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