New in #119: New Essence Products for Spring/Summer 202216 min read
Hydro Hero 24h Hydrating Tinted Cream
The hydro hero 24h HYDRATING TINTED CREAM combines foundation, moisturizer and sunscreen in one product. Thanks to the buildable, light to medium coverage, the BB Cream creates an even complexion with a fresh, natural finish. 24h – that’s how long the daily care provides moisture. It also protects the skin from UV rays with an SPF of 15. The weightless, oil-free texture is made of 88% natural ingredients, is enriched with hyaluronic acid and is free of alcohol, silicones or perfume. The product feels pleasant on the skin and won’t clog the pores.
I got a shade that is way too dark, so I can’t properly review this and I’ve only worn it once. You may have seen what a disaster it was trying this in a IG video I posted. it was my first time applying it and I had to remove the whole thing and start again because for a sheer product it is not easy to blend.
Texture: It looks like a standard tinted moisturiser, however, I don’t know whether the problem was the shade or the texture itself, but this needs to be blended quickly. I gave it a try with a cushion foundation sponge that I use for most foundations because it taps the product on the skin seamlessly and it ended up horrifically patchy. So I removed it and used my big oval brush that blends much quicker. It was better, but there were still areas where the product looked unblended. It got stuck in some places, especially on the edges of the face (hair). I didn’t expect that from a tinted moisturiser, but like I said, it could have just been the problem with a much darker shade, as applying a colour that matches you is always a lot more forgiving.
Finish & coverage: it’s a tinted moisturiser, so very low coverage. That was obvious even though the shade was too dark and that by itself made sure the coverage was higher than it would be if I had a shade that fit me. My circles were still visible as well all freckles. Finish is natural-dewy, but it’s not a greasy product. When I applied a highlighter over it, every pore was emphasised, meaning this doesn’t make the skin smoother.
Shade: I got the middle shade of the three 20 Sun Beige. In terms of depth it’s somewhere in between Revlon’s 200 and 300 shades – those are the only shades I have a lot of them to compare them too. But it is a tinted moisturiser, which are in general more forgiving. I checked shade 010 when this arrived in the drugstores and it’s also too dark for me.
Staying power: Since this so dark I got to see how it lasted better than if the shade fit me. Most of it wiped off within the first 5-6 hours, but some remained to the end of the day. My skin is dry, so products last longer and I have doubts this would last well on combination-oily skin.
INGREDIENTS: AQUA (WATER), ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE, GLYCERIN, BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHENYL TRIAZINE, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PALMITIC ACID, STEARIC ACID, PROPANEDIOL, XYLITYLGLUCOSIDE, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE GLYCERIDES, ALARIA ESCULENTA EXTRACT, PANTHENOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ANHYDROXYLITOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, CETYL ALCOHOL, DISODIUM CETEARYL SULFOSUCCINATE, XYLITOL, ISOSTEARYL SEBACATE, XANTHAN GUM, DISODIUM STEAROYL GLUTAMATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, CITRIC ACID, PHENOXYETHANOL, CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).
Fix & Last Make-up Gripping Jelly Primer
The fix & LAST make-up gripping JELLY PRIMER is the perfect partner in crime for all beauty lovers who are looking for extra-long hold. Simply apply the transparent jelly texture, wait a few seconds until it is absorbed into the skin – and the gripping effect for perfect make-up hold is activated! The primer also provides moisture and can be worn with foundation or on its own. Either way, it creates a smooth, fresh finish.
A gel type of primer that feels very refreshing on the skin right after application. The pump is hard to press, so you don’t know much you’ll get every time you use it. It’s a very fragranced product with a sort of a fake floral scent. In the first minutes after application the skin is tacky and then after a while it becomes this smooth-to-the-touch base. That also means it’s not the type of primer you can immediately start applying over, but you have to wait for it to set. I did a half-half face test to see if the foundation and makeup truly “grips” better. I used Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte + Poreless, since it’s not the most long-lasting foundation and I used this on my side of the face where I have larger pores and I think it maybe looked a bit better, meaning the foundation applied and looked smoother. I’m still not sure, so I’ll try using it more, but I often neglect primers simply because I automatically reach for foundation first and only remember mid application I could have used a primer. In terms of improving staying power, both sides faded equally and the primer side didn’t last any longer. It doesn’t change the finish of the foundation, so it neither makes it more matte nor more dewy. Primer is silicone free and has no alcohol.
INGREDIENTS: AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, PVP, XYLITYLGLUCOSIDE, CARBOMER, ANHYDROXYLITOL, PPG-26-BUTETH-26, PEG-40 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, XYLITOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), CI 16035 (RED 40), CI 42090 (BLUE 1).
Kissed by the light illuminating powder
02 Sun Kisses
The kissed by the light illuminating powder is a true beauty all-rounder. With its three shades, the powder unites highlighter, bronzer and blush in just one product. The different shades are arranged next to each other so that they can be mixed together easily. This way, you can give your complexion a unique all-over glow or set individual highlights above the cheekbones, under the eyebrows or above the Cupid’s bow of the lips.
