Dear Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadows,
Always one to jump on the bandwagon at the very last second, I picked you up in Priceline when you were on sale for half price due to the fact that you are soon to be discontinued. Though I appreciated the discount at the time, I appreciate it even more now after having gotten to know you and discover that you really aren't anything at all like your cousin Eye Souffle in Pas Des Copper (the most beautiful cream shadow in the world). In fact, initially I was devastated that you were going to be discontinued but this was prior to having worn you on my eyelids you see, and I have since changed my mind and consider it to be a blessing to us all.
Do you really think you can rightfully call yourself cream shadows? Really? I don't know if all your siblings are like yourself, but from what you have shown me you are not at all like a cream but rather a solid block of shiny rock. Maybe you are just old and past your use by date, but honestly, I struggled to even get a swatch out of you let alone actually wear you on my eyelids. Not impressed, not impressed.
When I did carve a somewhat dangerous looking lump out and furiously slap it across my eyelids I found that unless I dragged you painfully back and forth, you did not transfer what could be a beautiful pigmented but rather rolled up in a ball and refused to cooperate. I didn't let you win, of course, and forced you to work, but you were resistant and in the end you won, flaking all over the place and dispersing colour unevenly across my eyelids, making me look ridiculous.
I will, however, grant you one thing - you did last all day, in fact after kicking and screaming during application, you finally settled down and rested on my eyelids, only to hang on tight and refuse to come off when required. I must say, I wasn't at all impressed with your inability to cooperate and I certainly shall not be working with you anytime in the near future.
I don't want to sound too bitter, after all you do look quite presentable in your packaging. I like the fact that you come in a lovely little tub with a raised dome shaped lid. I even like the design you display on top and the way in which you change colour according to the shade that you are. Your shade names are alright, nothing special but not too hopeless.
I know that you call yourselves residents of the great land Essence, but I really don't see it. In my experience Essence products, whilst affordable like yourselves, are of a high quality in beautiful shades and textures. You really do not belong and you are a disappointment.
I am willing to grant you the benefit of the doubt and suggest that perhaps you were just the runt of the litter - that your fellow Stay all day long lasting eyeshadows were of a better quality than you and that you are just old and over it, but you really were hopeless.
I give you 3/10.
Critical Beauty Blogger