25 Jul 2012

Best and Worst: ESSENCE

Essence is one of the cheapest drugstore brands in Europe (and started to pop out in US,Canada) but that doesn't mean their products are bad quality. 
I love almost the majority but there's still some exceptions.

They are the best and the price is almost insane.
The brushes are great and the formula is not too thick or too thin.
However the Limited edition ones can slightly differ. 
Essence Studio nails (better than gel nails) TOP SEALER is a really nice topcoat if you're looking for a cheap alternative.
 Works really well with other brands of basecoat (my is OPI Nail Envy base) since my nail color lasts up to 3-5 days.

Their lipglosses can be slightly overpowering with glitters.
But I like the fact that they also included non-glittery glosses from the Stay with me line.
Glosses are not sticky, smell divine(especially the Nude line) and have an unusual applicator.
The color range is okay but I miss more wild colors.
Stay with me lipglosses are well pigmented so they give a really nice tint to your lips.

I also like Essence souffle and pencil eyeshadows but they usually come out with Limited editions. 
I'm particulary amazed by Ballerina eye souffle-AMAZING color pay off + better than the NYX Milk eye pencil.
It doesn't budge without a primer but I usually use it as a base for powder eyeshadows.
For their eye pencils...they are not pigmented as NYX eye pencils but they do enhance the color of the powder eyeshadow. 
But they do need a good primer.

 From their range of eyeliners and concealers I especially like the Stay all day concealer and Liquid ink waterproof eyeliner. 
Stay all day covers really well and gives a light-medium coverage.
Staying power isn't so good on my skin and it does disappear after couple of hours.
Liquid ink has a really precise thin brush which is easy to work with.
It doesn't budge after it dries up but it's not fully waterproof if you're a cry baby.
Currently it's my favorite liquid eyeliner and it began slowly to replace my beloved gel liners.

You should definitely try out their EYE brushes.
I especially love the eyeliner brush which is thin enough for precise application.
Smokey eyes brush is also really good for outer corners or blending. 
They are both super soft but still enough sturdy.

The eyeshadows can be a hit or a miss.
From the regular line I only like Party all night with metallic effect and nice color pay off.
You can also find well pigmented eyeshadows in their LE lines but the same as the regular line- hit or a miss. 
I actually like the 50's girls duo which includes also a mirror.
I highly suggest to try testers before you buy any of them.

I was really dissapointed with their gel eyeliners, lash&brow gel mascara and their I love rock eye pencil.
Lash&brow gel mascara did nothing for my eyebrows- just clumping them together.
Gel eyeliner is too thin for my taste and I have to re-apply it several times.
I love rock eye pencil is really creamy but it's a pain in the ass to sharpen it- not to mention it hurts when you apply it to the waterline!
What's your opinion on Essence brand? Is it a hit or a miss?



  1. I'm from Italy and we can find Essence everywhere!I like soooo much their products,they're cheap but not crap!My favourite piece ever is the "I love extreme" mascara...you should definetely check it out!(:

    1. Really? I was in Italy in Trst 2 weeks ago and saw Essence in OVS clothing store! :)
      thank you for your suggestion, I've heard amazing stuff about that mascara.

  2. I love essence a lot - if it comes to nailpolish and glosses - and I also like the gel liners very much , except the black one that fades within an hour, but the other colors are in my opinion quite awesome for the price =)

    1. Yeah I've heared a lot of good reviews on gel liners but I can't get on with them :/

  3. Stay with me glosi so mene čisto presenetili, super so. Gel mascara meni tudi ni všeč, samo zlepi obrvi, pa še srbi me vse po njej. :/ Drugače sem pa na splošno zadovoljna z Essence, marsikdaj zelo presenetijo s kvaliteto, ko mi bo zmanjkalo blusha iz Ballerina Backstage, pa nimam pojma, kaj bom, ker je res super zame. :D

    1. Ballerina kolekcija je torej očitno bla dober hit :)

  4. I have seen people raving about the gel eye liners. If they are thin, I might as well not like them. Thanks for this lovely post, it was very helpful :) xx

    1. Depends on people preference :) I like Maybelline gel liner but hate this one. xx

  5. Dober post. Se strinjam s tabo. Gel liner je mene razočaral redvsem zato, ker je bil po 14 dneh suh, trd-neuporaben. Škoda denarja. ;)

    1. uff moj se noče niti strditi..mi ga je po eni strani škoda vreči stran čeprav mi ni všeč ;D mogoče si dobila slab izdelek :/

  6. Very helpful post.
    I have been loving the essence nail polishes that I won on your blog giveaway. They are truly lovely. Thanks a lot.

  7. I was happy when this brand came to Canada but then I was wondering if there was really something I wanted to try... and I realized that, no, except their nail polishes, which are absolutely awesome!

    1. Yeah nothing really stands out except the nail polishes.

  8. Resno za gel eyeliner? meni je pa najljubši! Res mi je super za delat in mam ga tut že kar lep čas in se ni posušil. pa se mi je že zgodilo, da sm ga po nesreči pustila odprtega :D
    drugače pa super post.. :)

    xo Deja
    -Deja Zu-

    1. tudi meni se še ni strdil po skoraj enem letu. Sovražim jih pa vseeno...ne morem ga nanesti da ne bi bil tako prosojen :(

  9. Super post, res mi je bil v pomoč :) Js mam bolj malo Essence stvari, tko da mi bo tole v pomoč naslednjič, ko grem v šoping! x

  10. Great post. I've seen Essence at Ulta (here in the US) and was wondering about the brushes, will def have to pick some up next time.


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