It is well documented that I have a deep and intense love for budget European brand essence! Often I will post up hauls with their limited edition releases, but now that they are releasing collections I already own I’ve been happy to delve into the new products from the permanent line! A lot of their things have been discontinued, but as often happens they have replaced them with some pretty rad new products to fill the shelves. I picked up a few of the NEW items a while back, and thought I would share them in case they were overlooked on the shelf!
I love that essence writes funny things like ‘wow!’ on their new packaging; I have to admit that it does make me giggle a little when I see it. I can understand why they popped the word onto the new shadows though, from the 3D range! I like having two complementary shades in a little pan like this, and I think they have all been thought through really well. I have looked at some swatches of the coloured shades from this line and have a feeling I will be picking them up soon, but for now I have the two neutral options.
09 Irresistible Chocolates is my pick of the two, with a shimmery mid-brown shade sitting next to a darker, more cool toned brown (a great crease shade!) 04 Irresistible Caramel Cream has a lighter beige shade next to a warmer, copper shimmer filled brown. These are a little bit powdery (as I expected for the price) but are still quite smooth with nice pigmentation. I have used the dark chocolate shade (second swatch across!) in a variation of my ‘peppermint chip’look and really liked how it went with the mint green colour!
I have been wearing a lot of my lip crayons lately, but sometimes I crave a glossy lip and the new Trendsetter shade in the Stay With Me is a really beautiful shade! It’s a bright berry pink and is the latest shade to join the line-up, though there have been a few new shades of them out lately so it is worth checking out the stand if you are a gloss fan.
I am a huge fan of cheap and dirty nail polishes (ulta3 is a fave of mine!) and essence have stepped up with their new bottle designs and some fresh shades in the mix. Naughty & Pink is a nice mid toned pink that I find more wearable than others in the usual bright pink range, and the fact that they are around the $2 mark means I can choose a new shade without denting the purse at all! I quite like the shape of the fat brush, but am yet to wear this shade on my nails so can’t comment on lasting power just yet!
Have you picked up anything from essence lately?
What is your top budget brand?