Essence Cosmetics Haul ♥ Foundation, Bronzer, Lipsticks, Lipgloss + More

Essence Cosmetics haul

Friday is like my Bloglovin' read-through days, I was reading some New Zealand beauty blogs last week when I came across Lani at Lani-Loves' Essence Cosmetics post; Lani's lip swatches are always amazing to look at, and when I saw that lipstick she was wearing, the first thing that came to my mind was "I need to go to Farmers!".

I have been hearing a lot about this new European beauty brand that has recently landed in New Zealand, people seems to love it because it is affordable and many said their products quality is top notch for a drugstore brand. Of course I wanted to try it badly, but when it comes to a new-to-me brand or product that is super affordable, I fear that it is Made in China!

I did my research before I made this purchase, and I have came across a few who claims Essense Cosmetics is made in China... *face palm* ~ BUT, when I saw the Essence display at the Farmers in Glenfield mall, I was surprised to see their products are either made in Poland, Italy or France! I was super excited, and of course, you can already guess what happened next.

So I picked up at least one of each product, from foundation and bronzer to lipstick and lipgloss; the only things I didn't pick up is eyes stuff, because deep down I know NO mascara works on my short, stubby lashes other than the Maybelline falsies line and plus, I hardly wear eye makeup these days.

Essence Sun Club Shimmer Bronzing Powder / darker skin
Essence Sun Club Shimmer Bronzing Powder / darker skin
Essence Sun Club Shimmer Bronzing Powder / darker skin
Essence Sun Club Shimmer Bronzing Powder / darker skin

imageESSENCE SUN CLUB SHIMMER BRONZING POWDER
Darker Skin / Made in Poland / NZD $6.75

Only available in one shade, for darker skin; this shimmery bronzer can be used as an eyeshadow, or an all-over face bronzer, it claims to provide a light tanned finish with its silky-smooth texture.

I have used this once and I was glad this bronzer didn't make my face looks muddy or orange, just as it claims, this shimmer bronzing powder delivers a light tanned finish and its texture is super smooth and easy to blend. Oh, I love-love the design inside!

Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder
Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder
Essence All About Matt! Fixing Compact Powder

imageESSENCE ALL ABOUT MATT! FIXING COMPACT POWDER
Made in Poland / NZD $6.75

A translucent pressed powder that mattify your skin and set your makeup for a matte, natural complexion. I wouldn't say this powder last all day as I had to blot my face at least once or twice during the day, but I like that the texture isn't chalky and seeing as the powder looks so white in the compact, it doesn't apply with white patches all over.

Essence Stay All Day 16h Long-Lasting Foundation / 30 soft sand
Essence Stay All Day 16h Long-Lasting Foundation / 30 soft sand

imageESSENCE STAY ALL DAY 16H LONG-LASTING FOUNDATION
30 Soft Sand / Made in France / NZD $8.55

Available in four shades, this long-lasting foundation ensures a smooth and silky complexion all day long with its delicate texture that allows a smooth and even application. Hoping I did pick up the right color ~ there were testers, and I did swatch all on my hand; but under Farmers' flash lighting in-stores, it's very hard to tell your accurate shade; y'know?!

Essence All About Matt! Oil-Free Foundation / 20 matte nude
Essence All About Matt! Oil-Free Foundation / 20 matte nude

imageESSENCE ALL ABOUT MATT! OIL-FREE FOUNDATION
20 Matte Nude / Made in France / NZD $7.90

Essence claims "matte and flawless", this all about matt oil-free foundation claims to wear up to 12 hours and it gives your complexion a matte effect that is smooth and silky-soft. It is long-lasting and its oil-free texture will not clog your pores. I have tried this once to test the color and I don't know why I've always had this full-coverage expectation?! I was disappointed when I find out it is very very sheer, almost like a bb cream; or maybe it is a bb cream... hmm.

Essence Lip Gel Tint / 02 deep red
Essence Lip Gel Tint / 02 deep red

imageESSENCE LIP GEL TINT
02 Deep Red / Made in Germany / NZD $4.20

Available in four shades, ranging from a light red to a deep red; I decided to go with something out of my comfort zone, I chose a vampy deep red shade.

Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss
Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss
Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss

imageESSENCE XXXL SHINE LIPGLOSS
Made in Germany / NZD $3.95 each

Available in various shades ranging from bright to subtle, this lipgloss will give your lips a beautifully pampered look with amazing shine and fresh color.

Essence Lipsticks / 65 glow neon glow! & 07 natural beauty
Essence Lipsticks / 65 glow neon glow! & 07 natural beauty
Essence Lipsticks / 65 glow neon glow! & 07 natural beauty
Essence Lipsticks / 65 glow neon glow! & 07 natural beauty

imageESSENCE LONG-LASTING LIPSTICK
07 Natural Beauty / Made in Italy / NZD $5.20

The long-lasting lipstick range claims to provide intensive color that wears for several hours without being drying. When I wore this lipstick, I find it applies silky-smooth, but the color payoff wasn't super pigmented, I had to layer it over and over to get that mauvey pink look. It wears comfortable and feels lightweight.

imageESSENCE LIPSTICK
65 Glow Neon Glow! / Made in Poland / NZD $4.20

I adore the lipstick scent of this one, very fruity and the color looks like jelly pink. ~

Essence Lip Liner / 07 cute pink
imageESSENCE LIP LINER
07 Cute Pink / NZD $2.25

You probably won't believe it if I say it is SO PIGMENTED! But it is, its pigmentation is so amazing, I probably would not compare it to MAC lip liners, but these Essence lip liners are nearly as good! 07 Cute Pink goes beautifully with Essence Long-Lasting Lipstick in 07 Natural Beauty, the lip liner applies smoothly and it is very long lasting.

Essence Glow Tinted Lip Balm / 03 brighten up!

imageESSENCE GLOW TINTED LIP BALM
03 Brighten Up! / NZD $4.80

The soft texture of this lip balm will give you moisturize your lips as well as giving it a hint of color for a subtle stained lips and a fresh look. The color is buildable, to a more intense pink tint.


Altogether it only comes to NZD $58.50, I think this is the cheapest I have ever spent on beauty in Farmers; plus, I had a $20 voucher from my last purchase, earned enough points on my Farmers Club card!

So far I am liking all the Essence products I have tried, I don't think they have a 'top notch' quality for a drug-store brand, but I do think their qualities are not bad, I would say they may be on the same level as Maybelline and L'Oreal; and those brands are twice the price of Essence Cosmetics.

Overall, I think not bad. image

Have you tried Essence Cosmetics?



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4 comments

  1. Well, I tried once a powder from Essence and made my skin break out >< It was the first time that my skin broke out, because of a makeup product! Usually, my skin can stand a lot of things. But then I got traumatized a bit lol So I tend to avoid this brand as much as I can :D
    But you seem to have no problems with it! What a relieve!
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  2. Ooh I am interested in those lip liners! They are such an underrated product and these are so cheap! I remember being curious about essence last year and got one of their highly raved about products- the brow gel which was a waste of $2 for me because it didn't do anything. I've been seeing more reviews on essence lately and now I'm intrigued again. How can something so cheap be good! Haha. Thanks for sharing this haul and alerting me to those liners :)

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  3. I really wanted a pastel eyeshadow palette for them, but I saw a review that said that the pigmentation was horrible :(

    Their line has some really pretty looking things though! I might need to pick some up soon because they're so affordable.

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  4. Such a great blog post, I really enjoyed reading it! I really like essence as a brand. My favourite essence product would have to be the Eyelash Princess mascara :)
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