Hey guys! If you haven’t yet seen, I had the grand opportunity to work with Essence Cosmetics and was impressed with the makeup they sent me! So, I wanted to share some quick thoughts on them in case you’re interested in affordable products that may work for you.
Pictured above are the 8 items Essence sent me which include an eyeshadow palette, mascara, brow pencil, lipstick, highlighter, blush, black felt tip eyeliner pen and a “butter stick” for the lips.
I have to say, the Superfine Eyeliner Pen in black was my favorite of the 8 products they sent. I seriously cannot get over how Flawless the application was. I was not expecting the eyeliner to be that amazing as I normally do not go for a felt tip eyeliner pen. I usually prefer a gel eyeliner or a liquid liner with a brush applicator but this felt tip is SO SHARP AND PRECISE that it actually made it easier to draw on my liner. The good thing about it is you can easily make a very thin wing with it or you can build it up to a thick wing with smooth application. Even after several uses, the felt tip does not dry out on me, which is normally my drawback in felt tip liners. This is one product I won’t forget in my makeup bag when traveling.
I also enjoyed the Volume Stylist 18h Lash Extension mascara very much. This mascara does lengthen the lashes, but I didn’t notice full blown out volume compared to some of my favorites. However, I wore this product for about 10 hours and it did have long staying power. I would say for the price, it is a very nice mascara that is worth giving a shot, especially if you are on a budget as it retails for only $4.99. Essence has a huge variety of mascaras, all with different style wands and different finishes. I will have to experiment with others from their line in order to compare them in the future.
The two lip products were also nice. I received the Butter Stick Glossy Love ($3.99) in the shade “Dark Syrup” and the Matt Matt Matt lipstick in “Purple Power”. The butter lip gloss made my lips feel very moisturized and it really does go on like butter. My lips felt soft and plump with this product. I would say this is great for the light make up wearer who only wants a bit of tint and shine. As for the matte lipstick, it did not go on patchy or uneven, it felt nice and creamy. It did not dry out my lips and was long wearing. Pigment was pretty good, I did layer it on twice to get it to look true to it’s color but overall, worth it. There are 10 different shades in this collection. I was happy that the shade “purple power” they sent me suited me well and cannot wait to try some of their other shades!
Let’s go ahead and dive into my thoughts on the “All About Nudes” eyeshadow palette. The packaging is a clear, which is nice to be able to see through it when shuffling through your makeup bag. It includes 8 different shades which is great for a palette that costs just $5.49. I loved the color scheme because nudes are so versatile and look good on everyone. It was very easy for me to come up with a nice, neutral look that can be worn for everyday use which really impressed me. I am normally into very dramatic looks, so when I created a soft look, I was actually pretty obsessed with the turnout! I am also super excited and grateful that my image was chosen to get re-posted on the companies Instagram page!!!!!! (Please click here to check it out and don’t forget to drop some love! 🙂
Furthermore, I received the Essence eyebrow designer pencil in the shade “brown” which retails for only $1.99 which is a total steal. I really enjoyed this brow pencil. It was a little bit too light for my brows but, not by much. It actually photographed very nicely, but in person, you was able to notice it was too light. After noticing they offer 7 shades, I realized I would probably have been better off with the “dark chocolate” shade, but I was thankful for what I received. Overall, the pencil was very sharp and precise and I really enjoyed it. It absolutely made my brows look nice and full but natural at the same time. The staying power was good, but if you sweat easily or have oily skin, it may smudge, so I would suggest using a brow setter over top.
The strobing highlighter stick comes in 2 shades. They pampered me with the shade “10 be younique be a unicorn” which definitely gives off unicorn vibes. It is very prismatic. I love that the packaging is also holographic. I am not the biggest fan of cream highlighters but I did feel like this one sat nicely on the skin, it kind of melted in to the skin, blends evenly, and doesn’t budge. It is not the most blinding highlighter, but it definitely pops and is noticeably glowy.
The only product from the set I did not care for was the Mosiac blush. I hate to say it, but I have to be honest in my reviews and to me, this did not give off barely any color. It was way too sheer and not really noticeable on the skin, even after picking up more and more product on my brush, I just could not get the shade “all you need is pink” to show on me. The other option available in the Mosiac blushes is the shade “the berry connection” which may or may not have more pigment, but is a darker shade.
Overall, I was not let down at all by the quality of these products. Like every single company out there, there are always going to be hits and unfortunately sometimes there will be misses. But, I find myself able to recommend quite a few of these products to friends and family because they are so budget friendly and really pretty! I also appreciate this company for being cruelty-free!
Disclaimer: Though these products were sent to me as a gift, I am NOT required to promote their brand in any way. Therefore, all thoughts are my own and are based on my “first impressions” of these products unless otherwise stated. Hope you enjoyed! And let me know what product you’d like me to review next!