Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base & Sun Club Glamour To Go Eyeshadow Palette- 2 in 1 Review

Hey everyone! So today, I’ll be reviewing two products for you, both from the brand, Essence, which as far as I know is a newly launched brand at least here in our country. In case you didn’t know, Essence is a makeup brand from the UK, and judging from their packaging, their target audience are probably teenagers. However, knowing us Pinays, and women all over the globe, considering that their price range is kinda like ELF’s, no one will probably care whether it’s meant for a specific age.

Here’s a little info about the brand…

Essence Quality – since its launch in 2002, essence stands for trendy and high quality cosmetics at a sensational low price. How can essence ensure the quality of its products at such low sales prices?
The quality of our products is our top priority!
This principle applies to the selection of our production plants as well as for all manufacturing process steps from the very beginning until the completion of our final products. We reveal more on the high quality demands of essence here:
Quality instead of advertising spendings
The essence brand does without costly advertisements using models or celebrities, expensive tv spots or print ads in magazines. instead, essence invests in the development of premium products at a consistently high level of quality.

If you saw my instagram post regarding the Essence kiosk that was placed at the SM near our place, what you didn’t see that photo was the major haul I did after taking that pic. (“Of course you did a haul, Yette! Duh!). But anyway, if you want to see a sneak peek of the items that I got, you can click here. Anyway, what I liked about Essence is that they practically have everything, from Eyeshadow bases, to creams, to shimmery & matte bronzers, everything! Unlike most foreign drugstore brands here in the Philippines, we don’t even get half of their products! (ie Maybelline, Revlon, Covergirl, etc). Anyway, I’m getting way off topic.

Just a bit of warning, since this is a 2 in 1 review, this may be longer than usual..

So first up, is the I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

Upon seeing loads of what Essence had to offer, I grabbed this one. I wanted to know if this is something comparable or at least close to the famous Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Also, I wanted to know if there’s a drugstore eye primer that can actually make my eyeshadow last for more than 2 hours. ELF is good, but after two hours, the colors just fade, especially during this weather.

According to Essence:

The I love stage – eyeshadow base has to get on stage! It can be applied diversely either as primer for concealers or eye shadows. The creamy texture does not crease, makes the eye shadow last longer and appear much more color intensive. For an even eye make-up waiting for its gig on stage!

Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

First let’s get to the packaging. The entire product is housed in a clear, sturdy glass, and it comes with a doe-foot applicator. In my opinion, the item’s presentation did not make the product feel like it’s meant for a specific age. I like the rough, edgy font that the “I LOVE” line has. Also, the clear glass made it look like it’s from a mid-range makeup brand (if that makes any sense).

Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

The doe-foot applicator is not necessarily a bad thing. I like my eyeshadow primers kinda like that way. Although, some may find this as a minus, especially those who are keen on hygiene stuff. I understand that, because, hey, you wouldn’t want to keep putting back the applicator after you’ve already used it, I mean, for some, it’s definitely unhygienic, and I totally get that. But we’re talking about eyelids, I would feel the same way if we’re talking about lip products, because I sometimes feel that way regarding lip gloss products.

Anyway, the only issue I have with this one is that, you don’t get to empty the entire thing. Though it’s definitely inexpensive, you sure would like to get your money’s worth. You’re probably on your way to being halfway through the entire tube when you realize that you can’t even scrape the bottom of the tube. But let’s hope that it wont come to that scenario.

Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

Product Name     – I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base
Price     – PhP 189.00
Net Wt     – 0.13 fl. oz / 4 ml
Availability     – Essence Kiosk At SM Department Stores

What I also love about this eyeshadow base is that it is yellow-toned and it creates a smooth surface with a matte finish which is good enough for covering some redness and exposed veins in our eyelids. I also noticed a mild tacky feeling upon application, which I believe is a good thing, because I think that tacky feeling contributes something to the eyeshadow base’s adhesiveness.

Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

When used with a different eyeshadow brand, (I used ELF’s Butternut quad) my entire eye look lasted for nearly six(6) hours. There was, however, a bit of fading, the color was no longer that crisp, but I didn’t see/notice any creasing. When used with the Essence eyeshadow brand, however, it also lasted nearly six(6) hours, but the lighter colors faded a lot faster, and I did experience some creasing. I don’t know if it has anything to with the primer or with the eyeshadow itself, nevertheless, you will see more about the Essence eyeshadow palette I used when I review it. Just scroll down below

Now we go to the eyeshadow palette : Essence Sun Club Glamour To Go Eyeshadow Palette in 01 South Beach

I know I have a lot of eyeshadow palettes already, but I bought this palette for two reasons: (1) For blog review (2) I love the blues in this palette. Now here’s what Essence says about this palette:

Can life get more beautiful than this? Oh yes! With the new eyeshadow palettes by essence sun club. They each contain eight gorgeous new colors for ultimate glamour and style. Thanks to the practical mini-format, they are a loyal companion when you’re on-the-go, too! trendy colors from yellow to orange and blue as well as expressive contrasting colors in black, grey and brown are sure to give any look the desired wow-effect.

Essence Sun Club Glamour To Go Eyeshadow Palette in 01 South Beach

In terms of packaging, unlike the “I Love” line from Essence, the packaging of Sun Club Glamour To Go Eyeshadow Palette somehow reflects that this particular product is for teens or someone younger than me, lol. But anyway, I don’t care. The packaging is sturdy, it’s made out of plastic, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to give out any time soon. Also, despite the silhouettes, I still like it, it doesn’t look like an ordinary drugstore eyeshadow palette. At least to me, it doesn’t.

Essence Sun Club Glamour To Go Eyeshadow Palette in 01 South Beach

Just like any typical eyeshadow palette, it comes with a dual-ended eyeshadow applicator. The other end is a sponge while the other is a brush. The applicator looks like it wont give out as well, it’s sturdy, so I think you can use it if you’re on the go. Both ends are very soft as well. The compact, however, does not include a decent-sized mirror. It does have a mirror, but it is located where you put your applicator, which means that it’s basically useless.

Essence Sun Club Glamour To Go Eyeshadow Palette in 01 South Beach

Product Name     – Sun Club Glamour To Go Eyeshadow Palette in 01 South Beach
Price     – Approximately PhP 209
Net Wt     – 0.36 oz / 7.5 g
Availability     – Essence Kiosk At SM Department Stores

Essence Sun Club Glamour To Go Eyeshadow Palette in 01 South Beach

With regard to this palette (01 South Beach), I love how the name practically summarizes all of the colors that you would expect to see on a beach. I like all of the browns, the blues, even the golden yellow. Now as for the formula, texture, etc. Here are the finger swatches that I did using all of the shades that can be found in this palette, with and without the I Love Stage eyeshadow base.

Essence Sun Club Glamour To Go Eyeshadow Palette in 01 South Beach

As you can see, judging from the finger swatches that I made, the darker, brighter shades are the ones that show up more. None of these eyeshadows are matte by the way, all of them are on the shimmery side, but I didn’t encounter any fall outs. They’re not that powdery as well, but as for the color pay off, the lighter ones barely have any. The blues and the darker brown, however, have a good color pay off, and I like how it shows up in my eye lids.

In terms of color pay off, judging from the swatches I made, it doesn’t really make that much difference whether you apply an eyeshadow base or not. It all comes down to longevity. I didn’t test these eyshadows with out the eyeshadow base, so I stand by with what I’ve said. This eyeshadow lasted for nearly six(6) hours, however, the lighter colors did fade a bit faster than the other colors, and I did encounter a bit of creasing. I am not entirely sure whether it has anything to do with the base or the eyeshadows it self. Regardless, that’s just what I experienced from using both products.

