The European makeup brand Essence has hit the UK, well I must admit it has been here for while. It was launched in Wilkinsons, however there aren't many Wilkinsons in Scotland so it took me quite a while to track them down!
The affordable makeup brand has become quite popular over here, they offer a huge selection of products, from gel nails at home to skincare! They really care about not testing on animals and offering great product quality for a fraction of the price.
I first heard about Essence many moons ago, when they brought out their Twilight Saga collection! If only that was available in the UK!! I've heard so many things about them since, so I had to give them a go, these are the bits Ive been trying out.
Long Lasting Lipstick in 07 Natural Beauty - £2.30
This lipstick has a very creamy constancy which is comfortable on the lips, even though it has quite the punch of pigmentation to it. The shade its self is a dark rosy nude, its a very wearable colour and perfect for an everyday look. I think the packaging is very sleek and the fact the lipstick is embossed too, I find it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is.
Silky Touch Blush in 10 Adorable - £2.50
This lives up to its name, its such a silky textured blush! It isn't the most pigmented though, I think it would be a lovely thing to have if you are a little scared of blush and or want something very natural. As the shade its self is such a pretty rosy pink, I just find it very difficult to pick up enough colour from the product sadly, unless you heavily swatch it.
Get Big Lashes Mascara - £2.30
This is Essence's curling mascara and dare I say it, It may be replacing my newly beloved Roller Lash! The massive curved brush can look daunting, but believe it or not, the mascara leaves your lashes beautifully curled and no clumps! I found it also separated and lengthened my lashes at the same time with its slightly drier formula. It is also very easy to remove and holds the curl extremely well, even on my stubborn lashes.
Lash Princess Mascara - £3.30
Just like the previous mascara this has the same kind of formulation to it, not too dry, but not really wet. Which means it also doesn't leave you with clumpy lashes. This mascara is specifically aimed towards adding Volume to your lashes. I found that it added more length than volume to my lashes though, it is lovely to define, but I just don't think it adds the volume very much at all. The brush is very separated brush with a bristle head to it, I think thats why it gives such a defined finish.
Colour & Go Polish in 113 Do you Speak Love - £1.60
Firstly both polishes come with a really large applicator, which I do prefer as I find it helps to apply the product easier. You just need to make sure their isn't too much on the brush though or you may end up with nail polish fingers! Do you Speak Love is a beautiful glossy Burgundy Red and if I wasn't craving pastels right now (Come on Spring!) This would be slathered all over my nails!
Colour & Go Polish in 182 Hello Rosy - £1.60
I have a soft spot for the sand finish polishes and basically anything glittery too. So this is the best of both worlds being a gritty (nice gritty though!) sparkly, bubblegum pink shade. It is also very fast drying polish, just like Do you Speak Love. They really do live up to their Colour & Go name, just leave them for a couple of minutes and they're dry!
( Swatches: Left to Right - Do you Speak Love, Hello Rosy, Adorable and Natural Beauty)
To say the most expensive product out of all of these comes in again at £3.30 the quality is fantastic! if you can find a Wilkinsons near you I highly recommend having a good look at the range! Ive got my eye on a few other bits too!