I recently did an overview post about Essence Spring Summer 2017 releases and thought why not go pick up some of the range to try for myself especially because these are part of Essence’s permanent line for the coming months. I ended up purchasing three items in total, though one of them is actually a 4-pan build it yourself palette so technically it’s six items that I got.
I think it makes the most sense for me to start with the palette. Essence have really adopted the whole MAC Cosmetics approach when it comes to this. They have released eyeshadows, blushes and even lipsticks all in pan form. These pans can then be inserted into the 8 or 4 pan palette holders depending on how many you wish to purchase. I myself only went for the 4 pan palette, and I ended up filling it with 3 eyeshadows and the 1 highlighter shade that they released.
The first shade that I got is called 06 Raspberry Frosting and this is a gorgeous popping pink shade that has silver shimmer running through it. The one thing I didn’t like about the shadows, and I’m talking about the ones that have shimmer in them, is that they also have this chunky glitter spray over to them.
Though I love the shade of this shadow, I personally didn’t like the formulation of it. It’s very powdery and has a ton of fallout when your working with it on the eyes. That said though once it’s blended in it has amazing colour pay-off and looks really pretty on the eyes.
The second shade that I got is called 11 Stay In Coral Bay. I love the colour of this shade, it reminds me a lot of one of my favourite shadows from Urban Decay, Fireball except this one doesn’t have that dual-chrome effect that Fireball has. Instead it’s got this super pretty high iridescent gold shimmer running through it.
Though it’s also got a spray over on it, it isn’t as bad as some of the other shades as the gold glitter is very finely sprayed on top. I should mention that once the spray over is gone, it doesn’t mean the shadows end up being matte, they do have shimmer running through the pan throughout.
Last of the eyeshadows that I got is in the shade 18 Black As A Berry and this is one of those shades that looks super boring in the pan and once it’s on the eyes your like WOW! I love the cranberry shade of this colour, and the fact that it does have a slight satin sheen to it when it’s on the eyes.
For my final slot in my palette, I got only highlighter shade that they released in pan form called 01 Let it Glow. This is a dud, it doesn’t have any shimmer or iridescence to it. It’s matte and even using it as a matte highlighter gives no highlight whatsoever. Major fail when it comes to this as a highlighter. It’s more of a setting powder in my opinion and if you want to get it to use it as such then it works a dream because the powder is actually quite nice on the skin, and blends in beautifully.
Rainbow highlighters was a trend that hit Instagram hugely back in 2016 and thought it’s not as strong going as it was back then it’s still a popular trend. Essence has decided to release its own version, and me being someone who has never tried a rainbow highlighter before, decided to get one to try out.
I absolutely love this highlighter! It’s probably not one I would wear everyday or one that I would wear a lot but colour of it is simply stunning. Each of the shades in the pan is beautifully pigmented and packs a high intense shine when applied onto the cheekbones. Another great thing about this palette, is that if your not a fan of using all of these shades in the one go, then the strips are wide enough apart that you can go in with a smaller brush and choose only one shade out of the four and use it by itself instead.
Last of my purchases is the Essence Cushion Eyeliner and this is your cushion foundation trend in eyeliner form. Absolutely love this eyeliner! Huge must have. It’s super pigmented and really black so no worries about getting that whole charcoal black effect.
In case your wondering what I’m on about when I say cushion eyeliner, what it is is a sponge that is placed into the jar of the eyeliner and soaked with the eyeliner liquid so that it decreased the chances of the liquid liner drying out. It also reduces the amount of product you end using as the cushion dispenses just the right amount.
For application I highly recommend using a fine liner brush as a angled liner brush tends to become over saturated with product and then it’s just a mess when you go to apply it. This eyeliner retailed for 3.80 euros and the highlighter was 4.40 euros. All of the pans individually retailed for 1.90 euros and the actual pan holder/palette was 2.50 euros.
Let me know if you’ve recently picked up anything from Essence Cosmetics new summer releases and what you picked up.
-Talk Soon xx