When I spotted Essence came out with a build it your own palette, I got excited. Essence is a super affordable brand and if this panned out, it could be one of those rare drugstore gems. This palette doesn’t have to be just eyeshadows: the My Must Haves range includes lipsticks, blush, powder and even a bronzer. So you could build a palette that could do most of your face in one go.
Essence My Must Have eyeshadow palette
10 Apricotta, 07 Mauvie-Time, 03 Miss Foxy Roxy, 18 Black as a Berry
The My Must Haves range features 2 different palette sizes to choose from and 23 eye, lip and face products to choose from. So quite a lot of options. The palette comes in a 4 pan and 8 pan version. The 4 pan that I have retails for €1.59, the 8 pan palette costs €1.99. Each individual product also costs €1.59, so that is an absolute steal.
The palette itself is quite straight forward. The pan click into the slots and you can take them out fairly easily. The lid is clear so you can always see what’s inside. There is no mirror, but you can buy one for €1.39. Sadly that is the size of a single pan, so that won’t be much use. What I appreciate is the slim design of this palette. This is one that is so easy to chuck into a bag when you travel.
For my shadow picks, I went with a shimmery inner corner shade, a matte transition, a shimmer for the lid and a shade to deepen things up. In short, a basic look in one palette. Each pan comes in a little paper wrapper and each pan has a lid as well. So if you fancy just one shade in this line, you can also still use this. Clever!
These are the swatches. Can we just take a moment? For just €1.59 a pop, I find this quite impressive! I have heard however, that the individual shades are a little bit hit or miss. Not all the shades in the range perform this good. Also, I cannot attest to how well the face and lip products work because I never tried those. I would never put lipstick in a palette (yuck) and I find the pans a bit small for a blush or bronzer shade.
Texture wise these eyeshadows also feel very nice. They aren’t chalky and dry at all. The mauve shade isn’t super intense, but it still works well as a transition in the crease. All the other shades perform very well. I am impressed!
Since there are just 4 shades here, you don’t have the most versatile palette in the world. However, it is good enough to pull out a look like this. I used Mauvie-Time as a transition in the crease. Miss Foxy Roxy is on the lid and lower lash line. I used Black as a Berry to deepen things up and Apricotta makes for one stunning inner corner highlight. As you can see a very workable little palette.
This Essence My Must Haves palette is a success! It not only has some great shadows, but I like how you can customize this to suit your needs. I would recommend going into a store to swatch these, because of some of the hit or miss shades in the range. But as you can see, the collection also holds some true gems. A great option if you are looking for a cheap and cheerful build it your own palette.
How do you feel about building your own palette?