hope you are all doing ok.
I already declared my love for Essence Cosmetics here and here but today I want to talk to you about some of the products in the flash.
I bought these two blushes when I first visited the Manchester Arndale shop and despite being from old collections you should still be able to find them around.
The first one I want to show you is part of the Viva Brazil collection and it's called Viva San Paulo.
It's an intense orange-brownish, a sort of very deep coral.
In the pan looks quite a strong shade and I wasn't very sure it would have been suitable for my skin tone and for the normal use I do of the blush, which is more on the natural side really, but a quick swatch proved me wrong.
It blends very easly in a pleasant coral shade, very natural and healty looking.
After been on holiday, my quite tanned skin have allowed me to play with it a bit more, thanks to the fact it's pretty buildable in a more intense shade, without looking patchy or too strong.
The effect is 100% matte and under a good base it lasts me good 8 hours before starting to fade away.
The second blush saved me from a probably useless splurge on a most expensive one.
I was ready to buy the dual toned blush from the Proenza Shouler for Mac collection when I saw this.
It's not a 100% dupe but it's so similar I can be quite happy with it and my saved quids.
As you can see it has two shades, a baby pink one and an soft orange one, the first is the more pigmented of the two and they have both matte finishes.
Unless you use a very small brush, maybe a contour one, it's impossible to work with one shade without touching the other.
I have been using both by swirling the brush around the pan to mix the two powder or by pat a wider brush (I am loving this one from W7 at the moment) in it and then put it on my face and blend in the middle.
It blends quite well but I have to say the first method is the one I prefer cos it saves time and avoids patches of colours.
The effect is quite natural, I use this blush a lot if I am doing a smoky on the eyes or if I am going for intense red lips, just to keep it simple and neat and don't look like Ronald Mc Donald.
It doesn't really last as long as the Viva San Paulo one, probably due to the fact it's not so pigmented, but I am overall happy with my purchase and I can totally recommend this blush.
I cannot recall how much I paid for both but considering it's Essence we are talking about, there shouldn't be any problem regarding the price.
Have you tried Essence blushes? Wanna share your thoughts?