I always cringe whenever I see my friends apply their eyeshadow without applying a base first. Using a good eyeshadow base is absolutely crucial to me. I have very oily eyelids and if I don’t prime them, my eyeshadow is bound to crease and look disgusting by the end of the day. A skin-toned eyeshadow primer will also make the eyeshadows pop more on the eyelids and if you set it with a little bit of powder, your eyeshadow will blend a lot easier as well. So, I guess it’s safe to say I’m a big fan of eyeshadow bases and primers! Most of the eyeshadow primers I personally like are high-end and finding a good drugstore alternative that will prevent my oily eyelids from creasing isn’t easy. I used to be a big fan of Mac’s Paint Pot in ‘Painterly’, but I haven’t found a cruelty-free dupe that I really enjoy. Essence recently released a 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Primer, which reminded me a lot of a paint pot so I had to give this one a go!
The packaging reminds me a lot of the Mac Paint Pots, which have been a cult favorite for years now and I’m really excited Essence came out with a drugstore recreation. The 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Primer comes in a little glass jar with a white plastic cap. The front and back of the jar have a sticker on them. The front sticker has a fun design that has the same shade as the actual product. The back comes with some additional information and the shade name.
The 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Primer comes in two different shades:
❤ Nude Beige (the one I decided to pick up)
❤ Nude Rosé
Nude Beige has a soft white beige tint with yellow undertones. Nude Beige isn’t super pigmented, but there’s definitely some color pay-off noticeable and you can also build it up to look more pigmented and intense.
The formula of this 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Primer is very smooth and soft. Whenever I swirl my finger into this product I’m amazed at how buttery it feels. It’s also super easy to apply and blend onto the eyelids. I always use my fingers to apply my eyeshadow primers, I think it gives the most even effect possible and the same goes for this primer.
I don’t think I would use this product as an eyeshadow on its own, but in my opinion it’s a great drugstore eyeshadow primer. It conceals any discoloration or veins on the eyelids and creates a perfect blanc canvas. I also like to use this product with a detailed brush to clean up a cut crease, I think it’s absolutely perfect for doing that.
If I powder this primer off with some translucent or flesh-toned powder, it has amazing lasting power and I definitely notice it prolongs the wear time. Whenever I use this product, my eyeshadow doesn’t crease and it makes the colors pop even more.
ISODODECANE, CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, TALC, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE, ISOSTEARYL ISOSTEARATE, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, LANOLIN, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, DIMETHICONOL, DIMETHICONE/VINYL DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).
Although I really enjoy this primer and it definitely prolongs the wear of my eyeshadow, I don’t feel like it’s an exact dupe for the Mac Paint Pots. The formula is a little bit dryer and it’s not as pigmented, but aside from that it does work just the same as a paint pot since it does conceal and prime my eyelids and eyeshadow wears and blends beautifully on top.
The Essence 2 in 1 Eyeshadow & Primer is now available at your local drugstore for €2,89 (5 g). If you live in Belgium, you can order this product online here!