Monday, 13 January 2014

Essential care: Refillable eye shadow palette review.



    I am particularly fond of Essential care make up, their Lipsticks, their concealer and their eye liner are all make up bag staples and the concealer in particular goes everywhere with me, so when I saw they had an eye shadow palette that allowed you to choose your own shades I was quick to jump on line and place an order. Essential care is a Soil Association certified organic range which has skincare, body care and make up. The empty Palette costs £13.50 and you get the colour sand with it, sand is just a neutral beige good as a highlight or for blending. The other colours I chose are Slate, seaweed and Shell they are all fairly matte with Shell and Slate having a very slight sheen to them, definitely no glitter in sight. The refill pans for the palette are priced at £8.50 so the total cost of the palette was £39, although I remember I picked it up on special offer so I think I paid slightly less than that. The shade range is still quite small and I already have quite a few brown shades in my collection so I tried to choose colours that would compliment what I already have, I don't have any green shades so Seaweed in particular looked interesting although it is more green in the pan than it appears on the site.  


    These eye shadows didn't unfortunately live up to the other items in the make-up range for me, I found these to be quite hard and difficult to get the colour on to the brush in fact as you can see above I couldn't even swatch them on my arm and had to swatch them on my fingertips by rubbing really hard on each shade. Slate is my favourite and most used out of the palette and if you have the patience to build it up then it makes a pretty taupe look. I find these useful for blending out other eye shadows rather than using them all that often on their own. All in all I am afraid for me they are not worth the hefty price tag, if you want to build your own eye shadow palette more natural companies are offering refill pans so personally for me a Z-Palette is a more sensible and purse friendly way to go as you can add a variety of brands. In terms of ingredients I always admire Essential Care's purity and these are no exception, they are talc and mineral oil free, Vegan and the Packaging is all recyclable. 

    These may workout for you if you are really interested in talc free make up and are after a light wash of colour, the wear time is fairly good especially with a primer underneath. You can find the full Essential care range here and I would highly recommend some of the other items in the range. 

Ana x 
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  1. What a shame they didn't work out for you.

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    1. You can't like everything I suppose, the rest of the range is brilliant so these were a let down Xx

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  2. Too bad that it didn't work out for you! The colors look great! I think that these might be good for those who are really interested in a subtle eye look. I also love the idea of the refillable palette, we need more of those!

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    1. I love the refill idea, like I said though something like a Z-palette is great for that already, if you are scared of strong pigment then these would definitely work out and the rest of the range I have tried has been amazing! Xx

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  3. They don't seem very pigmented, that alone would be disappointing. Love the honest review xo

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    1. Yeah the pigment was a big disappointment, I still use them but honestly wouldn't buy again Xx

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  4. Owww I was really excited when I saw this on BlogLovin and then you were disappointed with the colours :( do you use any other natural eyeshadows that you would recommend and that I could put in a palette? xx

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    1. I have used and liked NVEY Eco they already come in palettes and are great quality. I LOVE Green people eye shadows but they come in duos already. I have heard good things about Kjaer Weis and Zao and am going to start a Z-palette with those brands in later in the year. I love Essential care so really wanted to love these but unfortunately they just aren't for me Xx

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  5. Shame they didn't work for you, Ana. I'm a big fan of Essential Care, but think I'll sit out on this one. Great concept though, I love the idea of choosing your own palettes :-) I'd like one where I can put something lighter for my eyes during the day and a dark one for eyebrows, then two other randoms just because... been looking for that for a long time... maybe one day that product will pop up somewhere! ox

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    1. Yes I love the concept and love the brand so I really wanted to love these but the pigmentation just isn't there which is a shame. I have loved so many other items from Essential care, skincare and make up but unfortunately you can't get on with everything :) Xx

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