Gems at the drugstore: Essence I heart nudes collection

Nudes can be girly and chic, . . . which ever it is . . . it’s usually ON FLEET!

And my heart really wanted to love EVERYTHING from this collection . . . but I didn’t

First off I’ll start with what I didn’t heart

The XXXL nude lip gloss


I got the shades 01 Shy Beauty, which is a milky pink and 03 Taste The Sweets, which a deeper pink.

The pigmentation is subtle and the reservoir brush does offer just the right amount of texture and makes it easy to apply. It’s not gloopy and has a pleasant berry fragrance.


However, both glosses didn’t show up on my pigmented lips. I bought 01 Shy Beauty to wear as a topper on my lipstick, I didn’t expect it too show up. My lips are way too pigmented for that. But it looked like a clear lip gloss over top my lipstick. The darker shade was undetectable. I know this collection is meant to be natural . . . that said, you get subtle, sheer, and then you get ‘it never showed up ‘ . . . enough said.


The nail polishes are amazing. I got the shades 03 I’m Lost In You and 04 Cupcake Topping, which is a beautiful glitter.


Paired together, the combo looked so pretty and it lasted a good 5 days before I saw any fading or chipping.


I was blown away by the single eye shadows.


I was looking for matte single eye shadows to use as transition colours, so when I saw these guys, I grabbed two of them. There was a light rose pink I swatched in store but it swatched chalky so I didn’t pick that up.

These are baked shadows and they are dome shaped. They look like mini MAC Mineralized eye shadows. I got the shades 01 Vanilla Sugar, which is a sheer, subtle beige, which worked great to blend out my crease colour, to tone it down and give it a softer look. This isn’t pigmented enough to wear as a brow bone highlighter or in the inner corner of the eye. It is way to sheer, but very pretty nonetheless.

The other shade I got was 04 Sweet like Chocolate. This colour blew my hair back, it is that awesome.

It’s a soft brown shade that looked beautiful worn alone on the lid. The texture both these shadows are silky and just glided on the lid. You need to build this guy up a bit to show up dark or use it lightly as a transition shade or a sheer wash of colour worn over a primer. Surprisingly, these shadows were really long wearing and I noticed fading after the six-hour mark.


If you get anything from this collection, I recommend trying out these eye shadows. They are incredible and you get a lot of product in a single pan.

So, there were some hits and misses in this collection but those eye shadows are definitely hidden gems at the drug store!!!

Where to buy: Selected Clicks and Dischem stores nationwide

Price: Essence eye shadows: R44,95 each

Essence lip gloss: R 36, 95 each

Essence Nail polish: R32,95


2 thoughts

  • I agree with you regarding the glosses…definitely no depth! Might use it over a woody rose lipstick I have…thank you for the cool review about the eye shadow – will check it out!

  • These took forever to get here at my local Clicks. I picked up 3 eyeshadows, and later went back for a lipstick and a gloss. I think the quality is not bad, for what you pay. I really like the eyeshadows. Very nice neutral everyday colours. I always use an eyeshadow primer, because I have very oily lids, so I don’t really have issues with pigmentation or creasing. Thanks for your review

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