Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Drugstore Beauty Haul | Essence Spring '17 Picks & First Impressions

Essence is the only drugstore brand I go back to over and over again. I've found the quality is consistently high. They have a huge range of products that I've personally never seen being more expensive than a fiver! I picked up a bunch of stuff the other day, a lot of it being from their new Spring launches. Keep reading to find out what I got, and my first impressions!
From the range of existing products, I got:

Blushes
I bought two matt blushes, and one satin. I must admit there isn't a huge amount of difference between the matt finish and the satin finish, at least it isn't majorly obvious. That being said, they are all incredibly silky soft. Like, much softer than, for example, Mac blushes!
L-R: Peach Me Up (Matt), Berry Me Up (Matt), Satin Love (Satin)
They're also beautifully pigmented, you get a huge amount of colour pay off. They are so smooth and easily to blend that you really can't go over board with these. They're definitely some of the best blushes in my stash, and they're only £1! Yes - you read that right! - A quid!

Matt Lipstick
For only £1, this is fantastic. It has a true matt finish beyond a doubt, and is not drying or heavy in the slightest. It lasted around 3 hours (including drinking out of a bottle, eating etc) before it started to flake around the inside of the mouth, but the bulk of it stayed on; unless you were looking for it, you couldn't tell. I am head over in heels in love with the nude shade I picked up!
L-R: Long lasting lip liner Rosewood High, Brick Dust, Matt Lipstick #01, Velvet Stick Nude Hero, Peony Star

What's New? 

Velvet Stick
I'm not 100% sure this is new, it had a new sticker next to it by the display, but I'm not sure how long it had been since that display had been updated! Anyway, my first impressions are that they are matt, but have a really beautiful, buttery consistency! The colour selection is fabulous and I fully intend on buying the red shade, too. These remind me of Nars's velvet matte lip pencils and Mac's Velvetease! 

Long Lasting Lip Liner 

I have been a big fan of Essence's original lip liners for a long time, so when I saw these new ones I was enthralled. They are very pigmented with a huge amount of colour pay off, and they really glide on the lips. They are so soft and creamy in texture, you'd never guess they were less than £2! The colour also really lasts really well. These remind me of a Nars product, too; the formula is very similar to Nars lip liners!

Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder
This was the product that caught my eye when I walked past the Essence display - I had no intention of buying any make up when I was out (I'm weak). It's so beautiful! I got the lighter shade, and it's a beautiful blend of neutral pale brown and light warm brown.
It's absolutely perfect for pale skin tones, I'd actually say it's a much better option than most luxury bronzers! It has tiny micro flecks of shimmer in, to add an illuminating, sun kissed effect to the skin without being over bearing. I'm in love already!

Keep It Perfect! Make Up Fixing Spray
This is a setting spray designed to keep your foundation mattified. I did find it did this! It did keep my make up in place, although not as long as, for example, Urban Decay's setting spray. But then again, this is only £3! It did have the effect where it blurs all your products together, too - it reminded me a little of Mac Fix+ in this respect. I think this will be a staple in my handbag for summer, to keep make up from being melted by sweat!

Eyeliner Cushion 
I was really intrigued when I saw this. I love a good eyeliner - I wear it most days - but have never come across a cushion eyeliner. In fact, I've never jumped on the cushion beauty hype in general, never tried a cushion product! You take your eyeliner brush and press it into the cushion and the liquid transfers onto your brush. I was expecting it to be very watery, but it wasn't. It's really opaque and has a beautiful satin finish; it's not shiny, but it's not matt either. I did find it started to flake ever so slightly after a few hours, sadly. That was the first time I wore it though, so I'm going to give it a few more chances yet! 

As a side note, I've never seen an Essence product that is not an outright copy of a higher end brand (controversial topic of late?) - I always give kudos to brands for combining inspiration with originality when it comes to creating 'dupes', rather than blatantly ripping off. Make up is an art, I highly recommend Essence as brand that respects artistic integrity whilst still catering to beauty addicts on a lesser budget!

What's your favourite Essence product?
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86 comments

  1. I am a fan of Essence too and I also purchased some of their new products. Their blushes are the best, so pretty and amazing quality and I would also love to try their matt lipsticks but they are sold out here and they told me that they will not restock soon :(

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  2. If you ever read my blog, you would know I really really love Essence ♥
    I don't use blushes, but my mom loves it!
    I have like 10 of their lipsticks, lipliners are just amazing!
    I'm so glad you like the bronzer because I was really thinking of buying it.
    Also, this setting spray now has a new edition - matte - and everybody is saying it's way better than this one...
    loved this!

    xo Honey - blog Royal Lifestyle - Twitter - Instagram

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  3. They look so gorgeous and pigmented! I wish the Matt Bronzing Powder - which is so stunning - came in a darker shade. Great post x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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  4. Fab I can't wait to try some of these!

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  5. I love using eyeliner so much too! I will need to try this one for sure!

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  6. I've never tried Essence before! Such a gorgeous collection!

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  7. I need to try some of these they look fab!

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  8. Wow i want them all. Am a bit of a snob as i always go for the Premium brands but would be happy to use all of these products.