Benvenuti a Roma Eyeshadow Palette
The benvenuti a ROMA eyeshadow palette is inspired by the romantic mood of the city of Rome. The 12 highly-pigmented shades are presented in fresh, soft colours ranging from delicate nude shades to green, orange and brown nuances. Thanks to the different matte to metallic finishes, there are endless variation possibilities. At the same time, the texture convinces with a high colour pay-off. Looking for additional surprising details? Simply scan the QR code on the packaging!
Sensitive but WOW Volume Mascara
The sensitive BUT WOW VOLUME mascara is suitable for sensitive eyes and even for contact lens wearers – this has been ophthalmologically tested and confirmed. It provides the lashes with natural volume and additionally nourishes them thanks to calendula and chamomile blossom water. Another plus: the texture is easy to remove without eye make-up remover – warm water is all you need.
For an Essence mascara this is a thin formula when it’s freshly opened, but it has thickened in the few days I’ve had it, so it may become a typical Essence mascara quickly. For now it’s not super volumising. On the first day it defined ok, but with every passing day it’s just becoming less good at that, creating more of a spidery look when I try to fix it.It doesn’t fan out the lashes well, nor doesn’t keep it my lashes curled or provide any lift at application. Basically the thicker it get, the less I like it, but maybe it’s just a stage in between becoming better – don’t expect an update though, I have no use for a regular formula. Essence says it can be removed just with warm water, so it’s a tubbing mascara, but I was left with a black smudge around the eyes, so I still needed a cleansing foam to get it all off. I’ve experienced some fall down with this mascara, but late in the day.
The Dip Eyeliner
The ultimate must-have for smokey eyes, eye art and natural looks: thanks to its fine, firm tip, the dip eyeliner creates ultra-precise eyeliner looks and perfectly curved lines. The colour intense texture is long-lasting and waterproof – for unique looks all day long!
Brow like a Boss Ink Brow Gel
The brow like a boss ink brow gel easily and accurately provides the brows with fullness, density and a natural finish thanks to the angled brush – for up to 72h. This long-lasting effect has been tested by an independent institute. The lightweight texture feels comfortable to wear, is smudgeproof and waterproof. For cool wow-brows all day long!
First try was a total disaster, but I learned from my mistake. There’s way too much product on the applicator, so using it without wiping the excess of on a tissue results in very strong, dark brows full of product. When wiped the brush, it got better. It’s a type of almost gel that leaves the brows feeling crispy and you can feel this on all the time because it’s like a glue when it sets. Even when most of the product is wiped off, it fills the brows quickly. I have shade brown, which is warm and leans to reddish, so not my colour at all, not that I use brow stuff. I won’t wear this for 72h, but it may just last that long, since it feels like glue.
Hydra Matte Lipstick
The hydra MATTE lipstick is long-lasting, provides plenty of moisture thanks to squalane and hyaluronic acid, and nourishes with shea butter, sunflower oil and a vitamin complex, so that no additional lip care is needed. The texture creates a creamy matte finish, feels pleasant on the lips and impresses with its high colour pay-off that lasts and lasts and lasts. For an even more colour-intensive effect, simply outline the lips with the matching essence soft & precise LIP PENCIL before applying the lipstick.
When I saw this on the stand, I didn’t even pick it up because I was sure it’s one of Essence’s crazy looking lip balm. All the lipsticks are in the same bright warm pink packaging, which confused me, since it’s not that common to have such a colour the tube for a matte classic lipstick. Formula is quite dry and thick. It reminds me of old school matte lipstick formulas,. The last such lipstick I tried was from Beyu, while a great majority of modern matte formulas are lighter and glide on the lips much easier. So I don’t see this as a formula suitable for dry lips, as even I need a touch of lip balm under it. It’s got great pigmentation and it lasts well on the lips, especially for an Essence lipstick. It’s just not as comfortable as their other formulas. 401 Mauve-ment looks different on me than I expected from what I see in the packaging. It’s a cool almost lavender toned light-medium pink.
Electric Glow Colour Changing Lipstick
The ELECTRIC GLOW colour changing lipstick nourishes the lips while giving them a natural, radiant finish with a delicate rosé shimmer. The texture with glitter particles reacts to the individual pH value of the lip skin and changes colour as a result. Perfect for a unique look on the go!
Cranberry Lip Oil
01 Smooth Protector
Thanks to the weightless, gel-like texture, the CRANBERRY LIP OIL glides effortlessly over the lips and gives them a glossy finish without leaving behind a sticky feeling. The lip oil provides moisture and is enriched with cranberry oil and vitamin E – for soft, nourished lips. The formula reacts to the natural, individual pH value of the lips and intensifies the colour. This way, the lips are subtly emphasized.
