Here’s swatches for all the Essence pigments I have so far. Each pigment has been swatched in 3 parts.
The first swatch is on bare skin, the second over Nyx HD eyeshadow base and the third applied wet – mixed with MAC Fix+ spray as mixing medium).
02 Smell the caramel
A beautiful golden pigment, which applies great without any primer underneath.
03 Box of chocolate
A cool dark brown with a fine silver sparkle. Looks beautiful in the crease.
05 Star dust
A grey silver (great for recreating the Dior fall 2012 look). The shimmer of the pigment doesn’t adhere well to the skin without the primer.
06 WOW it’s orange!
A beautiful neon orange with a slight pink twinge and subtle gold shimmer. The shimmer unfortunately blends away when used without a primer and all you’re left with is the pink/orange colour.
08 Cop & copper
A stunning metallic copper pigment. It applies great without the primer.
12 Miss Piggy’s lollipop
A beautiful bright pink with a sheer blue shimmer. Almost sheers away completely without the primer.
A stunning shimmery red. It applies very bright without a primer, but you get much better payoff with the primer underneath.
13 Strawberry smoothie
Such a beautiful dusty pink pigment. Applies great without a primer, but looks and last much longer with it. Works great for bridal makeup.
18 Little mermaid
A stunning bright light blue. Just be aware of staining if applied wet (see below)
02 Alice had a vision – again
Supposed to be a beautiful dark purple; unfortunately the amount of effort you have to do to get a good payoff sucks. Without a primer underneath the shimmer blends away completely (as can be seen in the first swatch); all you’re left with is the brownish base colour. The primer helps, but you still need to pile it on and then it makes it really hard to blend. A very messy pigment without much return in terms of colour. I’d rather suggest the dark purple in Sleek’s iDivine Bad Girl palette (11 or 12 on the swatches).