These liquid eyeshadows launched recently as part of the Spring/Summer 2017 collection and I picked up two shades of the new Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadows. Liquid eyeshadows are all the rage at the moment and I am sure most of you have seen or heard about the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows that kind of put it on the map. If you haven’t, click here to bring yourself up to speed. The whole beauty community raved about these shadows, but as they are more on the pricey side ($24 or roughly R330 per unit) it was nice to have the option of a more inexpensive liquid eyeshadow to take for a test run.
Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadows
Product: The Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadows are liquid glittery eyeshadows that will brighten up your eyes with a highly pigmented metallic look.
Packaging: The shadows are packaged in a ‘lipgloss’-like tube with a doe-foot applicator.
Formula: The formula of the Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadows is not overly runny and is highly pigmented.
Tips on how to use: There are a couple of tricks I have learned while playing with the Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadows.
- Do not use an eyeshadow primer. I have tried it with Urban Decay’s Primer Potion, Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Wet n Wild Photo Focus Primer, MAC Paint Pot, Milani, Catrice, you name it – it bizarrely works better (perfectly actually!) without any form of primer or foundations on the lids. I really don’t know why, but it balls up and become a mess if you layer the eyeshadow on top of a primer.
- I find the best application is to dot it either directly on your lid or the back of your hand and then blend it with your finger. It dries very quickly so you will have to work speedily. You can manipulate the intensity that you want with the blending.
- It doesn’t play too nicely with other shadows and once the product has dried you cannot add another layer or colour as it will ball up.
Wear: Both the shades that I have lasts extremely well during the day. It honestly does not even crease a little bit, despite not wearing an eyeshadow primer. The pigmentation does not fade, it is comfortable to wear and it looks as good 16-hours later as when you applied it in the morning. 10/10 for wearing time!
Shades: There are 7 glorious shades available in the range. You can have a look here to view the collection. I have the shades 02-Stars & Stories which is a cool-toned pinky silver shade and 07-1 Second To Mars which is a vibrant rose gold shade and my absolute favourite.
Price: R80/€3.50 each
What did I think? I absolutely loved these shadows. I blend mine out a bit more to get a subtler finish and every time I wear it out I am asked what eyeshadow it is. The shades really are that beautiful. I am mostly impressed by how amazingly well these eyeshadows last during the day. Not even one single crease! I am mightily impressed by these Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadows and I can highly recommend it.
Will I buy this product again? Yes, I will definitely repurchase, especially the ‘1 Second To Mars’ shade. I am also really keen to pick up the rich gold shade: 01-Solar Explosion.