I’m always on the lookout for new contouring and highlighting products from affordable brands because they’re so hard to come by. Though don’t get me wrong, I love a good splurge. But who doesn’t love a good deal too, right? I’ve been using this nifty compact for awhile now and I have to say, it’s definitely one of my go-to products at the moment.
The Essence Shading Powder duo comes in 2 shades: 01 Light — having more warm-golden tones and 02 Medium — having more warm-pink tones. I picked up 01 light being the lightest shade. The powders come with 11g of product in the pan. Which is a generous amount of product. They come packaged in a medium sized, transparent, round container. The packaging is light and efficient so it doesn’t take up much space which is great for midday touch-ups or travel.
The highlighter has a very natural subtle glow. On my fair skin it gives off a pretty soft sun kissed glow. I like to apply this to the tops of my cheek bones, tip of the nose, a little bit on the chin and above the cupid’s bow.
The bronzer is a lightweight, warm-toned matt bronzer. I’m personally a bit skeptical of using warm-toned bronzers because they don’t suit my skin tone and have a tendency to end up looking muddy. So I prefer to use contouring powders that have more cooler/gray tones, however I was willing to give it a go either way, and thankfully It ended up looking really pretty.
This is a great bronzer to warm up your skin, and create a subtle contour with a fluffy brush. It creates a realistic shadow that compliments my skintone, making the shading look more natural. It also doesn’t have a orange undertone/muddy brown colour. I apply the bronzer using an angled blush brush in the hollows of my cheeks, jawline and temples.
The texture of both these powders are very silky smooth. The formula blends so effortlessly into the skin. The bronzer and highlighter aren’t as super pigmented at first swatch, however, it is buildable and that to me is a plus side for the bronzer — I’m sure a lot of us may have a heavy hand applying bronzer (I know I do) The lasting power of these powders are pretty good. I can get roughly 6-8 hours wear out of them.
Oh, and I also found both these powders work great as eyeshadows! When i’m wanting to do a pretty natural eye makeup look — I apply the bronzer into my crease to add depth and dimension and the highlighter on my lids and to the inner corners to add light to the eyes.
Overall, I’m impressed! Essence has always continued to surprise me with their affordable & quality products. I’d recommend this for all you contouring/highlighting beginners or for those who are just in the market for a new bronzer and highlighter that doesn’t break the bank!
The Essence Shading Powder retails for R57.95 at Clicks and Dis-Chem Pharmacies Nationwide.
Have you tried this yet? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!