I really like Essence, especially their eyeshadows, and I was really glad to be able to get my hands on the new Winter Dreamin’ palette. When I opened it, I immediately thought: “Wow, this palette looks almost identical to Naked 3!”. So I decided to test it out and find out if this palette is a decent dupe for one of my favorite eyeshadow palettes or not.
Claims: “A brush and 12 gorgeous nude shades to give you a warm winter look” (according to Essence website). “Eyeshadow palette with 12 irresistible neutral shades. Ultra smooth mattes, gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics for a perfect and unique eye make-up” (according to the backside of the palette)
Packaging: Unlike other Essence palettes I own, this one has pink cardboard packaging with winter design. The brush (thank god, it’s an actual brush!) is small and flat. It’s not my favorite but not bad at all! On the backside of the palette, you can see a sticker with claims and a tutorial for a look you can make with this palette.
Value: The palette contains 0,5oz (14,4g) of product (a bit less than Naked 3, which contains 0,6oz (15,6g) of product). Winter Dreamin’ eyeshadow palette retails for $9,99 which means that you pay approximately $0,7 for each gram of product.
Formula: As manufacturer claims, matte shades are smooth and pigmented(not as pigmented as Urban Decay shadows but I can’t say that the pay off is bad), however, I experienced a bit of fallout while blending, which was easy to remove with a clean brush. Pearls and metallics(I would call them shimmers rather than metallics though) are quite pigmented as well. I also experienced a little bit of glitter fallout with shimmer shades, which I had to remove with a makeup removing wipe.
Vegan/ cruelty-free: Essence makeup is cruelty-free but I found carmine on the ingredients list so, I guess, it’s not vegan (correct me if I’m wrong)
Longevity: I wore these with the NYX Proof it! waterproof eyeshadow base and they lasted pretty well for about 5 hours.
Blendability: I had no issues with blending whatsoever. Matte shades are really pleasant and not muddy at all.
Swatches and comparison: Here I wanted to show how Winter Dreamin’ looks on the skin and also compare it with Naked 3 to see how similar the shades are. I really like the idea of swatching eyeshadows like Stephanie Nicole in her amazing reviews. Let me explain what I did. First, I primed my arm with eyeshadow primer and set it with powder (like usually do when I apply eyeshadow to my eyes). Then I swatched eyeshadows shade by shade with a finger and with a brush (small blending brush for mattes and packing brush for shimmers and pearls).
So here are the swatches:
Mattes are a bit powdery and I had some kickback after dipping my brush into the pan (and I used one of my softest brushes). It doesn’t bother me at all but it’s important for some people, so I decided to mention this fact.
Where to buy: essencemakeup.com or you can look for it at your local drugstore.
Overall verdict: What can I say in conclusion. I like this palette but not as much as other Essence eyeshadow palettes. And does it make a good Naked 3 dupe? I think, yes. Shades are not identical but pretty similar and make a really good budget-friendly dupe to Urban Decay eyeshadows.
What do you think? Tell me in the comment section down below!
Till next time!