Essence has been coming in hot with their eyeshadow palettes lately. Today I have for you the Crystal Power palette, one of their newest creations. I wasn’t really planning on getting this, but I received it in a giveaway package, so now I have it anyway. I have been playing with it these past days and I’ve formed some opinions on it, so today I’m reviewing it for you. Let’s get into it!
Let’s talk about the packaging and overall aesthetic real quick. I actually really like the look of this palette. It fits the crystal theme really well, and the magnetic closing mechanism makes it feel pretty luxurious for a drugstore palette. It’s a good look.
I am also very glad that the colours have names. This just makes a palette that much easier to use, and appear much more expensive. While it isn’t even that hard to do, you don’t see it that often with drugstore brands. So I’m happy this palette has shade names. The shades themselves do fit the theme very well, but I’m a little disappointed. I feel like I say this about a lot of palettes, but there is only one matte shade in this palette, which makes it a lot less easy to use. I wouldn’t use just shimmer shades in an eyelook, so I would have wanted at least one matte shade more. I do get why there are so many metallic shades, because it fits the crystal theme. And I do really like that, also because the shimmers look very pretty. However, they could’ve added one more matte shade, and perhaps a shimmery purple shade or something, in stead of 5 similar brown/orang-ish shades. When I think of crystals, I think if beautiful colours and not browns. I like the blue and green shade in this palette a lot though.
Onto the swatches! I am kind of 50/50 on this palette. The brown shimmers are absolutely beautiful and they are so creamy and easy to use. However, the ‘special’ colours are a bit disappointing. The green is very pretty, but it doesn’t have as much pigment as the other shades. And the blue shade definitely doesn’t have as much pigment. On this swatch picture, there are about four layers of Reach for the stars on my arm. It is a bit buildable, but the pigment is just not good. It makes me sad, since it is about the only unique shade in this palette.
I did try to make a look with the palette, which turned out pretty decent. I still need to try a lot of the shades, but the shades that I used I did enjoy. I put make it happen in my crease, since it’s the only matte shade in the palette, and then I put chase your dreams on the entire lid. I highlighted the lid a bit more by applying a bit of believe in miracles in the centre. To make the look a bit more funky, I applied good vibes only to the lower lash line. I really like this look, since it’s such a neutral look, but it has a fun side. I’m not mad at it.
I still have a some mixed feelings about this palette. There are a lot of things I do like about it, but also some things I don’t like. Most shades, however, have great pigment and are easy to use. So if you’re looking for something basic, but just a tad less basic, this is the palette for you. However, if you’re actually looking for something special, I wouldn’t spend money on this. Most of the shimmer shades you can find in other palettes, and the unique shades aren’t that pigmented. It’s a fun little palette, but that’s it.
What do you think of this palette? Is it worth your money? I want to thank you for reading and I’ll see you next time!
The Essence Crystal Power eyeshadow palette is available at drugstores in Europe for €5,99