Last weekend I bought myself the Essence All About Nude eyeshadow palette and have used it every day since. I had seen a lot of talk about this palette in the beauty blogosphere so the second I saw it at my local drug store I snatched it up. You get six shadows for $4.99 (CAD). A deal like that can’t be beat.
The All About Nude palette contains a mix of matte, satin, and shimmery shadows in a nice range of shades. You’ve got everything you need here including a highlight shadow, some pretty lid shadows, and a couple of darker shades that can be used for liner or to smoke out a more dramatic eye. I’ve found the matte pink shade (top middle) works really well as a blending/transition shadow in the crease.
My favourite shade is the shimmery taupe in the upper right corner. It’s just such a pretty, simple colour that really brightens the eye. It works well on it’s own for a quick one-shadow look and used with other shadows. My only gripe with the colour selection in this palette is that the two pink shadows are very similar (one is matte while the other has a more satin finish). It would have been nice to have something different included, perhaps a brown or black or even a wildcard colour just for fun.
Here’s a look I’ve been wearing a lot lately using this palette. I used the light taupe colour all over the lid, the darker grey colour (bottom middle) in the outer corner and swept along my lower lash line, the matte pink (top middle) in the crease and to blend everything out, and the highlight shade on my brow bone and inner corner.
These shadows are really soft which is a good thing and a bad thing. The good: they blend beautifully. The bad: they are prone to fallout, particularly the darker shadows. In terms of performance, the shadows are a bit inconsistent. The darker shadows are really pigmented which is excellent but you have to work a bit to get decent colour payoff with some of the lighter shades.
Overall, I love this palette. It’s small, it’s inexpensive, it’s versatile, and the shadows perform well. I will use this palette at home but because of the size I will take it with me on the go too. I never pack my bigger, more expensive palettes when I travel because I’m so afraid they’ll get lost or damaged in transit but this little All About Nude palette is perfect for the travel makeup bag.
If you haven’t tried out one of these Essence eyeshadow palettes I highly recommend you do. In addition to All About Nude they have four other palette options. Don’t be surprised if I end up collecting them all!
Have you tried any Essence shadow palettes? Which is your favourite?