Hey there lovely people of the internet! I decided to start a new series where I test a couple of few products from various high street makeup brands and give my opinions on them. My first port of call was the Essence stand and I have spent the last few months collecting and testing some products from their make up line.
Essence is a European budget beauty brand that do not test on animals. When I first started using make up, I couldn't get enough of their products. However, as I got older and my make up collection started to grow, I slowly started to drift from using much of their products. I wanted to return to Essence to see if their products were actually any good or if they should be left in the past.
Starting off with a product I've been using since the dawn of time, the eyebrow stylist set. This product comes with 2 different eyebrow powders, a little brush, 3 stencils and an instruction manual. Truth be told, I only really use the eyebrow powders. I felt the stencils were somewhat awkward to use because the none of them really matched my eyebrow shape. The brush is usable if you're in a pinch but if it's "fleek-iness" you're after, this brush is not going to deliver! However, the powders themselves have been my go- to eyebrow product for years now. I own the shade 01 natural brunette style and I found that I can use the lighter shade if I'm going for a more natural look and the darker colour if I want to give Cara Delevingne a run for her money (lol, I wish). The powders are very pigmented and don't smudge off during the day. I don't think I'll ever stop repurchasing this product because for €3.09 you can't go wrong!
Continuing on with the eyebrows, the next product is their Lash and Brow gel. It is basically a clear mascara which aims to hold your eyebrows in place and give your eyelashes a natural look. Now this is a product which did nothing for me. I mostly used it for set my eyebrows but I just didn't feel like it did much at all. It would set them in place for a short while but my eyebrows would just fall back into their natural shape eventually. You had to faff around with the spoolie too to make sure you didn't end up putting too much product on and ending up with gloppy, wet brows.(Yep, it looks just as bad as it sounds!) And it was worse on my eyelashes, it just looked like I flicked a bit of water on my lashes! Now, I have to admit that my eyebrow are unruly AF and my eyelashes are basically non-existent so a it would have to be full on super glue for me to be impressed with this!
Next on my list is the I <3 Stage eyeshadow base. The first thing I noticed about this primer was how orange it was. I was certain that I was going to end up with bright orange eyelids! However, I found that once you blend it out with a large paddle brush instead on just just fingers definitely helps tone down the colour. I was actually quite impressed with this one. It definitely helped in making less pigmented eyeshadows appear more vibrant and it also improved the longevity of my eye make up. Anything that keeps my oily eyelids at bay gets a thumbs up from me!
I picked up a single eyeshadow a few weeks back in the shade 21 Keep Calm and Berry On. The colour is a mauve/ purple and I can imagine it to be the perfect colour for Autumn. This particular shade is matte and I noticed whilst swatching in the shop that the shimmery eyeshadows seemed to have a much better colour pay off. That being said, with this colour you can build the intensity up as much as you want depending whether you're going for a "everyday" look or a more dramatic look. The shadow was pretty easy to blend and I didn't notice any fall out at all, which is always a plus! Essence also have a good amount of brighter, more colourful shades which is nice to see in a sea of nudes!
HOLY MOLY wait til you hear about this one! I picked up the All About Bronze eyeshadow palette just last week and I can already tell you that I LOVE it! I was actually taken aback when I first swatched these eyeshadows because of how pigmented and buttery they are! All the eyeshadows are shimmery and really have that WOW factor! Since getting this palette I actually don't really want to use anything else. Even my Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette has been pushed to one side, and that's saying something for a palette that costs less than a fiver!
I heard about this mascara first from Gemma and I knew I had to pick it up. I have to say this does a pretty good job at keeping my eyelashes from looking invisible! It doesn't smudge under my eye or flake off throughout the day and there isn't a whole lot of difference between it and my Benefit They're Real mascara! However, it doesn't hold a curl for quite as long as I would like and I found it quite easy to overdo it and make my lashes go all clumpy. That being said, I'm definitely going to try out the other mascara in this range which claims to be a lengthening mascara because goodness knows I need it!
Another product which I have been using for years now is their liquid eyeliner. For the price it is, it is a great product. It is black as the ace of spades, the handle is just the right length and it is very long-lasting. The product is quite wet and takes a while to dry which is a pain in the neck for all of us hooded eyed girls who juST WANT OPEN OUR GODDAMN EYES! But unfortunately that can happen with a lot of eyeliners, so it's just something I'll have to deal with. *sigh*
The essence lip liners are another product which I think everyone should get their hands on. They cost just over a euro and they are flawless! They are really pigmented and so creamy. I picked up the two shades Satin Mauve and Honey Berry and I would not hesitate to buy all of the colours available! I often use them on their own and I found that they wear quite well throughout the day. My lips can easily get dry and flaky when I wear some lip products but I haven't noticed this happening at all when I wear theses lip liners. The fact that they are so emollient also means they don't drag the skin when you apply them but their not so creamy that the smudge all over yoour mouth after a few hours. ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR ESSENCE!
Another lip product I've tried out is their Sheer & Shine lipstick in the colour 12 Candy Love. They werent joking when they mentioned "sheer". I even had to run it over my arm a few times for my camera to pick up the colour. In all honesty, I wouldn't consider this to be a lipstick, it's more along the lines of a tinted lip balm. Not that I'm saying it's a bad product, I mean I do still wear it from time to time when my lips are looking a bit wan and in need of a pick me up.
The final product for this post is the Liquid Lipstick in the shade Make A Statement (at least I think it is, the label wore off). I don't know about you but I always expect a liquid lipstick to go on as a liquid then dry down to a matte finish. Maybe I'm mistaken but either way let it be known that this product does not dry down. I would say that it is more of a lip gloss than a lipstick as it has that high-shine, sticky look and feel to it. That being said, these are the most pigmented "lip gloss" I have ever worn. One swipe and you have full coverage. The doe-foot applicator also makes getting a sharp cupid's bow that little bit easier. If you're in the market for a high impact lip gloss check this line out ASAP!
So that's it for my Essence review. Overall, I'm really impressed by the products I've trialled recently. There was somethings in there that really gave high end brands a run for their money and that means that I'll definitely be hitting up the Essence counter more often from now on. Essence products can be bought in Penneys, Sam Macauley's pharmacies along with other chemists nationwide! Let me know what other brands you would like to see in this"Brand Focus" series!