My Beauty Bargain Obsession: Essence Cosmetics
by Alison Blackman
For a long time, Essence Cosmetics has been my beauty bargain obsession. In the past, I had to go overseas to get them. Finally, Essence Cosmetics became available in the United States and online. Savvy beauty fans are aware that these clever, trendy and affordable cosmetics offer a chance to get a literal seasonal haul of high performance, quality, trendy products and still have some money left over for something else, like a trendy statement necklace, a scarf, strappy sandals, a cute hat, bangle bracelets…..
The point is, none of these products cost a lot of money, but they pack a BIG beauty punch. The photo above shows just a sampling of the Essence Cosmetics for Spring 2016, including some exclusives for TARGET stores. Refer to this photo of the samples I received, for most of the actual products!
Essence Sheer and Shine Lipstick ($2.99) are made in Italy. These luxuriously silky, sheer lipsticks in sheer lip cases add lots of shine and build-able color. That’s not to say that they don’t have color. There are 9 shades from light to fairly deep. I loved ” #09 I Feel Pretty,” *far right in the photo), a medium rose that looks, well…”pretty” and adds two shades of deeper flush pink to lips. If your lips are very dry, Sheer and Shine is a great way to add color even when your lips are dry, flaky or damaged.
EYE Love These Products! Essence Cosmetics help make eyes the window to your soul, with A Smokey 2 in 2 Kohl Liner, Extreme Volume Waterproof Mascara, and new shades of Mono Powder Eyeshadows.
You can be so creative with a creamy, blend-able, Kohl pencil. Essence Cosmetics Smoky 2 in 1 Kohl Liner ($3.49) is so smooth, you can slide this highly pigmented liner pencil on and make a sleek cats eye, or blend it out for whatever look you want. Use the very pointed tip as a precise eyeliner, rotate to the side of the cone to swipe on color for smokey eyes. The very pointed cone shape supposedly eliminates the need for a sharpener. I would assume if you used it enough you might dminish that shape, but for under $3.50, I’d just get another one.
Essence Cosmetics Eyeshadows ($1.99) have always been some of my favorites, There are so many different kinds, from matte to metallic, to multi-colored and they’re so inexpensive you can grab a handful and not feel guilty if you don’t use the color all the time. For Spring. I’ve included a few shades in my photo above. The top color in the trio is a classic matte brown called “Triple Choc” the color of milk chocolate It’s a color that works well on every skin tone in every season. It’s a little difficult to see the colors of the other two, but they’re trendy super-shimmers: “The Grammy goes Glammy” is a champagne gold and “Rosie Flamingo” is a stunning light pink that makes eyes look modern, but not “red.” Grab a handful of Essence eyeshadows in highly pigmented matte, shimmer, and metallic. Mix, blend, have fun with them. They’re long lasting and finely-milled and pigmented enough to slide on with a fingertip (but use a brush or sponge for more precise results).
Three Pretty Palettes for Eyes, Face, Brows: These are just $9.99 each: How to Make Bright Eyes Make-Up Box; How to Make Brows Wow Make-Up Box and the How to Make Your Face Glow Make-Up Box.
Two fabulous foundation options: Essence Soft Touch Mousse Make-up and Essence pure Nude Make-Up . One feels luxuriously silky, the other is just so travel-friendly.
The Essence Soft Touch Mousse Make-up ($4.99) I love the texture of this foundation, but a heavy glass jar with a screw cap is not travel-friendly. Worse, I really loathe having to stick my fingers (or use a spatula) to get product out of the jar (contamination and dirty fingers/fingernails) so it didn’t win me much love…at first. However, it was easy to love the creamy foundation offering a lightweight, non-sticky, blendable and build-able feel in a medium opaque formula that lasts a long time. Yes, I really liked it once it was on my skin. For just $4.99 I can’t fault anything but the glass jar. There are six shades and none are seriously dark (the deepest is #07 Matt Almond) and so the most challenging part of selecting this one is getting the right shade. I tried #04 Matt Ivory which was a bit “pink” in tone, but it blended well into my fair to medium skin.
On the other side there’s this 1 oz. travel-friendly, sealed, plastic pump tube of Pure Nude Make-Up($4.99). this one is only available in three shades, so color limits might be an issue, and it’s semi-matte, but if you can find a shade similar to your light to medium skin tone you can blend this one out easily. The Lightest, Pure Beige #10 had a pink-ish tone but it was quite light. Pure Sand #20 actually worked best on my light/medium skin, but it was more yellow so not a perfect match. Pure Honey #30 was still fairly light (more for medium toned skin and a better tone for my skin but too dark). When it came to the retractable Pen Concealer ($3.49) however, Pure Honey seemed to be the best choice. The take-away? Try it on with a sample (or someone else’s) before you buy. Still, at these prices, they’re not major investments. If you find the right color choices, they’re a steal!
Two Trendy Ombre Powder Blushes ($3.99 each) : “Heat Wave” features apricot and coral, while “Pinky Flow” has a light and medium pink. The stock photo makes both of these blushes look brighter than they really are — they’re bright, but sheer and buildable. if you want just a tiny bit of blush, just use a light touch and a soft, big blush brush and you’ll find that your Winter weary skin pops with color. If you are into tan (faux or real) later on this Summer, both these blushes will be very flattering.