Product Review: Essence All About Eyeshadow | Bronze & Vintage

The last thing I need right now is another eyeshadow palette, so naturally, I picked up two.  Read more for my review on the Essence All About Eyeshadow palettes in All About Bronze and All About Vintage!

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It seems like forever since I’ve done anything makeup-related since I’ve been traveling!  I’ve had these palettes for a few weeks now, even though I was supposed to be “downsizing” due to the fact that I was moving across the ocean.  The last thing I needed was another eyeshadow palette, so naturally, I picked up two.

No worries though – these “All About Eyeshadow” palettes by essence are super affordable at $5.49 a pop, so I don’t feel too bad about enabling myself.  But hey – I’m a strong, independent woman, and if I’m not there to enable me, then who will?

I’m the HBIC of my own destiny… #inspirational

I picked these palettes up when I was alone in an ULTA, which is often a dangerous state for me to be in.  I can do some damage any time I’m exposed to makeup, so really, restraining myself to two of these was a fantastic effort on my part, given that there are four total.


If you’ve already read my Make Your Own Eyeshadow Palette tag post, then you’re my best friend.  You’d also know that I’m a sucker for bronzes and golds, and that I’ve recently become more into green eyeshadow.  If you didn’t read it, now you know that, and I can move on even though I might be slightly bitter about it.

I picked up All About Bronze because, as I said before, I love bronzes and golds, but the All About Vintage palette was actually something I picked up on a whim because I didn’t have that many green eyeshadows in my collection.  I’ve been playing with the shadows for a few weeks now, and the All About Vintage palette is actually the inspiration for me deciding to go a little more green with my eyeshadow.

I might be getting a little too ahead of myself here; this is a product review, after all, and I’m basically already letting you all know that I really like these palettes.  Now that I’ve spilled the beans, I guess I should get to the actual review and tell you why!

In terms of product description, it doesn’t really give you much information:

All about.. beautiful eyes! Gorgeous Essence All About Bronze Eyeshadow Palette with eight complementing, buildable colors and multiple finishes; satin, matte and metallic effects. Not tested on animals.

This is a little bit unfortunate since I like to do reviews based on claims, and the only claims I see here are that the shadows are buildable, there are multiple finishes, and the shadows are not tested on animals.   I’m not sure how to go about reviewing the animal testing thing, so I’m going to leave that out of the review!

I think for eyeshadows in general, other good “baselines” should be pigmentation, blendability (not a word?), fallout, texture, and longevity, so I’m going to throw those into the review pot as well.

General Details
Price: $5.49
Product Amount: 8 shadows; o.34 oz

1. Buildable | Rating: A



These are buildable, but they’re also pretty damn pigmented right from the get-go. The swatches above are one swipe of shadow, and right away, they’re completely opaque.

2. Multiple Finishes | Rating: C



Don’t get me wrong – these shadows are beautiful, but when it comes to multiple finishes… what? The description promises “satin,” “matte,” and “metallic” effects, but there are definitely no true matte shadows here.

The shadows definitely lean more satin than metallic, but I can see how you could get a metallic effect by building the shadows up enough.  Overall, I wouldn’t say that these palettes give you a variety of finishes.

3. Pigmentation | Rating: A
As previously mentioned, these are super duper pigmented, which is great! I don’t have the need for any kind of setting spray to get more pigmentation out of these, so to keep it short and sweet, yes – pigmentation gets an A in my book here.

4. Blendability | Rating: A


Above is an eye look using All About Vintage – I used the darker green from the top row all over the lid, the lighter green in the middle, and the darker brown on the outer v of my eyes.  Since this doesn’t have matte shadows, I used some matte shadows from the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette in my crease.

Overall, I’d say they do a pretty decent job blending both with themselves and with other types of shadows! It’s nice to see that they play well with the other kids and not just amongst themselves.

5. Fallout | Rating: A
I actually didn’t notice too much fallout here – these shadows aren’t very powdery and seem to be more “compact” in terms of their pigmentation.  I also tended to use patting motions instead of sweeping motions, so that might have contributed to the lack of fallout.

6. Texture | Rating: A
The reason I bought these palettes in the first place is for how the shadows feel!  I actually first came across them in Target months before I saw them in ULTA – I touched one and was amazed at how buttery they felt.  The texture reminded me of a Colourpop eyeshadow in the creaminess, and I’m still not sure how I managed to talk myself out of buying them.

Every time I went to Target after that I had to avoid the Essence aisle because I knew I’d want to buy them all.  Finally, that fateful day in ULTA, I buckled down and got two of them.

7. Longevity | Rating: B
After playing with these shadows for a few weeks now, I can say that these definitely last me the whole day, at least put over some kind of base.  I never wear shadows completely on their own, so I can’t really speak for that.

Over the Milani Eyeshadow Primer, I can get basically a whole day’s wear out of them, but I definitely notice a bit of fading towards the end of the day.  Over a pigmented, sticker base like the Be A Bombshell Submissive Eye Base, it seems a little bit more bullet-proof.

8. Packaging | Rating: B
I threw this one in last minute because I just thought of it! I like how sleek and small this palette is, and it feels sturdy, but I do have a few problems with it.

The first problem is that I think the shadows are too close together.  This is where the tradeoff between size and pan space comes: I appreciate the fact that the individual pans are a little bit on the larger size, but since they’re so close together, it’s easy for some of the product from one pan to be kicked into the other.  Granted, they’re not super powdery so it isn’t too much of an issue, but I could see it getting messy a little down the road.

I also personally have a problem with the lid – I like that it snaps shut because it feels secure, but I always have a bit of trouble getting it open.  The first time I tried to open it I ended up stamping my finger in one of the shadows pretty hard since it took more effort to open.

The palettes do lack a mirror, but I’m not really bothered by this since I never touch up my eyeshadow on the go or in a place where some other kind of mirror isn’t readily available to me.

$5.49 for an eyeshadow palette is awesome – especially one that’s as pigmented and buttery as these.  Although you don’t get the finish variety that’s promised, these shadows blend great with each other and with other kinds of shadows, so I’m not too bothered by this.

Fallout is minimal and although the packaging lacks a mirror, it’s still decently sturdy and great for the price.  I really love these shadows and I’m glad I finally bought them!

Has anybody tried any of their other “All About Eyeshadow” palettes? What did you think?

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*Disclaimer: I purchased all above product(s) with my own money and am not affiliated with or compensated by any of the brands mentioned (I wish!).  As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own (unless stated otherwise)!

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