Essence is one of those brands that I am such a big fan of, mainly because the products are so cheap and yet most of them are still really good quality. Their lipsticks, for instance, (see reviews here, here and here!) are an example of such, as are their nail polishes. One of my absolute favourite eyeshadows is from Essence and if you look back at my 'Top 3 Tuesday' series you will find that almost every post contains an Essence product. Impressive!
It is for that reason, having had such a good history with Essence, that I picked up an eyeshadow to test out. I selected the shade 'Cappuccino Please' as I had heard good things about it and liked the look of it in the store.
To be honest, this shadow isn't amazing, it's alright but nothing rave-worthy. To best describe the shade I would call it a muted, dusty creamy/beige colour with the slightest hint of a peachy pink. It's nice, but nothing too special. It is shimmery, although it's a strange kind of shimmer where it is more of a pearly finish as opposed to glittery. I think it would be better described as frosty. On my eyelids it is very, very subtle, so much so that it is not really worth bothering with. I tend to avoid using it all over my lids as I really find it to be a waste of time, but it works well as an inner corner highlight.
The shadow has a soft, smooth texture and an okay lasting power. I find that it does tend to crease a little, but due to is subtle nature it is not at all noticeable. I would wear this confidently for a whole day but I would also expect it to be almost gone by the end. I wouldn't bother with this for a night out look, simply because I have other similar shades that I find to be better quality.
The shadow is a little dusty but the fallout is minor. I find it to be quite a fine shadow and it gets into my eyes and irritates them after the initial application. Within about five minutes it is fine and it doesn't bother me for the rest of the day.
I really like the packaging and the pattern imprinted into the shadow. The compact shadow with its clear plastic lid and base looks simple and in my opinion more expensive than it actually is. It is so small and easy to work with, and the black print looks nice against the shadow.
This is a nice cheap shadow that is a subtle and likable shade, though nothing incredible or worth raving about. I wouldn't exactly recommend it, but there is nothing to complain about. I give this 7 out of 10.