Review: Essence brushes

I’ve been asked many times to do a post or several posts on make up brushes. I’ve had difficulties deciding how to do these posts, because there’s so many different brushes out there and I also have a lot of different brushes myself. So I couldn’t decide whether to write a “my favourite brushes” post or just a basic post about brushes (how to use them etc.) or separate post for face brushes and for eye brushes … I decided that for now I’ll just review some of the brushes that I have and then I’ll see where will that lead me. Does that sound good for you?

I decided to start with the Essence brushes, because they are easy to find here in Slovenia and they are cheap.

Review: Essence brushes

Essence brushes

First I’d like to say that all Essence brushes are of quite good quality. All brushes are very soft and they don’t loose hair, which is very good (starting point). The handle on the eyeliner brush feels very cheap, but for the price it’s OK. BUT I still don’t think all of the brushes are worth buying. Read on please.

Let’s start with my least favourite brush, which is blush brush. For my taste this brush is too big for a blush brush and the bristles too long or just not dense enough. When you apply brush the bristles spread out too much and you can’t control where you put the blush. For me this brush is useless and I don’t like it at all. For me it was a complete waste of money. MAC 168 brush is just for reference.

Essence blush brush vs. MAC 168

Essence blush brush vs. MAC 168

Next is the powder brush, which is better than the blush brush. I really don’t know what to say about this brush. It’s a good brush but I don’t use it or even like it. I’m not saying it’s not worth the money, but I still don’t use it. I don’t know why … I guess I don’t like the bristles and the bristles are not dense enough. It’s an OK brush (if you don’t have a better powder brush :biggrin: ) if you ask me. MAC 116 brush is just for reference.

Essence powder brush vs. MAC 116

Essence powder brush vs. MAC 116

The handles are a lot shorter than the handles on MAC’s brushes.

Essence brushes vs. MAC 168 and MAC 116

Essence brushes vs. MAC 168 and MAC 116

Moving on to my favourite Essence brushes.

Essence smokey eyes brush and Essence eyeliner brush

Essence smokey eyes brush and Essence eyeliner brush

First the eyeliner brush, which is very good. The bristles are not harsh or rough. You can create a very thin and precise line using this brush. I like it a lot. The only thing I don’t like about this brush is the handle. It’s made of plastic and it feels like you could break it. It’s bendable. But I’ve been using this brush for a few months now and I didn’t break it until now, so I guess it’s not as fragile as it feels. :biggrin:

Essence eyeliner brush

Essence eyeliner brush

And my favourite brush of the bunch is the smokey eyes brush. It lacks density to be a perfect smokey eyes brush, but it’s still very good. I like to use it for blending, because it’s fluffy. I’ve read that it’s also great for applying concealer under the eyes. So a true multitasker. If I had to recommend only one Essence brush this would be it.

Essence smokey eyes brush

Essence smokey eyes brush

To sum it up.
In my opinion, these are quite good quality brushes (esspecially for the money), but not all have the greatest shape or the bristles aren’t the best. Some of them are not dense enough. The price is low, so most of them are really good value for money, but I would NOT RECOMMEND buying the blush brush and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND the smokey eyes brush.

I hope my review was helpful to some of you.

Have you ever tried the Essence brushes? Which ones do you have? What are your thoughts on them?

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29 comments

  1. I agree with you on the blush brush anD the smokey eye brush… But I miss the old blush and power brush do you know where I can still find the power brush or the moonlight power brush.

  2. I love the smokey eye brush as well (even though I still can’t manage to do a smokey eyes). Anyway, the pink purple brushes just made to US so I was a little curious about them (I love the original blush brush with beige/white hair). It’s nice to know that they are not too good…

  3. Imam ta 2 čopiča Essence smokey eyes brush in Essence eyeliner brush in sem super zadovoljna, sta skoraj vsak dan v uporabi :party:

  4. Jaz imam tudi gel eyeliner čopič, le da je moj iz Natventurist kolekcije (mislim da je enak le barva je drugačna) in sem zelo zadovoljna

  5. Hvala za tako dober post :thumb: Že nekaj časa razmišljam, da bi si vzela liner-ja (imam sicer enega od Coastal Scents, ki mi je super ampak je dobro imeti 2 :whistle: ) in čopič za nanos pudra. Torej, za liner si me prepričala za drugega bom še kaj počekirala (mogoče Catrice? hmmm) :biggrin:

  6. Pa sem že imela smokey eyes v rokah, pa ga odložila nazaj :whistle: Bo treba it iskat. :silly: Jaz sem še pa vedno čisto navdušena nad starim powder & blush. Manjši ročaji so mi pa fajn, ker če ne ves čas drezam v ogledalo – na daleč nič ne vidim :blush:

  7. TO, Maestra piše o čopičih! :happy: :party: Essencovega za eyeliner imam iz njihovih LE. Enega takega mini, ne spomnim se iz katere kolekcije in pa enega, ki je po obliki enak temu v tvojem prispevku, iz Natventuriste, in mi je zelo všeč. :yes: Bom pogledala še za tega za smokey eyes, Essence je tako poceni, da si ga lahko mimogrede privoščim. Hvala za nasvete! :rose:

    Sicer pa se mi zdi super način podajanja te res obsežne teme. Ideja, da bi jih pokrila po znamkah mi je zelo všeč, tudi zato, ker je vsaka znamka pač svoj cenovni razred. Tako da če boš priporočila smokey eyes čopič še pri MAC in Make Up Factory, se bo vsaka posameznica lahko odločila, kateri bo bolj primeren njeni denarnici.
    Če pa smem bit še bolj zoprna: ideja tvoje allstar skupine za kompleten make up, na koncu obdelane tematike bi bila zame sveti gral. :yes: :blush: Seveda pa si jo lahko izpišem tudi sama preko postov, da ne bo zgledalo, kot da že po prvem prispevku nalagam nove ideje za prispevke. :blush:

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