Monday, March 17, 2014

The Luck of Essence: Simple St. Patrick's Day Look Featuring Essence Cosmetics + Review and Swatches

Disclaimer: Products featured were provided for review.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I'll be honest, I never actually celebrate the holiday but I do take the opportunity to rock out some green makeup/nail polish. Today I have a post featuring a couple of green colored products from Essence. To read my reviews and see some swatches, click......

Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish in "The Green & The Grunge";
Essence Stays No Matter What Eyepencil & Shadow in "Garden Green"
Essence Stays No Matter What Eyepencil & Shadow in "Garden Green" ($2.99 CAD):

What it claims:
-Lasts up to 16 hours
-Works as both an eyeliner and an eyeshadow
-Applies smoothly

Pigmentation & Texture:
"Garden Green" is a gorgeous shade of dark metallic green, this shadow pencil applies very smoothly and is richly pigmented. I used it to draw a thick line along my upper lash line and then dabbed my eyeliner brush into the pencil tip. I then used the eyeliner brush to do a flick to create a winged look. So yes, the product is very versatile and can definitely be used as both a liner and a shadow.

The product is waterproof but it isn't completely smudge-proof. It lasted reasonably well and feels comfortable on the lids.

-Good pigmentation
-Smooth application
-Long lasting (though probably not up to 16 hours)

-Needs large barrel sharpener to sharpen; not twistable

Given that the product is only $2.99, it is definitely worth picking up. I even found these better than the Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencils in terms of longevity.

Two coats, no top coat.
Essence Colour & Go Nail Polish in "The Green & The Grunge" ($1.99):
A beautiful dark green, "The Green & The Grunge" was incredibly pigmented and self leveling. I used two coats for the photos and the drying time was indeed super quick. To top things off, the finish was also very shiny! This color is a great dupe for Julep's Popova in case anyone was in search of a cheaper alternative.
I have tried the color "L.O.L" from the Colour & Go range in the past and that one was a bit of a miss. However, this is definitely a shade I would recommend from the Colour & Go line!
Two coats, no top coat.
My St. Patrick's Day green liner & polish combo.
So what do you guys think, do you own either of these products? What kind of makeup/nail look do you have for today? Let me know in the comments below! Thanks for reading!

Check out some of my fellow CBB member's St. Paddy's Day looks: