Essence’s “Be Kissed by the Moon” Eye & Face palette was added to their range of products in 2017, along with their Metal Shock eyeshadows that I spoke so fondly of here. Over the past year, Essence’s products have gotten significantly shinier, more “holographic” and more metallic, trends that I enjoyed for a while during spring and summer. I got my hands on this R89,95 eye and face palette in December and, after using it multiple times in multiple different ways, I knew exactly which side of the fence I was going to be on for this review. First, here is what Essence online states:
Colour-coordinated eyeshadows, a blush and a highlighter turn these palettes into absolute it-pieces for the eyes and face.
Much like the All About… eyeshadow palettes and the normal Eye & Face palettes, Be Kissed by the Moon is packaged in simple, unspectacular, transparent plastic. I think that although the packaging is far from luxurious, it is great for traveling with. Not only do these palettes feature a decent number of powders, but their size is perfect to pop in one’s handbag. As always with Essence products, the packaging will start looking dirty and scratched, and having the pretty silver writing on the front of the packaging is very short-lived as it smudges off within a few days. The back of the packaging features Essence’s usual advice on how to use the product, which is extremely helpful for beginners.
I am not as thorough with the ingredients in my makeup as I am with the ingredients in my skin products. However, I thought that I should mention that this product does contain carmine. In fact, many of Essence’s products contain carmine. I have noticed that they usually specify it somewhere on the packaging, other than the ingredients list. Carmine is a pigment made from cochineal, an insect. The insects are dried, crushed and then combined with an acidic alcohol solution to produce carminic acid. It sounds pretty disgusting, but it’s present in most of the red dyes in cosmetics and food.
This product contains six different powders. The four smaller powders are eyeshadows, whereas the two larger powders are a highlighter and a blush respectively. All of the shades are very pale, pastel, and either shimmery or glittery. The shimmery blue shade is one of the most pigmented shades in the palette and it seems to be the most long-lasting out of them all. The pastel green shade is filled with fine shimmer and larger glitter particles, but the pigment is not visible on the skin and it is not long-lasting at all. Much like the shimmery blue shade, the purple-pink shade is also shimmery, pigmented and more long-lasting than the rest of the palette. The last eyeshadow is the pastel yellow, which is strikingly similar to chalk and filled with large particles of glitter. The highlighter is a pale pink shade with fine shimmer particles, that complements my skin tone beautifully. The blush appears to be a pastel orange and filled with shimmer.
All of the shadows in this palette are dry and chalky. The green and yellow eyeshadows, which have copious amounts of fallout in a not-pigmented-and-buttery-and-super-blendable kind of way, look very similar on the skin. I actually think that they are terrible. The blue and purple-pink shades are dry too, but there is more pigment, and much less chunky glitter and fallout. For the swatches, I used a damp eyeshadow brush, which helps with bringing some of the pigment out of these powders. Using a damp eyeshadow brush with the blue and purple-pink shades makes them look quite pretty and, dare I say, usable. They also last a lot longer this way. I wouldn’t say that the highlighter is as useless as the green and yellow eyeshadows, but the lovely soft highlight on the cheekbones is not long-lived. I have never used, and will never use, the orange blush, so I cannot comment on the performance of it other than the fact that it is just as chalky as the rest of the palette.
In my opinion, the only shades that have any potential are the blue and the purple-pink shadows. If you enjoy adding colour to your eye-looks, then you might find some use in them. However, I think that there are far better palettes out there, even from Essence. I wouldn’t recommend the Be Kissed by the Moon Eye & Face palette and I haven’t found any use in it at all. I think that a palette like this could be a great gift for little girls who like playing with makeup, as it is obviously safer than children’s makeup (have you read articles about the horrific ingredients in children’s makeup?), it is cruelty-free and the colours are appealing. You’ll find this palette at Dis-Chem and Clicks.