essence Cosmetics was founded by Christine Oster-Daum and Javier Gonzalez. The two met while working at Coty and decided to start their own company. It launched in Germany in 2002. They are a part of Cosanova Beauty company. essence cosmetics are now sold in over 35 countries worldwide.

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Recent essence Reviews

Concealers -essence -Stay All Day Long Lasting Concealer

on 1/19/2019 7:20:00 AM


Worst concealer i have ever tried! Oxidises like crazy, you apply it and the next second it turns orange. Because of that even the lightest shade is too dark for me. Also, the coverage is horrible as well.

Eyeliner -essence -Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Hot Chocolate


For $2.49 you are getting a convenient to use, retractable eyeliner, that has a soft, pigmented formula so it applies smoothly, even on the waterline (where I use it). I love that this does not irritate my sensitive eyes, and the color actually lasts a decent amount of time on the waterline. I have used drugstore eyeliners that cost two or three times as much, and smudged quickly, or did not have good color payoff. The shade "Hot Chocolate" is a nice deep rich brown, that is not as harsh as black. Will repurchase!

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

Mascara -essence -Lash Princess Mascara


Wish they made this in brown. It really lengthens my lashes like nothing else, but it smudges like crazy. I love this mascara so much that I bought a waterproof top coat for it by NYX. It was $4.99. When I use it in conjunction with this mascara, it's perfect. Note: it's not a volumizing mascara, but it does give a ton of length.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Lip Gloss -essence -Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss

on 1/14/2019 12:37:00 PM


I didn't expect the color to show up with my happiness in a bottle shade, but it actually does and it's a very wearable MLBB shade. The wet shine is really nice, the gloss isn't sticky but very smooth. The packaging mentions a "pillow" effect and I find that's a good description of what this does. The scent is like sugar candy, it's nice, although I'd prefer no added fragrance. It dissipates after application.
It's not long lasting, that's the only downside for me, that it's gone from my lips quickly. But it does feel moisturizing, and I find application very easy, it won't bleed outside the lipline so reapplying is quick and easy.
The packaging is, well, basic lipgloss packaging.
I rarely buy lipgloss, but next time I want one, it'll probably be this. I recommend, if you don't need staying power.

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

Palettes -essence -Spice Up Your Life Eyeshadow Palette

on 1/12/2019 3:26:00 AM


I absolutely love this palette! I hope Essence doesn’t make it temporary or else I’ll have to stock up too much ㅠ.ㅠ when I saw it during its release in Fall, I grabbed it immediately because it reminded me of an ABH and WNW palette and this does not disappoint in anyway. Sure, it has fallout. Every palette has that, but the pigmentation and versatility makes that worth it. The price is very fair tbh. I expected it to be higher when I used the palette but hey it’s essence. The packaging is made of paper and it is magnetic which sticks the two sides together which I think is amazing. But for travelling hmmm not a good idea. I would buy again of course lmao

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

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