Considering I bought six items and it only cost me around £11, I always feel really accomplished when I buy Essence make up! I mean, in most brands you’re looking at around £6 for the lipstick alone, and this one was only £2.30. Although this is the first *actual* lipstick from Essence I’ve tried, it’s definitely not going to be the last! I must admit, I did buy it for the name alone, which is ‘cool nude’ and when I got home and gave it a proper try I realised how amazing the colour actually was. It’s a really cool taupe shade, with a kind of lilac undertone. Teamed with the Essence Lipliner in ‘in the nude’ as a base, covering the whole lip, it literally lasts for hours! I love the Essence lipliners, as for £1 they’re creamy enough to use as a regular lip stick and last for so long! My favourite shade is Honey Berry, which is great for a night out, but I’ve also bought Red Blush, which is a slightly darker shade. I find they’re great for wearing in the day as you don’t have to worry about smudging or transferring, they’re a little £1 wonder.
I cannot go in to Wilkinson or the Manchester Arndale Essence Make Up stand without making at least one purchase. In a hungover stupor on Saturday I happened to find myself in my local Wilkos and true to form, left with a little Essence haul. Although the Essence Liquid Ink Eyeliner was a ‘re-stock’ as my last one was running dry, the rest wasn’t exactly needed in my life, but at the same time I found them to come under the umbrella of ‘essential purchases’.
I bought the Essence 3D Eyeshadow just because it was so pretty. It was the most expensive thing in my little haul – costing a whopping £2.80 (kidding, I don’t actually find that expensive at all) and it’s a creamy, super pigmented formula, which is so easy to blend. I’ve bought it just to pop in my make up bag for when I’m not stopping at home, as my palettes tend to take up a lot of room. The colours in this are really versatile and you can wear just the lighter shade for a quick nude sparkle, or build up the darker colour for a nice smokey eye effect. They come in a range of colour (here) but I chose this one as I also thought it would be nice as a highlighter too, saving more room in my make up bag. The Essence Nail Varnish is in the shade ‘crunchy cake’ and is a wonderful grey-purple-nude, I’ve not tried it yet, but I always find that Essence nail polishes are all pretty long lasting and for £1.80 a nice, cheap treat.
The range in Wilko is the ‘basics’ but everything you need to get started with your Essence make up addiction. They do have ‘The Trends’ ranges in, but usually the Manchester Arndale stand has two or three trend editions alongside a wider range too. So be sure to have a gander if you’re ever in the area!