Brand Focus: Essence


Today's blog post is my first brand focus post and the brand I have chosen is Essence. This is one of my favorite drugstore makeup brands because their products are so good for their decent prices! I don't have a large number of their products but I do have enough for my liking to write a post about the ones I do have and my favorite ones.

Soo Glow Cream to Powder Highlighter claims:

glamour glow! the new highlighter conjures a beautiful shimmer. its creamy texture turns into a velvety, powdery formula upon application. easy to apply with your fingers, it sets gorgeous accents on your cheekbones, underneath the brows or in the inner corners of your eyes. the highlighter is available in two different colors – one light rosé and a pretty champagne tone – so it’s ideal for every complexion. available in 10 look on the bright side and 20 bright up your life.
This product is one of my favorites! It is just so beautiful. It's creamy and it gives off a subtle, natural glow. It lasts throughout the whole day for me, which is a big plus. I'm pleasantly surprised by the healthy looking glow it gives me.  This product is quite impressing for a drugstore highlighter. It's very affordable, so you should pick it up as soon as you can if you still haven't!

Longlasting Lipstick claims:

longlasting love… you simply have to fall in love with the longlasting lipsticks by essence. the lipsticks provide your lips with intensive color for several hours without drying them out. you’re sure to find whatever you’re looking for – from bright pink to intensive red and chilled-out berry to subtle nude shades. the essence logo on the texture and the matt, black packaging with a ring of color to match the actual color of the lipstick are true eye-catchers! 

Apart from the highlighter, my favorite products from Essence are the longlasting lipsticks! All of the shades are lovely. These lipsticks don't have any shimmer and they almost feel like a lip balm. They're light, moisturising and they don't feel sticky. They don't feel dry or flaky on my lips. Since these lipsticks have a smooth application, they do tend to wear off after a few hours, but I don't mind re-applying them.  I love these lipsticks and hopefully I'll be purchasing more in the future as there are 15 shades.

From top to bottom, the shades are: 05 Dare To Be Nude, 07 Natural Beauty, 06 Barely There, 04 On The Catwalk, 13 Love Me, and 16 I Am Yours!

Out of all these products, these would have to be my favorites; the highlighter, the lipsticks (shades: On The Catwalk, Love Me, and I Am Yours) and the longlasting lipliner in the shade 05 Lovely Frappuccino. I use the lipliner to not only line my lips but also fill them in and just leave it on its own sometimes. The longlasting lipliners aren't drying like the pencil ones, they go on buttery and are really pigmented.

Have you tried their products before? 
What do you think of them?


  1. Essence is really an underrated company, it has some real gems, especially lipsticks.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  2. Thank you for your review, insight and swatches! That highlighter looks stunning! xxxxx

  3. I agree, their highlighter is gorgeous! doesn't feel like its drugstore!

    I have to try some of their lippies for sure
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  4. I've never tried this brand before. Their lipsticks look lovely, the swatches are gorgeous - I'll have to check it out.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  5. I have only ever heard great things about Essence but have never actually tried anything from them - that will have to change soon! The highlighter looks dreamy! xx


  6. nice colors

  7. I have a few eyeshadows from Essence and I really love them :) These lipsticks seem absolutely lovely, and I really appreciate how many shades you swatched for us, so thank you for this lovely review! :) x x x


  8. I'm here for the lipsticks - love love the shades. I started using lipsticks recently so I'm always looking out for new ones. Great reveiw!

  9. I really want to try Essence out! Their lipsticks look great and they're not too expensive either!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  10. Gorgeous shades!!! Would love to try these!!!

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  11. definitely need to try these! lovely review!
    and love the blog btw! if you get the chance i would really love it if you could take the time to check out mine and let me know what you think! (or maybe even follow? no pressure though!)

    have a great week, girl!

    love, rach.

    So, hi.

  12. Can't begin to stress how much I love Essence, their lipsticks and lipiners are honestly some of my favorites! Have you tried their I <3 Volume mascara? It's amazing!

  13. Highlighter does so much. It's my favorite thing to apply when it comes to makeup! <3

  14. I actually do enjoy essence lipsticks, they are great quality for its price. Also, I love their bronzer :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  15. I need to try some of their lipsticks, they sound so good!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  16. Essence is on my payday wishlist, haha. I've only tried their nail polish so far but I'm dying to try that highlighter. What a lovely brand focus post, Yousra!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin'

  17. I've never tried Essence before, but it seems to be a brand where you can find nice products! The lipsticks are all pretty, the highlighter looks a bit too white for me but if the texture's creamy, than it changes everything :D

    Julia xx
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  18. I love Essence, they're definitely one of my favourite brands. Their new eyeshadow palettes are absolutely beautiful, I'd definitely recommend them! x

    Jordan Alice

  19. Ohh I need to try that highlighter, I love their lipliners, btw!

    Thirteen Thoughts

  20. Love the colours of the lip products, very wearable!
    Have a lovely day :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

  21. I love Essence, especially the lipsticks and the polishes! I definitely need to try the lipliners :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  22. Wow, you sure got a lot of great products! I'd love to test that highlighter out, it looks amazing. Lovely post!
    xo Kiki

  23. Ive only tried a few things from Essence but I love that they are so affordable yet still maintain great quality. The lipsticks sound amazing & I love the shades you have here x

    Beauty with charm

  24. Thank you very much for sharing this awesome post! I like your blog and definitely will follow it to see new amazing content! And I like your style of writing!

    Diana Cloudlet

  25. Your pictures are lovely! I haven't tried much Essence apart from a lip liner I picked up in Wilkinsons ages ago, but the cream to powder highlighter definitely looks like something I want to try :)

    Velvet Blush

  26. Thanks for sharing - these products all look fab! Really want to try everything you've mentioned now! x

    The Belle Narrative

  27. Thanks for introducing me to Essence lovely!! Their products look fab!! Xx

  28. I also love essence products! They're so nice for their price. Never tried the highlighter, but I really have to :)
    Messy Hair, Don’t Care | Blog

  29. Great post, doll! I haven't tried anything from Essence yet. The only place I've seen it on sale is in Wilko xx

    Laura | Lala London: Beauty & Lifestyle

  30. really nice colours and i love the way you took the pictures!
    that deer head and the lights look really nice!

    great post , thanks for sharing ! xx

  31. Essence is one of my favourite drugstore brands, you can't beat the price and the great quality. I have 5-6 of the long lasting lipsticks and I really need to do another Essence haul soon.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  32. I haven't tried using any Essence products yet but I heard so many things about it. I think they've been around for a while now.


  33. I love essence and I use it frequently. Great post!

  34. I've heard such great things about their lipsticks! These dusky pink and nude shades look right up my street. I've tried their lipliners and was definitely a fan :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  35. I love this brand! They are seriously underrated!! My personal favourites are the their lipliners, blushers and XXXL matte lipglosses, beautiful and creamy!
    Iqra | The Blushing Giraffe x

  36. I love this brand plus it's very affordable! Too bad only few stores sell this in my area.