REVIEW: Essence Mono Eyeshadows

Essence Mono Eyeshadows

What is this Product? (What it claims)
open your eyes, here they come! the new eyeshadow colors by essence. from light, sunny shades to bold blue and trendy purple to (nearly) black shades – the color palette is huge and is sure to give every eye make-up that extra special added touch. available in one new colors and a total of 18 colors.



Shades Reviewed in this Post:
01 chill out (shimmer effect)
02 dance all night (sparkling effect)
06 METROPOLITAN (sparkling effect)
09 GET READY! (shimmer effect)
19 disco diva (metallic effect)
54 yes eye can! (shimmer effect)
55 shrimp me up (shimmer effect)
58 cappuccino, please! (shimmer effect)
60 kermit says hello (shimmer effects)
62 john lemon (shimmer effects) September 2012
68 strawberry ice cream (shimmer effects) February 2013
69 here i am! (shimmer effects) February 2013

Directions of Use 
Apply with your fingers, sponge applicator or brush directly to your eye lids.

Main Ingredients
n/a

Price:
$2.49 CAD each. They can be found in Shoppers Drug Mart or Pharmaprix across Canada. 

01 chill out (shimmer effect), 02 dance all night (sparkling effect), 06 METROPOLITAN (sparkling effect), 09 GET READY! (shimmer effect)

01 chill out (shimmer effect), 02 dance all night (sparkling effect), 06 METROPOLITAN (sparkling effect), 09 GET READY! (shimmer effect)

19 disco diva (metallic effect), 54 yes eye can! (shimmer effect), 55 shrimp me up (shimmer effect), 58 cappuccino, please! (shimmer effect)


19 disco diva (metallic effect), 54 yes eye can! (shimmer effect), 55 shrimp me up (shimmer effect), 58 cappuccino, please! (shimmer effect)

60 kermit says hello (shimmer effects), 62 john lemon (shimmer effects) September 2012, 68 strawberry ice cream (shimmer effects) February 2013, 69 here i am! (shimmer effects) February 2013


60 kermit says hello (shimmer effects), 62 john lemon (shimmer effects) September 2012, 68 strawberry ice cream (shimmer effects) February 2013, 69 here i am! (shimmer effects) February 2013

Review: 
I'm pretty amazed at the range of colours they are able to push out for the price! For a drugstore brand to come out with such vibrant shades of eyeshadows is rather rare (in Canada at least! I find it more common in Europe and UK)

For packaging, I find that the dome shade lid makes it very hard for storage. I would prefer them to be flat instead so I can easily file them vertically or stack them up. I do enjoy the clear lid so I can see what colour it is. Of course, it's not luxuriously packaged but for a quick, inexpensive pick me up - it's just fine.

The texture is not a little harsh and not all the shades are pigmented. I would say that the pigmentation are different for most shades. Staying power is about about 4-6 hours if you don't touch your face. It lasts for full 6 hours with a primer.

I'm not a fan of their shimmery shadows such as:

60 kermit says hello (shimmer effects)
62 john lemon (shimmer effects) September 2012
68 strawberry ice cream (shimmer effects) February 2013


If you prefer neutrals, these shades are pretty good:
01 chill out (shimmer effect)
02 dance all night (sparkling effect)
06 METROPOLITAN (sparkling effect)
09 GET READY! (shimmer effect)
58 cappuccino, please! (shimmer effect)

I also adore their vibrant shades such as the following but you would need a primer do bring it out to full pigmentation:
55 shrimp me up (shimmer effect)
69 here i am! (shimmer effects) February 2013

Overall: ♥♥♥
Product: 2/5 ♥ 
Packaging: 3/5 ♥ 
Price: 5/5 ♥