Essence Cosmetics is the featured CBB brand this month and we are all HUGE fans of this incredibly affordable, yet high quality brand. Where was Essence when I was growing up? I still can’t get over how just $10 can get me enough makeup to do an entire face and potentially even my nails. I am just continually wowed by Essence which is why I am very excited to share with you my review of the Metal Glam Eyeshadows in Golden Up!, Chocolate Jewelery, Jewel Up the Ocean and Coffee to Glow as well as a fun makeup look!
Golden Up! was my least favourite of the four shadows not because of colour, but because there seemed to be quite a bit of fallout even during swatching. There were fairly large chunks of shadow that refused to stick, making application slightly uneven.
Chocolate Jewelery is where I start to die from pure unadulterated shadow love. The consistency is so deliciously smooth with just amazing colour payoff. The gold glitter is not overpowering and I can see myself using this as part of a brown smoky eye.
Jewel Up the Ocean is a beautiful aquamarine blue that would look absolutely stunning on those of you with blue eyes. This colour is vivid, bold and has great formulation.
Coffee to Glow is a metallic taupe that applied better as a swatch than to my eyelids. The eyeshadow was a bit patchy when applied with a makeup brush and fared better when applied with fingers.
Before you start, apply your foundation last because there can be some glittery fallout!
I started with Coffee to Glow all over my lids, followed by Jewel Up the Ocean applied with my ring finger in dabbing motions on the center of my lid. Using a fluffy brush, I applied Chocolate Jewelery onto the outer third of my lid and brought some of the colour down to my lower lash line to create a slight smoky eye.
I tight lined my upper lashes with Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Black Fever and finished with a coat of Essence Lash Mania False Lash Mascara (reviewed here)on both the upper and lower lashes.
For a gorgeous and coconut-scented (no, really!) glow, I applied Essence Sun Club All-in-One Bronzing Highlighter for Brunettes/Darker Skin which can be used on the eyes and body as well.
Final Verdict: Oooh, lordy these Metal Glam shadows are so incredibly awesome! I can’t remember how much they are, but I know they are around the $2.50 mark. Overall, colour payoff was fantastic, packaging oh so cute and texture soft and easy to work with. These are a great product for those on a student budget or just want quality eyeshadows at a decent price!
And for those of you who are wondering, my earrings are of the molecule DOPAMINE. Awesome, right?
PR samples sent for review. All opinions are my own.