New in from Essence & First Impressions

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When I’m in my hometown, I try to visit the drugstores as often as possible because it’s a paradise here and knowing that half of the affordable brands are not available in Norway, makes it even more tempting.

Last week, I noticed that Essence Cosmetics had many new products on their stand. Some of their new brushes are on my wishlist but sadly, none of the four stores I visited that day, had them. At the end, I picked up two lipsticks, two nail care products, a concealer and a tinted brow gel.

I love Essence Longlasting Lipsticks (review here), so when I saw that they have new lipstick range called Sheer & Shine Lipsticks, I picked up two of them in the shades 07 Sprakling Miracle which is a muted berry and 10 Glamour Queen that looks dark brown but is actually something like beige mixed with mauve. I love the colours although I’m not a big fan of the shimmer inside but these were the shades I liked and they both happened to have shimmer. The lipsticks are very creamy and glossy, they feel like a tinted lip balm because they’re quite sheer and surprisingly, they last longer than I expected.

The first nail care product is the Essence Studio Nails Nail Cuticle Remover Pen which seemed very interesting to me. I’ve never tried their nail care pens before but after this one, I’m curious about the rest. Basically, this pen distributes oil (contains Avocado Oil and Sweet Almond Oil) onto the cuticles and after waiting a couple of minutes to soften them, I push them back with the tip. It’s such a simple item but genious at the same time, the tip doesn’t damage my skin and the oil nourishes the area around the nail. It has a citrus-y scent and this product is perfect for throwing in your travel bag.
Another travel-friendly nail product is the Essence Studio Nails Repairing Nail Oil with Argan Oil. It has a tiny bottle, a great applicator and a bubblegum smell. I’ve been applying this every night in the past week and there’s certainly a result. The skin around my nails is much more hydrated, the nails look more healthy and shiny.

I remember that Essence had a concealer duo but I’ve never tried it and I believe they discontinued it. But there is a new pair of concealers now and it’s called Camouflage Cream Concealer. Making a comparison between this one and the Catrice Camouflage Cream (review here) is inevitable. The Essence duo comes in only one shade 10 Natural Beige and I have to say that it looks darker in the pan than it actually is. While the Catrice product is much thicker and high coverage, the Essence one feels a bit lighter and has medium coverage but it’s definitely buildable. They both last really long time on me, Essence is a better match for my skin tone but I love both of the products. Essence Camouflage Cream Concealer is such a handy pair of concealers as I’ve been using the darker one for blemishes and mixing the two together or just using the lighter one, depending on the coverage I want, under my eyes.

I’m really surprised by how much I liked all of the purchased products but I left the best for the last. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on the Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara since the day it launched in Germany. Months have passed but I finally got it and I think I’ll have to stock up on it because it comes in a tiny 3.8 ml tube. The applicator is a very small brush, the formula has fibers and gives my eyebrows shape, tint and density. I use it on its own or on top of eyebrow pencil and it works great. I want to give it a good try and then I will report back but so far, I’m loving this eyebrow gel.

Hope this post was useful! Have you tried any of these items?

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