I'm always in the market to try a new taupe coloured liner, shadow, or cream eye base. After falling for the Burberry Eye Colour Contour Stick in 116 Dusky Mauve (review) I couldn't help but notice this wonderful creamy eye pencil on the shelf at Shoppers Drug Mart.
The Essence 2-in-1 Eye Shadow & Liner Waterproof ($4.49) is an incredible drugstore find. Available in 4 shades (grey, taupe peach and beige) You can get the entire collection for under $20 online or in-store.
The texture is rich and creamy, and the blendability is good. I like the chubby stick format, though I would prefer if the pencil rolled down all the way to avoid nicking the end. You can see both the Burberry and Essence on my eyes below -
With a price range from $5 to $32, is there a big difference? Yes and no.
The Burberry pencil is far superior where longevity is concerned, and I prefer the shimmer-free finish for my daily look. The Essence shadow stick is fantastic for the price, but it can collect in eyelid creases and doesn't work as well as a long-lasting eyeliner. If you're on a budget, the Essence shadow stick will absolutely work as a stunning taupe eye shadow base or shimmer eyeliner. It won't budge once it sets, especially if you use a primer or powder shadow to set. This colour enhances blue, green or light brown eyes beautifully.
I'd say, try it out!