Multi-use palettes from Essence
I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that most products we own are multi-use, we just have to have the creativity to use them in different ways. So while these are marketed as face and eye palettes, you could quite easily just use them as eyeshadow palettes without ever venturing into using them for anything else. Personally, that’s how I’ve been using them.
If you’re a regular here, you’ll know I have a soft spot for highlighters, and rarely wear blushers, so when it comes to cheek products I’m only interested if it’s able to give me a blinding glow. Therefore, these miss the mark for me as face products, but they REALLY hit the spot when it comes to eyeshadows and more adventurous colours that aren’t too daunting to delve into.
Essence have four of these palettes: Born Awesome, Not Your Princess, The Future Is Me and Too Glam To Give A Damn. My favourite is definitely Born Awesome (I love the orange and blue shades) but they’re all great and at £7 per palette you really can’t go wrong.
As I mentioned above, this is my favourite palette of the four, which is purely because it includes some gorgeous orange, rust and blue shades that compliment each other beautifully. The largest shade pan is supposed to be used as a highlighter I think, but I’ve found myself applying it to the centre of my eyelid after buffing the bold orange shade into my crease and boy does it make a beautiful eyeshadow look!
The blue also works well along my lash line and blends beautifully. I also find the smaller pan darker shades are perfect for adding some depth to the outer corners of my eyes. Overall, this is a winner for me.
Too Glam To Give A Damn
This is such an autumnal palette and I particularly love the rich emerald shade and purple tones that are included in it! I can see myself using this for more dramatic eyeshadow looks and I feel that although a purple smokey eye may feel bold, this palette layout makes applying and blending the colours together seem a lot easier.
Again, I’m not too sure of the largest pan shade, I think I’ll just end up using this as a base eyeshadow colour instead of as a highlighter on my cheeks!
Not Your Princess
I’m unsure about this one. I do like that it’s basically just matte shades, with one shimmer and I can image the hot pink and grey could make a striking makeup look, but I just don’t feel it’s as useable as the above two palettes.
That said, I can definitely see myself reaching for this when I feel adventurous and want to mix my makeup up a bit.
The Future Is Me
I love the galactic vibe of this palette, and while I don’t tend to do blue/silver eyeshadow looks, I’m sure I will venture into them with this palette. I like that the colours are still fairly neutral, with just one bright shimmery blue to add a pop of colour.
I think I’ll again use the highlighter as an eyeshadow, probably just in the tear duct.
Overall, I am really impressed with these palettes. If you’re only going to pick up one I would go for Born Awesome because the shades are really versatile and gorgeous!
- Eyeshadow palettes provided by Essence Cosmetics
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