I was at my local Target store recently and had really no intention of picking up any makeup, until I found myself in front of the Essence makeup stand. After being recommended to try Essence, I was pretty much hooked on their long-lasting lipsticks and mascara.
The Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette AU$8.20 looked pretty in its pans and I was curious again if I would have felt similar to when I fell in love with the products I used a few years ago. The packaging is simple and familiar in this transparent plastic case.
The palette comes in three various shades from left to right: nude highlighter (satin-sheer powder), rose highlighter (shimmer), and golden beige highlighter (pearly powder). The roll of each colour marked 1, 2 and 3 is briefly described in an animated photo on the back of the palette, as shown below.
The palette does look pretty in real life and if you did not know any better, you would have just picked it up and take it to checkout without first finding a tester to see if the product holds any value. I had done my research on this briefly, I thought to myself “I like subtle highlighters that you can wear during a no makeup-makeup day!”
I wanted to love this as much as my initial thoughts of it being so nice looking, I should have held back because if I could not swatch it, I should have backed away and headed over to Woolworths (Woolies – grocery store) to pick up a tub of Connoisseur ice cream in peanut butter & pretzel with sweet cream! There was no tester to try and sadly this will be going to my disappointing products list. Is it really that bad? I mean, if you look at my swatches below, it looked okay, but do not expect it to be like Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette. This is like a good introductory for highlighting/strobing/luminizing newbies that would rather take it slow and go for subtly. Baby steps.
I also found that the shades described on the back of the palette did not really match up. From left to right on the palette, I would describe 1 to be a matte light brown shade, 2 to be a peachy-pink with silver reflexes, and 3 more of a light champagne-peach with light gold reflexes. The formula is lovely, soft and buttery with little or no fall outs and the pigmentation was a let down. I could probably work with pans 2 and 3, but 1 was like a basic eyeshadow base. Maybe for light skin tone beauties, this may be promising, but unfortunately for medium to dark skin tone beauties you may struggle. Lesson: if there are no tester, do not buy, unless you are sure it is worth to buy without first testing it on your skin!
Have you tried this Essence Light Up Your Face Luminizer Palette? Did it work for you?