9 Dec 2017


essence has been leading the drugstore army the past few years. The first makeup item that I purchased was by essence cosmetics. A few years have passed since I started experimenting with makeup and up till today, you will still see me scanning the essence counter looking for new products to try. essence cosmetics released their new range this October 2017. As soon as it was released I was at Dischem Pharmacy scanning their counter. If you would like to know the new and exciting products in the essence range then keep on reading…

New releases for your EYES

Metal shock eyeshadow
This is a creamy, highly pigmented eye shadow to help light up your eyes. The range includes 7 shades as well as colors with glitter particles. This product retails for R79.95.

Metal art lip and liner
This product screams futuristic spice girl makeup product. The applicator has a very fine brush to create bold, intricate designs around your eye. If you love lip contouring then this product is an excellent multi-purpose product. There are 5 colors in this range and definitely a product which will be perfect for creating Halloween and festival makeup looks.  This product retails for R64.95.

Moonlight eye cream shadow
This is a very creamy and silky eyeshadow which is available in 4 iridescent shades. The smooth texture makes it very “blendable” however, it is very buildable to create a highly pigmented look. This product retails for R64.95.

Superlast eyeliner
A selection of three types of liners that offer high coverage and long durability. The liner is a hybrid of silicon and flocks applicator.  The liner retails for R54.95 and the waterproof liner retails for R59.95.

Instant volume boost mascara (Smudge-proof and intense black)
This is an intensive black mascara which allows for maximum lash volume, this is as a result of the volume brush which is formed due to the innovative flower-shaped fibers. The flower-shaped wand will allow for application within ten seconds! (Well according to essence). This product retails for R64.95.

Instant volume boost mascara (Smudge-proof and waterproof)
This purple bombshell creates mega volume which will last all day and best of all, it is waterproof! Just like its sister, this mascara has a brush made of soft fibers and essence claims that it can create maximum lashes in only 10 seconds. This product retails for R64.95.

#Lashes of the day super volume mascara
This slim pink bottle and eye-catching design will captivate your heart with its ability to create curled lashes for a gorgeous look. This product retails for R54.95.

New releases for your BROWS

Brow Marker
This product screams stabilio markers, or is it just me? This is essence cosmetics take on a cool-toned eyebrow text marker. The maker design provides a tint effect on your brows which helps make it long-lasting. The design of the brush helps accentuates the brows accurately and intensively. This product is available in two shades and retails for R64.95.

Superlast 24H eyebrow pomade pencil (Waterproof)
These creamy, twistable eyebrow pomade pencils help shape and emphasize your brows. It has an integrated sharpener and silicon brush to ensure you have a fine tipped pencil for every application. There is no excuse why you can’t have “brows on fleek” on your next brow picture. This product retails for R44.95.

Vibrant shock lash & brow gel mascara
If you want a bold makeup look then these gel-mascara’s is the product for you. This product is available in 5 different shades and is a multipurpose product to tint your brows and lashes. You will definitely be making a statement with this product. This product retails for R59.95.

New releases for your FACE

Correct to perfect CC powder palette
This is a powder-based color correcting palette with a cream-to-powder texture. This will help to achieve a flawless, radiant and fresh complexion. This product was very light when I swatched it which makes me wonder whether or not it will be suitable for women of color. This product retails for R89.95.

Correct to perfect CC concealer palette
This color correcting concealer palette offers four different shades for all skin irregularities. The creamy texture neutralizes redness, refreshes or harmonizes the skin tone and covers dark circles under the eyes. I love using the orange shade to correct my dark circles and the pigmentation around my lips to give the illusion that I have an even complexion.
Correct to perfect CC multi-benefit pearls
The multi-functional pearls help even out skin irregularities and ensure that you get a flawless skin tone. On a side note, this reminds me of a container of speckled eggs. This product retails for R89.95.

Strobing & contouring palette
This palette contains 10 creamy shades which offer endless variation options for contouring or highlighting your face. This product retails for R149.95.

Get picture ready contouring palette
These three soft powder textures make contouring the facial features easier than ever. The light shade accentuates the high points of the face, the medium shade adds definition and the dark shade creates a natural shadow to your face. This product retails for 89.95.   
Prismatic hololighter stick
This chubby stick creates a holographic finish to your cheek thanks to its light-reflecting pigments. This product retails for R79.95.

Metal chrome blush
This soft blush contains bright pigments in rose gold, copper, and bronze which creates radiant cheeks with a metallic shimmer. This product retails for R64.95.

Fresh & fit awake primer
This product can be used solo or applied underneath your foundation. The light texture of the primer with light-reflecting pigments ensures a smoother, fresher complexion and extends the durability of your makeup. This product contains vitamins and cranberry water and retails for R79.95.

Fresh & fit awake make-up
Enriched with a vitamin complex and cranberry water. The foundation “wakes up” the skin and gives it a healthy look. The delicate light reflecting pigments ensures a smooth complexion with a fresh touch. Essence cosmetics released 4 shades in a 30ml bottle. Once again essence released shades for people with light complexion and excluded women of color. This product retails for R109.95.

Brighten up! Banana powder
The translucent, mattifying powder in a very soft yellow which is ideal for the “concealer baking” technique, or simply for setting matt highlights. This product retails for R64.95.

New releases for your NAILS

Brushed metals nail polish
Add a touch of metal with a satin, matt or sand effect. There are a variety of shades available, and this product retails for R44.95.

