Dear Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadows,
Always one to jump on the bandwagon at the very last second, I picked you up in Priceline when you were on sale for half price due to the fact that you are soon to be discontinued. Though I appreciated the discount at the time, I appreciate it even more now after having gotten to know you and discover that you really aren't anything at all like your cousin Eye Souffle in Pas Des Copper (the most beautiful cream shadow in the world). In fact, initially I was devastated that you were going to be discontinued but this was prior to having worn you on my eyelids you see, and I have since changed my mind and consider it to be a blessing to us all.
Do you really think you can rightfully call yourself cream shadows? Really? I don't know if all your siblings are like yourself, but from what you have shown me you are not at all like a cream but rather a solid block of shiny rock. Maybe you are just old and past your use by date, but honestly, I struggled to even get a swatch out of you let alone actually wear you on my eyelids. Not impressed, not impressed.
When I did carve a somewhat dangerous looking lump out and furiously slap it across my eyelids I found that unless I dragged you painfully back and forth, you did not transfer what could be a beautiful pigmented but rather rolled up in a ball and refused to cooperate. I didn't let you win, of course, and forced you to work, but you were resistant and in the end you won, flaking all over the place and dispersing colour unevenly across my eyelids, making me look ridiculous.
I will, however, grant you one thing - you did last all day, in fact after kicking and screaming during application, you finally settled down and rested on my eyelids, only to hang on tight and refuse to come off when required. I must say, I wasn't at all impressed with your inability to cooperate and I certainly shall not be working with you anytime in the near future.
I don't want to sound too bitter, after all you do look quite presentable in your packaging. I like the fact that you come in a lovely little tub with a raised dome shaped lid. I even like the design you display on top and the way in which you change colour according to the shade that you are. Your shade names are alright, nothing special but not too hopeless.
I know that you call yourselves residents of the great land Essence, but I really don't see it. In my experience Essence products, whilst affordable like yourselves, are of a high quality in beautiful shades and textures. You really do not belong and you are a disappointment.
I am willing to grant you the benefit of the doubt and suggest that perhaps you were just the runt of the litter - that your fellow Stay all day long lasting eyeshadows were of a better quality than you and that you are just old and over it, but you really were hopeless.
I give you 3/10.
Critical Beauty Blogger
Thank GOD! Finally, someone who didn't like these. Everyone around me, blogs and Youtube, seem to looovee these but the one I have is SO SUPER SOLID and not creamy at all?!ReplyDelete
Plus it seemed to stick to my finger and not transfer onto my eyelid.
Definitely agree with you, and love how you set this out as a letter :P
(I find the maybelline color tattoos not that creamy imo).
I found these absolutely hopeless to apply, and like you I couldn't understand it because so many other people seem to love them. They are rock hard and do not transfer. Haha, glad you like the letter form. It was so much fun to write it as a letter to the product, and a nice change from my usual style of reviews. I don't own any of the Maybelline Colour Tattoos simply because when I swatched them in the shop they were horribly dry and solid.Delete
That's disappointing! Good thing they were half price. I have the exact same feelings towards Copy Right and the pink version (for fairies I think), but I really like Glammy Goes To... it must have been from a really good batch but it applies so smoothly and lasts all day.ReplyDelete
I am pleased that I managed to snag them for half price. How interesting that Glammy goes to is so different from all the others. I appreciate that Essence is a cheaper brand but the inconsistency between their products sometimes is so frustrating.Delete
Love the write up! :)ReplyDelete
Why thank you lovely!Delete
Great, honest review!ReplyDelete
Haha, cute review! I have to agree for the most part with your critical letter! Though, For Fairies takes a bit of work, it's manageable. I didn't have nearly as tough a time as it sounds like you had!ReplyDelete
Thanks Tashi! These shadows were in no way manageable! They were hopeless!Delete
I looooooove how you set this post out, so creative!ReplyDelete
I haven't had the chance to try these out yet, and after reading this I don't think I will. Lucky they were half price when you bought them! x
Aww thank you Dawn! I am really glad I picked them up for half price, although it wouldn't have been the end of the world if I did pay full price because Essence products are so cheap anyway!Delete
Absolutely love these!! :) xReplyDelete
Did you? I couldn't get them to work at all, I found them absolutely awful!Delete
Hahaha hilarious post! I won't be picking up any of these in the future :)ReplyDelete
we've seen essence everywhere but always have been too reluctant o try it. Good thing we didn't though! great review hunReplyDelete
Thank you! I am so disappointed because Essence is usually brilliant.Delete
I actually really like these! I think you might of just gotten a dried out batch since they've been out for so long and been opened ( since they dont have any packaging )? My essence gel liner ended up like that ahah. Also with the Maybelline ones - they're extremely dry in the shops because people leave them open in their little displays so they're like rocks. But they're actually extremely creamy . Ps loved the letter style! xxReplyDelete
Hi Connie! Thank you so much for your comment, I think you are probably right about the Essence packaging influencing the quality of the shadows. It was such a disappointment - I wish Essence just sealed their products like every other brand! It is so good to hear that the Maybelline shadows are better than they seem as testers.Delete
What an amazing review!! I really love the way you write, as I already wrote you in another post I have two of them. "Glammy goes to" and "for fairies". "for fairies" is creamy and works fine but "glammy goes to" is solid.. Perhaps someone had opened it before and it had been dried out, who knows. I guess it's a matter of luck with those.ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness, thank you :) I think the only reason that I can come up with for these being so horrible is that someone must have opened it, which is such a shame because they are gorgeous shades. Thanks for commenting!Delete