The Essence Quattro Eyeshadow palette in XOXO reminds me of Mariah Careyâ€™s performance in Precious.
Why? Because itâ€™s also shockingly good.
Letâ€™s be honest — after Glitter, for which Mimi won a Razzie Award for Worst Actress despite basically playing herself in the film, I didnâ€™t really expect much from her return to the big screen, but as a die-hard fan (I still have the Vision of Love single floating around here somewhereâ€¦on tape), I had to give her a second chance.
Yes, that IS Padma from Top Chef.
And Iâ€™m very glad I did.
I thought Mimiâ€™s performance as a social worker in Precious, like the $2.99 Essence Quattro Eyeshadow palette in XOXO I tried today, was actually, well, pretty darn good!
Where Mariah nailed nuanced emotion, Essence nailed long-wearing eyeshadow, and both of them deserve a round of applause.
My track record with Essenceâ€™s other eyeshadows hasnâ€™t always been great. I find many of their singles to be quite pretty, but Iâ€™ve experienced mediocre wear time and some fallout from them beneath my eyes.
The colors in the XOXO quad, however, seem to be cut from a different (and better) cloth.
Do I think itâ€™s perfect? No, not perfect, but surprisingly good, especially for a penny shy of $3.
The shadows do feel a touch grainy/gritty to me, and I still detect some minor fallout, but no big deal. Theyâ€™re so easy to blend, last a surprisingly long time and adhere to my skin much better than the Essence singles Iâ€™ve tried. Applied atop a layer of NARS Pro-Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, they stay put on my lids all day long, without fading or creasing at all.
I like XOXO so much now that I’m very curious about the five other palettes in the Quattro line. There’s even one called Vamp It Up â€“ hello, right? It has a mix of yellow, blue, gray and purple that looks like a lot of fun.
On top of everything else, for $2.99 the price is also right. I can’t wait to try more!
PRICE: $2.99 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Ulta stores, Fred Meyer, HEB stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A-
Gone tomorrow! Iâ€™ve let my hair go too long, and now I can barely stand it. I feel like I’ve been walking around with an overweight hedgehog on my head, but I finally got my crap together long enough to book an appointment at the salon for a cut and color tomorrow. Good thing, too, because last weekend I came THIS CLOSE to chopping it all off with a pair of kitchen scissors.
That probably would have goneâ€¦poorly.
Iâ€™d like to try something different, something other than the long layers, bangs and highlights Iâ€™ve been sporting for a while, but Iâ€™m not sure what else to do… If you have any ideas or suggestions, please swing them my way.
Hope youâ€™re having a good one so far. What have you been up to today?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,