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