Essence I ♥ Nudes Eyeshadow| First Impressions

Hi there!

How's it going? I hope you are enjoying summer in whatever form it may come in.

On the 9th February, Essence brought out some new products to an already existing line of makeup. Essence, as I recently learnt is a great brand for coming out with new products. I bought a couple of bits and bobs from the Christmas collection and was thoroughly pleased.

I was particularly excited about the I ♥ Nude eyeshadows. I am definitely more comfortable with natural eye looks so this sounded great to me! I've never tried Essence eyeshadows before. I had little knowledge of their texture or pigmentation.

From what I picked up I have decided to keep away from the nude lipstick line as I think it would look like concealer, even on my very pale, Irish complexion.

For today I will stick to just the I ♥ Nude eyeshadows. These are quite inexpensive, costing just €3. 09. I picked up three eyeshadows.  I picked out three that I would be able to create a full eyeshadow look with. I got the shades

These come in really gorgeous colours. In the shop, some of the shades seemed quite similar. I steered clear of those ones, though, so I can't tell you if they are as alike as I thought.

Both My Favourite Tauping and Crème Brûlée are baked eyeshadows (giving the eyeshadow a domed appearance), however, Coffee Bean is a regular, flat eyeshadow. I'm not sure if there is a reason for this.

Those of you who do not know what baked eyeshadows are, are probably wondering about the function or benefits of a baked eyeshadow. They are left in the sun on terracotta tiles. They become more pigmented and smoother to work with.

One of the best bits about these is that you can achieve two totally different looks with the same shadows.  For a more extreme look, you simply have to wet your eyeshadow brush with some cold water. This step is optional but will increase the pigmentation of the eyeshadows. If you want to achieve a more subtle look skip this. It will create a sheerer, more everyday look

It took me a bit too long to realise how to get the most from these eyeshadows. I seemed to forgot the whole point of "baked" shadows.

I was very disappointed when I tried crème brûlée on with a wet brush. This applies unevenly to the lids. It gathers together giving a clumpy appearance. I much prefer the slightly muted effect given by not wetting the brush. It is a neutral, shimmery champagne colour. A staple colour. This shade is not pigmented and shows up as a faint iridescent glow.

Still very pretty!

My Favourite Tauping was put through the crease and was used as a transition colour. This doesn't have the same bad qualities of Crème Brûlée when applying with a wet brush but I still prefer to use a dry brush when using this. This is my favourite of the three. It is a gorgeous taupe. I adore this shade and I recently persuaded my mum to try it when she was going out. She loved it so much that she asked me to pick one up while I was out! Success!

Coffee Bean is packed with pigment! I used this to add a little drama to the outer corner of my lid. For this eyeshadow I did not see the reason to wet the brush. This is a dark brown. It is very plendable and looks great in the outer corner if blended properly.

One of my main complaints is the packaging. The single packaging is quite inconvenient as it takes up a lot of space. The fact that the packaging is rounded/domed makes it about x10 worse. This takes a lot more space than it should when you stack them vertically or horizontally in containers.

Thanks for stopping by!

Clare ♡

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