While in Italy a few years ago, I went into a store and was immediately attracted to the make up counter. The bright lights, endless colours and wow, amazingly cheap prices! Who could resist? After paying $1 for the most amazing liquid liner I’ve ever tried, which lasted me well over a year and a half, I made sure while I was in Italy to go back and try out a few different things. The brand that delivered these high quality products and ridiculously low prices? It’s called Essence.
I think the company originally started somewhere in Europe, not sure where. But good news all! You can actually shop this brand in the U.S.A. and Canada! I have no idea how I managed to miss it until I went to Italy, but for me, since I don’t live in a big city, I’ve always struggled to locate it in stores. You can find it at Ulta in the US, and at Shoppers in Canada.
Anyway, on to the products! While I was in Italy I picked up 4 eyeshadows and 2 liquid liners. I would have picked up face products but being ridiculously pale and having the selection of Italian skin colours doesn’t really work… So here are the eyeshadows I got. From top left to right and then bottom left to right, the names are Blockbuster, Here I am!, Cappuccino Please!, and Get Ready! I uploaded a couple of pictures just because Blockbuster is matte and pale, and so is great for a highlighter colour for someone pale like me, but not so great when you’re trying to pick up the colour in a photo…
Overall, for what you pay (which is about $2.49 I believe), these products are outstanding. They go on super easily, and stay on. They don’t smudge nearly as much as $2.49 eyeshadows do normally. I was ridiculously impressed a few years ago when I tried their liquid liner, and I’m still ridiculously impressed now. I’d like to see the range in store to see how much the colours differ, especially because in Italy they were quite sparkly. Aside from blockbuster, the other 3 colours are in the shimmer effect category, which add just a little sparkle to my everyday look. They are also super blend-able and can be easily coordinated with other brands and colours. They’re an awesome alternative to the expensive brands.
Once again, I’d just like to state how much I love these. So go check them out! See if you like them, and comment your thoughts, I’d love to hear them!