Essence is an incredibly underrated makeup brand. They are SO inexpensive and their products are usually great quality and very well pigmented. It took me a long time to finally buy some Essence products, but once I did, there was no going back! I can now vouch that the blushes, single shadows, lipsticks, lip liners and gel liners are amazing, and I’m definitely looking forward to trying more from Essence in the future.
I was sent a few what I assume are Valentine’s-inspired shades of their single shadows and lipsticks, as well as a mascara and eyeliner (both of which I’d never tried before), so I thought I’d do a simple soft brown eyeshadow look with everything, as well as a mini review of the products I hadn’t yet tried.
On my face:
- THEFACESHOP Full Stay CC 24 Hour (I’m going to do a more in depth of review of this soon, but long story short, it doesn’t work well with my dry skin. It made areas of dry skin look like they were way more textured than they actually are. I definitely think it’d better suit normal/combo skin).
- MAKE UP FOR EVER Invisible Cover Concealer in Y21 (see below for full review)
- Essence Silky Touch Blush in Adorable (this was one of the first Essence products I bought that totally sold me on the brand. The blushes are a whole $2.99 at ULTA and the pigmentation is amazing! I just wish there were more shades.)
- Essence Eyeshadow in Snowflake used as highlight
On my brows:
- THEFACESHOP Style My Eyebrow in Grey-Brown (which is very warm, considering the shade name. Also may be discontinued as I’m no longer seeing it on their site?)
On my eyes:
- Essence Eyeshadow in Rosy Happiness all over the lid and along the lower lashline, Keep Calm and Berry On blended into the crease and the outer v, and Snowflake as brow bone and inner corner highlight.
- Essence Smokey 2 in 1 Khol Kajal Liner applied on upper lashline and lower waterline. I used an angled liner brush to smoke out the liner on the upper lashline and dragged it out into a wing. One thing to note with this liner- it transfers VERY easily, so I definitely don’t recommend trying to use it to tightline your upper lashline.
- Essence Get BIG Lashes Volume Boost Mascara (this mascara worked fine for volume, but didn’t give me the lengthening that I look for in a mascara. If you already have long enough lashes and are just looking for volume, this one will only set you back $3.99!)
On my lips:
Alright, a little more info on the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Invisible Cover Concealer! This is part of the Ultra HD line, which includes my all time favorite foundation. This line is meant to be invisible and is supposed to look completely natural on camera. While I don’t think any face makeup is ever going to look straight up invisible, this line comes pretty close.
The MUFE Invisible Cover Concealer currently comes in ten shades (which I’m hoping they’ll expand, seeing as they are known for an amazing shade range), five of which are for correcting and five of which are for concealing. The shade I’m testing out is Y21, the concealing shade for light skin tones. I want to pick up one of the correcting shades so I can see how well these pair together, but for now, I tried it out on it’s own.
I definitely can’t get away with using this concealer without a corrector underneath. I have really bad dark circles, as I’ve mentioned a million times, so I definitely need to use a corrector at all times. As for spot concealing on the rest of my face, though, this worked perfectly. It blended into my foundation flawlessly without losing the coverage on whatever I was trying to conceal. For this reason, it is also amazing to use when I want to brighten up places I will usually highlight with a lighter concealer- the middle of my forehead, the undereye area, the bridge of my nose and my chin. It doesn’t look like I’ve added a bunch of extra product onto my face and doesn’t crease under my eyes, either.
All in all, I’m really liking the new MAKE UP FOR EVER Invisible Cover Concealer, and I’m definitely planning to get a corrector to try out on these dark circles of mine as well! This concealer retails for $27USD/$32CAD at Sephora, and while it’s not the biggest looking tube, you only need the TINIEST bit as it goes a long, long way. I literally use three tiny little dots under my eyes, so this is going to last forever.
Have you tried any Essence products or the new MUFE concealer?