Saturday, February 9, 2013

Essence Quattro Eyeshadow - To Die For - Review and Swatches

I hope all of you are having a nice, relaxing weekend! Mine is going to be busier than normal, but I'm hoping to get some relaxing and blogging squeezed in too. Around the time this post is going up, I'll be getting ready to go help my future brother-in-law stain a bunch of trim and doors for the new house he is building. Sunday is always laundry day for me, and I also need to try and get caught up on things around the house that I've been neglecting due to being busy and then getting sick. A well-thought-out trip to the grocery store (with a list and everything) should probably happen too, but that might get put off until Monday.

 When I finally got access to an Ulta at my favorite shopping location, I kind of went a little crazy. I picked up several items from NYX, Real Techniques, and Essence. What can I say? I was excited to have those brands easily accessible.

I picked up the Essence quad in To Die For because it seemed like a good basic palette (not that I don't already have plenty of basic palettes).

 This quad retails for $3.99 on It comes in a clear plastic compact that feels quite sturdy and isn't overly bulky. There aren't any applicators included, which is a plus in my opinion. Since I don't generally use sponge-tip applicators, they are a waste for me and just add to the bulk of the packaging. 

I like the design of the pans as well. It's a cute pattern, and the sizes of the pans coordinate with how much I would use each color. 

 I haven't used the highlight shade much because it has a satin finish to it and seems to have a slight grey tone. My regular highlight shade is completely matte. I will use this shade most often as in inner corner highlight.

As you can see, the assumed lid shade is really close to my skin tone, so the swatch doesn't show up very well. This shade also has a satin finish. While I would say the swatch appears decently pigmented, this shade seems to apply somewhat sheer on the lid.

The two darker brown shades are clearly very similar. The one on the left is a bit warmer and has sparse bits of tiny gold shimmer along with a more apparent satin finish than the other shades; the one on the right is the most matte of the four, although I would still call it a satin. They both work well as crease shades. They blend out easily. 

All four shadows have a really smooth, creamy feel that is pretty impressive for the price. The satin finish of all the shadows is so subtle, they really come off as matte on the eye. Under a primer, they seem to last well throughout the day except for the assumed lid shade. I think it fades throughout the day, especially on the center of my lid, but it's so sheer that it's hard to tell.

Final Thoughts

This is an okay quad. I like the look that it gives, but it isn't anything special. I think it would be nice for someone looking for a everyday drugstore palette without a lot of shimmer or sheen. It would also be a good palette for someone just starting out with makeup who is intimidated by eye shadow. Anyone with a larger collection probably has similar colors and could pass on this without regret. 

Do you have any fun weekend plans or are you doing chores and playing catch-up too? What is your favorite basic shadow quad or trio?


  1. Looks like a great quad. I love drugstore products that surpass the expectation due to price! I really like wetnwild products, along with essence for shadows :)

    There was a blizzard yesterday, so I'm stuck at home catching up on some work. :(

    1. It makes me happy when items surpass my expectations too. My favorite recently is the Sinful Colors shadows I picked up. They were A LOT better than I expected.

      I hope you've been able to dig out from the blizzard!

  2. Thanks for linking up with us via the I Love My Online Friends hop!! Nice to meet you!
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  3. Hello! Thanks for your honest review. I have never been to an Ultra store before, there was one that just opened locally within the last few months. I just assumed that it was pricey and never went in. But $3.99 for eyeshadow is not pricey at all. I will have to pay them a visit. I am your newest GFC follower, and found you via 'I Love My Online Friends GFC Hop'. Hope you have a great day!
    Angie G.

    1. Ulta is wonderful. They do have higher end brands like Urban Decay and Lorac, but they also have the standard drugstore brands as well as drugstore brands that are harder to find like NYX, Essence, Prestige, etc...It's a great store to check out!

      Thanks for stopping by and following!

  4. thanks for the review, those are quite pretty, although I've never looked at Ulta products before!
    new follower!

    1. If you've got an Ulta nearby, it's worth checking out!

  5. Thank you for reviewing this, its one of my favorite neutral palette for ppl on a budget!