My latest arrival of Essence cosmetics goodies has prompted a blog post idea today, in which I have wanted to feature for a while. It centers around the debate of cheaper make-up brands Vs premium make-up brands, and do you really get the best quality when you invest that little bit more with the price?
It’s a tough one, and I sometimes feel like I sit on the fence a little. I won’t go into my thoughts on every single product type or brands, but to clarify my thoughts, I do often feel that with products such as foundations, concealers and lipsticks, then yes, a lot of luxury brands do seem to deliver a higher quality result. However… after many many years of beauty blogging and reviewing brand and brand, product after product, I have personally found that with eyeshadows, mascaras, eyeliners and bronzers/blushers, it really doesn’t matter how much you spend. My Maybelline Master Sculpt Contouring bronzer (which I reviewed here) costs around £6 and it kicks the backside of any expensive contour kit or bronzer I’ve tried before.
I regularly try out lots of makeup products from Essence, and I genuinely love that the brand keeps a low price point. It makes popping in to top up on eyeliners, eyeshadow pots and mascaras affordable, and I find they genuinely have a lovely product range that work well.
So, after unlocking my secret little box from Essence with my own unique code, I revealed a set of 3 mascaras from the Forbidden Volume range. Let’s see what these are all about!
How adorable that they are personalised with ‘What Emma Did’? A very sweet touch from the brand. In a nutshell, The Essence Forbidden Volume Mascaras range work together to include the Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara, Essence Forbidden Volume Rebel Mascara and the Essence Forbidden Volume False Lash Mascara Top Coat. They retail between £2.79 and £2.99 – super budget friendly! Here is a breakdown:
Essence Forbidden Volume Top Coat:
Even though you use this last, i’ll start with it first because it’s a product I’ve never really tried out too much before. The topcoat is to be applied on top of mascara as the last step, enriched with black fibers to to create an intensive, dramatic look with a false-lash effect. The fibers in this mascara are very small, so it doesn’t leave flaky bits falling onto your cheeks or even worse- falling as speckles into your eyes. The topcoat actually lifts and separates lashes with its slimmer head effectively, giving a more dramatic black finish to lashes, and kind of gives lashes coated in mascara that finishing touch. Great for giving a little more of a wide eyed look to finish. One thing to remember is that I did notice when using this, it makes my mascara that bit tougher to remove. So give yourself an extra 2 minutes when taking your make-up off!
Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara
Again, this contains an iconic fiber brush and is the ideal forbidden volume mascara to apply first to create incredibly voluminous lashes – with just one application. I found that one stroke of this opened up my eyes, made my lashes look longer, thicker and darker, and was super easy to get right to the root. No clumping or flaking, which is impressive for a lower priced mascara. The tapered shaped brush is one of the positives for this product, as it makes it really easy to get nice overage across bottom lashes.
Essence Forbidden Volume Rebel Mascara
This one has the biggest and chunkiest of brushes, meaning it’s designed to coat all lashes in the first sweep. The product looked a lot more wetter on this brush than the others, so I had to be more careful I wasn’t suddenly blinking and getting the mascara touching my eyelid. It does however, do what it says it does on the tin. It aids to create dramatic volume, curl and length from just one brush, thanks to the special design of the fiber brush with alternating shorter and longer fibers. I noticed that after applying this twice (because that’s what I automatically do when I go to apply it!) my lashes plumped up double the size. Especially the lashes at the outer corners of my eyes. The liquid coated them from root to tip and gave me a real show stopping evening look. This one is my favourite, and you don’t really need the top coat for this unless you want that intense false lash effect!
For around £2.99 per mascara, I think Essence are onto a winner with these three products. Who says you need to spend £20 on a mascara, when for around £5.99 you can get a super voluminous mascara and a top coat too! Well done Essence – keep up the great work with providing hero products for us budget aware beauty lovers. And to conclude the post, here’s my lashes wearing the Essence Forbidden Volume Mascara on it’s on… blowing you all a kiss of course!
PS: You can purchase Essence from Wilkinson stores too!