Metal shock sealing top coat
A gentle, water-based top coat to ensure a must for sealing the metal shock nail powder manicure. This polish can also be used with any other nail polish. Retails for R64.95.

Metal shock nail powder
For a breath-taking mirror effect on the nails, apply the nail powder while the nail polish underneath is still slightly wet and lightly polish into the nails. Create an ultimate mirror shine look in silver, use transparent nail polish as the base, and seal with the metal shock.

Cracked metal top coat
This must be applied on top of your nail polish. The metallic top coat cracks within 30 seconds and leaves behind an amazing cracked gold look. Retails for R44.95.

Matt matt matt top coat
The special top coat gives any nail polish a matt finish. This product retails for R44.95.

Evershine top coat
This top coat extends and enhances the shine of nail polish. It is also suitable for freshening up a manicure. This product retails for R54.95.

Glow in the dark top coat

The milky top coat texture turns transparent on the nails and lets your nails glow in the dark. It is especially cool in combination with nail art. This product retails for R44.95.

Party in a bottle
This is fame in a bottle rock in a bottle, according to essence. It contains loose glitter particles which turn your nails into a trendy accessory that’s suitable for any occasion, you can either use it as a complete manicure or on as an individual statement nails. This product retails for R44.95.
Holo rainbow nail polish
Five nail polishes with a holographic look and glitter particles let the nails shine in all facets of the rainbow. This product retails for R59.95.

Strong & clean nail polish remover
There are two versions available in this range that are created to ensure you can easily remove all kinds of nail styles. It is an acetone-free nail polish remover with pampering almond oil and an effective formula as well as an “extra power” version to remove stubborn glitter nail polishes and effects. This product retails for R39.95.

Express dry spray
Thanks to the innovative technology, you can now also apply the oil-free nail dry spray between coats of nail polish, starting from the base coat to the color nail polish to the top coat. This product retails for R54.95.
Clean & go express nail polish remover
The travel-sized nail polish remover infused with argan oil is ideal when you’re on the go. Thanks to the integrated sponge, there’s no need for cotton pads.  This product retails for R54.95.
3-phase nail care shake
The 3-phase oil enriched with goji berry extract, kukui oil, and coconut oil provides moisture, strengthens the nails and leaves behind a beautiful shine. This product retails for R49.95.

New releases for your LIPS

Metal shock lip paint
Metallic lips are all the rage right now. The fascinating look is easy to achieve with this concentrated lip cream, which feels light on the lips and offers a velvety-matt finish. This product retails for R69.95.

Metal shock lipstick
The creamy lipsticks let the lips shine in intensive wow-colors with a metallic effect. This product retails for R64.95.

Sheer & shine Prisma glow lipstick
The extremely soft formula of the lipstick feels wonderfully light on the lips and provides a fantastic sparkle. What makes it so special is that the subtle shades are iridescent and shimmer differently depending on the light. This product retails for R44.95.

Kiss the … lipstick
These magical lipsticks react to the pH-value of the lips and change their color from green, purple or blue to a unique soft pink shade.  This product retails for R44.95.

Vibrant shock lip paint
The essence vibrant shock lip paint consists of cool-toned colors like blue, pink and grey with velvety-matt results and a light, high-coverage, non-sticky texture which turns your lips into an absolute statement. This product retails for R69.95.

Ultra last instant color lipstick
This is a lipstick range which unites high-coverage and color-dispersion with just one application and a feathery, light feeling on the lips. The creamy texture is long-lasting and won’t dry out your lips. This product retails for R49.95.

Butter stick matt love
These butter sticks with cocoa butter provide a softly melting texture that creates velvety-matt lips. This product retails for R54.95.

Butter stick glossy love
Picture a softly melting texture infused with cocoa butter to create glossy lips with a wet-look finish. Each application intensifies the look. This product retails for R54.95.

Lips go Wow! Lip art palette
There are three lip palettes in this range which consists of cream-powder textures to provide a matte finish for individual looks. The colors can be used individually or on top of lipsticks. I think this will work well to create an ombre lip. This product retails for R79.95.

Soft contouring lip liner
These highly pigmented, silky lip liners with velvety-matt results are ideal for contouring your lips.
This product retails for R19.95.

Nail tools

Sapphire file
This duo nail file has a coarse side for shortening your nails and a find side for shaping your nails. As an added bonus, it has an integrated cuticle pusher. This product retails for R29.95.

Face tools

Super sili make-up pad
The silicon sponge has been flooding my Instagram feed and I was not surprised to see essence release their take on it. The essence Silicon sponge is for the perfect application of liquid textures, without wasting any formula as the silicon pad won’t absorb the makeup. This product retails for R64.95.

2in1 Colour correcting and contouring brush
The two different brush ends allow for smooth correction on one end you have the short bristles which can be used to apply concealer textures evenly and on the opposite end there are longer bristles which are ideal for contouring the face. This product retails for R59.95.

Super beauty sponge
Thanks to its innovative shape, the sponge is ideal for the application of powder, foundation, primer, blush, and cream. The flat angled top allows you to blend even in those hard-to-reach areas. Retails for R64.95.

essence Cosmetics has definitely put a lot of work into releasing a full range which is in tune with the latest trends. These products are very affordable and will make the perfect stocking filler for any beauty enthusiast. If you have tried any of the above-mentioned products I would love to know your thoughts on them!


  1. I've been wanting to use silicon gel to blend for a while
    can't seem to find any recommended one
    I might need to try this!

    The Sweetest Escape

  2. Wonderful post …………..keep updating!!
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