“Calling all cars! Calling all cars! Be on the lookout for cheap makeup thrills. Repeat, cheap makeup thrills.
“Suspect was last seen shimmering on eyelids for $2.99. I repeat, $2.99. Over.”
With the Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadows, shimmery, long-lasting color is just 299 pennies away.
These pigmented cream shadows are great for quick washes of shimmery color, and they cling like crazy to my skin. On my combination dry/oily lids, I get from 7-8 hours with primer and 5-6 without.
Not bad for $2.99, but I think they’d be even better if it weren’t for a few things…
Seems a little hit or miss. Of the four shades I’ve tried, 09 For Fairies feels the best — almost like a mousse. It’s soft and fluffy and just glides across my lids.
The other three shades, however, 01 Coppy Right (great name!), 02 Glammy Goes To, and 07 JM-ME Blue, feel denser and drier to me, which makes them a tad tougher to blend and apply.
I’d hoped to be able to easily blend a few of these colors together in the same looks, but they have a tense relationship… The colors don’t transition well, or at least easily, into each other.
If all I’m doing is softening the edges of a single shade on my lids, no problem — the blending goes a little better — but they’re still not as easy to blend as a MAC Paint Pot or Benefit Creaseless Cream (although they’re an awful lot less expensive).
Tricky! Apply a milligram too much, and these begin to appear heavy and caked, and almost too metallic. For me with these, one thin, single layer works best.
From the left: 02 Glammy Goes To, 09 For Fairies, 01 Coppy Right and 07 JM-ME Blue
From the left: 01 Coppy Right, 02 Glammy Goes To, 07 JM-ME Blue and 09 For Fairies
Wearing 01 Coppy Right
The Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadows really come into their own when I keep things simple, like when I apply one sheer layer of a single color to my lids and blend out the edges with a finger. Then, I think they’re great for $2.99.
And to tie the look together, I’ll line my water line with a black pencil, curl my lashes, and apply two coats of mascara. 🙂
If you’re a guy or gal who hearts streamlined makeup, these are pretty good at that.
PRICE: $2.99 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Ulta stores and online (a couple of them) at
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,