I have been loving Essence Cosmetics for some time, but only since jetting to Europe did I really start looking at their collections more closely.
I’ve been finding some can’t-live-without products for my collection that ventured beyond the cheapish looking eyeshadow. Not only are they excellent quality, they also happen to be a steal!
The Essence All About Matt! Oil-Free Make-up Foundation in 10 Matt Beige (RRP $7.15) is a mattifying, oil-free foundation that doesn’t clog pores, and also happens to give the skin a clean, matte finish. There is a limited range of colours (at least in my Priceline) but if you are in the shade range it is worth checking out. As per usual with Essence products, it smells amazing.
A product I’ve been using for a while is the Essence I Love Stage Eyeshadow Primer (roughly $5 AUD). This one is comparable to the Urban Decay Primer Potion (RRP $30) at a fraction of the price! Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this one available in Australian stores, but you might find it at your local Priceline, or if you are overseas. The only issue that I could foresee with this primer is that it is yellow toned, and I can see it pulling orange on people with pale or pink toned skin. Worth mentioning. But holy cow, for $5 this primer doesn’t crease and keeps my shadow put all. day. long.
The Essence Stay Natural Concealer (RRP $4.10) has a convenient brush to apply to under eyes and to problem areas of the skin, and doesn’t crease under eyes or settle into fine lines. It also is enriched with Vitamin A, which thickens and stimulates the dermis – where your collagen, elastin and blood vessels are – so it reduces wrinkles and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. Pretty amazing for $4. It’s also a little lighter than my skin tone to really highlight areas like under the brow bone and on the cheek bones.
A new addition to my collection (and the Essence line) is the Essence Liquid Lipstick in 06 Make A Statement (RRP $5.10). This one is so new it’s not even on the Priceline website yet, despite me purchasing it there. I do love a liquid lipstick at the best of times, and this one is pretty great coverage. Think similar to the Rimmel London Apocalips (RRP $15.95), but a prettier smell and only a third of the price! Not the longest lasting of lipsticks, but it’s comfortable to wear and if you don’t mind touching it up, it’s a great buy. It is a gorgeous warm red colour that will be perfect for upcoming fall.
Lastly, the Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Cool Nude 05 (RRP $4.70) is a must have. It’s texture is light and creamy, and the colour is my favourite nude tone (on me anyway!). It tends to pull a little mauve on me, but I kind of like that in a nude lipstick. Anything else to beige tends to make me look a bit zombie-ish.
What are your must have Essence Products?