To my friend Charlene (and a couple of others), please breathe in a brown paper bag round about now. Also, I’d love to know how many times you’ve seen Breaking Dawn Part 2 by now? Actually, I’d rather not know… ;P
I’m not the biggest fan of the Twilight movies, but I’ll admit to reading all the books. You can skip the lame parts and I much prefer imagining the characters to look the way I want them to. But hey, this isn’t about me. It’s mainly about sparkly makeup.
The collection consist of:
- 4 loose pigment eye shadows, R30 each
- 2 liquid glitter liners, R30 each
- 1 lipstick, R35
- 2 lipglosses, R30 each
- 1 shimmer powder, R40
- 1 blush, R40
I received two pigments, one liner, as well as the lip gloss, shimmer powder and blusher to swatch. Here’s what I thought:
The 03 gold shade is very soft, with more than enough glitter. Due to the coarser glitter particles there’s quite a bit of product fall, but once that’s taken it’s course the shimmer shadow that remains is gorgeous. The charcoal shade has much finer glitter particles and a periwinkle-like shimmer which reflects a predominantly jade colour, but it’s one of those shades that will change according to the light you’re in.
The gloss is a pretty semi-sheer red with red and gold glitter flecks. Because of the glitter it’s definitely an evening-out kinda gloss if you’re over 14. It’s a small thing, but I like the shape of the applicator. If curves with the shape of your lip, and for no logical reason I enjoy applying it that way. The eyeliner is clear with navy blue glitter, so don’t expect to create a solid line with it – that’s a good couple of layers for the sake of the swatch. It might be a good move to use it over your regular liner.
The powder is shimmery without being sparkly (I was fearing all-out-vamplire-glitter), and has a warm golden hue. I reckon if you’re pale, you can use it to bronze slightly; and if you’re darker it will be a subtle highlighter. The blush looks really scary red, but as you can see from the swatch in the middle, it’s easy to control the intensity. It is also possible to go all out Heidi-from-the-mountains, so start with a light hand and build until you have the desired intensity.
All in all, Essence is on trend yet again, and the prices are crazy good. I enjoyed everything except the liner – the formula doesn’t work for me.
Although everything is Twilight-inspired, I find it’s also very Christmassy. The golds and reds seem distinctively festive to me, and I can see myself working this at Christmas dinner.
Available from Clicks and DisChem stores, and if you’re serious about getting any of these I’d be fast if I were you – they’re sure to fly.