Essence is a drugstore brand that is targeted at the younger market but hey, there’s no age limit in makeup. I like their gel eyeliner and was about to explore their eyeshadows next. It was really good timing when a dear friend gave me one of the eyeshadow quads as a gift because I was hooked almost instantly and went to Watsons to pick up another quad.
Essence is a relatively young cosmetics company from Germany and it was launched in 2002. They entered the Malaysian market just a few years ago and can be found at most major departmental stores and Watsons. They used to have a standalone shop along Starhill but I’m not sure if it’s still there.
Anyway, back to the eyeshadows… The two quads I have are in Sea My Eyes and Over The Taupe. Such cute names! Sea My Eyes is made up of hazy greys and blues whilst Over The Taupe has a good mix of neutral taupes and browns. The highlighter shade in each quad compliments the range of colours very well.
I was most impressed with the pigmentation of these shadows especially the darker shades on the bottom half. They have pretty good colour payoff and apply very smoothly on the lids. The texture is buttery and not too powdery. Honestly, they can easily rival some of the highend brands.
With a good primer or base on my lids, these eyeshadows can last a good 12 hours or more. It is prone to fading and very slight creasing without a primer, but if you have one on, it won’t be an issue.
I think we get approximately 4 or 5 different eyeshadow quads locally at Watsons. Each Essence Quattro Eyeshadow palette costs RM15.90 and I have a good chuckle whenever I purchase anything from Essence because the products are so affordably priced.
Have you tried any eyeshadows from Essence? What drugstore eyeshadows are you enjoying at the moment? Do drop in and share your thoughts.