Essence Green Garden Stays No Matter What Eye Pencil Review+Swatches

Essence says their Stays No Matter What Eye Pencil is "giant amongst our eye products. The soft, waterproof, and extremely long lasting texture. Lusts up to 16 hour and can be used as an eyeliner pencil and as an eyeshadow. The jumbo eye pencil and shadow is accurate, easy to apply, and won't smudge." Essence offers their Stays No Matter What Eye Pencils in eight shades; today's review features Green Garden. Each of these eyeshadow crayons contains 2.65 grams (.09 oz) and sell for about $3. Essence is cruelty free. This cream shadow crayon was made in Spain.

Essence's Stays No Matter What Eye Pencils come in black wooden pencils with a color matched cap and coating. The Essence logo, product name, and a few claims are printed on the pencil in silver lettering. This pencil needs to be sharpened, and it can be difficult to get a precise point. Packaging is recyclable. 
Green Garden seems soft enough in the pencil, but it feels hard and waxy during application, tugging and pulling along the way. Color payoff is decent, but unfortunately Green Garden goes on kinda patchy. This cream shadow sets immediately, making it very difficult to blend. This eyeshadow pencil performs poorly on it's own, but it makes a good base! Powder shadows adhere to it well, and they help prevent this cream shadow from creasing. Without being set with a powder or pigment, the Stays No Matter What Eye Pencil creases after four or five hours - no where near the 16 hours Essence boasted about!
Green Garden is a beautiful, cool, hunter green with a shimmery finish. The silver and gold shimmer particles become much more apparent when this shade is blended and sheered out. I really love pairing Green Garden with Sugarpill's Tipsy - its a beautiful combination that brings out the best of both shades.
Essence's Stay No Matter What  Eye Pencil in Green Garden isn't great. The dry, waxy formula is difficult to apply and blend. This lovely green has good pigmentation with uneven payoff. I find this cream shadow crayon to be quite similar to NYX Infinite Shadow Sticks, which I also didn't like. I only recommend this eye pencil if you plan on using it as a base, If you want a stand alone cream shadow in a convenient crayon, opt for Rimmels ScandalEyes Eyeshadow Sticks instead - they're a buck more but much better quality!

Isododecane, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Cera Microcristallina (microcrystalline Wax), Paraffinum Liquidum (mineral Oil), Cera Alba (beeswax), Mica, Sucrose Tetrastearate Triacetate, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ci 77400 (bronze Powder), Ci 77491, Ci 77499 (iron Oxides), Ci 77891 (titanium Dioxide).

This product was gifted to me