Saturday, August 4, 2012

Essence Spring/Summer 2012 Makeup: Swatches and Review

Happy weekend, ladies.


Today is a new kind of post for me.  While I wear makeup daily, I'm pretty routine about what I wear.  However, when I was given the chance to review the new Essence Spring/Summer 2012 makeup palette, I was excited to rise to the challenge.  Here are my reviews and swatches:

Get Big! Lashes Mascara Volume Boost

I have exceptionally sensitive skin and my eyes suffer the worst if anything irritating has contact.  However, I wore this mascara for a number of days without any irritation whatsoever!  The formula is smooth, leaving no clumps on my lashes.  While I have naturally long lashes, this mascara gave my lashes a bit of boost, however I would've liked a bit more fullness, which I only achieved after three or four coats.  But because most people will reasonably only use two, the photo swatched is Get Big! with two coats.



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Quattro Eyeshadow in Denim

While the shadows look rich in the palette, once applied, they are completely unpigmented.  Unfortunately, every color I tried swatching completely came off like powder, leaving only a slight coating of shimmer.  The only somewhat pigmented color was the darker navy on the lower right, but that too did not stay well and dusted off -- despite being touted as long-wearing.  Because I thought it might be my body chemistry, I tried swatching on my mother's arm.  But as you will see, same result.  Can you even tell which color is which swatch?



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 Sun Club Brunettes Darker Skin Matt Bronzing Powder in Sunny and Silky Touch Blush in Babydoll


Hands down, my favorite of the products.  While I tend to go for blue-toned pinks or peaches for my blush choices, I was intrigued to try these warmer tones.  Babydoll had a slight bit more brown in it than I was comfortable with on my paler skin but evened out with a touch of the bronzer.  Yes, the bronzer says it's geared for darker skinned girls, but using just a little of this matte (although Essence spells it "matt") powder gave my skin a sunkissed look.  I also dabbed a little on my forehand and neck to even myself out since matte blushes tend to be very severe on me.  What I noticed, unfortunately, is that on dry skin, the blushes powder off similar to the shadows; though with a bit of moisturizer or primer they adhere.  Here are the swatches separately, again on my mother's arm, without any primer.  I actually put the both the bronzer (left) and blush (right) on fairly heavy handedly and yet you can barely see the color difference -- or the color at all.



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I Love Rock Gloss Eye Pencil, Gel Eyeliner, and Liquid Eyeliner


If you want your liner to STAY PUT, you must get this gel liner (right line).  With multiple attempts at removal with makeup remover, soap, and elbow grease, this did not budge.  If, however, you're looking for a strong, dark '60s cat-eye feel, I highly recommend the liquid liner which while a bit thick, leaves a really amazingly pigmented line (middle line).  The I Love Rock Gloss pencil is super smooth and smudges well for a smokier look (left line).   


Final Thoughts
For the price -- Essence products range from $2 -$6 -- I can't complain too much about the collection as a whole.  However, even for a few dollars, I don't think eyeshadow with zero staying power is worth the cost.  That aside, if you're looking for a few "purse pieces," or makeup you can just keep in your bag on the go, I'd highly recommend the Essence Go Big! mascara and your eyeliner of choice.  All in all, I'd rate these products 2.5/5, or average in my book.


To purchase these or any other Essence Cosmetics products, please check out their website here.



This product was provided for my honest, unbiased review.  Please see my PR Disclosure Policy for more information.

18 comments :

  1. Great honest review, Amanda! :D Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

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  2. I have that same eye quad and it really has no pigment at all. I was ubber disappointed with it. 

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  3. I think I will be hitting up Ulta and buying some of these cosmetics, I am glad you mentioned your sensitiveness toward some products, I have the same problem :S Thanks for the review!

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  4. Thank you, Ash! I appreciate that.

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  5. I feel better that it wasn't just me!

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  6. It's always difficult with sensitive skin so I really hope these work for you!

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  7. The eyeliners are intriguing - I typically do a more 60's eye with thick (but not so much cat), black lined lashes. Or sometimes thin, but always black on the inner no matter what and usually black on outer (upper) lash line. Too bad about the others!

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  8. I think the gel liner would suit your purposes, at least for the inner lash line because it stays put so well and that area of the eye is moist, which often breaks down liner. But for the really dark black effect, the liquid is highly pigmented.

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  9. Great review :) I like the way your lashes look in the pic! 

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  10. I also have crazy sensitive skin and mascara usually kills me so that my eyes water non-stop the whole time I wear it. Strangely, I also seem to have an issue with UDPP and shadow insurance so I have moved towards using waterproof cremes if I am going to wear eyeshadow. I was tempted to buy some of the essence products at Ulta last week just to see what they were like. I love the polishes but now I probably won't by anything besides that and maybe the mascara just to see how it works on me. 

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  11. I have that gel eyeliner, and made the mistake of using it on my eyebrows for a fancy dress look at Halloween - all the scrubbing in the world wasn't moving it, it took TWO DAYS to remove completely. Perfect for eyeliner pros with very steady hands! Catrice have much better eyeshadows than Essence, which is strange seeing as so many of their products are crossovers.

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  12. Great review. I wonder if they would show up better with a colored base. I honestly didn't know that Essence had makeup products. I'm looking for a gel liner, if I ever get to an Ulta or place an order, this would probably be in my cart.

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  13. Finding products suitable for sensitive skin, even if it's labeled as such, has always been difficult for me so I hope that you're able to use these without any issue either!

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  14. Omg!  The minute I saw that you used that on your brows I didn't even have to finish reading the sentence to realize what would happen!  Yeah, this product STAYS.  

    Interesting about Catrice and Essence being crossovers.  Since Catrice doesn't sell in the States, I love hearing info about it!

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  15. Maybe?  But to be honest, I'm so pale, I wouldn't wear a darker base so the shadows wouldn't work for me.  But the liners are really fab, those I recommend!

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  16. I've never tried their make up before, but I love to try new brands!

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  17. Let me know what you think if you try it!

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