Beauty,  Make-up

Birthday week giveaway: essence

I adore essence cosmetics, who doesn’t, right? What’s not to love about great quality and unbeatable prices? 

I couldn’t even begin to tell you how many of their products I’ve used and loved over the years. 

These are from a few years back, but they always have a great lip offering.

It was the first brand to show us that great quality products are obtainable at a decent price point. I’ve found that many high street makeup brands are getting so ridiculously overpriced for what they are. Not essence, though. This brand continuously delivers on both price and quality.

Who remembers The Nudes collection? I adored this so much! Please bring it back, essence!

If you’ve never tried it (I doubt there are many of you), then the products to have a look at are definitely eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick and the nail polish offering if legendary. Always check on their stands every few months for the limited edition collections, too! I have so many limited editions from them that I wish were main line products.

I have a very exciting giveaway from essence for one lucky reader. If you want to stand a chance of winning a HUGE R1000 hamper of essence makeup, let me know your favourite essence product in the comments below.

UPDATE: Ladies, please don’t just copy a product from above – most of them are no longer available, so I can see exactly what you’re doing. Please play fair.

Entries close at 5pm on Thursday 30th May 2019. Open to South African residents and only one entry per person will be counted. Good luck!


  • Angie (Antholique) Macklin

    The best product ever, never had problems. Will definitly recommend.

    my absolute favourite is the Nude Collection

  • Portia

    Essence I love TRENDS nail polishes yay the make me look so professionally manicured &/pedicures yay

  • Megan H

    I own so many Essence products myself. I really love their blushes and some mascaras. Also, their nail polishes are my go to!

  • Kerry bezuidenhout

    I wouldn’t be able to say it’s my favorite, if I’m being honest it’s the only one I’ve tried. The essence nail polishes, I enjoy the thick brush that glides on smoothly…

    I’d love to win this hamper and sample and review a few of their other products ?

  • Nicola Conradie

    Essence is my absolute favourite range. I only use their make up Products. One of my favourite products from the range is their You better work Volume and Curl Mascara.

    I would so love to win this hamper.

  • Tannith Hechter

    Oh my word, I NEED this hamper!!

    I love the essence eyeliner waterproof pen. I use it on my eyes every day, and have often been complimented on how perfectly straight the lines are.

    I also love the lash princess volume mascara. It gives my lashes beautiful length and volume.

    The essence nail polishes are also a winner for me, as they go on so easily, last well, and come off nice and easily too.

  • Kim Sinclair

    Essence Mattifying Compact Powder is an excellent foundation. Love all their nail polish as well.

  • Tiffany Linde

    Essence prismatic hololighter stick
    Essence lights of orient bronzer
    Essence camouflage hard concealer (waterproof tattoo covering)
    Essence long lasting eye pencil (18h+waterproof)
    Black, dark brown and deep sea baby
    Essence lights of orient highlighter stick
    Essence my must haves eyeshadow holo kiss, snowflake and fix it baby
    Essence kiss the unicorn lipstick
    Essence glow to go illuminating setting spray
    Essence holo rainbow nail polish
    Essence glow in the dark top coat
    Essence effect sparkling sugar nail polish
    Essence special effect nail art topper
    Essence all in one complete care base and top coat
    And these are just some of them

  • Marochelle Wasserman

    I am Inlove with the Sydney Eyeshadow Pallet it has all the colours I need! My favourite!!

  • Chanell

    For me the best Essence product by far is the matt mouse foundation, it’s light and just looks soooo amazing! Lovit

  • Lauren

    Their nails polishes are priced right, with a massive section of vibrant collies! My favorite colour at the moment is 90 hot red chili.

  • Erin Goodchild

    Essence ultra LAST lipstick 07 is my absolute FAVOURITE lipstick for daytime wear. It’s soft neutral and best of all long lasting colour that doesn’t dry. Would be thrilled to be gifted with some more from this range!

  • Soraya asmal

    Last week I bought the Essence mosaic blush & its amazing! There’s little blocks of peaches, pinks & sandy hues which all go on for the prettiest blushy look. Love this brand !

  • Hanri

    I just love all essence products! I have not once been disappointed with any of the products I have purchased. All products are reasonably price and great value for money.

  • Janel Sunderlall

    I love their Gel Nail Polishes and their eye shadow palettes plus their essence the dip eyeliner❤❤ i basically looove all their products

  • Khadeejah

    My favourite product is the Essence Make Me Brow Gel Mascara. Sometimes that’s all I need and I look good with just that and a bit of lipstick.

  • Tarryn Arendse

    I love their mascaras, always make my lashes look so full and dramatic. Their colour up lipsticks make my lips so soft… Love love their products.

  • Lucinda Faroo

    I haven’t bought makeup for the past 5 years and recently purchased the Essence soft touch mousse, Essence all eyes on me waterproof multi effect mascara and the Essence extra long lasting eyeliner pen ❤️❤️❤️

  • Petra Van Der Merwe

    I love the Essence Colour Boost Vinylicious Liquid Lipstick in the shade Woody Rosy ???

  • Brenda Delene Kinners

    My favorite essence products are the You Better work primer and setting spray. I cannot go a day without those products and my favourite lipstick is the Matt Matt Matt number 13 lipstick, it’s a mauve colour that goes with any outfit I wear. I will be eternally grateful should i win this beautiful hamper. My birthday was yesterday 15 May, so I’m praying real hard to win ?

  • Naomey Lottering

    I recently bought melted chrome liquid lipstick and I love it. Essence really helps with the makeup being cheap. Oh and the nailpolish shine and go range is awesome. I got the “I am what I am” colour first.

  • Taryn Peters

    My fave I’ve tried so far is the Gel Nail Polish no.11 – 4 Ever Young. It’s such a beautiful deep red colour which is perfect for winter.

  • Depashni Marie

    I love the Lash princess mascara-the purple one(sculpted volume) Its the best mascara I’ve ever used. The new shine last and go nail polish range is also amazing …I’m slowly building my collection. The colours are brilliant.

  • Shantal

    I love their mascaras especially the lash princess range. Currently using the lash princess – false lash effect mascara. ♥️

  • Kerushnee Ramsamy

    The stick concealer is amazing!!! The coverage is so good and i actually use it as a foundation!!! I love essence retractable eyeliner as well…highly pigmented and easy to glide on but smudge proof

  • Elle H

    My most recent favourite find from Essense has been the You Better Work! mascara. It’s waterproof, well priced and does what I need it to do =)

    I miss their All about Matt collection! It was amazing. So many great products.

  • Justine Priday

    This brand was not on my radar at alllllll until I read your reviews.
    So, I went to clicks and purchased the stay natural concealer and LOVE it. I often get breakouts, and find this really works well to conceal spots, and believe me I have tried a lot of different concealers. Thanks!
    Would love to try more of the range.

  • Londi Mkhize

    I’ve used Essence make up products since they hit the market….seeing it at my favourite beauty and cosmetics shop. I’m a huge fan even now, the brand has grown so much and I’ve grown with it. I love their mascaras, both waterproof and non waterproof, the go big volumising mascara is my absolute fave, their stick concealer and matte finishing spray… exceptional. I die for their gel nail polish. I’m in love!

  • Michelle

    There are too many that are my favourites to choose just 1. I love their superfine waterproof liquid eye liner, The volume stylist mascara is amazing, their compact banana powder, their matt lipsticks, their nail polishes, the new Paris eye shadow palette is also amazing. Gosh too many to choose from. All their products are so amazing

  • Gabi

    Essence luminous matt bronzing powder ? makes me look alive even after an all-nighter of studying.