Essence products review

Essence, is one of the cheapest drugstore brand I have ever come across. I was not aware of this brand until awhile ago, when I saw it in Priceline. I bought a few products from Essence when all cosmetics were offered at 60% off at Priceline (unbelievable!) Since everything from essence is extremely affordable at original price (no more than $10), the sale further made these products ridiculously cheap.

Note that original prices will be listed down below for references. (AUD)

1. Nail Polish

146 That’s What I Mint! $2.75

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ImageI absolutely adore this color! Although it may seem like a baby blue color in the picture, it’s a mint color just like the title indicates. Notice that the nail polish brush is flat? I find that a flat brush makes it so easy to apply, given that it allows the polish to lay flat on the nails and avoids uneven layers building up.  At $2.75, this nail polish is amazing and beats many other products at high prices. I will be very likely to purchase this again since they have a wide range of colors as well.

Check here: http://www.essence.eu/au/products/nails/nail-polish/e/product/colour-go-nail-polish-146/

2. Studio Nails 24-7 Nail Base 

$2.95

ImageI have to admit that before buying this nail base, I had always used a transparent nail polish as an undercoat. Applying a nail base is supposed to smoothen the surface of your nails and make the nail polish applied on top of it last longer. As soon as I applied this nail base, it dries almost instantly (3-5 seconds). To be honest, I have not noticed a significant improvement in the appearance of my nails after using this. What I noticed is that it created bubbles, not sure of why.

3. Silky Touch Blush 

50 Sweetheart

$4.25

ImageFor some reason, the color looks coral in the picture. In real life, it is baby pink with no orange tone at all. I like it because it gives a hint of color on the cheeks without looking too overdone.

4. I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara, Deep Black 

$4.95

ImageTo be honest, I kind of bought this mascara because I was attracted to the eye-catching packaging. Pink and black is one of the best combination of colors. Now let’s see how this mascara performed on my eyelashes.

Bare lashes, curled

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 As you can see in the picture… the brush is HUGE!!! at least for my eye, it is way too big

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 The final look

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I have to say that this mascara was a disappointment.

-the brush was oversized, made it difficult to apply without touching my eyelids

-the formula was heavy and thick

-weighed down my lashes after less a minute of application

-gives volume but make lashes look clumpy

The biggest problem I had with this product is that it weighed my lashes all the way done. I tried curling my lashes again when the mascara had dried (which I rarely had to do) and my lashes would not even hold the curl. For me, I would say that not wearing any mascara is better than the look that this product has given.

However, I have read some reviews of this mascara on YouTube and other beauty bloggers. They seem to have good results with it, so I can’t say this product is completely awful. At a low price, perhaps it’s worth a try.