Review & Swatches – Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Collection

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Review

Essence Cosmetics absolutely killed it with their ‘Merry Berry’ collection towards the end of last year, and I was hoping the new limited edition collection called ‘Happy Girls Are Pretty’ collection would be no different.  When I first received the press release of the collection, my heart skipped a beat.  As mentioned in this blog post, if there was ever a makeup collection made just for me, then it’s this one.  Pastels, hearts, shimmer, and neutrals…what more could a girl ask for in a makeup collection?

I love the message behind the collection: “Happy girls are pretty.”  And it’s so true!  I also love the cute names of all the products: ‘Live, Laugh, Love And Repeat’ … ‘Enjoy The Little Things’ … ‘Happiness Is Following Your Heart’.

Essence South Africa sent me the blush, contour set, 1 eyeshadow palette, and nail file about 2 weeks ago.  Then a couple of days after that I popped in to Clicks to purchase most of the other products in the collection.  I wanted to do a proper in-depth review for you because I’m sure most people would love to purchase every single item in the collection (it’s just so darn pretty), but some might not be sure which items are really worth it.  That’s what I’m here for – I test the products, give you my recommendations, and that will hopefully save you a bit of cash.

Essence products are very affordable and even though the quality can sometimes be a bit of a hit and miss, you can’t deny that when it comes to the cuteness factor, they almost always come up on top.

I love the look of the eyeshadow palettes – they feature an adorable ball of wool / yarn design, with the piece of yarn shaping the word ‘Knit’ towards the end of the palette.  This is so unique and it fits perfectly with the theme of the collection, as the knitted design pops up in the blush as well.  For such dinky, and compact palettes, I like how decently sized the pans are.  I highly recommend you apply an eyeshadow primer as a base for the shadows, as it will intensify the pigmentation and make the shimmery shades pop a lot more.  Don’t get me wrong, the eyeshadows have good pigmentation, but I always use an eyeshadow primer to up the vibrancy of any eyeshadow and to prevent creasing.  The swatches you see below are with NO eyeshadow primer, but I applied 2 layers of each.

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Happiness Is…Following Your Heart Eyeshadow Palette ♥ R67,50

Ya’ll know I love a good neutral / nude eyeshadow palette, and so I was definitely drawn to this one first.  The shades are absolutely beautiful, and are perfect for all seasons.  The first eyeshadow is a matte off-white shade that works nicely as a browbone or inner corner highlight.  The rest of the shades in the palette are shimmery, but the darker shades actually pass as satin shades and can definitely be used in the crease without making the whole eye makeup look too shimmery.  The second shade is a subtle champagne, the third is a cool-toned gold shimmer, the fourth is a warm bronze, and the fifth shade is a stunning chocolate brown with burgundy and silver flecks of shimmer.  The shadows are so velvety and smooth, and do not require much blending – they really are a pleasure to work with.

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Eyeshadow Palette

Happiness Is…Seeing Your Smile Eyeshadow Palette ♥ R67,50

The shade selection of this palette reminds me of a butterfly, or a ballerina.  All the eyeshadows in this little palette contains shimmer, but some have a satin finish whereas others have a more intense shimmery finish.  I like the palette, but I’ll be honest: I prefer the more neutral palette I mentioned above.  I find most of the shades in this specific palette are more highlight-y type shades, and I can’t really imagine creating a complete eye makeup look using just this palette (the purple-grey shade is the darkest, and yet I don’t think it’s pigmented enough to be used as a crease colour).  Most of the colours blend into each other (because they are so similar), and so it’s difficult to create a defined eye makeup look with the palette alone.

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Nail Polishes

Happy Girls Are Pretty Nail Polishes ♥ R34,95 each

I was SO impressed with the nail polishes in this collection!  When I first saw swatches on Instagram and on the web, I knew that I had to invest in at least 3 of the 6 shades.  I always like to research swatches of collections because I tend to get a little bit too excited when it comes to adorable collections with beautiful shades.  Anyway, so from the swatches I knew that I wanted to pick up the 2 matte shades and the girly pink shade.  I actually also wanted to buy the chocolate brown shimmer polish, but I managed to stay calm and reel it in.

