Sunday, September 9, 2012

Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadows

 If you are looking for an even cheaper alternative to the already popular Maybelline Color Tattoo's than I think I have found the solution. A couple months ago while shopping at Ulta I picked up an Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadow. Since it was on $2.99 I wasn't expecting a whole lot so after using it a couple of times I was surprised. Not only is it long wearing like it says but it is also creamy, pigmented , and it did not crease. Plus it was only THREE DOLLARS. I wore it a few days by itself and a few days as a base for other powder shadows and it performed well both times. I also used an eyeshadow primer but I do that with cream or powder eyeshadows. So when I went back to Ulta about two weeks ago I decided to pick up a few more. I bought three out of the four shades that they had. I chose not to pick up the copper shade due to the fact that I knew I wouldn't use it that often. Unfortunatley I noticed that the shade I had boughten originally was no longer available however, for the sake of comparison I am going to show that to you anyway. You may be able to buy it on the Essence website but I  haven't checked. Anyway, I will show you swatches and pictures below. I will say that one of my favorite things about these shadows is that they are similar to the Color Tattoo's without having too many similar colors. Maybelline color tattoo's are yet to offer a baby pink, silver, or light blue.

Below is just a picture of what the pots look like so you can spot them.
On the left is the color For Fairies and the color on the right is JM-Me Blue
Swatched on bare skin without primer 
 The color appear a little sheer but they are very buildable. I swatched them over bare skin without a primer in this picture but when I wore them on the lid they turned out a tad more pigmented. The pink shade is gorgeous. It looks pale pink in the pot but on the skin it is actually more of a peachy color or a pink with a gold undertone. The blue in the pot appears like a deep blue but on the skin is more of a bluish purple with a silver sheen. So when picking them out you may want to test them first because the color you see in the container is a little different on the skin. Either way both colors are beautiful. They are silky, even, and last a long time. I needed to use a makeup wipe when trying to remove my swatch. If you are not a fan of shimmery eyeshadows then these are not for you. Both are very shimmery almost metallic however, can be toned down if topped with a powder eyeshadow that is either matte or has little shimmer to it.
On the left is Glammy Goes To and on the right is Stars & Stories
 Swatched on bare skin without primer
The color on the right is the discontinued shade at Ulta that I was talking to you about. I hope you can still find this shade elsewhere because the color tattoo's have yet to offer a silver shade. These colors like the others are also smooth, pigmented, and buildable. They are also very metallic but beautiful. Glammy Goes To is comparible to Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bold Gold. So if you have not already purchased Bold Gold you could substitute Glammy Goes To and save yourself a couple bucks.
Final Verdict: AWESOME! Like I mentioned before. If you are looking for shades that the Maybelline Color Tattoo's do not offer or are simply looking for something of comparible quality for less than you should definitley give these a try. I have used them all a time or two and for the price they can't be beat.

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