We’ve been fans of the Essence Cosmetic line from Europe since it launched at Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada a couple of years ago. Admittedly it took us a little bit to warm up to this new line when we realized every single product was priced under $10. Why so low? Has to be bad quality. Yes, that is our makeup snobbiness sneaking out! At first we thought it must be a line geared at young girls, kids, first timers. But to our surprise with a little more information and research under our belts, and actually trying some products we were more than pleasantly surprised. The quality of Essence products are amazing, the colour selections vast and product choices galore! We are also happy to report that Essence Cosmetics DO NOT test on animals which is always something that we look for in cosmetic brands.
Essence also launches gorgeous limited edition collections every few months. Natasha has purchased at least one product from each collection that has been out over the years. It’s quite impossible not to! The price, selection & quality of Essence products is hard to beat. We have purchased numerous items from bronzers, mascaras, illuminators, lipsticks, nail polish.. we love it all!
You can imagine our excitement when we noticed brand new products in the Essence collection! These new Long Lasting Lipsticks stood out to me just from the packaging alone. The bold black case with the coordinating lipstick colour ring around the tube really caught my eye. Along with the pretty imprinted ‘e’ on the lipstick itself. It didn’t take me long to become completely excited once I started trying all of the tester colours on my hand. The smoothness of the application, the brilliance of the colour, the pigment of colours were beautiful! And how can you not get even more excited knowing the price of these lipsticks are under $3.00 Cdn! Natasha and I were like 2 kids in a candy store! These new lipsticks come in 10 bold and gorgeous shades. We had to refrain from carting them all home like crazy women, so we chose 3. For now. 😉
We’ve been wearing Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks over the past few weeks and the colours really do last for hours. They are richly pigmented and don’t dry out your lips at all which is a huge plus with the cold Winter months coming. Essence Lipstick ‘Dare To Wear‘ (swatches pictured below) is a beautiful deep, dark red which is absolutely perfect for the Holidays. I already know it is going to be my go-to Holiday lip staple!
Then we noticed the new Essence Long Lasting Waterproof GEL Eye Pencils. I tried the testers on the tops of my hands and I was like ‘Shut Up!‘. These new Gel pencils are crazy good! For me and my oily eye lids, I’m super picky when it comes to liners. I’ve tried soooo many brands throughout the years and have found a few staple eyeliners that I swear by to this day. However, I just needed to try these ones, just because of the colours, the smoothness of application and the fact that they are long wearing AND waterproof! Hello! Yes, please. So I chose the #3 Urban Jungle and Natasha chose #1 Black Blaze. And I have to say, I’m honestly loving them to bits and have been wearing the Urban Jungle liner almost daily for the past couple weeks. These liners do not smudge or crease and really do last all day long. After applying in the morning, I haven’t had to reapply my liner at all during the day. Essence GEL Eye Pencils are available in 6 beautiful colours.
Essence GEL Eyeliners won Allure’s 2014 Best of Beauty Award for ‘Best Waterproof Eyeliner’.
(We knew we were onto something great when we came across this cosmetic line!)
Have you tried out Essence’s new GEL Eye Pencils & Long Lasting Lipsticks? We’d love to hear what you think!
Laura & Natasha xo