Nothing warms my heart more than budget-friendly beauty products – because impulse buying feels much more manageable when things are cheap. Like low calorie snacks, inexpensive products allow for full-fledged experimentation with a fraction of the guilt.
After strolling through Shoppers Drug Mart, I stumbled on the brand Essence. Although the name didn’t ring a bell, I was quickly sold on the price point. Almost all items were under the $5 mark. Essence, a German brand, is the number one cosmetics seller in Europe. Although it seems that Essence has a younger (read: teen) audience in mind, the affordability and ethical commitment (they don’t test on animals!) can be appreciated by all.
When dealing with inexpensive products, it’s important to temper expectations. That’s not to say that cheaper products can’t be on par with budget-busting ones, but you’ve got to go in with an open mind. Initially, I wasn’t blown away, but Essence products are definitely growers as opposed to show-ers (do with that what you will). Let’s put it this way: If an expensive beauty product is the equivalent of a well-aged vintage wine you only drink once a year, then Essence is the affordable one you drink weeknights after work.
As far as standard pencils go, Essence does a good job on the longevity front. Smudging was minimal throughout the day, and pigment glides on well without being severe. This was a pleasant surprise considering some pencils I’ve purchased have left me looking more like Groucho Marx than I would care to admit.
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Sadly, the volume of the actual container was much more impressive than the mascara. My lashes are scrawny, and I didn’t notice a significant difference after application. That being said, curling the eyelashes beforehand is a quick way to make any mascara go the extra mile. I found the wand to be a bit bulky, which may have affected the overall application.
This was the standout product for me. I now scoff at all the years I was tied to my traditional eyeliner pencil (blame it on my youth). This pen delivers precision, making for a drama and smudge-free application. Plus, the $1.99 price tag is the icing on the cat-eyed cake.
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