Thursday, 10 January 2013

Essence Cherry Blossom Collection

I saw the Essence Cherry Blossom stand at Priceline on Tuesday and I immediately picked up a few of the items as the stand had just been set up and it looked like no one had touched anything yet. I took a sneaky shot of the stand for you guys ;)

Essence stand after I bought a few things from it :)

A few things from the collection caught my eye but I didn't want to waste money buying the whole collection so I only have a few things to review.... As you can see, the stand only had one tester available and that was just the blush. No wonder the Essence stands are always wrecked as it's so tempting for people to open the new stuff to test!

First up is the blush...

Essence Cherry Blossom Girl Blush
I took photos of the swatches in Priceline...

Under store lighting

In the shadows of the store lighting

The left swatch is what the blush looks like when it's blended together. The middle one is a light pink (right hand side of the blush) and the far right is the orangey-apricot (left hand side of the blush). It's a very sheer blush and I had to layer it on really thickly.

I also picked up the It's Peach Not Cherry Lipstick pencil. This was a really disappointing purchase as I thought that it would be similar to the Clinique chubby sticks or the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Instead, it's very chunky and really really soft. It clumps up on my lips and doesn't provide an even colour. I picked up an extra one of these and the Cherry Cherry Girl (red) version of this for a swap that I'm doing but I might just refund them as the quality just isn't there...

I think that the lipstick pencil might improve if I put it in the fridge to harden up as it currently feels like I'm rubbing wax or animal fat on my lips when I use this... Avoid this lipstick pencil like the plague! Did they not test these on people before they released them?!

It's Peach Not Cherry Lipstick Pencil
It's Peach Not Cherry Lipstick Pencil Swatch

I was beginning to lose faith in Essence but the collection was redeemed by the nail polish! I'm sooooo in love with the formula and I'm normally not a nail polish person...

It's Peach Not Cherry Nail Polish
Please excuse the
rushed application... I promise
that it's not the "rude" finger :P
Holy smokes! This polish really blew me away! It took 2 thin coats for it to become opaque and it's a orangey-apricot colour. It's definitely a colour that I could wear all summer :) The thing that blew me away about it was that it dries SO FREAKING FAST! I hate painting my nails as I'm too impatient to wait for it to dry but this one dried in a matter of minutes.

I put one coat on, took a few photos, came back to put another coat on, read a few blog posts and it was dry... like so dry that my finger didn't leave a finger print on the polish!!!! And I didn't even use a base or top coat!!! (I was in too much of a hurry to get the photos done while the sun was still up).

Pick. This. Up. Now!

What are some of the better Essence products that you've tried? I'm going to be raiding the Essence nail polishes the next time I'm at Priceline :P


27 comments:

  1. That blush looks really nice! I'm not supposed to be buying anything but I really want a peachy blush and Essence is cheap enough to justify it. Pitty it's a bit sheer. I haven't tried their nail polishes but looks like I should. I like their eyeshadows, in particular their quattro palette in To Die For.

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    1. Oops I didn't write prices on anything! The blush was about $5.95 which is definitely cheap :) I think that the nail polish is better than the blush though...

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  2. ohhh totes gunna pick up the nail polish! need some new ones to add to my collection :D
    btw whats the cherry blossom girl thing?
    x

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    1. Are you asking about why cherry blossom girl is written on all the products? It's the cherry blossom collection.

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  3. I thought this collection was going to be amazing, but I've read a couple of reviews and since discovered that the lip pencils are horrible, which is a real disappointment. At least the polishes save it!
    xx

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    1. The lip pencils are ridiculously horrible.. I really hate mine and I really do think that I'll be returning the 2 that I bought for a swap. I'd be ashamed to send them to her!

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  4. I'm impressed that the polish dried so fast!

    I'm really disappointed that the lip pencils are a bust!

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    1. I love the polish so much right now!

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  5. I got a few things from this collection today, the blush, highlighters, the eye shadow quad and the nail polishes. I didn't get the lip pencils as Kate from labeauteleblogeur posted about them yesterday and said they were awful!
    x

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    1. Yep.. I refunded the 2 that I bought for a swap as they were horrible. I have no idea what to do with the one that I have now.. it's probably going to meet its end in the bin.

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  6. I have some essence polish lying around. You have inspired me to use it :) I dunno, I'm not quite sold on essence, for a budget brand they are awesome, but I can afford more expensive things that work better :P

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    1. Same. Essence isn't my favourite brand or my go to brand. I'd prefer to spend a few dollars more on Australis or Face of Australia if I wanted something drugstore and budget friendly.

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  7. Oh my gosh I just read a review about these products and was hoping it'd hit priceline or target soon! I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for this stand now - I want all the polishes!

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    1. You better hurry :) The stands will become a mess as people use the new products as testers...

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  8. I had no idea when these were being released but now I totally have to go to Priceline. I hope there's still some things left!

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    1. Hopefully there's still some polishes and blushes left for you :) I think that they're the highlight of the collection.

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  9. That's an amazing shade for the polish! I might just grab one for myself this weekend!

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    1. I really like this shade :) It's perfect for summer!

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  10. :O The nail polish is gorgeous! I really want the blush now haha! :P
    xx

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  11. this collection looks so cutee!!! i love cherry blossoms! :]
    riceysupreme.blogspot.com

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    1. Who doesn't like cherry blossoms :)

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  12. i haven't try any Essence products yet but i hear great reviews for the eyeliner pots from the regular line! they compare them with Mac's!

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    1. I've heard that too! But I already have the MAC one so I don't need the Essence one.

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  13. love the colour of the blush. too bad the lip pencil is disappointing :(

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    1. The blush is really nice :) I originally bought one for myself but I have a similar MAC one so I decided to give my Essence one away :)

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  14. Ooo i like that nail polish colour! It's a shame that the lip pencil sucks! Oh well, Essence is pretty cheap anyway...

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