Essence 3D Eyeshadows – Swatches & Quick Review

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Essence 3D Eyeshadow

A little while ago, I spotted a new product in Ulta’s Essence display – the 3D Eyeshadow, which has a raised (one might even say 3D) section and a flat section.  I was intrigued, so I bought two shades. Ulta online shows six shades, and that’s what I saw in-store, so I think that’s what they carry – however, this blog post (which is in German) shows nine shades, so it looks like Ulta doesn’t have the full range – not surprising! They sell for $3.49 each.

I bought the shades Irresistible Purr-ple and Irresistible Caramel Cream. All the shade names start with “Irresistible.”

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Irresistible Purr-ple

Irresistible Purr-ple

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Irresistible Caramel Cream

Irresistible Caramel Cream

Here is each shade swatched without primer, as I normally swatch. The colors are pretty, but the pigmentation is not great; it’s a bit uneven, a bit sheer, and there’s some fallout (especially from the purple shade on the far left). The darker shade from Caramel Cream performs best – it’s the smoothest and the most pigmented. Without primer, I’d say that Purr-ple’s performance is poor, and Caramel Cream’s performance is mediocre.

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Swatches

Irresistible Purr-ple // Irresistible Caramel Cream

So, I also swatched them over primer (NYX HD).  For these, I swatched each shade individually, but also layered the two colors from each duo – the lighter shade over the darker shade.

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Irresistable Purr-ple Swatches

Irresistable Purr-ple – over primer

Over primer, the darker shade from Purr-ple is still somewhat difficult; a bit fallout prone and somewhat patchy. The lighter shade performs fairly well, and overall, I’d say the duo is adequate. But, there are better purple duos out there, and I wouldn’t recommend it unless you happen to fall in love with the colors.

Essence 3D Eyeshadow Caramel Cream Swatches

Irresistible Caramel Cream – over primer

Over primer, Caramel Cream performs beautifully – both shades are lovely alone, and I especially love them together. I would recommend this one for sure, especially for the price!

As an aside, I know posting has been less frequent than usual this week; I’m out of town, and although I prepared plenty of photos in advance, I just haven’t had time to write up the posts to go with them! Regular (every day) posting should resume on Monday or Tuesday.

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  • http://twitter.com/mostlysunnyblog Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Irresistible Caramel Cream is gorgeous! I love how you layer the two shades to make a taupe!

  • Icequeen81

    Love caramel cream

  • http://twitter.com/Beaumiroir Lulle.Beaumiroir

    I was considering getting one of these duos! Well, that’s definitely not gonna be the purple one… Caramel Cream looks really pretty over primer!

  • http://www.glambunctious.com/ Kristen / Glambunctious

    The violet shade in Purrr-ple reminds me of the violet shade in NARS Marie-Galante! Thanks for swatching, enjoy your time away!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1178850964 Hollie Forrest

    Grr, I was just at Ulta and I passed these up because I was unsure! Really wanting Caramel Cream!

  • Amalia J

    Oh I found the trick is touse them wet ;)