Essence, is one of the cheapest drugstore brand I have ever come across. I was not aware of this brand until awhile ago, when I saw it in Priceline. I bought a few products from Essence when all cosmetics were offered at 60% off at Priceline (unbelievable!) Since everything from essence is extremely affordable at original price (no more than $10), the sale further made these products ridiculously cheap.
Note that original prices will be listed down below for references. (AUD)
1. Nail Polish
146 That's What I Mint! $2.75
I absolutely adore this color! Although it may seem like a baby blue color in the picture, it's a mint color just like the title indicates. Notice that the nail polish brush is flat? I find that a flat brush makes it so easy to apply, given that it allows the polish to lay flat on the nails and avoids uneven layers building up. At $2.75, this nail polish is amazing and beats many other products at high prices. I will be very likely to purchase this again since they have a wide range of colors as well.
Check here: http://www.essence.eu/au/products/nails/nail-polish/e/product/colour-go-nail-polish-146/
2. Studio Nails 24-7 Nail Base
I have to admit that before buying this nail base, I had always used a transparent nail polish as an undercoat. Applying a nail base is supposed to smoothen the surface of your nails and make the nail polish applied on top of it last longer. As soon as I applied this nail base, it dries almost instantly (3-5 seconds). To be honest, I have not noticed a significant improvement in the appearance of my nails after using this. What I noticed is that it created bubbles, not sure of why.
3. Silky Touch Blush
For some reason, the color looks coral in the picture. In real life, it is baby pink with no orange tone at all. I like it because it gives a hint of color on the cheeks without looking too overdone.
4. I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara, Deep Black
To be honest, I kind of bought this mascara because I was attracted to the eye-catching packaging. Pink and black is one of the best combination of colors. Now let's see how this mascara performed on my eyelashes.
Bare lashes, curled
As you can see in the picture... the brush is HUGE!!! at least for my eye, it is way too big
The final look
I have to say that this mascara was a disappointment.
-the brush was oversized, made it difficult to apply without touching my eyelids
-the formula was heavy and thick
-weighed down my lashes after less a minute of application
-gives volume but make lashes look clumpy
The biggest problem I had with this product is that it weighed my lashes all the way done. I tried curling my lashes again when the mascara had dried (which I rarely had to do) and my lashes would not even hold the curl. For me, I would say that not wearing any mascara is better than the look that this product has given.
However, I have read some reviews of this mascara on YouTube and other beauty bloggers. They seem to have good results with it, so I can't say this product is completely awful. At a low price, perhaps it's worth a try.