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Friday, October 3, 2014

Essence Dark Romance + Benefit Dupes?

One of the most popular posts on my blog is from when Essence first launched in Canada, and I've always felt a bit bad about it because it's basically just a picture-heavy post of a haul, no doubt clicked on by people looking for real information or reviews... So here we go with actual swatching and helpful information about some lovely picks from their latest collection, Dark Romance. You're welcome.


Essence Dark Romance collection, and possible dupes for Benefit Benetint and High Beam

I decided on these two items because they looked the most unique - a mousse blush and a cream highlighter for Essence's level of pricing? Heck yeah! And the best part? Both are actually quite good, and could even be duped for some higher-end products. The blush looks crazy scary in the pot, and even when heavily swatched, but once on the cheeks it's a really blendable texture and a really nice soft red flush of colour. While it's a completely different form of blush, the result really reminds me of Benefit's Benetint, but for a fraction of the price.


As for the highlighter, this one's a winner as well. It's a lovely cream product that's easy to apply to the cheeks and leaves a really nice sheen. My only issue is that the texture is only really conducive to applying it with the fingers, so it mucks up the pot pretty quickly. The result - again with different starting textures - reminds me of a cross between MAC's Strobe Cream and Benefit's High Beam. It's a subtle highlight but works really well on my pale skin.



Essence Dark Romance collection, and possible dupes for Benefit Benetint and High Beam


Essence Dark Romance collection, and possible dupes for Benefit Benetint and High Beam

These were my first Essence products in quite a while, and I'm really impressed with both of them! I usually check out their display when I take a poke through Shoppers Drug Mart, but it's usually their limited-edition collections - such as this one - that usually catch my eye.


What are some of your favourite Essence products? Do you tend to go straight for their collections and ignore their regular line, like I do?


xo Chloë
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