Last month I did a post testing out Illamasqua products, which you can read here if you missed it. Today, I’m testing out Essence Cosmetics, which is another new brand to me, but at a much more affordable price tag. In Canada, Essence Cosmetics is sold exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and I have passed by the stand for years not giving it much thought other than why is this brand so inexpensive? After reading/watching quite a few people rave about their products, I decided to finally give some of their stuff a go.
Essence Cosmetics started in Germany and strives to create high-quality products at affordable prices. Essence Cosmetics also does not test on animals and only works with suppliers who do not test on animals as well. Though some of the product packaging looks cheap to me (I’m assuming this helps keep the cost down), a lot of what I have tried has some amazing formulas and perform just as well as some of my higher end products.
L to R – In the Nude, Autumn Peach, Nude Love, Coral Calling and Nude Candy
Even with the 50% off deal I got my Illamasqua products for, I still had to limit myself to 5 products. For Essence, I could have comfortably purchased the whole collection, but cut myself off after the following products:
This blush is seriously one of the best blushes I have tried. I went with this shade as, you may have noticed in quite a few of my posts lately, I have been really into more orange toned shades. This peachy pink blush is really pigmented and blends so easily. This shade has a subtle shimmer that really picks up the light well and gives your cheeks a healthy glow. I really like how this blush wears and it does not apply patchy which is my usual assumption with inexpensive blushes.
I raved about this powder in this recent post and just to reiterate—this really is a great, affordable mattifying powder. It sets my makeup and controls the oil and shine on my face. There isn’t really any mattifying powders like this on the market in regards to drugstore, so if you have been looking for an affordable mattifying powder definitely give this a try. I do wish this compact had a mirror as this is the perfect pressed powder to keep in my purse for on the go touchups.
I swear by blotting papers all year round and for the price I decided to give these a try. You get 50 sheets in here and though they don’t beat my Boscia Blotting Linens, for the price these are pretty darn good. These do the job by absorbing any excess oil without messing up my makeup and leaves my skin looking more matte. The packaging especially is a real winner and blows the Boscia packaging out of the water in regards to its durability.
Essence Volumizing Lash Powder – $3.99
Okay, I had a feeling this was a gimmicky product, but I had to give it a go. It looks like a bottled up cloud and promises to give your lashes lots of volume. What you do is apply your favourite mascara, then apply the powder to your lashes before your mascara dries then follow up with another coat of mascara to seal it in place. This stuff was honestly just a mess for me. The fibres got everywhere—all over my counter, on my face, as well as in my eyes which was not pleasant. Since you have to apply the powder before the mascara dries it means you have to work quickly, which is difficult as you can’t dip the whole spoolie brush in the powder or else it will all come out together. I just can’t be bothered with this product and the results were not anything amazing—I much prefer using a lash primer to achieve fuller and longer lashes. If you are looking for an affordable option I would recommend the e.l.f. Studio Mascara Primer.
I was wary of trying their polishes as though I have heard good things, a lot of the ones at Shoppers are separating which I don’t know whether they just don’t have a long shelf life or if customers are opening them. Anyways, I grabbed this shade as not only was it a perfect shade for summer, but also because it was one of the few that hadn’t separated. It takes about 2-3 coats to get it completely opaque and I do really like the brush, but otherwise I’m not that wowed by it. The price point is great, but for around the same price I would rather get a Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Polish. I’m also not crazy about the colour selection of these. Their Gel Nail Polishes however, have some really pretty shades and look more promising, so I definitely want to give those a try.
The main things I wanted to try by Essence were their lip products, which both Estée from Essie Button and Tati from GlamLifeGuru have recommended. I am still on the hunt for their long lasting lipstick in Oh So Matt! which has been sold out at every Shoppers I have visited (which has been 8 or 9—I am very adamant about adding this lipstick to my collection).
For only a toonie, I had to give one of their lip liners a try. The pencil is firm enough that it is easy to outline your lips, but still creamy enough that it does not tug on your lips and fills them in no problem. It also sharpens well without breaking. This does not seem to really prevent my lip product from bleeding, but the brown nude shade of this is actually really nice and I like wearing this with a lip primer with a bit of gloss or a balm on top—so pretty!
Essence Long Lasting Lipstick – $3.49
I am a huge fan of these creamy lipsticks. Despite wanting all the shades, I limited myself to ‘Nude Love’ and ‘Coral Calling’, though for the budget friendly price I could get them all if I really want to…no, I must restrain. The colour payoff is really good with these and the formula seems to last well on the lips, but you will have to reapply after eating or drinking. Despite finding most of the Essence packaging cheap looking, I love that the packaging for these lipsticks is black as it makes them feel much more high-end. These lipsticks also smell absolutely delicious and don’t dry my lips out.
I’m not a massive lipgloss person, but Tati made me feel like I really needed this one in my life. It is more of a flesh toned shade that I love applying on top of other lip colours. It has very subtle shimmer in it which I was hesitant about at first, but you do not really notice it when applied. Like the lipsticks, the gloss smells sweet like candy, which I’m a fan of. This gloss does not feel sticky on the lips, wears well and I love the doe foot applicator on it.
Overall, I think Essence is a great brand for anyone just getting into makeup or for someone who is on a budget, but wants some high-performing products. I would highly recommend their lipsticks, as well as their blushes and mattifying powder. I definitely want to try more products by them like their mascaras, as well as see them bring more products to Canada like their Soo Blush and Soo Glow cream to powder products, as well as their All About Matt! Oil Free Make-Up—as I think the All About Matt! range is especially fantastic for oily/combination skin.
Have you tried Essence Cosmetics? What are some of your favourite products by them?