My Favourites from Essence

petek, april 06, 2012


Essence is probably the most affordable make-up brand available in Slovenia. They have a nice range of products in general and quite a few trend edition collections per year. Now, I obviously haven't tried all of their products, but here are my favourites so far. I only chose products that are available right now, so no TE (apart from nail polishes) or discontinued items. Coloured text are links to the original review and swatches.

I'm not a massive fan of lipglosses. I just don't like the look of them on me, especially the ones that are super shiny and glittery, but these are probably my favourite glosses. For a very affordable price you get a fantastic  gloss that is not too sticky, nicely pigmented (especially darker shades) and smells really lovely (kinda sweet-fruity). The shade range is fantastic, in my opinion, with two lovely nude shade and a really nice coral. I like to blot 03 Candy Bar and wear it more as a kind of a stain, I just find it suits me better than applying it straight from the tube. The wand is kinda odd, but it doesn't make the application any harder.


It's a really nice concealer for the price. I find the coverage sufficient enough for dark circles and even some minor spots. It is actually quite pigmented for a drugstore concealer. It has a doe foot applicator, which honestly I like a lot as it makes the application really easy. Also it blends really nicely. The only problem is that it comes in only two shades (10 Natural Beige and 20 Soft Beige) and both run very light. I own both, 10 is suited for very pale skins (Healty mix 51) and has yellow undertones, while 20 is just a tad darker (Healthy mix 52) and has pinker undertones. 20 suits me perfectly now that I'm self tanning.

3. my base illuminating make up base
This is a new product, I think it became a part of their standard range just about a month or two ago. It's basically a liquid highlighter that you can use by itself, or under/mixed with foundation. I like that the shine is actually quite subtle, there are no massive shimmer particles in it, so the glow it gives is really pretty. I tend to use it on my cheeks under blusher and then add my Jemma Kidd highlighter just on the tops of the cheekbones. The packaging is nice, with a pump, but it's a bit hard to squeeze just a small amount of product (it's quickly too much). You get 20 ml of product for 3-4€. There is also a peachier version available.

These are my absolute favourite cream eyeshadows and I've raved loads about them (here is another review and comparison to Catrice cream eyeshadows). They apply and blend nicely, don't crease and last really long on the lids. 

5. Gel eyeliner
I bought this eyeliner just a couple of weeks ago and I'm already impressed. Before I used Mac's gel eyeliner and this one performs just as good. It lasted the entire day without smudging or fading, which is very impressive, especially since it costs about 1/5 of the price of Mac's and honestly I see no difference between the two.


6. Smokey eyes set in 02 Punky Vibe
This is one of my favourite shades for my eye colour. It's a warm dark brown with bronze tones that are really flattering for blue/grey/green eyes. I like both product, the eyeshadow and the gel liner/cream shadow, although I use gel liner/cream shadow as base and then the powder eyeshadow on top. It does fade quite fast, however, it fades evenly and I actually looks quite nice.

7. Colour & Go and TE nail polishes
Again probably my favourite nail polishes. They have a nice colour range, they apply nicely and last really long without chipping especially if I use a good top coat. Fantastic quality for the price. My favourite is You Belong to Me, which is a dupe for Essie's Mint Candy Apple. 
From TE's my favourites are BBC Pink Heat (a coral red shade, very pigmented, it needs only one coat) and from one of more recent TE's 04 Bright Alert! (a bright coral pink, needs 3 coats).

So these are my favourites so far. Hope this was useful. Thanks for reading!

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10 comments

  1. I have to try that concealer <3 I love essence, I have a lot of make-up from them. I just don't have their eyeliner :S I really want it, though!

    1 year blog anniversary♥mfashionfreak

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  2. Essence is one of my favourite brands of makeup,I literally have the whole stand in my bedroom! LOL

    xxx

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  3. Kaj pa uporabljaš za self tanner? razmišljam o uporabi pa me je malo strah črt ki bi se lahko pojavile :)

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    1. Za obraz imam Clarisonsov Liquid Bronze self tanning for face and decollete. Res je super, ker je bolj gradual self tanner, tako da dobivaš barvo bolj postopno (po kakšnih 3 aplikacijah). Je pa kot nek zelo lahek losjon, ki ga nanašaš s vatko in nič ne masti kože. Ten je pa izjemno naraven. Sem ga pa naročila na feelunique, v Sloveniji ga še nisem videla. Ti ga zelo priporočam, da ga preizkusiš če te strah kakšnih lis :). Tukaj imaš originalni review: http://matejasbeautyblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/haul-from-feelunique.html

      Za telo imam pa St. Tropez mousse, ki je tudi super. Zdaj pa sem naročila še Xen-Tan dark lotion, da preizkusim še tega.

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    2. ful fajn,hvala! pa čimprej povej kako se obnese še Xen-Tan :)

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  4. Stay All day glossa imam tudi jaz (Berry Me! in Candy bar) in sta edina glossa, ki jih sploh uporabljam - drugače imam veliko raje šminke :)
    Korektor in podlago imam namen v kratkem kupiti, ampak čakam še oceno za podlago na Parokeets blogu. :D
    Tale duo senčka/gel liner sem včasih uporablajala non stop, zdaj sem pa kar malo pozabila na njiju.. Sem ju pa imela zelo rada :)
    Gel liner v lončku je meni preveč tekoč :/ Če ga dam na čopič čisto malo (da potapkam sptan prej) in potem nekaj časa ne odprem oči, se da preživeti. Ampak nekako me ni prepričal, ni važno kako sem se trudila. :/
    Stay all Day senčk pa jaz nikakor ne morem zblendati. No, niti nanesti. S prstom je ZELO neenakomerno, na čopič se niti prime ne >< Nevem kako to, da so tebi tako super, ampak si lahko srečna, če na tebi delujejo ;)
    Lakci so pa itak zakon :)

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    1. Zanimivo, meni pa so pa gel liner in SAD senčke odlični izdelki. Senčke mi so super za hiter makeup, nanašajo se mi super (jaz kar s prsti nanašam), sem pa res srečnica :). Gel liner mi je pa tudi super, tudi za tighlining, res ne opažam razlike med Macovim in tem, je pa res Essencov redkejši kot Macov. Uglavnem sem res zadovoljna :).

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  5. Odličen post, res zanimivo zastavljen. :) Rjav smokey eyes set je verjetno najbolj uporabljana stvar v mojem make up sortimentu, odličen je za rjav, zelen, bakren, oranžen, ma kakršen koli look delam, gel liner pa super za spodnjo veko. Res zakon izdelek. Po tvojem opisu bom poskusila tudi korektor za podočnjake, mi dobro zveni, pa cenejši je od Bourjoisa. Lake imajo pa seveda itak fantastične. :)

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  6. Če smem vprašati..kje kupuješ svoje Mac izdelke?

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    1. Večinoma z eBaya, testerje pa iz thebodyneeds :). Imam celo objavo v slovenščini posvečeno tej temi, najdeš jo lahko tukaj: http://matejasbeautyblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/kje-lahko-slovenci-dobimo-mac-kozmetiko.html

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