I have already done a review of some Essence products because of a few people telling me about how good they are for the really low cost! It turned out I loved those products and I still to this day, I use them on a daily basis and they live in my top drawer with my most used makeup in! When I went to the drugstore, hunting for some bargain finds I picked up some items I didn’t try the first time, Essence Camouflage 2-1 powder and makeup, Long Lasting lipstick and a Matt Matt Matt lipstick.
First of all I’ll start with the powder, I got the shade 10 Ivory Beige in my particular store there was only 4 shades available which was a bit of a let down because they all were very fair and even the darkest one I wouldn’t be able to bronze with, so that’s negative point! When I got home and opens the product up I this compact has a nice size mirror on the lid which is fantastic because the cost is very low at £3.50! The texture of the powder is very smooth and creamy and doesn’t chalk up like other cheaper powders which was a good sign. The first way I tried to use this powder was on top of my foundation as a setting powder, because the powder is coloured and not translusant it will change the colour of your foundation, if used lightly it won’t make that much of a difference though. The finish is very matte and at first it gave the skin a very smooth and flawless look to it, however during the course of the day it started to bunch up and separate on my face I then tried to layer the powder which made it look worse, I was disappointed with that since it looked good when it first went on. I then tried the powder on it’s own and Thai did not work out for me, it did not have any coverage and made my complexion look very dull. Unfortunately the powder does flash back in photos. I do think this powder is a soil pass for me, if you are on a low budget looking for a powder I would recommend Rimmel Stay Matte which is a brilliant drugstore powder!
Top is without flash and bottom is with flash.
I got two different types of lipsticks to try out from their range, I picked up a long lasting one and also a matte finish one. First of all the long lasting one I got the shade 07 which is a kind of neautral pink colour, the first swipe of the lipstick the colour is very sheer but feel creamy and hydrating, to be honest it didn’t feel like it was going to be long wearing and it turns out, it’s not long wearing! It did stain the outer portion of my lips a bit but nothing in my books is it long wearing. I do think the lipstick it’s self is a lovely colour and does feel nice, I would wear this again and recommend this lipstick! The second lipstick I got from their matte collection and I picked up the shade 01 and it’s a peachy nude colour which is looks very good on a lot of skin tones. This is not the best matte lipstick I have ever tired but it probably won’t be the worst, the pigmentation is very good, however when applied in the lips it is patchy and if you layer more than one coat on it forms clusters on lipstick on the lips and kinda of balls off which is not good at all! The formaula is creamy and not drying like other matte lipsticks however because of the way it applies on the lips I wouldn’t recommend these lipsticks in the matte range and I won’t be reaching for this or even using it again.
I think with Essence products it’s trial and error with what is good and what is not so good and I did go on recommendation the first time so I was lucky, I did buy this out of just curiosity so 2 out of 3 products ended up being a pass but that can happen some times.
I hope you enjoyed my review of some more of the Essence products and if this review helped you in any way I’m very please and blessed, you can go follow my Instagram for more and also I will be announcing a giveaway very soon so you don’t want to miss out on the chance to win some makeup goodies!