One of the drugstore brands that I have been dying to get my hands on and try is Essence. The other day, Wilko was on my way so I stopped got few things so I can give you guys my first impressions and what I recommend so far.
This is one of the products that I was very excited about, as I heard a lot of great things about it on other blogs and I have to say that it definitely lived up to my expectations. Essence has two options in their blushes, a shimmery one, and while that one is still beautiful, I am somehow always attracted by matte blushes, as I feel they allow me to build them up more if I want to without looking slightly crazy if that makes sense. I have only worn this one so far and I am happy with the staying power and definitely looking to get more shades. Also the size is very decent, as you get 5g of product for less than £3 which is very impressive even for a drugstore brand.
Next, moving on to the eyes. I got two of their eyeliners: they had two different collections, so I decided to get one of each. I got a kajal pencil in 27 Samba Green, which was only £1, as well as a Long Lasting Eye Pencil in 09 Cool Down. I have not had the chance to wear these outside yet, however because I am a crazy person, once I bough them (it was somewhere around mid morning) I went home and added each of them to my eyes on my lower lashline to see how they last and how they looked, as this is the kind of placement that I had in mind for them anyway.
I have to say that I have not seen much difference between the two. They are both creamy, even though the kajal pencil is wooden, while the long lasting one is retractable. I like both of these at first glance and application and I look forward to using them longer so I can have a proper opinion.
Next are THE MOST exciting purchase, which is their lip liners. Again, this is completely based off reviews that I read online which compare them to Mac’s lip liners, and they are only £1!!! They have a total of 9 colors in the range, however my Wilko was quite ravaged and they had very few left, so I grabbed these two in 06 Satin Mauve and 15 Honey Berry. Before we get into details, I LOVE THESE LIP LINERS!
They are so soft and long lasting. The colors are very vibrant so you don’t need to go over the same place 5 times- unless you really enjoy doing it, which again, is fine. Satin Mauve is a very Kylie Jenner-esque kind of color which can easy be worn on its own or under any lipstick of lipgloss. Honey Berry is a cool toned pink, which can resemble a purple depending on your skintone. In my opinion, this is the perfect shade for both fall and summer and can be worn with different type of colors on top to give it a different dimension: i.e wearing it with a red lipstick to take make it a more every day kind of color.
Last but not least, something that you will not currently find in my collection: a lipgloss. In my teen years, my go to look would be black khol eyeliner and a clear gloss. However these days, it’s more about the liwuid winged liner and a bold matte lip. However, as I was trying to pick up one more item to review, I was not sold by any of the matte lip colors, so I decided to break my own pattern and pick up one of their lipglosses. However, I forgot to mention that I chose a ‘mate lipgloss’. Yeah, that’s right- a matte lipgloss. I was like ‘what?’ and was not sure what to think so I chose a nude color, precisely 06 in Soft Nude.
When applying it, it has a mousse-y consistency and it applies kind of patchy so you have to really be stubborn with it and pay a lot of attention. The color that you see below is probably 2-3 times of going over it to make sure that it has a uniform color. Also, I was- and still am- confused by how it;s supposed to sit on the lips. It doesn;t dry down entirely, so it stays tacky on the lips for as long as you have it on. At the same time, it’s not shiny as a lipgloss, so personally I kind of looked as if I had a patch of color on my lips- also the color is not the best match, it pulls a bit orange-y on me.
I will definitely continue to try using it on top of different lipsticks as well as on its own or possible with one of the lip pencils to see if that makes any difference however so far I have not been impressed. Have you guys tried this before?
So these are my first impressions guys. All in all, besides the lipgloss, I am very happy with the quality of the products considering the price and I will definitely be ordering more- this time I might do it online as you can find the full range. You cand find essence in Wilko stores as well as online.
Let me know if you have any recommendations for me, as I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.