When it comes to the holidays, there never seems to be enough time to do anything! It’s a constant rush to get things done and although I usually wear a little bit of makeup to run errands, I’ve been relying on nothing more than moisturizer lately. When I think about the extra time to get “face-ready”, I just shrug my shoulders and say “screw it”. With New Year’s parties just around the corner, I was imagining a 2 hour prep time to get glammed up, but the look I have on today took less than 10 minutes to create!
You can never go wrong with a nude eyeshadow look which is why Essence has kept it simple with the “How to Make Nude Eyes” Makeup Box*($9.99 CDN) with six eyeshadow shades that can take you from day to night in no time flat!
This kit comes complete with two inserts tucked behind the mirror with instructions for a day and night looks, six shimmery shades and a double-ended eyeshadow applicator brush.
All six shadows swatches quite nicely without primer. I found “Eye Light Beige” and “An Eye on Apricot” to be a bit chalky, but were fine when applied on the eye. My favourite shades were “All About Nude”, “Nude Night Out” and “Team Nude”. I tend to like all of the darker shades in almost EVERY nude palette I have. I think it’s a pigmentation thing.
For this look, I followed the “Eyes Night Out Look” instruction card verbatim and low and behold, it actually turned out! (Sometimes the included looks are such a disappointment!)
GET THE LOOK!
- Apply “Eye Light Beige” all over the eyelid all the way up to the eyebrow for extra highlight
- Apply “All About Nude” in eye crease with fluffy brush
- Apply ‘'An Eye on Apricot” on inner corners of eye with small pencil brush
- Apply “Nude Night Out” on outer third of eyelid and blend out and downward to create smoky eye
- Using a pencil brush line half of lower lash line with “Nude Night Out” and then ‘'An Eye on Apricot” on the other half to mimic colour scheme on upper eyelid
- Line lower waterline with Essence Gel Eye Pencil in Black Blaze*($2.99)
- Line upper lash line with either the gel eye pencil or your favourite black liquid eyeliner
- Apply Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Boost Waterproof Mascara
- Apply full and fluffy false lashes to bring some real “glam” to this nude smoky eye!
- Using fingertips, apply Essence Dark Romance Velvet Mousse Blush in Painted Love on apples and contours of cheeks
- a little goes a long way, so start off with a tiny amount on your fingers and build if you need to!
- Apply Essence Lipstick in Flirty Pink*
- Apply Essence XXXL Longlasting Lipgloss in Nude Mood*($2.49CDN)
Final Verdict: For an Essence palette, I found this to be on the upper end of their price point, but $10 for a nude palette with everything you would need to create day and night looks is really nothing to complain about. I found the instructions very easy to follow and even though I was on my own for all steps after the eyeshadows, the hardest part is always figuring out how to use the shadows cohesively.
Even though the shadows weren’t buttery in texture, I had no problems with application. There was some slight fallout from “Nude Night Out”, but nothing a Q-tip didn’t fix. The best part was how FAST I was able to create the look. It looks long when written, but it was seriously a piece of cake!
Do you like these types of makeup palettes or is your brain screaming “enough with the nudes!”?