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Recent Essence Reviews

Highlighters -Essence -Strobing Highlighter

on 12/12/2017 3:40:00 AM

Just. Don't. I've never felt the need to actually create an account on this app in order to leave a warning to people thinking of buying a product. I've had mostly good experiences with Essence products, I use their felt tip liner and their face contouring powder set and am happy with both. So I purchased this highlighter yesterday without swatching it and when I used it this morning I stood there wondering what I was doing wrong - it's almost like it wasn't making contact with my skin at all. The bits of shimmer you see in the pan must be some kind of optical illusion, because they do not show up on your skin. And I started getting reckless with the product to make sure because I don't have any important appointments today. Don't waste your money. There are better products at slightly higher price points.

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Primer/ Corrector -Essence -Instant Matt Makeup Setting Spray

on 12/8/2017 6:14:00 PM


I tend to stay away from matte setting sprays as I like a dewy look, and my skin is somewhat dry. I ran out of setting spray and this was NZ$5 so I figured I'd give it a shot anyway. It's not the best, but definitely not the worst. Doesn't leave my face feeling tight and it's quite cooling and refreshing now that its Summer here in NZ. The spray nozzle is a good one too. Don't know if it makes my makeup last longer, but definitely sets it and stops it looking so powdery etc. Would repurchase.

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Eye Shadow -Essence -All About Roses

on 12/7/2017 9:44:00 PM


I LOVE this palette.

This is the only make up I took for a 2 week vacation to Japan in the middle of summer, and it got HOT and HUMID, and this was awesome.

A good mix of matte and pearl and glittery. Good range of shades from light to dark. I use it for everything from eyebrows to highlight to eyeliner, and it's amazing. None of them are suuuper pigmented, but it builds and blends easily.

The packaging is very very simple, but sturdy. I've dropped both this and the nude palette a few times, with no breaks.

There's no scent to it at all. Here in NZ it's about $8 from Farmers.

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Concealers -Essence -Cover Stick


Cheap, does not provide coverage, just a weird oily shine for me. I wouldn't repurchase.

Mascara -Essence -Lash Princess Mascara


This mascara is horrible. I got it because it was frequently recommended on youtube and online in general. I really wanted to like it and REALLY tried, but it smudges like crazy within first few hours of wearing- I have NEVER had ANY mascara smudge on me before, so this came as a shock. And on top of that it flakes wildly. I had bits of mascara on my nose, my cheeks, my lips, my chin, I don't even understand how that is possible. That being said, neither length nor volume impressed me.
It is exceptionally hard to remove from lashes and eyes, takes lots of eye makeup remover and cotton to get it all off.
Can get much better mascaras like Cover Girl for the same price.
Such a waste of money, went straight to the trash can... A real shame, because Essence has some fantastic products, just not mascaras, didn't like a single one I tried.

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