Essence Makeup – Fridays Face Under £10 Makeup challenge


Essence recently got in touch about taking part in their under £10 makeup challenge. Essence are a very cheap makeup range now sold in Wilkos and I completely back them for their quality. Even though the price is low I have loved their products in the past and think they stand up compared to other drug store brands. A few of their nail art products and gel polishes haven’t worked or been very effective but their makeup range is surprisingly good.


I was sent a range of their items to create this look from their collection, no foundation was included so I have used my regular L’oreal foundation which I didn’t include in my budget. On my face I chose to wear the Stay All Day PowderSoo Blush! Cream To Powder Blush 10 and the Soo Glow! Cream To Powder Highl. 20. These cost £3.50, £2.80 and £2.80 so comes to £9.10 so I don’t think under £10 is a reasonable target. I was really impressed with both the highlighter and blush. They are described as cream to powder and were so easy to apply, worked really well and gave a nice finish.

On my eyes I am wearing Quattro Eyeshadow 05get BIG lashes vol curl mascara and Kajal Pencil 08. These cost £3, £2.30 and £1, a total of £6.30. At this point I am at a spend of £15.40, pretty over my £10 limit and that isn’t including foundation. My favourite of these items has to be the Kajal Pencil 08, a deep brown shade eye pencil that wasn’t very soft, was very long lasting and smudge proof.

I went for a statement berry lip and used Essence Lipstick Glamour Queen 31Lipliner 05 – Soft Berry and Essence Xxxl Shine Lipgloss 07 – Big Night Out. I started out by lining my lips, applying my lipstick and adding a bit of sparkle with the gloss. I really like Essence lip products, for the price you cannot go wrong. These cost £2, £1 and £1.80, coming to £4.80. In total, excluding my foundation my look came to £20.20 which is no where near my £10 challenge but is still pretty good for £20 worth of makeup.

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Essence items featured in todays post –

Stay All Day 12h Long-L. Powder 15
Soo Blush! Cream To Powder Blush 10
Soo Glow! Cream To Powder Highl. 20
Silky Touch Blush 20 – Babydoll

The Lash Curler Vol Mascara
Quattro Eyeshadow 05
Liquid Ink High Shine Eyeliner
get BIG lashes vol curl mascara
Kajal Pencil 08
Peach Beach Holographic Effect 74 – Eyeshadow

Lipstick Glamour Queen 31
Lipliner 05 – Soft Berry
Essence Xxxl Shine Lipgloss 07 – Big Night Out
Longlasting Lipstick 12 – Blush My Lips

Colour & Go Nailpolish 111 – English Rose
Effect Nails 03
Colour & Go Nail Polish 169 – A Hint of Love
Essence Studio Nails Xxl Nail Thickener

Do you think you could do the Essence under £10 makeup challenge?

Mary Oliver

Mary 24 CRAFTY CREATIVE CLUMSY UK beauty, fashion, lifestyle blogger and vlogger I started this blog in summer 2013 to create my own little space to write relatable content on my personal style for the everyday girl. Yorkshire based lover of tea, floral prints and skater dresses.