About two weeks back I mentioned that Essence had launched a whole lot of new products that were added to their permanent range here. Shortly afterwards I found them at Dischem and picked up a few I wanted to try. This post has inevitably taken so long for me to post because I had mixed feelings towards some of the items and wanted to test it thoroughly before posting my review. I feel I’m ready now because I’ve been reaching for some of these products on the daily so let’s get on to it.
For lips I picked up the Glossy Stick Lip Colour (R38.95) in the shade ‘Brilliant Burgandy’ which transfers as a deep red-plum. It feels comfortable on the lips but is very sheer and doesn’t last very long. Glad I only picked up one shade as I don’t see myself reaching for this at all. The Velvet Stick Matt Lip Colour (R38.95) in the shade ‘Cherry Crash’ is a bright red. For me there was nothing matte about it but it was more opaque than the glossy stick and lasted a tad bit longer. Probably another one I won’t be reaching for often. The Longlasting Lipliner (R28.95) in ‘Berry on my Mind’ is a bright pinky-purple. I prefer these retractable pencils because I don’t ever have to worry about sharpening them and the Essence formula is long lasting and affordable. I really suggest checking these out. I’ve tried the XXXL Lipglosses (R44.50) before and this is the Velvet Matt in the shade ‘Hot Brownie’. It looks more mauvey on me but I absolutely love the formula. It dries to a comfortable matte with minimal transfer but it lasts a good four hours before fading. The new Prettifying Lip Oil (R38.95) reminds me of those water glosses we had as kids with the roller ball tip. It feels like a non-sticky lipgloss and contains jojoba oil to moisturise the lips. It applies clear on my lips so the colour in ‘SOS, my heart’ only smelt better than it looked.
The last lip items are additions to the current Liquid Lipstick (R47.95) range. Since I haven’t shared my thoughts on these before, I thought I’d show you the ones I have in my collection with swatches. I really like these liquid lipsticks. Well, to me, they’re more like lip gloss. They are a bit sticky, very creamy, fully opaque and are very long lasting. They do transfer so no kissing with these on but they do mask any dryness on the lips. The best part about these is that they smell like vanilla cupcakes and they taste yummy too.
The Rock & Doll mascara (R53.95) is not bad. It creates volume and length but I find it does struggle to hold a curl even after I use a lash curler, heated or otherwise. The I Love Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base (R47.95) is a great primer for when you want to use colourful eyeshadows and intensify the pigment. I’ve always liked the I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base but it is more skin toned than this which is a whitish-pink hue to brighten the colours. I’ve done a comparison swatch below to show you the difference. The Essence eyeliner pens are some of my favourite because they are super black and so easy to create the perfect wing. I was a bit disappointed with the Superfine Waterproof Eyeliner Pen (R53.95) because the minute it came into contact with water it started smudging big time. I’ll still use it because the pointed tip is very thin and I make less mistakes then with using an eyeliner gel and brush.
I was very impressed with the Eyebrow Gel (R57.95) because it literally takes seconds to carve out the perfect brow shape. The gel is soft and doesn’t dry out easily in the pot but once it’s applied it does not move or transfer. I probably need a shade darker for my brows but this one still makes my brows look fuller and more defined. I really hope they release more shades in the range soon. Lastly I was excited to try the Keep it Perfect Makeup Fixing Spray (R57.95) but it fell a bit short for me. While it does hold makeup in place for a good couple of hours, once it gets just a little bit hotter and I start to sweat, the makeup shifts all over the place. I want a setting spray to be waterproof, sweatproof, hell even bulletproof and unfortunately this one did not do that for me. I guess it’s ok for indoor lunch dates or supper out but that’s about it. For a whole day’s wear you can forget about it.
Lastly I picked up four of the nine available The Velvets (R38.95) eyeshadow singles. They have a gorgeous knitted design on top but once you dip into it, it will be ruined. Not that I mind though because I am smitten with them. They are very soft and easy to blend, they do have a bit of fallout but they are pigmented and the colours are just *swoon*. They have a satin finish and last the entire day with a good eye primer.
That’s all I picked up for now even though there are many more new items to experiment with. Have you picked anything up from Essence recently? Let me know what you think.