had known how handy these little tubes truly are, I probably would have bought all the stock that Spree had, as these days I struggle to find any and fear that they may have been discontinued.
Cream eyeshadows are relatively new to me and other than my failed attempt at using a NYX creamy eyeshadow once, I haven’t explored the MANY uses that cream eyeshadows actually offer. The problem that I had with the NYX variant was that the shadow didn’t dry quick enough and whenever the weather was humid, the product would move and build up in the crease of my eyelids. Gross!
The Essence Effect Eyeshadows come in a nifty little 7ml tube, with a narrow nozzle to allow for better control of the creamy product. The formula is light and airy with a satin-like texture, that applies smoothly across the lid. I prefer using my fingertips when I am in a hurry, allowing the product to warm against my skin and blend evenly. However, using a brush would most certainly result in a much more professional look. No matter whether you choose to use your fingers or a makeup brush, work quickly to set the shadow in place, as unlike the NYX creamy eyeshadow, this one dries very quickly and stays in place for a good 8 hours and longer. The pigment of these shadows is the real wow factor, with the ability to add it to even the darkest shades and still have them show up more vibrant than ever. I love the subtle metallic tint and especially like how it works so well with other eyeshadows, both creamy and powder.
Creamy eyeshadows are versatile as they can be used to prime the lid, allowing other shadows to build up and show up more vibrantly. They can also be used on their own for a quick pop of colour that requires no effort, or as a striking tint on a more glam made-up look. Instead of just telling you the many uses and looks, I thought that I would show you 3 looks that I use my Essence Effects Eyeshadow to create.
Products that I used:
These products were used in all three looks:
Face: Sudocrem as a primer, CATRICE Nude Illusion Make-Up in 030- Nude Beige, CATRICE Colour Correcting Mattifying Powder in 010- Delicate Blossom, CATRICE Luminizing Bronzer in C01- New Bronze Age, Essence Soo Blush!
Eyes: Essence Effects Eyeshadow in 03- Indian’s Lifestyle, Almay Intense i-color gel smooth liner in 031 – Black Noir, Almay One Coat Multi-Benefit in 501- Blackest Black.
Eyebrows: Billion Dollar Brows Universal Pencil
First Look: The Mom Face
This is the mom face a.k.a “darling, are you ready yet?”. I often spend all my time priming and making my skin look glowy, that I forget we should have already left 5 minutes ago – whoops! I use the Essence Effects Eyeshadow in 03 – Indian’s Lifestyle and with my fingertips, just apply the creamy formula to my lid, slowly blending it outward. I lightly line my bottom lids and smudge them out, whip out my volumizing mascara and complete the look with some gloss! I chose to go with a coral shade from Essence’ liquid lipstick range in 04-Show Off, for a high pigment, high gloss look that is modern-chic and requires no effort.
Second Look: The everyday ‘pretty girl’ Face
So I have a little bit more time this morning and that just means getting more creative than before. The idea for this look is to remain subtle enough for an everyday look while not being completely dull. I continue from the first look by simply applying the Essence Effects Eyeshadow on the base of my lid. I opt to define the crease by using a brown with red undertones eyeshadow, as my blending shadow and work the colour from where the pink stops at my crease and upwards toward the brow, stopping three-quarters of the way. Using a low-pigment black and dark brown shadow, I continue to define the outer corner of my eye and focus more attention on the crease. Again, I finish this look with the same eyeliner and mascara as before and chose a versatile nude lip from CATRICE’s Luminous Lips range in 030- Undercover Nude.
Third Look: The glammed up, “I got a hot date, tonight!” Face
Glammed-up date-night means dramatic eyes and possible where I have the most fun. I start by using a navy blue eyeshadow on the outer lids, blending inward to three-quarters of my lid. I then use a dark purple eyeshadow and blend from where the purple ends, inward. Using a black gel liner, I cut the crease and use my makeup brush with a high-pigment black shadow to blend the gel out. Using my baby finger, I dot the Essence Effects eyeshadow to the inner section of my eye, making my eyes pop in the light, I then lightly blend the shadow out being careful not to over blend as I love the dramatic contrast of the colours. Using a liquid eyeliner pen, I create a dramatic cat eye before lining the bottom lid and swiping on a thick layer of mascara. To finish the look, I used Elizabeth Arden’s Lipstick in 40- Ultra Violet and L’Oreal’s Cream lipgloss in 107 – Who’s the Boss?
My only advice is, if you see any of the seven or so shades available, buy them… buy them all! I wish that I had.