As mentioned in my Maybelline Dream Eyeshadow review, I was always quite hesitant about cream eyeshadows and whether it was worth it or not. Was it just going to crease, was it going to slide off my eyes within the first hour or so, was it going to work with my other eyeshadows...oh the worries I had! I can safely say that I have made a decision - I like cream eyeshadows more than I like powder eyeshadows. Yes, it's true. I have converted, and it is all thanks to this product.
Yes, there are more powder eyeshadows than cream and there is a larger range of colours. Yes, powder eyeshadows are more convenient to apply and carry around. Yes, you can have palettes of powder eyeshadows. Despite this, I still like cream eyeshadows more, well, at least this one anyway.
This cream eyeshadow, or eye souffle, in the shade Pas Des Copper, comes from the German brand Essence which is brand spanking new to Australia. After seeing praise over various beauty blogs and youtube videos I decided that I could probably be part of the action and test a couple of things out too. Because Essence cosmetics are only sold at Target it took me a while to get motivated to make a special trip out there. When I finally ended up standing there looking at all the products, I had absolutely no idea what to get. I had read a little review or two on the 'Ballerina Backstage' range of products, in particular the eye souffles. I could only see two shades so I picked up the Copper one and hoped I was going along the right track.
It was only when I got home that I realised how gorgeous the colour actually was. When I posted my haul I mentioned how it was similar to the Maybelline Dream Eyeshadow, but I have since realised that whilst it is similar, it is actually much better (I know, who would have thought it could get any better!) The colour is richer and more pigmented, more shimmery and has more of a 'wow factor.'
It sticks to my eyelids like glue. I can wear it for 12-14 hours and when I go to take it off about 80% of it is still there, which is much better than most of my other eyeshadows. It doesn't crease, it doesn't feel sticky, and my favourite part is that it is so easy to apply. Just one swipe across the lid using my finger is enough. I feel comfortable wearing it just by itself, but it also works well with crease colours and highlight eyeshadows too. I can combine it with powder shadows with no problems.
The texture is just perfect, and I can't get over how pigmented the shadow is! It's incredible! The only problem that I have is that there are so few eyeshadows in the range (there are only three) and the other two are matte, in black and white.
I am a fan of the packaging, although it is difficult to see the colour without opening the lid which can be problematic when you are in a rush in the morning and are trying to find a particular shade. Nevertheless, I do like the packaging of this product.
After reading this (hopefully) you will be thinking to yourself "Wow, this sounds like the best product in the world, I must run out and buy it! I will pay for it no matter how much it costs, even if it empties my bank account!" Well I have news for you - this eyeshadow cost me....$4.50. That's approximately the cost of a coffee these days!
My mother and a couple of friends noticed me wearing it and went out and bought it for themselves! Just goes to show that it must be pretty good!
I do recommend you investigate this eyeshadow, which I rate as 10/10, for the price and the quality is incredible. Even if you hate it, or you find that you are unlucky and for some reason it doesn't stick on your eyelids or the shimmer is too much for you, it won't be a huge loss of money.
|The swatch on the right (obviously!)|