Brand Focus / Essence

Essence Brand FocusThere’s no doubt that Essence is one of the hidden gems of Priceline although lately it’s been getting more and more attention. I’ve spoken about the brand a stack in blogs posts but I thought it was time to sit down and write about each product from this fantastic budget brand.

Essence Brand Focus Blushes

Cheeks / The Essence Silky Touch Blushes are seriously incredible. For the $5.10 price tag, you can see why I’ve got 5 of the shades. Adorable is a soft pink, Summer Dreaming* is a slightly peachier pink, Secret It-Girl is a light peach, Autumn Peach* is a deeper peach and Life’s A Cherry is a bright, deep pinky red. I reach for all of the shades frequently (Adorable and Life’s A Cherry are my favourites, though) because I just can’t believe how soft and easily blendable these are. If someone who’s a little afraid of blush asks me where to start I steer them in the direction of these ones because they’re just so easy to work with.

Essence Brand Focus Blush SwatchesL to R: Adorable, Summer Dreaming, Secret It-Girl, Autumn Peach, Life’s  A Cherry.
Essence Brand Focus Eyes

Eyes / I’ve already mentioned my crazy love for the Essence Mono Eyeshadow in Hazel Me Not* but it’s worth saying again – if you’re after a super simple transition shade, look no further. My other foray into the Essence Mono Eyeshadow world is with the shade Get Ready! It gets significantly less use than Hazel Me Not but the product is no less amazing. To find a formula of eyeshadow this buttery for $3ish is pretty rare, I’d say. The Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadows are designed to be more metallic than the normal shadows with a ‘luminous effect’. Although I was expecting quite a bit of fall out from the shade I have, Choco-Chic*, I’m actually kind of in love with it. It’s a gorgeous deep bronzy brown. I’m not entirely sure what convinced me to buy the Essence Kajal Eye Pencil in 11 Cool Breeze as it’s not very often I reach for a bright teal eyeliner but there’s no complaints here. This pencil can get a little smudgy and rub off if you don’t give it time to set, I find. The Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara* has popped up in my latest Mascaras On Rotation posts and I said there that it could be a repurchase-able mascara. I’ve been using it more lately and I’m just blown away with how well it separates and lengthens my lashes. As the formula has dried out a little more, the curl holds a little better which makes my love for it grow even more. I stand by my repurchase-able claims – this will definitely be a mainstay in my mascara ranks now.

Essence Brand Focus Eye SwatchesL to R: Choco-Chic, Get Ready!, Hazel Me Not, Cool Breeze.
Essence Brand Focus Lips

Lips / The Essence Lip Liners are the brands stand out products. Everyone I know who tries them, loves them and recommends them. For the $2 price tag, you can get some of the best lip liners I’ve ever tried in a wide range of colours. Whenever I actually remember to wear lip liner, I reach for one of these. In The Nude is a warm brownish-nude, Wish Me A Rose is a light pink, Cute Pink is similar but slightly darker, Satin Mauve is a browny-mauve and Femme Fatale is a super creamy, deep red. I touched on the Essence Long Lasting formula in my recent post about new lip bits to hit the drugstore. I have the shades Love Me and Adorable Matt!* from the original collection and Come Naturally* from the Nude collection. They have a really light texture that feels comfortable on the lips but they can be a little slippy if you’re not careful. The Essence XXXL Nude Lip Glosses were also featured in that new lip product post. I’ve been getting quite a bit of wear out of both shades, Shy Beauty* and Taste The Sweets* because they’re super comfortable on the lips. They smell amazing too, which is always a plus. I’ve also quite a fan of the Essence Glossy Lip Balms when I need a hint of shine. Raspberry Sorbet*, Berry Cupcake and Strawberry Cheesecake all smells so, so good. They have the tiniest bit of colour to them and a bit of glitter (the pretty kind, not the chunky kind) and feel really lovely and moisturising on the lips.

Essence Brand Focus Lips SwatchesL to R: In The Nude, Wish Me A Rose, Cute Pink, Satin Mauve, Femme Fatale, Love Me, Adorable Matt!, Come Naturally, Shy Beauty, Taste The Sweets, Raspberry Sorbet, Strawberry Cheesecake, Berry Cupcake.

It would seem that when I like things from Essence, I buy every shade available. But why not when the brand is so darn cheap? As you can tell from my few paragraphs of gushing, I’m super impressed with a whole range of Essence products. If you’re just getting into make-up or love a good budget buy, it’s well worth checking out their range because I’m very rarely disappointed by what they bring out.
What’s your favourite budget brand? Do you have any Essence products you love?

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  • I haven’t tried any Essence makeup. I really wanna try their lip liners !

  • Shilpa Shetty

    I have tried Essence Silky Touch Blushes. I love them. Nice post,.. Loving all the pictures,..

  • I’m HUGE fan of those amazing blushes! I defs need to try more of their lip products now though 😛

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  • I absolutely swear by Essence’s lip liners – in fact, I prefer them over my MAC ones! And I love that their clear mascara and eye primer are good basics to pick up if you’re looking for something affordable 🙂

    Mel // izzipenelope

    • I can’t say I’ve tried the MAC ones but maybe I don’t have to? haha and I’ll have to check those products out!

  • Katie Lemons

    I recently got into Essence products and now own multiple shades of the blushes, lip liners, eyeshadows, and lipsticks. I LOVE the long lasting lipstick in Natural Beauty. It’s the perfect everyday color for me.

  • Okay I’ve seen this brand a lot lately on blogs, so I definitely need to pay it more attention in store.

    Tegan xx – Permanent Procrastination

  • Essence was honestly probably the first brand I went crazy for! It’s so darn cheap and great quality, a lot of my first products were from them. The brow gel is an everyday staple for me and I love the blushes and lip liners! Their limited collections are so adorable too 🙂

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

    • I think that’s the case with a lot of people – a great gateway into makeup 😉 I’ll have to try out the brow gel! And I love their limited edition collections so much!

  • Inggani Masitha

    If only Essence is still available in Indonesia *sigh. So far I’ve only tried the Eyes on Me mascara and it was one of my favorite mascara. But before I get to buy other things from Essence, it’s gone already. I hope they will be back soon so I can buy all the things you mentioned here!

  • I only ever gave Essence a side-eye in Priceline because what could be that cheap and any good? Having read plenty of blogs on the subject, I gave their two-tone blush a go and was pleasantly surprised, then I took your recommendation on the Lash Princess mascara and was well impressed! It’s an even better buy duing Priceline’s frequent sales and specials so I will be adding more (after No-Buy July, of course!)

    • Ooh I just remembered I own those blushes and forgot to include them here! How silly of me. I like to stock up in the 40% off sales that Priceline does, the price is just so ridiculously low then! Good luck with the No-Buy July!

      • Thank you, the struggle is very much real right now. Think I got my blush for about $2 during one of those awesome Priceline sales!

  • I was recently gifted Come Naturally Lipstick from Essence and I am in love!!!!! x
    Beauty Wanderer

  • Essence is my only man for brow pencils. Less than two quid, sorted. The lip liners are good too, thought I’ve not tried half as many as you!

  • One is enough to get the addiction started 😉 and yeah, I guess that’s the same with any brand’s mascaras – it’s all down to personal preference!

  • Definitely a good starter brand for those just getting into make-up – so many people are talking about their brow gel, will have to check it out!

  • Can totally recommend that mascara, the brand is seriously incredible for the price! 🙂