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  9. The lip liners look really pigmented I will need to look out for these. I have a highlighter by essence and it's pretty good! I'm also intrigued by the cushion eyeliner I've never saw anything like it before, that may be worth a buy, I love budget make up!

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  10. I've just read your blog and I've just learn't so much. I'm a 48yr old and I'm still learning about make up! Thankyou 🤗

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  11. Great products !
    Thanks for sharing !
    http://helenamybeauty.over-blog.com/

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  12. Very nice, love the pinks, and corals

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  13. Some gorgeous shades! I like Essence :)

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  14. I don't think I've ever tried Essence, so thanks for the tip! I love the look of the velvet stick.

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  15. Love these sorts of posts! The lip velvet sticks look great

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  16. A lot of really good stuff here I will keep a look out for it.

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  17. Some great items, like the look of the Brick dust lip liner

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  18. Great haul! The eyeliner cushion looks very interesting!

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  19. Amazing prices and they all look such good quality

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  20. I'm not a user of these products but as long as they are paraben free I'd give them a go.

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  21. Some great looking dupes of more expensive blushes here.Lovely Spring Colours.great selection.

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  22. Love the colours....not brands i've ever bought though

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  23. Thanks for the review, the lip-liners look great x

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  24. I've never heard of this brand before. Unfortunately we live on the North Cornwall coast and our local chemist is tiny and only sells No7, Rimmel and Maybelline, to get to a bigger store with a better collection we have to drive miles. We live in a beautiful part of the world but we lose out on something's, but you can't have it all!!

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  25. It's a new brand to me and I would love to try their products. It's also affordable which is brilliant! I really like the blushes you got.
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  26. Thanks for sharing, love reading your reviews <3

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  27. What a lovely selection of products and a well written review!

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  28. Quite a haul - and such lovely colours.

    HAzel Rea - @beachrambler

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  29. I adore the smell of bourjois blushers and the colours of the early Urban Decay nail polishes.

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  30. I've bought their lipsticks before and they last, don't go soft and pigment stays longer than more expensive brands

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  31. Essence is cheap and perfect!

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  32. Essence is great! I've heard that the formula for the lip liners have changed tho :(

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  33. I have the essence highlighted palette which is really nice

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  34. I can't believe those blushes were only a pound! Where did you buy these from please? Are they stocked in Superdrug? I'm positive I've seen them somewhere but cannot for the life of me remember where x x x

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  35. on a budget I have to look around for some inexpensive makeup and I've used Essence before they are still good quality even if cheep .

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  36. I really want to try that eyeliner.

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  37. These products are first class and yet very reasonably priced.

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  38. I love all these really nice products

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  39. Lurve Essence- for me it's all about the lipsticks - I call them my work lipsticks - I have loads of nude shades x

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  40. Not brands i would buy , i tend to stick mainly to what i know

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  41. I've been on a drugstore haul recently too! Mainly stuff I can get at Superdrug - feels nice to just buy lots of things for cheaper sometimes

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  42. I dont think I've tried them before. Will have to pick some stuff up 😊

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  43. I love Matt lipsticks these look wonderful

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  44. I love the fact you have reviewed a cheaper range of products ! I have never heard of this brand before but will 100% look out for it in the future ! I like the sound of the nude lip colours and the cushion eye liner but I'm going to hunt down the fixing spray as never used before but certainly need this in my life and for £3 it's very attractive to me :) thankyou again x

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  45. The lip linner are my favourite

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  46. Thanks for the review
    looks like great products!
    Loved this haul!
    Thanks for sharing !
    Enjoy your week !
    http://helenamybeauty.over-blog.com/2017/05/lumene.html

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  47. I cannot believe what a bargain price these products are ! Unbelievable that in this day and age you can still get such bargain products

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  48. I have read a few good reviews about essence but I've got to admit I don't own many of their products due to the price, but I have read that their single eyeshadows are fab and those blushes you bought above look excellent. I will be looking out for this brand now, I'm a sucker for blusher! Thanks for the review

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  49. I've heard a lot of great things about Essence, but haven't gotten around to trying them yet. I think they only carry them at Ulta in the US.

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  50. I don't understand a thing, I think I should start having make up lessons 🤔

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  51. These look brilliant I like the bronze shades and great price too !

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  52. There are several items I want to try from this lovely array! The colour of the blushes look lovely, I like the look of the bronzing powder and the lip colours too.

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  53. I need to try essence, they're so inexpensive as well

    Tasha x

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  54. That bronzer has so pretty pattern & the shades is just gorgeous!!! I'm trying to find their highlighter but it's sold out everywhere

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  55. That bronzer looks brilliant; I don't use them because I'm so pale but it looks like it might actually work for me, which is pretty amazing!

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  56. Bronzer looks lovely

    Caiteblogs.blogspot.co.uk

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  57. I adore the pattern on the blushes. I know they're irrelevant but I think it really improves the products appearance. The pigment looks amazing too!

    Louisa | Loubee Lou Blogs

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  58. The cushion eyeliner looks amazing.

    HAzel Rea - @beachrambler

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  59. Need to look into this brand after reading your review....thanks!!

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