Review: Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

On one of my recent hauls I was able to find the brand Essence at SM Makati. I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base is on my wish list, and therefore one of the two items I bought from that brand. I’ve been reading a lot of good reviews of this product, and since I am quite the eye makeup enthusiast I thought it’d be a great item to try. This costs Php189.

essenceilstage1This has 4ml of product housed in a plastic tube about 2-2.5 inches long. It has a 6-month shelf life upon opening.

mayjunehaul08It has a doe foot applicator which so far seems pretty effective in scooping out product. I use one dab on each eyelid.

essenceilstage2 essenceilstage3The point of this product is to prolong and intensify eyeshadows and eyeliners. I found that an additional benefit to using this eyeshadow base is to even out the color of the eyelid. Since I have yellowish eyelids this is a great feature. Check out how it performs on my lids. Bare lids below. Notice the dark circles in my undereyes and yellowish lids.

essenceilstage4Two dabs of product on the lid. This is actually too much, one dab is enough.

essenceilstage5Product blended out. Check out the contrast with the other eyelid.

essenceilstage6It somehow acts like a concealer for the lids as well. Upon application my lids now has the same color as the rest of my face, and I look less stressed and more awake. I put some of my palest green eyeshadows to see how it would contrast when used with and without primer.

essenceilstage7It’s not that evident in this picture, but what happened here is that the eyeshadow adhered to my primed eyelid better. When applied on the unprimed one, it just slid around and got deposited on the outer corner.

Pros: affordable; effective; doubles as concealer/corrector for eyelids; didn’t break me out

Cons: limited availability

Have you tried this product? If so how did it perform for you? Have you tried other Essence products? I’d love to hear your feedback!

16 thoughts on “Review: Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base

    1. It doesn’t usually crease (or just very minimal creasing) by the time I get home. That’s about 8-9 hours after application!

  1. I started using eyelid primer out of curiosity, because I did a cosplay that required very heavy, dark eye makeup. Now I use it every day, because none of my shadows crease, and my eye makeup stays bright and fresh looking all day! That was definitely one of my favorite makeup discoveries.

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