Hope you’re having a lovely weekend bellas,
I was sitting here thinking to myself what new items I have on my wishlist and remembered that I haven’t shared the new essence launches with you. Last month they introduced a load of new products as part of their permanent range. Yep, that’s right, over 100 new shades and variants which I’ll show you most of today. These are exclusive of the trend editions also available in store. Right now they have the Me & My Umbrella range available in Dischem and the Little Eyebrow Monsters available in Clicks. I picked up a few of the items already so I’ll share my thoughts with you on those first.
Essence The Cushion Eyeliner – R65
This is hands down the best pot liner I have ever tried, with a twist. See most pot liners are clay or gel based. Not this one. The Essence cushion eyeliner, inspired by the Korean beauty trend, is not the first of it’s kind. It follows in the steps of Stila and Tony Moly, just being more affordable. So the concept is basic, product soaked in a sponge. That’s it. The benefits though is the precision of a gel liner with the longevity of a liquid counterpart.
It’s perfect for beginners and creates the thinnest line possible. I use a cheap no name brand brush that probably cost less than R10 to apply the eyeliner and it came out perfect. So no sneaky, crazy expensive beauty tools needed alongside this. This is purely an ingenious product and something you need to get if you want your eyeliner so sharp it can cut a … Okay moving on.
Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl & Hold Mascara – R65
I’ve been impressed by previous Essence mascaras such as this one and this one. However, the new Essence Volume Stylist 18h Curl & Hold Mascara is just not floating my boat. I still continue to use it every now and again to see if I’ll change my mind. As stunning as the packaging is, here are my qualms with it.
The wand picks up way too much product. From the first layer, I begin to get clumps and smudges as I stroke it onto my lashes. I’ve tried cleaning the wand and using a disposable brush to apply it so the formula is great to add volume to the lashes. As the day progresses, my curl disappears and the mascara begins to flake. It’s not the worst I’ve experienced, but it’s pretty noticeable.
Essence Instant Matt Makeup Setting Spray – R65
The Essence Keep it Perfect Makeup Setting Spray I reviewed here is one I always recommend for bellas on a budget. It can’t rival Urban Decay’s Skindanavia formula but for the amount, price, and quality you receive, it’s one of the best from the drugstore. I was excited to try the matte one and immediately added it to my shopping cart when I saw it in store. I’ve worn it on numerous occasions, most days when the weather was chilly and overcast. By the four-hour mark, my face is shiny, wet and looking like I could fry an egg on it. Not just on my t-zone, but also around my entire face. There is nothing mattifying about this product and such a disappointment for me.
Essence Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder – R65
I was on the hunt for a good bronzing powder and decided to pick this up. I think it was more the pattern that called to me cos you know I’m a sucker for packaging. These come in two shades and I picked up the one for darker skin. It’s decently pigmented, blends easily and has the perfect amount of warmth without looking orange. It lasts around 5-6 hours which isn’t great if you’re still out and about but that’s the only downside to this baby.
Essence My Must Haves Eyeshadow Palette
The empty palettes cost R35 for a 4-colour palette and R45 for an 8-colour palette. Each individual eyes, face and lip product retails for R35 each. Let’s do a quick calculation shall we. A full 4 pan palettes total cost is R175 whereas an 8 pan palette would be R325. Now if these shadows were the bomb-diggity, I’d say go ahead and pay that much on an Essence product. Unfortunately, these were just not worth the splurge.
They have a whopping 32 eyeshadows shades, 5 blush shades, a bronzer, a highlighter, a fixing powder and 4 lip products available to pop into the palette. The shades I picked up were meh, lacking in pigment and not at all soft and buttery. I might pick up a blush and highlighter to try out and just pop it into the plastic palette. The palette is light yet sturdy but since the pans click into place, they won’t work in a z-palette since they’re not magnetic at all.
Here’s a look at some of the other products in the range that caught my eye. I’ll swatch them the next time in store and decide which I’d like to pick up. I couldn’t include them all because like I said earlier, there’s way too much to mention.
Which new Essence products will you be picking up?
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