Essence cosmetics, which i’ve only ever seen stocked in Wilkinson’s, has been on my radar to try out for a while. Their products are cheap and always look really pretty so that’s why I took a trip with my Mom to Wilkinson’s to pick up a few bits to try.
I purchased 6 products and it came to a total of £15.10, not bad for 5 items! I got a lipstick, mascara, blush, liquid lipstick and an eyeshadow palette… just the basics really!
The first thing I tested out was the In love with the rose eyeshadow palette with 10 shades for £4. They had a few different versions of these but this colour range appealed to me more. They’re mainly shimmer shades and a lot more pigmented than I thought, but aren’t the best. They’re all gorgeous shades but they don’t show up enough on the eyes- unless you apply them with your finger & there’s a lot of fallout. They don’t last very long either and I wish they were more pigmented but nonetheless it is a pretty palette. For the price, i’d give this a 3.5 stars out of 5.
To finish the eyes I went in with the Volume stylist 18hr lash extension mascara for £3. The bottle is super cute and it claims to have fibres in to make the lashes look longer but in all honesty I was so disappointed with this. It did hardly anything for my lashes and definitely didn’t seem like it had fibres in. Although £3 doesn’t seem expensive, it is for a product which unfortunately doesn’t work how you’d expect. 1 star for this! The packaging did remind me a lot of the Roller lash by Benefit but it didn’t seem to be anything like a Benefit mascara.
Since I decided not to buy anything like foundation or concealer (purely because in the store I went to there were 3 shades of foundation and 2 for concealer) I was going to choose a highlighter but I didn’t see any good ones until I saw a glittery gold type of highlight. It was actually blush but I decided to pick it up anyway, for £3 I got the Metal chrome blush in the shade 20 copper crush. For me it’s too dark as a blush and a bit too dark for a highlight too which was disappointing but it has nice pigmentation and goes onto the skin easily and blends nicely. It shimmers on the skin and would look perfect on darker skin or when I have a tan. I’d give this 4 stars.
For the lip products I picked up 2 products- a lipstick and a liquid lipstick. The lipstick I got was the colour up shine on in the shade 03 which was £2.30. The shade is a nice, light, pastel pink and comes up on the lips like a gloss type of look. It goes on slightly patchy but a few swipes and you get a deep pigmentation and really shiny lips. It feels creamy on the lips too and not sticky at all, I think this is my favourite product that I bought! 5 stars and it’s such good value for money.
For the lipstick liquid, I got the colour boost vinylicious in the shade ‘03′ pink interest. I expected the applicator to be like the Too Faced melted range of lipsticks with the squeezy sponge but it wasn’t! I think these applicators are a lot easier and the colour is gorgeous, especially over the top of the lipstick. This was £2.80 and is slightly sticky but other than that there’s not really any issues with it! 4/5 stars.
Overall I think Essence are an alright brand for their pricing and I do want to try out more of their products from different collections in the future to see if those are any better! Have you ever tried their makeup?
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