Monday, 22 August 2016

GIVEAWAY: essence makeup Review + Your Chance To Win

La Petite Noob has become a place for me to document and discuss my personal style and fashion, however there's one category that often goes unmentioned by me: beauty.  It may surprise some of you to know that the vast majority of my cosmetics come from the drugs store! Truthfully, I would rater invest in my closet than in makeup, and I honestly have never felt like I've had to sacrifice on quality; drugstore products have come a long way and now are of amazing quality.

One of my recent drugstore finds has been the brand essence makeup. The colour payoff and overall quality of these products is amazing, and the best part is that the price point is almost unbelievably low - I'm talking well under $10 low.  Another great thing about essence makeup is that it offers consumers high-quality drug store alternatives to products that are typically only available in the high-end stores: subtle high lighters, eye shadow primers, etc. To say that I'm in love would be an understatement, and it's about to get much easier to get your hands on essence makeup; the brand will be available in select Loblaws across Canada! This will definitely make grocery shopping much more fun!

I was lucky enough to try out what will be available for Fall and Winter from essence makeup, and I was very impressed. I did really enjoy all of the products that I tested out, however I wanted to share some stand-outs for me - and keep reading to find out how you could WIN a huge essence cosmetics prize-pack!

Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight

As much as I love drugstore products, I had yet to find a highlighter that was subtle enough for everyday wear and that didn't look like I had just piled a ton of glitter onto my face.  The Pure Nude Highlighter in Be My Highlight is perfect for me: just a hint of glow, in a universally flattering shade.  If you have naturally oily skin like me, or just prefer a more low-key highlight, then this products is definitely something you should check out!

Long-lasting Lipstick

This lipstick is incredible. I usually opt-out of drugstore lipsticks simply because I have a hard time with their strong scents - not this one!  The essence Long-Lasting Lipsticks are scent-free, which is incredibly refreshing to see in a drugstore lipstick, and they have amazing colour payoff.  I like how the finish on these lippies is slightly glossy, which still being full-coverage.

BB Balm Lip Gloss in Keep It Real

As someone who usually does not like lip glosses, let me tell you - I LOVE the BB Balm Lip Gloss from essence - specifically in the colour 'Keep It Real.' This is the perfect nude lip for me - pigmented enough to cancel out some of your natural lip colour, but natural so your lips still look lush. I also love how hydrating this lip gloss is, and another huge bonus - it's scent free! The BB Balm has been in my purse since receiving it, and I'm tempted to go back to test out all of the other shades available in the range.

Soft Touch Mousse Makeup

One fact that surprises people is that I only use drugstore foundations. I know that the experts will tell you that you need to invest in your base, but I have personally found the drugstore foundations to be just as good as their high-end counterparts - plus, they don't irritate my sensitive skin.  The Soft-Touch Mousse Makeup from essence is a great drugstore foundation, especially for those of us with oily skin.  It applies light, dries down to a matte finish, and is easily build-able to achieve different levels of coverage. Definitely a drugstore win.

Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

Achieving the perfect cat-eye is one thing, but making sure that it lasts all day is another. I love the essence Waterproof Eyeliner Pen, not only for it's easy-to-use felt applicator, but also for the fact that it will last an entire workday before it starts to fade. Bonus points for it not staining your eyelids when you try to take it off. This eyeliner is definitely one to check out for my fellow cat-eyed ladies.

I could go on forever about the products that I love from the essence line, but let's just get to the good part - the giveaway!  In honour of essence cosmetics being available in select Loblaws stores around Canada, I'm giving away a HUGE essence makeup prize pack!

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Contest open to residents of Canada only.

What do you guys think? Are you into drug store makeup products?  Have you had the chance to try out essence makeup?  Let me know!

xo Joëlle



  1. Huge fan of the highlighter as well! Perfect for the purse to swipe on as a everyday work highlighter.

    xx Gabriella

    1. I totally started coveting the highlighter after reading your post! Love it! xo

  2. I feel similar to you regarding closet > makeup lmao. I also am in a phase where clothes > accessories even though I know accessories are important. They make a difference but somehow I can't pull the trigger as quickly on an investment shoe than an investment garment lmao. But slowly working on it. I bought my first investment slide and I think I'm hooked!

    1. OHHH - which slides did you choose? Let me know! xo

  3. I just got my first Essence products the other day, but haven't played with them too much yet. I am most excited about the highlighter though! I've never used a powder highlight before.

    Something About That

    1. I love it - nice and subtle. I've tried some more intense highlighters, and it just didn't work for my oily skin!

  4. I've loved everything I've tried from essence so far - really need to try the foundation!

    1. Give it a try, Bri! I'm all about drugstore foundation, so I'm happy to find new favourites.

  5. Such a great post! Always nice to see a blogger review affordable makeup options:)


    1. Thanks Inessa! I love affordable makeup options, and so nice that I don't feel like it comes at a sacrifice in quality anymore!


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