So I just wanted to show some of my favorite products from Essence Cosmetics. I love this brand because they make high quality products for an extremely affordable price. I do enjoy the finer things in life, but I don't believe in paying for hype. I am very careful for what I deem "worth it." I have rounded up my top 5 favorite Essence products to share with you all.
#1 Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara $4.99
So this mascara in my opinion is very unique. It has a ridiculously thick and large wand that has tiny little plastic nubby lash separators. It also picks up more product than any mascara I've ever used before. Because of this, you really only need one coat of this to achieve the look lesser mascaras would require like 4 coats to accomplish. Normally I hate most mascara's because I have very short and stubby lashes. I expect miracles from my mascara. This is one of the few mascara's I actually like. It's also really great to use on your lower lashes. Normally I use a different mascara for my bottom lashes, but even though this mascara gives extreme volume and length, it still separates the lower lashes nicely and without clumping.
#2 Essence Long Lasting Lipstick in Nude Love #11 $2.99
So this lipstick here is the bomb.com. This was a lipstick I found by chance a few years ago when I was still in school, and I couldn't afford the makeup I can today. Let me tell you, this lipstick here is a holy grail find AND IT'S ONLY $3! It has good opaque coverage that covers fully in mainly 1 but sometimes 2 coats. It has such a nice creamy consistency and is moisturizing as well as long lasting. Also the Nude Love shade is PERFECTION! It is a pinkish nude and just so incredibly flattering. It's similar in color to MAC Blankety but with a little more pink and I love it so much. I have gone through so many of these tubes over the years. I think it would be too light for darker toned ladies, but if you are fair to medium I think it will look beautiful. This lipstick packs a serious punch for the price.
#3 Essence Gel Waterproof Eye Pencil in Cocoa Bean #06 $2.99
So I guess this eyeliner is an Allure Best Of Beauty Winner, which basically confirms that this product is the shit. It is an actual gel formula but in a pencil instead of a pot, which makes in incredibly convenient. It's a twist up pencil too although it has the look of a sharpener type. It's waterproof and super long lasting as well.
For my dramatic eye looks, I DO line my lower water line, but with a brown liner instead of a black so it's not so harsh. This has become my go to liner for that. The best part is it's waterproof and won't get washed away!
So this lipstick is very different coverage wise from my absolute favorite lipstick listed above. The name says it all, it is sheer and shiny. It is a much less done up looking makeup product. They describe it as "a wash of color" on Ulta's website and that is precisely just what it is.
I love it because once again it is so moisturizing. I suffer from my lips getting wrinkly looking on me sometimes (I think it's cuz I have big lips but idk,) and this prevents the dreaded wrinkles. Think of this almost more like a tinted balm with more color options. You can also build it up though which surprised me. Overall this is a great product and it's super cheap so I stock up all the time.
I listed this product as #5 because I just LOVE the other ones so much. I had to share this mascara too though because it is amazing! I mentioned above how I am the harshest critic when it comes to mascara, but Essence has their mascara game on lock. While I wouldn't say it necessarily gives a real False Lash Effect, it definitely lengthens your lashes a considerable difference. It also adds volume which is great! You can literally see the biggest difference with just once coat. Speaking of just one coat, I have found that it is all you need with this mascara. I have even tried to go really crazy in an attempt to let it live up to the False Lash name, but it got somewhat clumpy and I was not into that. One coat and done!
So those are my top 5 Essence Products. You really can't go wrong with these drugstore finds. And on top of that, the price tag is unbeatable. On top of that when getting the prices for you Glam's off ulta.com I came across a sale they are having with Essence right now! So if you buy 1 item at full price, you get your second Essence item 50% off PLUS a free gift with purchase! The gift is currently online only with an Essence $10 purchase but it seems to be a full size mascara.
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