First Essence trend edition for the month of July is finally here. I bought all eye soufflés, nail polishes and blush soufflé in Ballerina Backstage TE.
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by Essence Dance The Swan Lake nail polish. I’m usually not huge fan of white shades (especially not those with visible nail line), but this one I actually liked … is summer heat getting to me? :D Application is not piece of cake, but if you use thicker layers 2 should be enough. I messed up and used to thin first layer, so I needed 3 coats. Pinkish shimmer is not really visible that much, but it ads something special to this shade.
Wear Your Little Tutu is cute light pink shade with very similar shimmer as used in Dance The Swan Lake polish. Unfortunately this shade does nothing to accentuate my skin tone, so I won’t be wearing it much. But it is perfect for those looking for neutral shade. Applied much like Dance The Swan Lake. 2 coats + top coat.
On Your Gracile Tiptoe is very lively summer shade. Polish is lovely orange-coral creme shade which applies beautifully (at least mine did, some had problems with theirs). Shade looks little less orange it real life. 2 coats + top coat.
Do A Floating Pirouette is a little bit too cool mix of pink and violet for me. It is pretty shade, but it doesn’t look so hot on me. Formula is a little bit strange – cross between jelly and creme finish. But 2 layers are enough for even application.
The polish I was most looking forward from Ballerina Backstage collection is Grand-plié In Black. And it didn’t disappoint me – deep black base loaded with copper glitter. They could have added more glitter, but it looks lovely anyway. 2 layers + top coat.
Now onto the products I was really looking forward to – soufflés. First of I swatched all three creamy eyeshadows on my hand: Dance The Swan Lake, Pas Des Copper and Grand-plié In Black and Prima Ballerina creamy blush.
My first impressions:
- Dance The Swan Lake: opaque matte light beige eyeshadow;
- Pas Des Copper: gorgeous copperish shimmery shade;
- Grand-plié In Black: glycerin like patchy sheer formula that is suppose to be black + it stains skin.
Then I tested it on my eyelids. By themselves eye soufflés don’t last long on my oily eyelids. If I set them with eyeshadow (I used Inglot 406 pearl), make up lasted for 4-6 hours before partially ending in the crease. The longest lasting was make up with Dance The Swan Lake as a base. But you get the least of “wow” effect with this very opaque beige shade (which leans a little bit to the pinkish side on my skin).
Pas Des Copper acts as perfect base for eyeshadows – they stick to it like a glue but are still easy enough to blend. I can’t use it close to my tear duct as it irritates my eyes.
Grand-plie In Black eye soufflé looked really weird while applying – like I was applying something slimy with hint of black color. Texture reminded me of old black shoe polishes. But when you layer the eyeshadow over it … I couldn’t believe it how perfectly eye soufflé grabbed eye shadow + blending it was so easy. Downside is that it won’t stay in place as long as other two on oily eyelids without some kind of base under it and it irritated my eyes.
Prima Ballerina blush soufflé is soft dirty pink cream blush with glycerin feel to it. I like the color and fine shimmer but not the formula. Staying power is not so great is you don’t set it with some kind of powder and even then it’s not stellar. Few hours at most on my oily skin.
- 10 ml (0,33 fl.oz.) nail polish: 1.75 EUR (2.5 USD);
- 2,8g (0,09 oz.) eye soufflé: 2.25 EUR ( 3.2 USD);
- 6,1g (0,21 oz.) blush soufflé: 2.75 EUR (4 USD).
What is your favorite from Essence Ballerina Backstage TE?