Essence Shape Your Face Contouring Palette
The Shape Your Face Contouring Palette (C$6.99) powders are a nice consistency and don’t kick up a lot of powder when you dip your brush in them. The powders in the Shape Your Face palette are not soft when you dip your fingers in them, but all of the shades except for the highlight have a fairly good colour pay-off.
Now so far, nothing about the Shape Your Face palette sounds extraordinary until we look at the longevity. THAT is where this product truly shines (see below). Since this product has such great longevity, it needs some more help to blend. I use my ELF Angled Blush Brush and dab very little onto my brush at a time to work in layers. I find that this is the best method to apply this blush.
If you have read my previous blog posts, you would know that my cheeks eat up everything and anything that I put on them. Even blushes that are supposed to be long-wearing such as the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blushes, or the Too Faced Love Flush Long-lasting blush only last 2-3 hours on my cheeks. But somehow this $6.99 blush lasts a good 6-7 hours on my cheeks. For this reason alone, I will use this palette over and over again until I hit pan.
As for the lasting power for the bronzer that comes in this Essence palette, it rivals my beloved Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel bronzer. Both of these products last 8-9 hours on my cheeks until I take my makeup off at night – only difference is that the Chanel costs seven times more.
The Essence Shape Your Face Contouring Palette comes in two shade variations – pink and peach. I have the pink palette called 20 Ready, Set, Pink!. In this palette, the contour shade is slightly cooler toned, and the blush shade is a nice, bright pink. The blush in the 10 Ready, Set, Peach! palette has much more shimmer, while this blush shade is a matte pink with very subtle shimmer that is barely noticeable on the cheeks.
As you can already tell, the packaging of this product is no different than any other Essence product – simple and practical. There is no mirror, which seems to be a trend among all the products in Essence’s range, and everything is made out of plastic. While it is nothing special, it does the job and clicks shut so I’m not worried about it opening in my purse. Each of the separate powders have a beautiful embossing on them, all with a slightly different pattern. This pattern quickly gets wiped away though with only a couple of uses, so if you are a fan of pretty packaging, this palette may not be for you.
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