It's time again for another testing makeup post and video. Essence is a brand I have loved since I first went to Germany over four years ago and one I was incredibly happy to find out we would be getting it in the UK when they launched. I have to say other than the foundations I haven't tried anything that I've really hated so without further ado lets get into my thoughts on these particular products.
Stay all day concealer -
I vaguely remember trying the Stay all day foundation and hating so I was a little sceptical about this one however I really don't mind it. It isn't the highest coverage however it's a nice one for around my nose which tends to get a little red however it isn't enough to warrant a super high coverage concealer, Much like the natural collection one I feel like this one would be perfect for people who are just starting out with makeup.
Soft touch mousse concealer -
I was so intrigued by this as a mousse concealer isn't something I've ever seen before. I have to admit I did find this far to heavy on my dry skin. I found it very quickly sunk into any dry patches that I had. I found if I used a tiny amount for a spot conceal it worked okay as it is very high coverage. I feel like this one would definitely suit an oilier skin better but you would definitely have to be careful it didn't end up looking cakey.
Mattifying compact powder -
There really isn't much to say about this one, it is a fairly bog standard affordable. For me personally it isn't finely milled enough however I do have skin that's drier than the Sahara so take that into consideration. It added a little colour and coverage so I would say give it a go if you don't have super dry skin.
Sun Club bronzing powder -
Once again this wasn't anything ground breaking however I did like it, it's a bog standard slightly shimmery warm toned bronzer which did a nice job of bronzing up the face. I have to admit one of my favourite things about it was the fact that it smelt like coconuts.
Matt touch blush in berry me up -
This was only £1 and I cannot get enough of it. It's a beautiful pinky berry shade which is just perfect for this time of year. It is so blendable and high quality for the price. I find a lot of budget blushes can be very chalky however this one is very buttery. I would highly recommend these, I definitely need to pick up some more shades.
I heart stage eye primer -
I love this stuff and would go as far to say that it is almost as good as the Urban Decay one. I find it really does help cover any discolouration on the lid and help keep my eyeshadow intense and not creasing. I definitely think if you want an eye primer but don't know how much you are going to use it or you don't want to shell out £16 for the Urban Decay one definitely give this one a go.
Single shadows in Apricotta, Rosy happiness and Keep calm and berry on -
I loved one of these shadows but wasn't overly impressed with the other two. Apricotta which is the lightest of the shades is absolutely beautiful. It's a peachy all over the lid shimmery shade which I actually also used as a highlight in the video. I found the other two shades were a little dry and didn't really have any pigment to them at all. I was actually really disappointed as when I swatched them in stores they seemed really nice, I would definitely say be careful when buying the shadows as they are hit and miss.
Get big lashes mascara -
I'm actually a really big fan of Essence mascara usually however the brush on this one for me is just a little too big (Although if you aren't as clumsy as me I'm sure it's fine) That being said I do like the formula and the effect so I have just been reaching for it on the days when I don't have loads of eye makeup to ruin.
Brow pencil in Dark brown -
Brows have been a bit of a disaster in this series so far however I think I have finally found a budget brow product I don't completely despise. It is a little bit firm however I would rather that than it be too soft which all the other pencils I have tried have been. The colour is also pretty good and for a change not overly red toned like so many cheaper brow products.
Liquid lipstick in Make a statement -
I'm not the biggest fan of this, I personally prefer a more matte liquid lipstick and I just found this was a little to sticky for my liking which is a shame as the colour is beautiful. I did find it wore quite nicely however it just isn't practical for me and my long hair.
Sheer and shine lipstick in Glamour queen -