Essence Cosmetics – now in New Zealand!

I’m very excited that Essence Cosmetics are now available in New Zealand! Essence is a European brand that I have bought from in Australia, but now they’ve made it to our shores. Essence has launched in New Zealand, and as part of that I was sent a number of their products to use *gleeful smile*. I tell you, being a beauty blogger is like it’s permanently Christmas. In this post I’ll be reviewing some of their face, lip, and eye products – spoiler alert, I like them a lot.

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I used a number the products that I received all together, to create a pretty natural look, perfect for every day wear.

Essence Cosmetics New Zealand-001On my eyes, I used Essence Quattro number 5 eyeshadow quad ($6.75), which is a great neutral quad for a really low price.

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Since I received two different black eyeliners, I decided to test them both out at once! On the left of the photo is the Long Lasting eye pencil ($3.35) and on the right is the Super Fine eyeliner pen ($5.65). Both of them are excellent eyeliners, but I prefer to use a liquid liner generally. This one is very precise, classic brush tip variety, and I would say comparable to The Balm Schwing which is about 4x the price! The eyes were finished off with Lash Princess volume mascara ($7.45), which as I expected from the name gave me a decent amount of volume but I tend to prefer more lengthening mascaras.

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On my lips I wore Essence lip liner 06 Satin Mauve ($2.25). I rarely wear lip liner, and I don’t think I’ve ever worn it alone, but I was very enamoured by this shade. The formula was quite creamy, so there was none of the unpleasant scratchiness that has been present in many other lip liners I’ve used and disliked previously.

For my base I had to use some non-Essence products, which were Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in light, MAC Pro Longwear concealer NW20, and Sigma Creme de Couture Strawberry Ambrosia blush. Over those, I wore Essence Mattifying Compact Powder 10 Light Beige ($6.30). It did a good job at making my skin matte without that gross powdery look which can happen sometimes. The packaging seems nice and sturdy so I hope it survives my handbag.

I’m definitely keen to try more from Essence, and their ever changing range – 25% of the range is updated twice a year, and they add lots of trend products in between. Those of you who are cruelty-free will be pleased to read that they do not test on animals. Like I said earlier, Essence is now stocked Farmers Glenfield, Manukau, Pukekohe, Wanganui, Kilbirnie, Levin, Upper Hutt (and coming to more Farmers stores); Price Wise Ponsonby and Botany. Essence is also available online from Price Wise. In Australia, Essence is available at Priceline, and in the USA their range is sold at Ulta. Information about stockists internationally are available on their website.

Have you tried any products from Essence? If not, has this post convinced you to do so? lena x




  • Dang! I planned to do a full Essence look too ..but I’m a lazy bum!! Such a good post Lena. Beautiful shot of your face! I’m also pretty impressed with their products so far!

    • You should still do it! I’m sure everything will look different on you, and people will be interested to see it.

  • I love that lip liner on you! Great colour. I’ve tried a few of their products, from when I guess they “soft launched” last year before I left NZ; the mascaras are pretty good, and I’ve been using their nail drying drops which actually work! It’s weird though — I thought it would be very solvent-y, but it actually feels more like an oil.

    • Yeah I really like the lip liner, such a nice colour and quite #ontrend I think. I’ve been really liking the mascara too, switch between that and the Benefit Roller Lash. Ooh good to know those drops are good, I’ll keep that in mind.

  • Ohh I do like Essence! I have the same lip liner and really like it. The lipsticks are great too in the black bullets, I have about 5 shades and looove them! xx

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    • I have two of their lipsticks and really like them! I want to go check out more of the range now.

  • Lulu (Lena Talks Beauty’s Mum)

    Such good prices! Love the look, I want to try them all. Thanks for keeping us up to date Lena

  • I’m so jealous of that eyeshadow quad! I’m going to have to get my hands on it. The lip liner looks awesome on you, I might have to invest in that too. Damn you 😛

  • That lip shade is perfect for you! So cool that it’s a lip liner! Love it on you – <3 want it

    • I can see myself wearing it a lot! Morgan wears lip liners on their own but I never had. You should get I!

  • Wellington Chic

    That Lip shade is gorgeous…I had been keeping an eye out for the range in Farmers, but hadn’t realised it was only selected stores…hmmm heading Upper Hutt direction tomorrow so that’s handy 🙂

  • Ms Fish

    Saw these at Farmers yesterday but did not go in for closer inspection. Should’ve! Those prices are insane.

  • I wish that these were at all Farmers! I feel like I’ve been waiting for them to show up at Farmers St Lukes forever. Kind of odd that they’re not in all of them – did you know that there is a Farmers in Chch that has Bourjois?!

    • Whaaaat?! I hope it makes its way to Auckland. I suppose not everything is in all Farmers and I reckon part of it at least has to be down to space. Hopefully it’ll sell really well where it is and then they might roll it out further?

  • Christel Hansen

    Love that lip liner!! I’m super impressed with their products to be honest, especially for the price! I wish I had’ve grabbed that eyeshadow quad though – it looks great! oxoxo

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