Dupe time!!! Essence v MAC – an extra dimension affair!


When I saw this eye shadow duo at Dischem, the shape of the eye shadow caught my eye. The wavy bit of the duo reminded me of MAC extra dimension skin finish Whisper of Guilt, which I never got my hands on. (I weep silently when I stalk eBay and want to faint when I see it going for 2k-4k, yes that wasn’t a typo) But I’m not that Kray Kray and I did find a dupe for that. I have a review for that coming soon.

The colour I chose was Irresistible Vanilla Latte 08 (light brassy gold with pale white gold). The MAC extra dimension eye shadow I use and you can see in the picture that it is well loved) is in the shade A Natural Flirt (Champagne peachy nude that I use all over my eye and is a great highlighter)

On the left Essence 3D and on the right MAC Extra Dimension eye shadow in A Natural Flirt.
On the left Essence 3D and on the right MAC Extra Dimension eye shadow in A Natural Flirt.

Both shadows feel soft on the lid and there’s no drama with application but to be fair the MAC shadow applies a bit smoother and more evenly.

The Essence 3D has a satin/ metallic finish with shimmer that creates the 3D effect. The MAC in extra dimension eye shadow combines a cream, liquid and powder shadow. It is a finely  milled eye shadow with a hint of pearl shimmer. Both shadows blend easily and when used over primer can wear up to 6-8 hours.

When swatched side-by-side, they’re looked very close and the Essence shadow was more pigmented! I was shocked and heard the angels’ sing – then a taxi hooted and I woke up from my daydream and guess what? The swatches were really there and I can’t tell you how stoked I am about it.

Left to right. The white gold from the 3D duo, the gold from the duo, the duo swirled together and swatched and the MAC Extra Dimension eye shadow. Note how the first and last shades are almost identical!
Left to right. The white gold from the 3D duo, the gold from the duo, the duo swirled together and swatched and the MAC Extra Dimension eye shadow. Note how the first and last shades are almost identical!

So here’s the deal! (drum roll please) – you get 2,8g of product with the essence eyes shadow and 1,3g of product with the MAC eye shadow. – That’s double the amount! It’s not limited edition so you don’t have to wait for another MAC collection to get your hands on one.

My only regret with the Essence 3D was that I didn’t pick up more!

Where to buy: Essence duo – Clicks or Dischem.

MAC: Limited edition. Best place is eBay

Price: Essence R49

Price MAC: R225  at the time of purchase.

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