The Budget Eyeshadow That Everyone Needs

DS3_8685When the Essence Mono Eyeshadow in 15 Hazel Me Not!* turned up in my letterbox along with some other bits from the April update I was pretty unfazed. I checked it out and thought it definitely wasn’t anything to write home about but fast forward a couple of weeks and here I am devoting an entire post to it because this little pan of joy is the perfect shade for blending into the crease, adding definition and making everything look more put together. It might sound boring but seriously, once you find it, it changes your life.

I find it’s often pretty hit and miss with budget eyeshadow but there’s something about this seemingly boring eyeshadow that’s seriously caught my attention. It’s like contouring for your eye, in the sense that the shade is the perfect cool toned brown that mimics a shadow, deepening up that crease, and it literally works with anything and everything. It’s that final little touch that pulls everything together and blends everything out into seamless perfection. Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic – this shadow doesn’t suddenly turn me into a make-up artist but it’s amazing what a little blending in the crease can do.DS3_8686

The pigmentation and formula is nothing wild but for what I use it for that’s totally fine – I just pick up a bit of product in a fluffy brush and work it into the crease. If it was too pigmented then things could start looking too full on too quickly, this shadow is so build-able and easy to work with that you literally cannot go wrong. It’s also great for a barely there look all over the lid, I’ve found.

It’s a subtle difference and maybe I’m the only one that can tell the difference but hey! That’s what it’s about. Essence mono eyeshadow’s are $3.50 each. Seriously. And from what I’ve tried they are pretty damn impressive for the price. Hopefully this shade in particular will be hitting stands soon with the brand update and you guys can understand what I’m on about…
Have you tried any Essence shadows? What’s your perfect transition shade?

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*products in this post were sent to me for consideration, honesty as always!

  • This shade looks so great! It really does sound like an awesome contour shade – have you tried it on your face!? Haha!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • I haven’t tried it on my face but I have been tempted – next make-up experimentation day I’ll have to give it a go…

  • No swatch? This sounds like an amazing cheap eyeshadow!


    • It’s the kind of shade that doesn’t really show up well in a swatch, I’m sorry – I promise I did try! haha

  • I am seeing Essence being talked up everywhere lately – I even picked up one of their blushes in the last Priceline sale and was well impressed with the quality and with the incredibly low prices, it’s great to be able to try a product and virtually pay with shrapnel at the bottom of your handbag!

    • Their blushes are AMAZING! But it’s so great to see a brand that cheap in Priceline, hey? And such good quality 🙂

  • What a lovely shade! I’ve always overlooked Essence eye shadows but I’ll have to check this one out. Love adding some dimension to the crease, so quick and makes such a big difference! I love warm-toned shadows, specifically Salted Caramel from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar and Peanut Butter from the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette. xx

    Daniela |

    • I’m always amazed by how much of a difference a bit of crease definition makes! I’ve never given much thought to the Chocolate Bar palettes but those shades sound great!

  • I always see people purchasing matte cream shades in singles to supplement their palette collection but I’m always looking for a great crease shade! There’s nothing better than those matte cool-toned browns. Thanks for the recommendation!

    xx Julia

    • hehe well I have plenty of singles and palettes! But this is a seriously good shade for if your palette doesn’t have that great cool-toned crease shade!

  • For the cheap dollar, this sounds like a go-er!

  • Essence is so fab fullstop.