Happy new year! I’ve actually been giving myself a well deserved break over the Christmas and New Years Eve period, as I’ve been staying at my parents over Christmas, and then had guests down for the New Year holiday. Sadly that means that laptop and photography time is pretty limited, but I already have some huge new plans for the blog once the 4th of January kicks in and I’m back into my working routine!
So for today’s little New Years Day post, I just wanted to showcase to you the latest collection from cosmetic brand Essence, which I wore for New Years Eve last night. Its actually a super affordable cheaper brand that you can pick up from Wilkinsons stores, so some of you may not have decided not to try it before as we have kind of trained ourselves to believe that expensive makeup is much better- right? There’s nothing wrong with that mind frame; that’s usually how I tend to pick my makeup products too. I have so many lovely products that really do work amazingly from Bobbi Brown, Estee Lauder, MAC, Charlotte Tilbury and bareMinerals, and I go them every time because I know I can depend on them.
So what were my overall thoughts when I dedicated my New Years Eve face to cheaper brand Essence?…
Obviously, as the foundation and concealer products are low priced (both the pure Nude concealer above and the camouflage concealer cost just £2.50) you don’t get the longevity that you get with more premium brands, but I have to admit the coverage was pretty great, especially the camouflage concealer. I used a brush and applied this under my eyes and to conceal spots before using the pure Nude foundation. I then used the stick concealer to highlight and add more coverage to areas that needed it. All three felt extremely light to use and provided me with a fresh matte finish, which is basically all I wanted for a few hours out for NYE.
So I have to rave about the eyeshadows though – they are absolutely brilliant quality and totally worth their value for money. The palettes only cost £4 and contain 8 shades, and come in a range of themes such as ‘Greys’, ‘Vintage’ and ‘Nudes’. All the colours I tried are highly pigmented, easy to apply, have long staying-put power and are great for layering up and adding drama to the eye. I used the ‘Greys’ palette last night just subtly on my eyelids and along the lower lash line, and I was really impressed with the turn out!
Apologies for the grainy iPhone photos, I took these snaps just before heading out in dimmed light so the quality doesn’t show the clearest view, but hopefully you get a little idea.
If you are looking to add a few affordable makeup products to your collection, I highly recommend Essence as a brand. I’m definitely going to be stocking up on all the eyeshadow palette variations for when I do my freelance makeup on brides and occasions – so affordable and perform their job really well. In general, lipsticks cost round £2.30, nail polish around £1.80, and powders/blushers around £3. Very happy I came across this brand!