Budget Beauty | Essence Mosaic Blushes

Monday, February 12, 2018

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In my Makeup Collection Series | Drugstore Blushers post I mentioned my deep love for Essence Cosmetic's discontinued Silky Touch Blush and consider it to be one of the best blushers at the drugstore in terms of product performance, quality and value for money. Their lovely PR came across my post and reached out to me and wanted me not to despair that my beloved blusher wasn’t available anymore and sent me a whole bunch of things that Essence currently has to offer. Among those goodies were these Mosaic Blushers that I leaped to try out (having photographed them first of course).

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Let’s talk about the most important thing here first. They are beautiful. The mosaic design is mesmerising with varying hues cascading against one another to create these stunning little pieces of art. I kid you not when I say I take a moment to stare at them every time I use them. They are just stunning. And it’s not surprising because from what I can remember Essence have always been creative with how they present their powder products, always trying new things and never failing to make me swoon.

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The formula is as great as ever, if not slightly better than my beloved Silky Touch Blush. They’re not overly pigmented or chalky or powdery, but rather fine and silky, with just the right level of pigmentation to make them easy to use and to build the intensity up.

Each blusher has a mixture of tiles that swirl together to create three very unique and pretty shades. And the finish on the skin is exactly what I look for in a blush - a tiny bit of radiance coming off that flushed cheek colour. Not flat or dull, just a hint of a sheen to reflect some light and brighten the complexion.

I find they last well for about 4 hours on my combination skin and I don’t mind having to touch up. It gives me a chance to enjoy the prettiness and it can be built up subtly so it never looks stark when freshly applied.

When I first saw them, I instantly knew I’d be all over the medium peachy shade 20 All You Need Is Pink* and it’s turned out to be the shade I’ve reached for the most so far. The pink berry shade 40 The Berry Connection* is the boldest of the lot and would suit most skin tones. I definitely misjudged the lighter one 35 Natural Beauty* which has hints of beige and mauve as I was convinced it wouldn’t show up on my skin. Thankfully I was wrong - it works as a beautiful, subtle nude blusher just to add a little dimension to my skin with a little bit of a glisten.

Overall, I am thrilled to have these in my collection as I’ve been reaching for little else lately. As always the quality of the product far surpasses its price point and if these were packaged in sleek black compacts with mirrors and boxes, nobody would question their space on higher end counters. So well done Essence, you still hold the drugstore blusher crown in my books.

Oh, I forgot to mention they only cost £2.50 each. If they come out with more shades I’m getting them all.

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Have you tried Essence Cosmetics products? Can you believe how affordable these beautiful blushers are? Which shade do you like the look of the most? Let know know...

Sal xxx
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*This post contains PR/Gifted items. All opinions are my own & 100% honest. Please see my Disclaimers for more information.

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