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(Disclaimer: All products in this post were purchased using my own money and NOT sent in for review.)
Today I'm going to do a small review on 2 Essence nail polishes (and a swatch of their powder eyeshadow). I have often seen Essence nail polish swatches on various blogs but since it was not available in Malaysia, I could only drool at them in front of the laptop.
Update (10th September 2012): Essence cosmetics can be found in Watsons at the following locations - Sunway Pyramid, The Mines, Plaza Metro Kajang, Sungei Wang Plaza, Alpha Angle Shopping, PJ Old Town, Carrefour Kepong, Alamanda Shopping Centre, Taman Maluri Cheras, Endah Parade, Jusco Cheras Selatan, Berjaya Times Square, Cheras Leisure Mall & Tesco Ampang. The CociCoci outlets in Midvalley and Bukit Bintang have closed.
|(Photos taken from COCiCOCi Malaysia's Facebook page)|
These are my recent Essence purchases from COCiCOCi.
- Essence 'Colour & Go' in Ultimate Pink, 5ml (RM 6.90)
- Essence 'Colour & Go' in Can't Cheat On Me, 5ml (RM 6.90)
- Essence matt top coat, 8ml (RM8.90)
- Essence nail polish remover pen (RM 8.90)
- Essence mono eyeshadow in 24 Love Me (RM 7.90)
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I also purchased their powder eyeshadow in #24 Love Me, which is a shimmery gold shade, in the hopes of it being a (temporary) substitute for the Dolly Wink Cream Eyeshadow mentioned in my previous post. Priced at RM 7.90, I reasoned that it could be worth a try.
I must say, it looked better when I swatched it on the back of my hand while in the store. Swatching it for the second time at home, I found that it is not very pigmented and the colour does not show up very well, even in direct sunlight, even though there is some reasonably visible gold shimmer when blended. Looks like I'll only be using this eyeshadow as a base/highlight shade.
Essence 'Colour & Go' Nail Polish
✓ Pros: Very affordable price, opaque in one coat, quick drying (if you do 1 coat), comes in a wide variety of fun colours.
✗ Cons: None? I love them, and would go and buy more!
Essence Matt Top Coat
✓ Pros: Cheap, dries fast.
✗ Cons: Not really a 'matte' finish., more of a satin-matte (to me, anyway).
Essence Mono Eyeshadow
✓ Pros: Cheap, large selection of colours, available in matte, shimmer and creamy textures.
✗ Cons: Slightly too hard and powdery, not very pigmented.
I highly recommend their polish polish, as it is very affordable and high quality, not to mention that you can choose from so many colours. Besides the 'Colour & Go' collection, they also have the 'Multi Dimension XXXL Shine' series, as well as their newest 'Metallics Magnetic' nail polish collection. That's the one I am most eager to try, because I am absolutely fascinated by the idea of using magnets to create nail art after reading about these nail polishes on All Lacquered Up.
Well, that's all for today. Hope you liked my review and swatches, and do leave a comment. :) Thanks!