Hydro Hero Under Eye Stick
A boost of moisture for the eye area! The formula of the HYDRO HERO under eye stick is enriched with panthenol, niacinamide and aloe vera for an intensely hydrating, nourishing effect. Thanks to the practical stick format, the transparent texture is easy to apply, both as an addition to your skincare routine in the morning or before going to bed, as well as for a skincare kick on the go.
I’m conflicted about this product. On one hand I like the ingredients (glycerine, niacinamide, aloe vera + panthenol for a hydrating, brightening and repairing/soothing combination. Though they surprisingly didn’t add caffeine or vitamin C), but the texture and format isn’t just not pleasant to use. It’s too big , so not easy to use when you get close to the nose, it’s quite hard so it drags a bit (and you should be careful around the eyes as a rule), plus it leaves an occasional flake because this is quite a thick formula (flake can be easy melted with fingers and blended in). It luckily doesn’t pill or make the concealer on top apply any worse, but I also don’t see a difference without. A version with a metal roller would be nicer in my opinion, but this can be used on other parts of the face or even body.
INGREDIENTS: PROPYLENE GLYCOL, AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, SODIUM STEARATE, NIACINAMIDE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE, PANTHENOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, CI 42090 (BLUE 1).
Daily Drop of Energy Ampoule Face Serum
The daily Drop of ENERGY AMPOULE FACE SERUM can easily be integrated into your daily skincare and beauty routine. Simply apply a few drops of serum on the face, neck and décolleté before your moisturizer or foundation. The practical, reusable packaging makes it easy to achieve a perfect dosage. The texture contains 2% vitamin C for a smooth & radiant complexion and has an invigorating fresh citrus scent. The ultimate energy kick in the morning for a perfect start to the day!
I’m not sure Essence has any other vitamin C product (I think they don’t), but this an easy “entry into vitamin C” product. It’s got only 2% of ascorbly glucoside, one of the stable and more slow-acting versions of vitamin C, so it’d be nice to see a higher percentage. I don’t know why they put this in a 15 ml ampoule because it’s so mild. I find this has a nice texture for a toner, so it’d be great if the made a 200 ml version. It’s about 4-5 € for 15 ml, so it’s still cheap for a vitamin C product, you just need two to get the equivalent of a standard size serum. You dispense the product by pressing the top soft rubber, though some drips out on its won. It’s nice because I like such products I can layer and my skin apparently likes it enough (or at least it didn’t freak out), but I wish they made this same texture with a higher percentage of vitamin C. It has an orange syrupy scent, specifically like Curaçao liqueur.
INGREDIENTS: AQUA (WATER), PENTYLENE GLYCOL, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, GLYCERIN, POLYGLYCERYL-4 CAPRATE, POLYGLYCERYL-6 CAPRYLATE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, ALOE BARBADENSIS LEAF JUICE POWDER, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, XANTHAN GUM, ALLANTOIN, XYLITOL, SODIUM PHYTATE, ALCOHOL, SODIUM CITRATE, POTASSIUM HYDROXIDE, CITRIC ACID, BENZYL ALCOHOL, BENZOIC ACID, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE).
Hello, Good Stuff! Happy Bliss Face Spray
With its refreshing citrus fragrance, the HELLO, GOOD STUFF! HAPPY BLISS FACE SPRAY ensures a good mood and happy vibes. But the spray doesn’t just have a great scent, it also nourishes and hydrates the skin with 96% natural ingredients and citrus water. Perfect for a boost of happiness and freshness on the go or as part of your skincare routine. By the way: there is a QR code on the packaging – scan it for additional surprising information!
A face spray that has a thicker texture, so when I spray it it’s a combination of very fine mist with some larger droplets. It’s got a citrus scent, but it’s not as uplifting as some grapefruit scents I’ve smelled. To me this is just not that special to say much about it. It’s a citrus toner in a spray that you can apply under and over makeup, but it doesn’t make any big difference.
INGREDIENTS: AQUA (WATER), GLYCERIN, CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) FRUIT WATER, CITRUS GRANDIS (GRAPEFUIT) PEEL OIL, ENANTIA CHLORANTHA BARK EXTRACT, CINNAMOMUM CASSIA BARK EXTRACT, CITRUS SINENSIS (ORANGE) FRUIT EXTRACT, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, PENTYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM LAURYL SULFOACETATE, SODIUM OLEOYL SARCOSINATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, SODIUM OLEATE, DEHYDROXANTHAN GUM, CITRUS AURANTIUM DULCIS (ORANGE) PEEL OIL, OLEANOLIC ACID, SODIUM SULFATE, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM BENZOATE, POTASSIUM SORBATE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, LIMONENE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), LINALOOL, CI 14700 (RED 4), CI 15510 (ORANGE 4).
The popular artificial nails come in different shapes and colours. They can be applied easily in seconds – for a perfect look just like in a nail salon. Set consists of 12 artificial nails and ten adhesive pads.