Essence Smokey Eyes Set

I've always fancied Essence Cosmetics ever since it became available in Manila. I mean, it's affordable. The packaging is cute. The products I've tried so far from this brand are not disappointing considering the price!

It's been awhile since I've used a gel eyeliner as I'm more partial to liquid liners now. It's just a breeze to use then gel liners. Although I've been giving though if I should purchase another liner just for variety. When I saw Essence's Smokey Eyes set, I decided to give it a try. How bad could it be for PhP169 including an eyeshadow?

Smokey Eyes Set in 02 Punk Vibe (bottom) and 04 Show Off

swatches of the two palettes
I'm really digging the brown one.

Here's Show Off on my right eye.
Put the gel shadow on your lids then seal it the brown eyeshadow.
I tried to line my eyes and it smudged.
I'm confused why it looks brown unclose, LOL.

A subtle smokey eye look with Show Off

Punk Vibe on my lids

I'm liking this more.

But it's not as smokey when I open my eyes

Pigmented, right?

On a different angle, it does look smokey.

I would have included this in my Beauty Budget Series but this smokey eyes set fades in a few hours if you don't use an eye primer. I thought the gel shadow could seal it but it couldn't. I also had a hard time lining my eyes. Had to do it twice because when I tried to line my eyes with the gel shadow it comes with, it smudged the eyeshadow. I had to use a liquid liner instead.

The eyeshadow in Punk Vibe is like a sister of MAC Satin Taupe which is my ultimate favourite eyeshadow from MAC. 

For beginners, this palette is good buy to perfect those smokey eyes. When I started playing with makeup, I went ahead and bought MAC eyeshadows to practice smokey eyes. Now, I wish I didn't. Should've practiced with the affordable eyeshadows then. For the non-beginners, you could skip this palette unless you're curious on the brown eyeshadow. That one is worth trying cos of the colour. 'm sure though that you can find another dupe. But yeh, just remember to put eye primer first so the shadows will last on your lids.

Essence Cosmetics is available at Watson's.

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  1. The brown (Punk Vibe) looks great on you Miss Gem =) and this set for only Php 169 is indeed a steal. I only have to remind myself to not forget a primer tho.

  2. Yeh, i've been the brown eyeshadow lately :)

  3. Marian April PangMay 12, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    So handy! Love the light smokey eye look, I'm not into putting much eye shadow that's one of my weakness. Hehe.

    I have tried Essence Cosmetic lip liners 79 or 89 pesos, it's pretty okay but not that good. I think that's what you get for an affordable price, you'll get what you paid for.

  4. Yeh, their lipliners are so-so but can give really good color payoff for the first few hours. It's a great transition lip color though and i lock it in with a gloss :)

  5. I'm more on the gray eyeshadow pero gusto ko rin i-try yung brown. Parang it's perfect for daytime use compared to gray =)

  6. Love the smokey eye look on you. Meron ka po ba tutorial of basic makeup, no makeup makeup look? Would love to use it as a guide for me to learn:) thanks.

  7. Try :)

  8. Thank you:)

  9. Thank you so much for your time sa pagreply sa mga tanong ko. You're the best! Easy to approach:) buti na lang sinubukan ko na talaga magcomment kasi ang bait mo po:)

  10. Mickey Angel CortezMay 15, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Oh. I'm just new to the make-up world and I'm still busy experimenting with the local brands. As a student, it is quite impractical for me to splurge money on those high-price brands since I'm far cry from a pro. I guess I'll try this once I stumble upon Watson's.

  11. Essence is a good brand especially if you're on a budget or just starting with makeup :)

  12. Are Essence cosmestics available on all Watson's stores? I read on 2013 that they were only available on major watsons stores. Since it's 2015 already, i am curious if they made it available on the rest of its store branches. :)


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