Essence 3D Eyeshadow Swatches and Review

essence 3D Eyeshadow

When I was in Santa Rosa recently at the new Ulta, I saw an end-cap of Essence products and some Essence 3D Eyeshadow shades. Since I never, ever see Essence anywhere else, I definitely wanted to try them out. So inexpensive and the result was rather impressive!

These eyeshadows come with a cool 3D 3mm high design and there are two complimentary shimmery/glittery/metallic shades inside. You can apply wet or dry but I got so much pigmentation I didn’t feel the need to even swatch them wet.

They come in six color combinations right now:

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Shades

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Irresistible Mermaid Kiss, Irresistible Purr-ple

essence 3D Eyeshadow Irresistible Mermaid Kiss
Irresistible Mermaid Kiss

essence 3D Eyeshadow Irresistible Purr-ple
Irresistible Purr-ple

essence 3D Eyeshadow Swatches
Irresistible Mermaid Kiss, Irresistible Purr-ple (over primer)

Irresistible Mermaid Kiss features a pale icy green metallic and a deeper more sea-green metallic glitter.

Irresistible Purr-ple has a bright glittery violet and an icy lavender/silver metallic.

These actually feel much nicer to the touch than I expected them to. They are relatively soft and very, very pigmented. The glitter is there but it doesn’t feel gritty and it’s not that noticeable overall.

Overall: Impressive, especially for my first time trying any of their actual makeup. I love all these colors apart and together, and the pigmentation was really excellent. I am interested in the other shades now.

Availability: Ulta.

Pricing: $3.49.

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  • June 19, 2013

    I’ve not tried Essence makeup, but these look great – so soft and pigmented!
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    • June 19, 2013

      I really like them, much better than my expectations!

  • June 19, 2013

    WOW. I always see Essence at Ulta but I haven’t picked anything up. These look really pretty.
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    • June 19, 2013

      For the price especially, they are right. :)

  • June 19, 2013

    I’ve recently discovered Essence through a friend and I’ve tried their Stay Natural concealer (ok product, packaging not so much) and Matt Bronzer (love this).

    I haven’t tried any of their eyeshadows but after this post, i’ll be looking for these!

    • June 19, 2013

      I also bought their clear mascara for my brows, which I haven’t used yet but assume will do the job. I would like to try more from them soon!

  • June 19, 2013

    I really like Mermaid’s Kiss! Good to know you can get quality at such a nice price.
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  • June 19, 2013

    I think their makeup is decent. Sadly I think my ulta is getting rid or essence. When I was there last week the end cap was almost empty and everything was on some major clearance.

  • June 19, 2013

    Can you swatch what they look like when you combine the two colors? I don’t think it would make much of a difference with the green but I’d like to see how the purple would turn out.

  • June 19, 2013

    I haven’t tried thesee eyeshadows but I love their ‘Stay with me’ lipglosses!
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  • June 19, 2013

    I really like Essence as a brand. Not all of their products are super high quality but I like their single eyeshadows and LOVE their waterproof gel eyeliner, which is wonderful for the price and doesn’t dry out nearly as quickly as many other gel liners on the market (like MAC Fluidline)!

  • June 19, 2013

    I may try these if they don’t have Carmine & Cochineal.

  • June 19, 2013

    I actually just picked the purple and silver one last week. I wasn’t expecting much, but I was incredibly impressed with the pigmentation and staying power of these. I am definitely going to get more colors in this line, and start trying their other products as well. Thankfully I have found a few Ulta’s near me where there is a full stock of Essence items.

  • June 19, 2013

    Is Essence sold anywhere else other than Ulta, do you know? Thanks!

    • June 19, 2013

      Their website says Ulta, Fred Meyer, HEB and if in Canada Shopper’s Drug Mart and Pharmaprix.

  • June 19, 2013

    In the Northwest, Essence is sold at many of the Fred Meyer stores.

  • June 19, 2013

    Wow! They are pretty. I hope I can stumble across them.
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  • June 19, 2013

    I soooo wish I was near an Ulta! These look amazing.
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  • June 19, 2013

    So pretty!
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  • July 26, 2013
    Rebecca Russell

    Oh wow! These are pretty! I recently moved to Washington state and they carry Essence at Fred Meyer…I was so excited when I saw the display the first time!