A Peek Inside ‘The Little X-Mas Factory’: Review

Dear Santa!

Essence has received all Christmas wish lists and Santa’s hardworking elves are doing everything in their power to prepare the perfect surprise.

The result: The new trend edition, “The Little X-Mas Factory“, to make all your beauty dreams come true.

Classical colours, like gold or pine green, are combined with cool pink.

The absoulute X-MUSTS are the eyeshadow palette, two mini hand creams with Christmassy fragrances and the “shimmering stars”.

Seasons greetings,

From Essence

Oh. My. Gosh.

When I first came across the news of this trend edition I could hardly contain my excitement: Christmas-themed makeup! Any Christmas fanatic would high-pitch shriek at the concept behind Essence’s festive trend edition because it is just so absolutely cute. A Christmas factory? Come on, how could you not smile?

Of course you can imagine I nearly ran into Dischem the first opportunity I got to see this festive goodness with my own two eyes. However, before going, I made a mental list of all of the products that I was interested in purchasing, mostly the eyeshadow palette, “shimmering stars” and the cookie-scented hand cream.

The display is beautiful (Essence always seems to get that right) and it really made me excited for Christmas, but I was almost immediately disappointed. The product at the top of my list, “shimmering stars”, is not available in South Africa (sniff). Staying positive, I decided to fill that void with the contouring palette, Elf Yourself, instead. I really don’t understand why the shimmering stars is not in South Africa, as that would probably be the best seller. My other purchase that evening was the eyeshadow palette, North Pole Express Delivery. I was holding the hand cream, …and mistletoe kisses, in my hand, but after smelling it I realized that it isn’t really cookie-scented, it’s just sweet. As cute as everything is, I wasn’t particularly interested in anything else besides the nailpolishes (which I have heard are very good).

Now let’s talk about my first impressions.

A Peek Inside The Little X-Mas Factory


Eyeshadow Palette (North Pole Express Delivery)

The packaging is very different from the rest of Essence’s eyeshadows. I think that it is very cute and I really love the fact that there is a mirror included. It feels a little bit more expensive than the rest of their eyeshadow palettes, which are usually in a transparent plastic casing.

I’m very happy with the shades that were picked for this palette because they are truly festive (I do wish a red shade was added though). Although I don’t particularly like a palette with just shimmery shades, it makes sense for Christmas. The design of the individual eyeshadows is very Kylie-Cosmetics-looking (look at how fancy we’re getting).

A Peek Inside The Little X-Mas Factory

Getting to the nitty-gritty, the shades are not as pigmented as you would hope. In fact, some of the shades don’t show up on my eyelid at all. Not good. However, doing a wet application does help a tad bit. The swatches that I did were with my finger. If I used a brush, you would probably only see the green and brown (those are the most pigmented).

A Peek Inside The Little X-Mas Factory

As I always say with Essence’s products, they are a reasonable quality for the price that you pay. In fact, sometimes you get better quality than what you pay for. Although some of the shades don’t show up (i.e. the silver), it is still a handy little palette to have over the Christmas period (this is probably the only time of the year that I would sport a green eyeshadow).


Contouring Palette (Elf Yourself)

I have been wanting a contouring palette for so long now. No, I didn’t have a proper contouring palette, I’ve been using eyeshadow instead (sue me). After months of procrastination, I was finally forced to buy one (I was forced, okay).

The packaging is not too different from the rest of Essence’s products, featuring a transparent case with a splash of festivity once again.

The design of the actual product is, again, extremely cute, looking like a little gift.

A Peek Inside The Little X-Mas Factory

As with the eyeshadows, the shades are not very pigmented. However, I noticed (from watching YouTube) that you can build on the brown which is actually much better in my opinion (the lighter shade not so much, it’s just crumbly and pretty transparent on my skin). The downside to this is that there is only one version of this palette, meaning that people with darker skintones might not be able to contour with it.

I don’t know what the fancy name for that shade of brown is, but I was kind of skeptical. Turns out it actually looks lovely on my skin. It’ll do for now.

I’ve added the nailpolishes to my wish list because I have seen some amazing art done with it on Instagram. I think that they are the real stars in this trend edition.

What has your experience been like with The Little X-Mas Factory? Do you know of any other brands who have come out with Christmas ranges?



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