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New Essence Summer 2014 Collection & First Impressions

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June 25, 2014

Essence Cosmetics has only been in the United States for less than five years, but my overseas readers might be familiar with their trendy, budget-friendly makeup. I’ve got a few of their newest releases for their spring/summer release to show you; let’s take a look.

One of my favorites from the summer collection is the Metal Glam Eyeshadow. This one, in the shade Chocolate Jewelry, is a bronze with golden shimmer. It’s soft and blendable with good pigmentation. It’s most shimmery on the top layer, which is sprayed over, but you’ll still get some sparkle after you work your way into the product.

Chocolate Jewelry

The newest intiaties to the Sun Club collection are the All-in-One Bronzing Highlighters. These have a combination of highlighting, bronzing and blush shades. Pictured is the shade Sun Glow, which has a warm medium bronzing effect with coral undertones.

Sun Glow (L to R: Highlight, Bronzer, All Swirled Together)

This is certainly not a contouring product, since it’s packed with shimmer and not strongly pigmented, either. It’s much more useful for dusting over the cheeks and perimeters of the face for added radiance. I wish the deepest shade omitted the sparkles, to add a little bit more balance.

Triple Black Mascara

Another highlight from this selection is the Get BIG! Lashes Triple Black Mascara. This has a fat, dense wand with many bristles to help lift and separate lashes. I love how it fanned out my eyelashes and added natural looking– but noticeably enhanced– length. The formula is on the drier side, but it doesn’t flake throughout the day. The brush is a little big for my liking, since I’m a klutz and always snag my eyelid with the tip. Either way, I like the results I get with this for less dramatic looks.

The Lipsticks line got 3 new shades, one being Flirty Pink: a sheer, sparkly pink that can be layered for more intensity. The formula is pretty comfortable– moisturizing, even. I built it up with a few layers to create this swatch:

Flirty Pink

Lastly, new shades were added to the Long Lasting Eye Pencils line, including this one in Berry Merry. I really like this shade of eyeliner for my brown eyes. It’s a mahogany plum with fine shimmer. It loses a bit of pigmentation when you start blending it out, but it’s buildable.

After swatching it, I let it chill on my arm for a few hours where it stayed put smudge-free; impressive!

I’m so excited to have been introduced to this brand, because the price points are low while they perform well.
The only store that sells Essence near me is Ulta, but I’ve heard they can be found in select drugstores. Have you been able to spot them in your area?

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