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Essence All That Greys Collection

Wednesday, 9 March 2016
Essence often performs exceptionally well for the insanely low price so I was really keen to try out their new "All That Greys" range. I'm also a total sucker for anything art deco and 20s inspired so of course I had to give them a go. The range consists of various nail polishes, lip glosses, eye shadows, face powders and false lashes along with cut accessories like hair bands and nail stickers.



Essence All That Greys 7 Shades of Rose and Grey Eyeshadow Palette $6.15
At less than $1 for each shade, this palette is definitely great value. It has a range of shimmery cream, pink and grey shades that are all very cool toned. The packing is also adorable with the subtle art deco pattern and an included double ended applicator which is okay, though I never really like applying shadow with sponges. Even though it is plastic, it still feels very sturdy and includes a large mirror. The texture of these is okay without feeling overly chalky and powdery however the pigmentation is average. They also blend reasonably (less so with the darker shades) to give a nice wash of colour. With the help of a primer, they will give you decent wear but it isn't as long lasting as more expensive formulas. Of course these aren't the most pigmented shadows ever but they are quite nice and well worth the six dollars, especially if you are on a budget and are attracted to the shades.


Essence All That Greys Smokey Eye Pencils in Back to Black and Grey Times $6.15
The Grey Times shade is definitely superior in application, pigmentation and blendability than Back to Black which you cane see from the swatches. That said though, both shades are more intense than those in the palette. Grey Times is a really reflective metallic silver while Back to Black is more of a velvet to matte formula. The application with these is a little tricky because you get a lot of fallout of excess product so you definitely need to tap it off and perhaps do your eyes before your base to allow for easy clean up. That said as well, they apply quite well and blend fairly nicely. If you need more intense smokey shadows for the outer corner and you are on a budget these might be a good option. I would especially recommend the Grey Times shade if you are into cool silvers.

So there you have a quick review of the All That Greys collection eyeshadows. I'm not going to tell you that these are comparable to high end shadows because I really think you need to spend a bit to get really awesome shadows but for the price, Essence shadows are a good option. For me, I wouldn't necessarily wear shades like this often so if I wanted them for a particular look I would go for the cheaper option. My recommendation with shadows is always to spend the money and get yourself at least one great quality high-end neutrals palette and then dabble with other shades at a drugstore price. Essence really is perfect for that!

Stay Rosy.
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