I filmed a GRWM video using only Essence Cosmetics and in order to keep the video on the short side (it’s 5 minutes) I decided to give you feedback on my first impressions in blog post format. You can watch the video below and then read on to see what my initial thoughts were when using the products, as well as how well they performed over the course of the day.
The foundation I started with is Essence Pure Nude Makeup, R70 in shade 10 Pure Beige. It promises a natural look and no-makeup feel so I wasn’t too optimistic about coverage, but it turned out that application with my Sigma F80 gave a nice medium cover. It does indeed feel very light on the skin, but it lasted well for the entire day. The consistency is very runny though, so I’d recommend applying with a buffing brush, Beauty Blender or something similar.
Next I used the Essence Pure Nude Concealer, R48 (also in shade 10 Pure Beige – I LOVE that the shades correspond) on red areas, under-eyes and on any other problematic bits. I didn’t enjoy this one much as I found it too waxy, and it broke up/shifted on my cheek area within a couple of hours. I’m going to use it a couple of times more in case it’s just a coating because the crayon format really appeals to me and I want to like it.
The Essence All About Roses Eyeshadow Palette, R77 is an absolute winner, and I’m a little devastated that I gave the bronze and silver versions away to friends (serves me right for being generous). I only used foundation as an eyelid base, and yet the eyeshadows went on smoothly, blended easily and stayed put all day. There was also hardly any product fall – something I get with even my most high end shadows. Two thumbs up.
Essence Multi Action Volume Mascara, R48 was the biggest surprise of the bunch. I’ve never really found an Essence mascara that I loved, but this one ticks all the boxes – there’s nothing I can complain about. I also appreciate that even though it’s not waterproof, the lower lashes didn’t smudge one bit even though I only removed it late that evening. Lastly I love the wand design – it’s the first one in ages that doesn’t make me get mascara on my eyelids when I apply it.
The Essence Matt Touch Blush, R48 in 20 Berry Me Up! is pretty straight forward. The name made me mistake it for a cream to powder formula but it blended easily enough even though I used a completely incorrect brush. It’s not my usual choice of colour but I really like it now that I’ve tried it, it’s definitely going into my makeup drawers.
On my lips I put Essence Kiss Care Love Lip Balm, R25 in 07 Fruity Beauty, which is magnificently pigmented. I topped that off with Essence Liquid Lipstick, R48 in 06 Make a Statement which is less pigmented, but still gives a decent swipe of colour and a really pretty shine – great for those who don’t enjoy the feel of gloss. Neither lasts very long, but I still like both.
All in all I was very happy with the majority of these Essence Cosmetics products, and I can’t get over the amazing value. A rough count adds up the total of these seven products to less than R400. Add a bronzer and highlighter (and maybe swop out the concealer for a better one) and you’ve got an entire makeup kit sorted – you really don’t need much more, and you’re not settling for sub-standard quality.
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