April 30, 2018

Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadow Review & Swatches

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadow ($4.99) is a fairly new cream eyeshadow that’s available in 7 shade selections. I picked up the shade 1 Second to Mars which is such a pretty golden peachy pink. I truly did buy it for the shade and not because it reminded me of Jared Leto.

Someone in one of my posts mentioned how much cheaper Metal Shock Eyeshadow was compared to Stila’s Glitter & Glow formula but I had my doubts this would be anything like it. Don’t get me wrong about 90% of the Essence Cosmetics line I’ve tried has all been great but I didn’t expect this formula to be loaded up with super shimmer the way Stila’s is.

I mean, really that would be great if they were right? I’d still totally buy any new shades that Stila does but it would be a heck of a nice thing if there really was a $4.99 dupe around.

Sadly, that is so not the case here. Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadow is actually disappointing but at this point, having tried only one shade, I’m blaming the color versus the formula.

This arrives in a 0.11 oz chubby little barrel with an attached sponge applicator for application. It’s pretty much the same packaging you get from Jordana’s Made to Last Liquid Eyeshadow which happen to be the same price with a far superior formula.

As I said I’m blaming the shade as the reviews on Ulta’s site are very, very good. This shade applied super sheer. I built up the shade with several layers but I could not get anything but a very, very, very subtle hint of shimmer on my lids but no color. The texture is creamy and easy to blend but it did crease within four hours of application. I had a line of shimmer right down my lid where it creased.


I’m tempted to try again with a deeper shade! Maybe I’ll have better success! Sadly, this shade just wasn’t doing it for me.

Have you tried Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadow?

Did you love it?

Do share!

Essence Metal Shock Eyeshadow are available at ulta.com.

I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • kjh

    Speaking of Ulta, there are some (new-to-me) headings under sale/coupons. It makes it so much easier to cruise the mark downs and other discounts, beyond the ones in the column listings. You might want to explain those click-headings to readers. Heck, maybe theyโ€™re only new to IPad!

      • kjh

        It was new to me, and I usually use iPad, that gets any online thing last, if ever. Great way to see the markdowns on โ€˜prestigeโ€™ or popular items. Another way U is stepping up the game, this time in accessibility.

        • Isabella Muse

          about time! Because their site can be bitchy sometimes!

          • Gina

            I hate Ulta’s website!!! It will never let me login! I have complained and complained! I loose my points – and my profile – I’m just done with it! We just got a new store and the website has made me so angry I don’t even want to do business with them period! It is so sad because of the sheer amount of products that they carry.
            I go to our store very infreqently – when I need something – but I’d much rather use Sephora – and then I have had problems with Sephora too. I spend way too much money at these retailers to go through these hassels. We all do.

          • Isabella Muse

            there website is really a pain sometimes! I feel your pain! It needs a revamp! Sephora’s site has had its issues too lately ;-/ Every since they changed it I always experience a hassle with it sigh!

  • Kristin

    I ran across these the other day and grabbed Stars and Stories because it was cheap and I needed something pretty. It’s kind of become my go-to look. A bit of neutral powder in the crease with stars and Stories on the lid. It brightens my eyes up without being chunky glittery. I’ve had excellent wear time, 12 hours + with no creasing. But my skin is weird and will only play nice with cheap makeup. I’ve had better luck with eyeshadow from the Dollar Tree than anything mid-range and up. Sigh. I’m so cheap it’s in my DNA.

    • Isabella Muse

      You are so lucky! I just got zero pigment from mine! I’m going to head in for a darker shade and see how it goes. LOL I laughed at “I’m so cheap it’s in my DNA”! LOL

  • Jennifer

    Have you tried the Wet and Wild Liquid Catsuit liquid eyeshadows? They need a base under them, like a shadow or a Nyx pencil, but for wear, I’d definitely compare them to Stila. I love both brands. The W&W ones are SUPER glittery.

    • Isabella Muse

      I have! And I liked the formula but it was a little tiny bit trying! I got one that looks sort of like Orgasm! ;-D

  • Jana

    I loved this product (the darker shades). Unfortunately, I had an allergic reaction and had to return it. Bummer, dude! :o(