Thursday, August 30, 2012

Holographic Eyeshadow?

Say what, springs to mind!
When I think of the term holographic the first image the pops into my head is GOSH's holographic
nail polish but I think that is purely because it was such a nightmare to source the first time it
was launched and for that reason alone it will always haunt my memory bank!
Sadly Essence's Holographic Eyeshadow isn't quite as complex as the silver rainbow that holo nail
polishes tend to be but it a really great shade and pretty diverse too!

Although Essence is a budget brand and one of the lowest priced brands on in the European market,
the packaging isn't completely an after thought.
Yes Essence favours transparent plastic casings but the selling point for me is that you can instantly see
what shade/s are housed inside and if past experiences dictate it is pretty robust,
which is all I ever really expect!

Essence's holographic eyeshadow's are an addition to their regular line which boasts an impressive
28 shade range two of which are holographic - this may be incorrect so do feel free to correct me in 
the comments section, I'm only going on what I have read online as Essence isn't sold within the UK.
The shade I have in shade 43 Mystic Lemon, which in pan form is a slightly off white shade
with a slight golden undertone basically in the pan it looks almost identical to MAC Nylon
yet swatched it becomes a bright, light golden yellow that is almost identical to NARS Albatross highlighter.

If there was ever a suit all shade Mystic Lemon would be it,
it will show up on each and every skin tone despite not being the most pigmented product out there.
That being said the colour pay off is more than fine and despite being a little prone to product fall out 
I incurred no problems - it blends well and can be layered on without caking.
For me the selling point of this particular shade is that you can use it on both your eyes
or cheeks as a beautiful highlight shade that dupes wonderfully well that of a much higher priced product.
I do recommend using a primer as without it this product only wore for around 5 hours.

Essence aren't currently available in the UK as of yet but you can pick up most products on eBay
fairly cheaply, this seller stocks a huge range of their eyeshadows for under £3 each - link

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  1. Wowww this is gorgeous, i wish essence was easier to find in the UK!

    Sophierosehearts, currently having an 100 follower giveaway! x

  2. Pretty steep prices for essence shadows. They sell for 1,75€ in drugstores here...

    Plus I might add that both "holographic" shadows they've had in their range got discontinued (this one in spring, the purple one now in autumn), so if anyone wanted it, be quick on ebay.

    1. Tell me about it, I guess it's because we don't have it which really sucks!
      Ah thank you :) Essence up date so often don't they!

  3. i had a little chuckle at the name - mystic lemon? really? what's it gonna do, predict the future? these citrus fruits are getting really technologically advanced...

  4. Try this over different colored bases, like I do!
    Really interesting combinations would come up!

    (Sorry for my bad english :S )

    1. Your english is great! What great combos :)

  5. I have this too! Love it :)
    I think for the price Essence has great eyeshadows!

    Don't mean to spam with the link but here's my fave essence shadows

  6. I love the finish on these eyeshadows!
    I'm a really big fan of your blog and it's definitely inspired me to make my own.
    New to blogging...

    1. Aww thank you :) I will have to have a read!

  7. is a nice shade but I don´t really know the holographic explanation! thanks for sharing!

  8. Pretty color


  9. Essence is really cheap, and I think that on Ebay things from the brand are more expensive than the same in a shop, I have that shadow, I think they don't sell it anymore because every six months they change the things like clothes in stores.

    1. Basically the sellers on eBay are ripping us Brits off haha!
      Ah thank you :) do you know their most current collection is per chance?

  10. I love the shade and that it can do double or triple duty (blush/bronzer, highlighter, eyeshadow). Unfortunately I live in the States and so this brand is no where to be found here. I haven't even heard of Essence until I started blogger a year ago. I'd love for a cosmetics brand with good quality and inexpensive prices to be availale here. There is one 'cheaper' brand available here, but their items feel cheap. :-\
    Happy Blogging,

    1. Ah really :( I thought some Ulta's stocked it as I have seen it on some US bloggers sites...sorry to hear that! What discount brands do you guys have? I love Milani and NYX but I don't really know all that much about them :)

  11. It reminds me of MUA's pearl eyeshadow in shade 1, easy to find in UK if anyone's desperate.


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