To summarize…

Packaging – Clear, Sturdy Glass
Comes with a doe-foot applicator
Creates a smooth surface with a matte finish
Good enough to conceal redness & some exposed veins in our eyelids
Affordable at PhP 189
Available at SM Department Stores
Prolongs the staying power of your eyeshadow
Comes with an a doe-foot applicator (may be a con for others)
Wont be able to empty the entire tube

Plastic, sturdy, compact, travel-friendly packaging
Comes with an eyeshadow applicator
Offers eight shades at an affordable price
Darker/brighter colors have a good color pay off
Not powdery, chalky, etc.
Affordable at approximately PhP 209
Available at SM Department Stores
No mirror
Minimal or no color pay off for lighter colors
All of them are shimmery, no matte

I really can’t say anything bad about this eyeshadow base. I love it. I should give this a 5-star rating, if only I’ll be able to get the entire product when it’s about to be empty. Regardless, I really think that this is a good drugstore eyeshadow primer. Compared to what we have in our stores now, I think this provides a longer staying power to your everyday eye look, with a cheaper price tag.

I’d like to think that getting eight(8) shades for approximately PhP 200 is a good bargain, however, due to the color pay off of the lighter colors, I don’t think this is something that I would recommend for those who are on a tight budget. If you like wearing blue eyeshadows, then maybe. But if not, then try a different line from Essence then. However, being that they are somehow buildable, makes me like them a bit more. I like that they are not powdery or chalky. But for me, I still like it as an everyday wear, with a pop of color, perfect for Spring/Summer.

Eyeshadow base – Yes. Definitely a good find and worth the money.
Eyeshadow palette – I don’t know.

So those are all of my thoughts regarding the products: Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base & Sun Club Glamour To Go Eyeshadow Palette. Let me know what you think about these products, and if you have them, do you like them? Do you own anything from the brand Essence? Do you like Essence? Do you want me to do a review about anything from the Essence brand? Let me know! Would love to hear from you!

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  • Nice! I’m really planning to buy that eyeshadow base when I went to makati again! Love your review sis as always!

    • Thanks! It’s really worth the moolah!

  • Desire Loreto

    Loving your look up there, Yette! Summer vibe and your brows look sexy. Hope to try essence products soon. Sayang parang wala pa silang branch dito sa Cebu :|

    • Thanks! I just have them trimmed the day before I took that pic, lol (I don’t know how to shape my own brows -__-)

  • Maica France Saldo

    I got the Essence eyeshadow in #1, it’s a cool highlighter shade. I should have got the eyeshadow base, I didn’t notice that when I was there. Is the bottle of the primer made of glass? If there are products at the side of the bottle, submerge it in a warm water and you will see the products will pool at the bottom part, making it half full again! Just a tip, you can also do it with your lipglosses, as long as the packaging is a glass tube.

    • Yup it’s made out of glass. Thanks for the info! Will keep that in mind!

  • Ida

    I love the prices. Raring to try this brand, especially the nail polishes!

    • Hi Ida! Missed you! Oh I love their nail polishes! They’re very opaque, except for the lighter ones (which I think is pretty common even on other brands, lol)

  • I think the eyeshadow primer is really worth buying especially if you’re on a tight budget. 6 hours is enough for me. The eyeshadow, on the other hand, isn’t my thing. I am more into matte ones. But I am loving your look up there. Super bagay sayo yung blue and brown combination. Also, I love your skin. Flawless lang.

    • I think EB now has matte palettes, but it’s not that wearable. Thanks!

  • eyahnism

    I’m not impressed with the eyeshadow palette, kinda looks common to me,, though galing abroad parang careline lang ang peg nya sakin and while reading the review I think nga I can rate it with 3 and same as yours..
    with regards to the primer.. do you think its comparable with the elf primer? same kasi sila ng price eh.

    • I like this one more than the ELF elf eye primer.

  • rhania


  • i like the palette and its colors! i saw blue and green, but i still prefer darker shades of them =) i think these were created for everyday look =) nice combi you made here =) loving it

  • Nice review.. I can’t find the Essence brand here in SM Calamba, Laguna though.. I wanted to try pa naman the primer.

  • I will try that eye shadow primer out because its cheap and I think it will work for me looking forward for more local/affordable makeup product reviews. More power!

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  • Lei Diwa

    This is another good eye primer, but for the eyeshadow I don’t like all shimmer on a palette. But I like your MOTD love that blue/green shadows. Gorgeous!

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  • Leilani Gamboa

    i was searching review about this, ginoogle ko meron ka pala sis., I like the shades on this palette,