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Recent Essence Reviews

Mascara -Essence -Lash Princess Mascara

on 5/23/2018 2:54:00 PM


I really like this mascara. It keeps my lashes up and curled for the whole day. It's very black and helps separate out my lashes as well. Works well with the L'oreal Vouminous Lash Primer (white tube). I didn't find it flaking on me as previous reviewers suggested, however I only use 1 coat - perhaps with multiple coats it can flake? Overall for $4.99 CAD it's an absolute bargain and I would highly recommend it if you want a decent mascara from the drugstore. For reference, I naturally have pretty long lashes however they grow downward and they are thick so usually mascara formula weighs them down. This mascara works well with a curler and keeps lashes up and curled all day :)

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Bronzers -Essence -Essence Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder

on 5/22/2018 9:13:00 PM


I purchased the lighter of the two options for my skin tone although there isn’t much of a difference between the one for lighter skin and the one for darker skin that I could tell. The pan is enormous and the product has a faint coconut scent, much less fragrant than Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer (which I happen to love). It looks very warm toned, almost scary to be honest but it does not pull orange on my skin. The packaging is typical acrylic for Essence which likely keeps the price down but will eventually give out if you aren’t careful with it. This would not deter me in the least from purchasing Essence products as they are fantastic. The texture of the powder is soft, not chalky, and although it is matte it does a good job of warming up the skin. If I am looking for something with a little more sheen / luminosity I will use the PF Murumuru Butter Bronzer. Sun Club is a good basic bronzer that is worth having on hand.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Concealers -Essence -Stay All Day Long Lasting Concealer

on 5/22/2018 4:30:00 PM


This didn't work for dark circles but was pretty good at covering the redness of my sensitive cheeks and evening my complexion. Shade 20 is a perfect match for my fair skin. I wear this in my whole face since it doesn't have butylene glycol on its ingredients -butylene glycol breaks me out like crazy. So if your skin is reactive to that ingredient and you don't need complete coverage I recommend it as a light foundation. It doesn't last all day and you will probably run out quickly but for the price it's a really convenient product.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Lipstick -Essence -Kiss The Mermaid Lipstick

on 5/20/2018 5:34:00 PM


This product is very similar the the color changing lipstick from Lipstick Queen. They even have the play on words: Essence Kiss the Mermaid / Lipstick Queen Hello Sailor. I have always wanted to try Lipstick Queen color changing lipsticks since I like It Cosmetic's Je Ne Sais Quoi color changing lipgloss, but I don't want to splurge on another novelty lipstick. I was stoked to see Lipstick Queen lookalike this for $3.49 at Ulta. I was not expecting much as I needed a filler item for claim my Ulta rewards points. I figured I don't have much to lose. However, this was a pleasantly surprise.

Nice formula,not sticky
Color changes to a subtle violet
Nice blueberry scent
Stains a lips a little bit

The color change is good on me, tints my lips just slightly to MLBB with a pop of violet hue. Color changing lipstick results can vary for everyone but I lucked out with this one.

Doesn't last long
Packaging looks like it's made for a child (maybe that's supposed to be the audience)

I took a lippie off because it's not a life changing, HG status product, but it is fun to have in the collection. The packaging reminds me of the Maybelline Baby Lips tubes, but with a white cap and a pink bottom. To me, it seems like a 4 year old Disney Princess lover's dream packaging. While I'm not a fan of the packaging, I don't care since it's so cheap.

This is not exactly a lipstick: it has the longevity and texture of a lipbalm and the color hue of a lip stain. If you're expecting a pigmented, waxy consistency from a lipstick, this is not it.

I would re-purchase as this is a great value, and will probably try the other colors.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.

Eye Shadow -Essence -Metal Shock Eyeshadow

on 5/18/2018 11:27:00 PM


Prefer this to Stila's 'Magnificent Metals' range 100%
Longevity = A+ (work in Hospitality and can get through sweaty 8 hour shift easyy!) - extend by setting with pressed glitter eyeshadow.
Doesn't transfer when applying (something I found with Stila^^)
10/10 would recommend

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

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