Essence Makeup is Essentially Great!

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While re-organizing my makeup, I recently re-discovered some Essence gems that I purchased a while ago. As a relatively new brand to Canada, I haven’t had the chance to try many of their products. But what I have tried has left me thoroughly impressed!

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Essence Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss in Candy Bar

The Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss in Candy Bar is a beautiful sheer coral-pink shade, which really lifts the complexion. The texture of this gloss is bang on- smooth, non-sticky and with no gritty glitter. It’s got a sweet scent and as a bonus, is really hydrating.

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Essence Mono Eyeshadows in Cappuccino, Please! (left) and Party All Night (right)

The mono eyeshadow in Cappuccino, Please!, which is described as a “shimmer effect” shadow, is a beige with a slight sheen. A popular dupe of MAC’s eyeshadow in Shroom, this can also be used as a highlight on fairer skin tones (with a light hand).

Party All Night, described as a “metallic effect” shadow, is a bronzey-taupe shade with an intense frosty finish.

Both the shadows are incredibly pigmented, have a smooth buttery texture and do not feel gritty at all. Party All Night takes some effort to blend, but once it is blended it is beautiful. Overall these products have left me with a good impression of Essence, and I’m looking forward to trying more products from their line. If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear them below!


The Ultimate Drugstore Eyeshadow Palette- Wet n Wild Colour Icon Palette in Comfort Zone

I love high end makeup as much as the next person. But every so often I come across a drugstore gem that gives my high end products a run for their money. The Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette in Comfort Zone is one of those gems.


Priced at an amazing $4.99, you can NOT go wrong! The palette comes with 8 eyeshadows and one double ended applicator (brush and foam). The shades are as follows:

From left: 1- Beige (Shimmer)
2- Warm Peach (Frost)
3- Broze (Frost)
4- Dark Warm Brown with Pink Shimmer (Shimmer)

RightsideFrom left: 1- Duo-chrome red-brown with green sheen (Frost/Sheen)
2- Dark Cool Green with Silver Shimmer (Shimmer)
3- Lime Green (Sheen)
4- Silvery- Grey (Frost)

I originally bought this palette for the bottom right shade, which is an excellent dupe for MAC’s eyeshadow in Club.  It was only when I started using it that I realized what an all around great palette this is (especially for traveling).  Some things to note:

– The texture of these shadows is great- smooth, creamy and easily blendable (especially the frost-finish shades)
– The shades may look quite warm or cool toned in the pan, but they mix well (I personally love to mix the peach and silver shades for a neutral shimmer)
– The pans are large in size and contain a lot of product
– A few of the shades are the slightest bit crumbly, but that doesn’t affect how they work

I would highly recommend this palette, especially for those who are just getting into eyeshadow and want a high quality product at an affordable price. Wet n Wild has certainly won over my heart with this palette and I’m looking forward to trying more from their line. If you’ve got any recommendations, I would love to hear them in the comments below!