Essence Makeup: Swatches and Review

The other day a package showed up at my door from Essence Makeup to celebrate the launch of their new website! Instead of just sharing an Instagram shot with you guys I wanted to give you a good review of what I was sent and my overall views on the brand as I have received some product from them before.

First a little disclaimer: I am by no means a makeup expert in fact I suck at makeup. I look for a product that gets the job done easy and cheap (sorry I just can't justify $80 blush - I just can't). So this company caught my eye because it is SO affordable online and at Target and a few of their products are something I use daily! Now for my review:

I love extreme volume mascara ($4.99)

I am the girl who gets hooked on one mascara and I have a hard time straying from it so for me trying this out was a big task. My immediate thoughts were that the volume claim held up. My lashes were bold, but I was disappointed when an hour into the day I had black under my eyes. I gave it another try and layered my Covergirl waterproof mascara on top and it held up a little better! Overall it was worth the money but required a little doctoring.

Silky Touch Blush in Adorable ($2.99)

As I am typing this I am still in shock at the price of this product. I LOVE this blush - the silky touch claim followed through. It is soft and creamy but still a powder! It also just blends like a dream. This color is a little light for my skin tone but I can't wait to pick up another shade.

Liquid Ink Eyeliner ($2.99)

When I went to find the exact product I had received on their site/Target's site I couldn't which is leaving me a little confused (??) but I am guessing the product I linked it the same thing just different packaging. Like mascara, I am stuck on one liquid eyeliner pen that I have repurchased so many times. In the image below you can see this eyeliner is BLACK like it is seriously so pigmented. The problem I have with this product is it takes forever to dry down and if you aren't patient (like I am not) then it will probably smudge everywhere.

Longlasting Lipstick in Blush my Lips ($2.99)

This was the most disappointing product to me and I think it has to do with the fact that making a lipstick that 1) stays on and 2) is pigmented costs more than $2.99 (I know sometimes life just isn't fair). In the swatch, you can see this lipstick is pretty patchy and takes a lot of work to get on. Once I was wearing it the creamy formula just slid around too much for my liking - I need something that requires no touching up and this was not that.

Overall I love this brand and a lot of the products, but be weary because not every makeup product can be made affordable and still work as good as your high-end products! Have you guys tried Essence before?