Tuesday, August 28, 2012

ESSENCE Makeup Review! An affordable German based cosmetic company.

                                                   MODeling Essence 

Essence, Owned by Cosnova, is a German based cosmetic company who started their line in 2002 and  soon distributed in 55 countries. The most popular in 10, being in Europe. It says to have expanded throughout North America, but i'd never heard of them until now, so I was excited to try them out!  It's just now making headway into Canada as well.

 I had the chance to try out a few things from Essence. Their website and playful colors really drew me in. I told the PR that I had fair skin, dark hair, and blue eyes and I wanted something that would complement the combination.


Essence sent me 3 products from their September 2012 line. 


  • Kajal Eyeliner pencil in "Feel the eclipse" 99¢- I have to admit that I struggled a little with the application. This pencil did not permit a clean line, and i had to go over my eyes at least 4 times, before i got full coverage. Maybe using a primer beforehand would help, and i will definitely try that next time. I was trying to make a thin to medium line, but the point was too soft and big to achieve that. I angled it in a way that helped, but i still had to use baby wipes to wipe off excess, in order to achieve a nice straight line. Otherwise, the color is gorgeous and if you want a very thick line, this would be perfect for you.  
  • XXXL Shine Lip gloss in "Nude Candy" $1.99- This color seemed like it would wash out my face, but it didn't turn out that way. It's a very pretty pink nude. It was a bit sticky for my taste, but it did have a nice scent.
  • An Eyeshadow Compact from their "Sun Club" collection in "Long Beach" $3.49- I chose colors in the pink and light brown family to match my lips.

This look is reminiscent of MOD makeup from the 60's, only toned down from the thick winged eyeliner, and exaggerated lower and upper lashes. The pale lips and dark eyeliner are the main factors. I really should have gone all out and dramatic. Maybe i'll do a tutorial for a mod look, when I get better acquainted with application, and find some nice falsies.

At first, I wasn't sure about the colors they sent me. They seemed to be too light for my skin tone. I thought they'd wash me out, but once I used the midnight colored eyeliner and my black mascara, it all came into place. The contrast is lovely.
                                

                                                 


Essence makes it very easy and convenient to find your favorite colors fast. They have a feature on their website, which allows you to click a bubble that closely matches your favorite color and then tada, instant gratification of every shade they carry in that color family.

I chose purple, but i think you would have known that prior to seeing the pic ;)
Take a look at Essence and have fun playing around in their virtual playground.



What I love about Essence
  • No animal testing
  • Very affordable
  • A wide variety of color
  • They provide all their ingredients in pdf format at: http://www.essence.eu/us/usa/products/ingredients.html  
  • Essence states that they value quality over advertising
"The essence brand does without costly advertisements using models or celebrities, expensive tv spots or print ads in magazines. instead, essence invests in the development of premium products at a consistently high level of quality."

 ^^ It's nice to hear that a makeup company concentrates more on quality than production costs.


Final Verdict: 

Overall, I find  Essence is priced very low, and delivers some nicely pigmented shadows, lovely (but sticky) lip gloss, and average pencil eyeliner. It reminds me of the improved Wet N' Wild, another place that delivers surprisingly good things. For the price, I think it is well worth it. I give these products from Essence 4 stars! Would love to try a lot more!

You can find Essence in the following stores across North America: ULTA, HEB, and FRED MEYER. 

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26 comments:

  1. I love those colors. I think Essence has wonderful quality of products. I have their eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lip gloss and love each one of them. I definitely need to get more for my collection.

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  2. Might just have to check them out for eyeshadow. Thanks.

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  3. You did an awesome job on your makeup and I love the lip color but I can't stand sticky. :O

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  4. amazing make up looks great i need some lessons

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  5. Your make looks great. Too bad the eyeliner didn't work better for you.

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  6. I think your makeup looks great, the colors your wearing look great on your complection. If you choose to use a primer first, find a natural one (of course I would suggest that..) or one that can be used on eyes.

    I can't stand sticky lips, either..major turnoff there. I checked out the website, you're right it's very easy to use! I also like that there isn't any animal testing :) That's important to me.

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    1. Gia, if you have any suggestions for something affordable, i'm all ears!

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  7. Great job, those colors are perfect for you! I love Essence's make-up!

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  8. I love that they care more about the quality than having some celebrity snob advertise for them. The makeup looks great on you. That whole color palette for the eye shadows, I am in dire need of now.

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  9. Very nice review! I l love the colors they look great on you!

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  10. I love the eye shadow colors. I also like that there is no animal testing with their products. Great review, thanks for sharing:)

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    1. I love that there is no animal testing. It is so few and far between

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  11. Your review was great! I loved the photos :) You really did a great job showing these products. I'll have to do some of my own shopping for this makeup :)

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  12. I absolutely love Essence! they have it at an Ulta near me and for the prices you wouldn't expect much, but the quality is great! Thanks!

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  13. I LOVE those earthy tones!! Very Pretty!

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  14. I don't use makeup very often so I don't like to spend a lot on these types of products, I'd love to try this companies products out!

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  15. I really like that lip gloss a lot! I haven't tried Essence yet, but I guess I have no reason not to now!

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  16. Those colors look great on you for sure! I'm glad to hear there are some affordable, yet decent makeup lines out there. For someone like me who honestly might wear makeup twice a year, inexpensive really is important! I don't want to pay a lot for something I'll only wear a couple times. Great review, thanks! :)

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    1. I really want to try more of their products. I see a major haul coming in the future.

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  17. Ali you have such a beautiful complexion and features for this kind of review!hope to see more make-up and beauty care reviews from you.Also your honesty about the product is much appreciated :)

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    1. Thank you so much Heidi. Your feedback means a lot to me. There will be more, oh yes, there will be more.

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  18. I LOVE earthy tones, and I need new makeup.

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  19. You did such an amazing job at this review. I honestly can not wait to try the product! Thank you so much....

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    1. Thank you so much, the feedback means a lot to me, and I am very glad I could help! :)

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