With the Naked palette reaching cult status, clearly there is something about neutrals that gets everyone excited. Essence has released some pretty new products in pleasing neutral tones.
The All About Nudes palette contains 8 nude colours from matte to metallic, with one extra shimmery shade. They are easy to apply and the overall texture is very soft and almost dense, like a cream eye shadow. The shades are nicely pigmented, with the matte shades being slightly longer-lasting. I wore the shades having prepped my eyelids with Mac Painterly and they didn’t crease. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on an eyeshadow palette with wearable, natural shades, go out and get this palette. There are 5 palettes in this range, including Bronzes, Roses, Greys and Vintage. Available from Clicks for R76.95.
Also new are these gorgeous Liquid Lipsticks. They combine the coverage of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss. How genius! The packaging is very pretty to look at – simple, transparent and clean. I tried out shade 03 Almost Real, which is a classic warm nude. It’s super pigmented and gives great coverage, the perfect partner for smokey, dramatic eyes. Because it’s so beautifully pigmented, it almost blanks out my lips and I end up looking a bit lifeless (maybe I’m not used to extremely nude lips). If I wear it with my day makeup, I line my lips with a pink liner and apply this over for a more vibrant pink toned nude. I am very impressed! The formula is perfect – sticky enough without being too tacky and not too thin or runny. It isn’t too long wearing, so be ready to reapply if you’re going to be drinking or eating. It also smells delicious, like vanilla. Available in six shades from Clicks at R47.95.