Has anyone else noticed that a ‘high street’ makeup haul isn’t as affordable as it once was? A few years ago I could come away with three lipsticks from MUA, a palette from Makeup Revolution, my favourite concealer from Collection and Loreal’s latest foundation, and still have change from a £20 note. Now, Collection is releasing £5 primers, Makeup Revolution has a makeup sponge retailing for £5.99 and a Loreal foundation could set you back up to £14.99. When it comes to high quality, affordable (we’re talking £2.80 for a mascara here) high street makeup Essence can’t be beaten.
The Colour Boost collection is Essence’s latest launch. These highly pigmented, one-coat nail polishes come in ten beautiful shades, including a dazzling cobalt blue, pastel yellow and a juicy coral perfect for summer. I received three easy-to-wear sophisticated yet versatile shades: Instant Passion, a rich burgundy red; Instant Party, a fun Barbie pink and Instant Friendship; a pale ballerina pink.
Retailing for only £1.80 each these nail paints are incredibly opaque and easy to both apply and remove. These are perfect if you’re looking for a quick and easy manicure as the brush gives a smooth and precise application in just a few strokes. Unlike other drugstore formulas that I’ve tried these don’t stain the nail and give instant high coverage without being too thick or gloopy.
To read my review of the Essence Shine, Shine, Shine Wet Look Lipgloss available here.
Essence is now available at Wilko.com with prices starting at only £1.