As you may know, German brand Essence has recently hit the UK. Having picked up the odd item here and there while I've been on holidays in Europe, I was keen to try more. The prices are very affordable and I'd say it's aimed at the younger audience-think along the lines of Boots 17 perhaps. They often release new collections and strike me as being quite an on-trend type of brand. It is currently exclusive to Wilkinsons and you can buy from their website here. All cosmetics are currently also on a 3 for 2 offer, making everything even cheaper so I decided to order myself some goodies.
First face products. I ordered the sun club matt bronzing powder (£3) in the 'blondes lighter skin' shade-yes I am a brunette but have quite fair skin so I thought this was the best colour option. Next was the silky touch blush (£2.50) in shade 10 'adorable' which I think is the perfect everyday pinky shade for fair skin. Lastly is the blush up powder blush (£3.50) in shade 10 'heat wave', which is just beautiful! I honestly feel like this looks much more expensive than i is and is versatile as you can use the pinkier side, the more orange side or mix the two together for a coral shade.
Left to right: Sun Club matt bronzer in blondes; Silky Touch Blush in 10 Adorable; Blush Up in 10 Heat Wave (orange, pink, then shades mixed)
For eye products, I ordered 2 eyeshadows (£1.60) in shades 22 'blockbuster' (matte cream-the perfect mate highlight shade) and 'sandy says hello' (neutral metallic) as well as 2 different eyeliner pencils-longlasting eye pencil in 02 hot chocolate (£1.50) and gel eye pencil waterproof in 06 (£2.30). Both eye pencils are a dark brown colour but as this is the colour I wear most days and they were so reasonably priced, I thought I would try out the 2 different formulas.
Left to right: eyeshadow 22 blockbuster; eyeshadow 77 sandy says hello; longlasting eye pencil 02 hot chocolate; gel eye pencil 06
For lip products, I got 3 lipsticks. The first two are the longlasting formula (£2.30) in 01 coral calling and 08 colour crush. Then I ordered one of the normal range which are more sheer and glossy (£2), in shade 53 all about cupcake. Finally, a lipliner in shade 12 wish me a rose (99p).
Left to right: 53 all about cupcake; 08 colour crush; 01 coral calling
Lipliner 12 wish me a rose
I also ordered some interesting looking nail items, including their 'nail art stampy' set (£3) which works a similar way to Konad as far as I can tell but at a much lower price! I also ordered an extra stencil plate (£1.50) and 2 of the stampy polishes (£1.50) in black and white that are designed for use with the kit. They do a 'gel nails at home' range, which I haven't tried, but their 'gel nail corrector' tool (£2) looked useful for cleaning up edges before curing the polish under the lamp. The final nail item is the 'effect nails' (£2) in shade 10 call me galaxy, which is basically a pot of loose glitter but I really liked the colour combination.
I'm looking forward to experimenting with these but so far I am very impressed with the pigmentation and quality of the products for the price.
Have you tried any Essence products?