Saturday, September 27, 2014

Essence 3D Eyeshadow in Irresistible Caramel Cream and How to Use It

Do you have an eye primer?
Do you like using eye primers?
At least, do you use a concealer as an eye shadow base?
If you answered Yes to at least one of the above questions, skip to Section on Using This Eyeshadow.

If not..... hmmm...

Are you okay with medium pigmentation for cheap pocket friendly price?
Are you okay with an eyeshadow that lasts for 1 hour max on a normal-to-oily lid in Summer?
Are you okay with an eyeshadow that can flake a bit if you apply dry and doesn't blend well if you apply wet?
If you answered Yes to at least one of the above questions, skip to Section on Using This Eyeshadow.

If not.... well, then eyeshadow is not for you. Cos it flakes, it has an average pigmentation and a low lasting power if applied without primer. With a primer, it performs much more decently - at least the copper shade of this duo does.

Irresistible Caramel Cream from Essence Cosmetics is part of their 3D Eyeshadow range - I think the design is similar to M.A.C's Extra dimension eyeshadow. Price is around $3 and they have mostly neutral and pastel shades.

This duo comprises of a vanilla-cream champagne shade [highlight] and a brownish Copper shade [lid color].
Of the 2 shades, I like the copper one better, as its more smoother to apply and is more pigmented.

Using This Eyeshadow

 Unless you don't mind a smudgy lid, you got to choose from either one of the below applications:

Using it with a primer - Allow the primer to set before you apply. The champagne shade has a lot of fallout, so look out for that. 

Using it Wet - I would not suggest using the flaky cream shade wet. It doesnt apply very well, unless you really put in some effort. 
However the copper shade looks really beautiful if applied wet. I would suggest going for a mono-color effect if you are applying this wet.
Also, applying it wet doesn't guarantee really long stay; I would suggest layering the wet shadow, with some dry shadow once it is set.

OVERALL: If you are okay with the pigmentation and application issues or if you [like me] are looking for nice colors that fit your pocket, you could give this one a try. However, I'd suggest you take a look at the single eyeshadows from Essence cos I think they have some great shades in there.
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