NEW: Essence “my must-haves” palette

By Monday, May 22, 2017 0 Permalink 2

Essence have done it again with a completely customisable palette at a ridiculously low price. As far as I know, essence are the only affordable brand to have any product like this and it is a solid hit for any makeup junkie on a budget.

There are 20 eyeshadow shades to choose from; ranging from shimmery statement shades to rich mattes. There are also lip products, blushes, bronzers and highlights. Each shade comes with a lid, so if you just wanted one palette to swap out your favourite shades into, you could do just that without having any hygiene concerns.

One thing I will say is that the consistency of the eyeshadows is not consistent, but this is true for most brands, especially affordable ones. The shimmer shades can be slightly chalky, but just tap your brush before application to remove the excess, and it shouldn’t be a problem.

Each shade retails at R34,95 and the empty palette also retails for R34,95 (whaaaat). There is also an 8-shade palette, available for R44,95. Essence Cosmetics is available at Dischem and Clicks, as well as online at

NYX Illuminating Palette

By Friday, May 5, 2017 0 Permalink 4

A single palette that provides for every glowing need you could possibly have. Beaming cheekbones? NYX has you sorted. A glistening eyelid? NYX, again, has you sorted. Ladies and gents, this is the NYX Illuminating palette.

The top row of shades are the slightly unusual shades which is why they are smaller. I find these very useful as eyeshadows or as a highlight for festival makeup or any occasion that allows us to get really creative (i.e. Halloween).

The bottom row is where the real magic of this palette shines. There are three sizeable shades that are incredibly useful and versatile. I like to mix these shades, depending on the highlight I feel like going for that day, and I absolutely love it.

This palette is available at Clicks and retails for R354,95. If you have a bigger budget and would find these colours handy, the quality and convenience of this product is worth scooping up.