Essence limited editions are a delight and constant source of stress for me. They're gorgeous and bright and lovely, but as soon as they're on the stands, the WHOLE lot disappears. When the Me & My Ice Cream collection appeared, I visited FIVE Pricelines and found every one cleared out with the exception of a few nailpolishes and the hand wipes. I've heard plenty of people online making sad noises about how they can't find the Shimmer Pearls and I'll admit I haven't seen them on the shelves either. I'm a lucky devil because Essence sent me a few bits from the collection, I daresay I'd be grinding my teeth down otherwise. And I've never seen the nail stickers in person. They're like mystical camera-shy jackalopes.
I bought the hand wipes, and they totally don't deserve to be the last thing left on shelves. They're a great handbag size, smell lovely, are really moist (moist is the worst word ever) and have a restickable sticker that actually re-sticks. Grab them while they're there, team.
Elsewhere we have the shimmer pearls, the three baked eyeshadows and the cream blush. Here's some hand swatches:
So it's probably not a surprise that the shadows don't particularly look like the mottled glitter-asteroids in the packaging. They all have a similar level of shimmer, but in a green, purple and pink tone (left to right). There wasn't really any fallout and they swatch easily without having to cut up the pan too much. I'm a little scared of wearing such an intense frosted tone near my eyes (I'm old! Frost is hard for old folks!) but as eyeshadows they're pretty damn solid.
Far left is the cream blush Ice Bomb, which is a far cry from the others - it's a bit opalescent but not shimmery, and a punchy dusky pink-apricot that feels incredibly silky and blends really well.
I don't know why my skin is currently the color of old sausage meat,
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Firstly can we appreciate that fingerswatching shimmer pearls is really bloody awkward? I was terrified of shattering them, but they seem pretty hardy. Though admittedly I'm not about to push them too hard. The jar comes with a little circle of foam to keep them compacted, which is a wise choice.
The powder is very, very fine, and the shimmer surprisingly low key. Probably the most low-key illuminator I've seen, actually. You could dust the stuff lightly over your whole face or concentrate it in areas, so in this sense it's incredibly kind to people a little nervous about the prospect of illuminating. I'd really like to know how this one compares to Guerlain Meteorites so you dudes need to pipe up if you know how they fare alongside each other.
Essence is pretty bloody good. The closest comparison in quality for me is probably NYX, which is not approximating this kind of value for money when it's imported over. I don't feel like they have the scope of NYX, but the quality is there and everything I've tried has been really, really easy to use. If I were an early-teen and Essence was around, I might have been better at makeup than I currently am. Oh, the things that could have been.
Now I totally know why my hand went purple and weird, my quality control's attention is faltering.
STUFF: Essence things sent for review, except for the hand wipes which I bought.