Essence Cosmetics Treat You To Tons of Trendy Makeup That Won’t Break Your Beauty Budget
By Alison Blackman, Editor in Chief, advicesisters.com
When Essence Cosmetics landed across the pond from Europe in 2011, women who adore trendy without the high price tag, rejoiced. The company is the beloved brand of budget beauty buff’s in Europe because they offer tons of beauty booty in the season’s hottest trends, but for just a few dollars each (believe it — just $.99 to $4.99). In fact, the company releases a whopping six new unique and limited editions each year, along with the regular range of products. In the old days, I had to stock up in Europe at a Monoprix , but now Essence Cosmetics can more easily be found elsewhere at Ulta and Fred Meyer stores nationwide as well as Shoppers Drug Mart (in Canada). The compacts may be simple plastic, but the formulas are good quality and the products are as sophisticated as anything you’ll get in a department store. Even better, Essence Cosmetics don’t test on animals. If you’re traveling this season, the lightweight, travel-friendly compacts are easy to tote, too!
Spring/Summer 2015 brings a treasure-trove of products and colors. The Advice Sisters have selected a few that we think will “rock your boat” without causing budget bloat. Here are some of our faves that I wear tested, and really like!
Glamour-EYES! A new eye shadow can make you feel different, somehow. These from Essence Cosmetics are just $2.99 each, and come in travel-friendly compacts without mirrors or applicators to weigh them down. You can apply them with a fingertip as they blend smoothly, or use a brush, of course. Seen above in the photos are some samples of 3D ($2.99) and Metal Glam ($3.49) Eyeshadows. The metal glam shadows sparkle like precious gems in their clear, round compacts ringed with silver, but the actual formulas are metallic with a lot of shimmer (the glitter is just a light top coat). There are eight colors from neutral to mint green. My personal favorite is ‘Hello Goldie” on the lower right hand side of the photo above because the pale metallic gold is perfect for every skin tone and great with a (faux) tan. You can literally swipe these on with your fingertip and they last even when the mercury, rises.
The 3D shadows combine two different formulas and two different colors (a lid color and a highlight) in one compact. The creamy formula is blend-able with a fingertip if you don’t care to carry a brush, and the finishes range from satin to metallic to very shimmery. You can apply them wet and make them even more intense. These also lasted a long time, even in the heat. There are 6 shades, but my pick for evening glam is “Irresistible Midnight Date,” (in the photo right hand side) which is a deep sparkling blue with a greyed white highlight. Used wet the blue makes a sensational liner, and dry you can still wear it during the day and not blind someone! Most of the other shades are beautiful, and more neutral.
Candy Girl! The palest pastel shades in sensational shimmery shades are just in the Essence All About Candies EyeShadow Palette $4.99. The slim compact easy has generous squares of all the trendy colors you’ll want for Summer. And, just like the individual shadow compacts, this large rectangle of color can be applied as a light wash of color, or apply these wet for more impact. The clear case lets you see exactly what’s inside. I can’t help but smile when I pick up this little “gem.” It is definitely a “sweet treat” and affordable, too!
When the temperature rises, you want makeup products that won’t run and fade. The Essence Cosmetics Waterproof GEL Eye Pencils ($2.99) slide on like soft Kohl, but cling like crazy. Even better, these pencils don’t need a sharpener, and retract into the pencil. Try one of these highly-pigmented pens in a fun color, such as “Blue Lagoon” (deep turquoise) or ‘Urban Jungle” (Green) and have some fun! In a pinch, you can use these as a long lasting eye color if you blend quickly, too! These are seriously a bargain…no need to spend a fortune for eye pencil because these are really amazingly good. It’s no longer a secret! Spread the word!
Essence Cosmetics has a lot of different mascaras, and I’ve tried a number of them. Depending upon what you need from a mascara my suggestions are as follows: $4.99 brings Plump No Clump in orange, a large mascara reservoir with a large brush that combs through each lash, plumping, not clumping; or for those who need something seriously waterproof, Lash Mania Waterproof Mascara shows up as holographic silver on the outside, inside there is a star-shaped arrangement of elastomer bristles that grip lashes to push them up for extra volume. Essence Cosmetics suggest that this mascara can also be used as a topper, since the brush helps separate lashes. I wasn’t bowled over by either, but I thought both were good products, especially for under $5.00.
I used to be wary of fake bake products, but bronzers have come such a long way, no one should be without at least one, for those time when you need to perk up a sallow complexion or even out skin tone from a (“faux”) tan that didn’t go perfectly smoothly. Essence Sun Club items are favorites. The Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder ($4.99) arrives in a generous size, in a round, clear compact. There’s one color for blondes (or for anyone with fair skin) and one for brunettes (for those with deeper skin). Since the product is matte, the look is natural. Just dust it on with a bit, fluffy brush. A bonus is that it has a mattifying effect so you won’t be “shiny.” The Sun Club All In One Bronzing Highlighter($4.99) also is available in a light and deeper version. The swirls of shimmery color look like a modern art painting, but dust them on your face (or other body parts) with a fluffy brush and add shimmer, or be selective and simply use the bronzer colors for a quick shimmer bronzer.
To me, a new lip gloss or lipstick is one of life’s little pleasures. You might not really need another one, but it’s such fun to try something new! You might be able to justify a new purchase if it’s the Essence Cosmetics Longlasting Lipstick ($2.99) since these last even in the heat and when you’re on the go, but the light, creamy formula won’t dry out your lips like some long lasting products can do. There are 13 shades. The ones in the photo are of the more subtle and nude tones, but there are much bolder ones as well. I loved these and the price is insanely inexpensive. The XXXL Shine Lipgloss ($2.49) is a standard in the Essence Cosmetics line and there are a dozen colors to choose from. The two newbies are really opposite sites of the pink spectrum. “Fabulous Fuschia” is a super shiny, deep raspberry tint, while “Cute Lips” is a shimmery sheer pink that looks natural, but adds pouty allure to lips. I honestly think the wands in these glosses should be a bit more substantial, but the slim shape does help to apply them precisely, and the glosses are really satisfying– especially for the price.
Gel Polish: Gel polishes that don’t require UV light are the rage, and it’s amazing that Essence Cosmetics has an entire line of gorgeous Gel Nail Polish Colors and trendy Effect Nail Polish ($1.99-$2.99) with some of the nicest brush applicators I’ve used at any price (they are wide and shaped so that you can apply one coat of color in one swipe).
1. simply apply the gel nail polish base coat and let it dry completely.
2. then apply the gel nail polish in the colour of your choice and let this dry well, too.
3. for a perfect finish, all you need now is a coat of the gel nail polish top coat – and you’re done!
the nail style is easy to remove using conventional nail polish remover.
The colors range from trendy greens and blues and yellows, to more traditional colors. I love the clear, fresh raspberry red “Femme Fatale” and for a pastel look to go with those All About Candies Eye Shadows, you can’t go wrong with the creamy, opaque colors such as the peachy “Indian Summer” or the light pastel green: “Play With My Mint”. The color dries quick and glossy, even without the prescribed top and bottom coats which I didn’t have to wear test, but a top coat of glittery pink “Party Princess” added even more glitz and shine. I didn’t try the Effects top coats, but these add color and texture, plus some have little “jewels” and glitter. Try mixing and matching…for the price, you really can’t go wrong!
Try a few of these products (there are so many more) and you’ll see why so many are fans of this brand that treats them to trendy makeup without making them go broke! For more information visit the Essence Cosmetics Web Site or Ulta.