Great Makeup for £2 and under? Do you think it’s possible? After all, why should we have to pay more for something if it does what we’re looking for?
I’ve tried multiple products both budget-friendly and high-end brands and have found that you can get hits and misses in both categories. It all depends on your skin type and your preferences.
Well, after trying out a couple of items from Essence Cosmetics I certainly do think it’s possible.
Bye Bye Dark Circles
I have been looking for good a good cruelty-free under eye concealer pen since my 2015 Favourite died a death and went to empties heaven. I would have repurchased it but they discontinued it.
All I wanted was a cruelty-free under eye concealer that cancelled out dark circles without drying out my skin and doesn’t crease making me look like I’m a hundred. Should be simple right?
I didn’t know what to expect from the Stay Natural Concealer but I was able to swatch in the store. But I noticed that 03 was lighter than 02. This isn’t the first time I’ve come across this with brands. Then I bought the Honey Bonzer from The Body Shop I noticed that 02 was lighter than 01. So, I always like it when they have decent testers in store.
Essence says that this conceals skin imperfections and dark circles perfectly. The formula is really easy to work with and blend and the coverage is brilliant. For £2 I was and still am super impressed. I have tried it with other products for my under eyes as well but think it really works best on its own.
Apart from the Mally Primer, I reviewed before here, I don’t like to use any other corrector or highlighting pen. It conceals my dark circles and looks like my skin. The primer is to help it last longer and moisturise the skin even more. As it’s a great primer for dry skin and my favourite for my under eyes.
If I try to set it with powder it can dry out throughout the day and not look as nice. So I don’t even do that. It’s not a very wet formula and feels set pretty soon after application anyway. The brush and twist up applicator also make this super easy to use and apply.
This on Wilko here
If these two lip pencils are a representation of the rest of the line I want them all. The formula for them both is soft and creamy. They are easy to sharpen and apply to the skin. Essence says that they are smudge proof. Which I would agree with throughout the day, but they can be tidied up when applying them if you’re quick. They wear really well throughout the day and wear evenly. Leaving a nice bit of colour on the lips. But I do like to keep it in my bag for later on in the day for another application after drinking and eating.
They wear really well throughout the day and wear evenly. Leaving a nice bit of colour on the lips. But I do like to keep it in my bag for later on in the day for another application after drinking and eating. Whether worn alone or underneath another lippy product they feel really comfortable with no detectable scent.
I can see me going through these really quickly as they are great for every day. Essence also has the Long Lasting Lip Liner that has twist up packaging. So, rather than having to sharpen the pencil you can just twist it up for an extra 50p. I’d like to try number 10.
The pencils I have are 07 Cute Pink (Top of Photo) and 06 Satin Mauve (Bottom of the Photo). I wanted something a little brighter for the summer months (cute pink) and a replacement for the non-cruelty-free Rimmel Eastend Snob Lip Pencil. So Satin Mauve was a great buy. It’s a typical mauve colour. It’s not as pink as East End Snob and I love that because it works so much better under a lot of lip colours. The swatch appears more of a brown shade than it really is. I’d say that the colour of the packaging is true to the colour of the pencil. Besides, I don’t know about you but I always find lip colours can look different for everyone depending on the natural pigmentation of their lips.
Cute Pink isn’t an over the top bright pink but adds a little something on its own. Under a brighter lip product, it helps cancel out my own natural lip colour and make the lipstick or gloss on top last and look much better.
For £1 I got a lot more than I was expecting.
I would like to try more from Essence and would have picked up more on this particular visit. Except, that it had been picked over quite a lot and wasn’t a big selection, to begin with.
How about you? Is there something from a low cost and cruelty-free brand that you think I should review?