I like to feature Essence on my blog regularly as they’re always launching new products and everything is super affordable and under £10. The only downside with a brand which launches new products very regularly, is that they tend to discontinue products quite regularly too so I like to keep a check on the “leaving soon” section on the Essence website to make sure none of my favourites such as their Charlotte Tilbury dupe primer are being discontinued. There are lots of new launches from Essence right now with their Autumn collection launching and I have a collection of their Essence Ready Set Glow Makeup Collection; all of which are designed to create a gorgeous glow on a budget.
Essence Makeup Glow To Go Illuminating Setting Spray £3.30
I always apply a setting spray whenever I apply makeup now, even when I’m wearing a ‘no makeup’ makeup look as I like how they prolong my makeup and they improve the appearance of my makeup and skin. This setting spray is designed to illuminate the skin with fine light reflecting particles that leave your complexion with a delicate glow.
The liquid within the bottle is milky in colour and is packed with shimmer with a pearlescent shift which I was worried would look awfully glittery on my skin. Before use I’d recommend thoroughly shaking the bottle to ensure the shimmer particles haven’t settled at the bottom of the bottle.
The effect on the skin is very subtle and it never looks glittery even if I’ve applied a generous amount which I’m so impressed by. It’s an hydrating setting spray and I don’t notice white spots all over my face like some shimmery setting sprays and I can’t fault it for the price, especially as it doesn’t sting my skin at all either and it’s less than £4 which is such a fab bargain buy.
Essence 3D Dewy Look Stick £3.50
This is my favourite product from the whole collection and it’s a product I would’ve perhaps looked over a few months ago. The Essence 3D Dewy Look Stick is a solid, cream stick which doesn’t impart any colour to the skin at all, just a clear gorgeous glow and it’s an amazing dupe for the RMS Living Luminizer which has become one of my favourite beauty products yet this stick is £3.50 whilst the RMS version is £36 – making it £32.50 cheaper. The stick isn’t at all greasy but it leaves such a subtle shine to the skin which makes the skin look so healthy and radiant.
Essence Holo Wow Dewy Lip Shine – Scarab Wings £2.80
Essence have so many lipglosses it can be hard to keep up with their new gloss additions. The Holo Wow Dewy Lip Shines are £2.80 and are designed to create holographic effects on the lips thanks to light-reflecting particles. They can be worn alone or layered over lipstick and there are five different shades to choose from.
I have the purple shade; Scarab Wings which has a shimmery purple base and holographic shimmer particles for a stunning reflective finish. I don’t think Scarab Wings should’ve been a purple shade as Scarab Beetles are blue, but it’s a beautiful gloss and I’ve never seen such an unique, multi-dimensional lipgloss this affordable before and it’s non-sticky too.
Essence Holo Wow Prisma Jumbo Eye Pencil £2.80
Very occasionally you come across a product which wows you for all the wrong reasons and sadly that’s the case for this product as it’s really awful. It’s supposed to be a jumbo eyeshadow pencil available in four pastel shades, and claims to be easy to blend and makes eyelids shine a ray of stunning iridescent colours.
It’s thick, stiff and impossible to blend and just sticks in clumps no matter what you do. This shade is an iridescent blue shade which is pretty but the formula is awful and way too draggy and stiff for applying to the eyelids and you end up pulling your lids so it’s a massive pass for me unfortunately but it’s rare for me to hate an Essence product but this one product just doesn’t work like it’s intended.
Essence Glow to Highlighter Palette £4.50
Highlighter palettes are everywhere right now, and Essence have launched a number over the years. This particular palette contains two highlighters and two bronzers all of which are shimmery and quite deep in tone so they’d only work for medium skintones but they’re very pretty for the price. The texture is very smooth and they’re blendable without any glittery to contend with. I’ll be able to make them work as eyeshadows but if you have a fair skintone I’d recommend skipping this palette as they’re very deep in colour but the formula is very nice so I’d love to see a lighter version created.
Essence Holo Wow Sparkle Stick £3.50
This is the last item within my Essence Ready Set Glow Makeup Collection roundup and is very similar to the Dewy Stick in terms of format as it’s a large, twist-up cream stick which you can apply directly to the skin. This stick however is a pale champagne shade loaded with shimmer and whilst the shimmer is quite intense, I wouldn’t let the Sparkle within the name put you off as I don’t find the shimmer to be at all sparkly thankfully. It’s super easy to apply and you don’t need a brush or sponge to apply, and whilst it doesn’t last more than four hours on the skin, it’s so quick and easy to reapply even over makeup and it’s less than £4.
I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these products? Which product is your favourite?