Ok, so the swatches you see above are 2 thin coats each – the formula of all 3 nail polishes were great, not streaky and definitely not sheer.  Oh, and I love that the matte nail polishes dry really, really fast but as with most matte polishes, they don’t last as long on the nails (mine chipped after 2 or 3 days unfortunately).  Let’s get to the cutie patootie nail polish shades I picked up, shall we?

Essence Enjoy The Little Things

Enjoy The Little Things – Aaaaaaaaargh, I love this shade so much!  I can definitely see myself finishing the whole bottle, and that’s saying a lot because I’ve only ever finished one nail polish in my life.  This is a gorgeous matte frosted off-white shade, and it reminds me so much of Essie ‘Wrap Me Up’ from the Cashmere Mattes collection (but it’s way more beautiful).  This is the perfect wedding manicure shade, especially if you’re looking for something that is very unique.  The swatch you see above does it no justice, so I suggest you head to Clicks and pick this up – it’ll be the best R34,95 you’ll ever spend!

Essence Happy Girls Rock

Happy Girls Rock – Another favourite, this is a stunning frosted matte muted grey polish.  But it’s not just any ol’ grey, oh no, this has a purple undertone with silver, peach and turquoise shimmers.  I know the words ‘shimmer’ and ‘matte’ in the same description might sound rather confusing, but the end result is magical.  This shade and ‘Enjoy The Little Things’ both remind me of a unicorn, no idea why…but I’m just putting it out there.  Trust me, you need this in your life!

Essence Just Happy

Just Happy! – This is a beautiful glossy mauve-y pink shade, perfect for any occasion – work, play, job interview, first date, party, and even a wedding.  I’m currently wearing Essie ‘Just Stitched’ on my nails (with a glossy topcoat), but as soon as it starts to chip I’ll be painting my nails with this little polish.  I think it’ll also look really nice with a matte topcoat, so I might give that a go!

Top Tip: Remember, matte nail polishes double up as normal nail polishes too – just add a glossy top coat.  ‘Happy Girls Rock’ looks particularly stunning with a glossy top coat, almost like a hologram nail polish.

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Blush

You Sweeten My Day Multi Colour Blush ♥ R57,95

If there was one product in the collection I absolutely had to have, it’s this beauty.  I was so excited the first time I laid eyes on the blush because the embossed knit pattern design is just so eye-catching.  The sweater pattern is a light cool-toned pink highlight shade, while the heart in the middle is more of a darker warm-toned pink shade.  This blush is definitely more suited for pale and lighter skin tones, especially since the outer part of the blush is so light and sheer (it’s not really shimmery, it just gives the skin a hint of sheen).  Most of the pigmentation in this blush comes from the heart design in the middle, which isn’t saying much because the more you blend, the more it sheers out.  It looks pigmented when you first apply it to the skin, but as soon as you start blending it disappears.  It sounds weird, I know, but that’s unfortunately my experience with this blush.  I wouldn’t classify it as a blush, this is more of a pink-toned highlighter to me (even when you mix both shades together).  The swatches you see below have been layered and built up, just so that you can actually see what the shades look like.

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Blush Swatch

This blush definitely needs something to stick to, so if you are someone who likes to skip the foundation and just apply a powder blush, then I don’t think this blush will show up on your cheeks at all.  If I’m honest, this blush left me wanting more.  More pigmentation, more intensity, more shimmer – I would have really loved this blush if it had just a little bit more oomph!  If you’re quite light in skin tone and you’re looking for a very natural highlighting shade, then this product might interest you.  But if you’re looking for a full-on blush, then I’d give this a miss.

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Contour Set

Happy Girls Are Pretty Contouring Set ♥ R63,50

When I first saw the contour & highlighter duo I was a little bit apprehensive, I thought the contour shade looked a bit too dark, and a bit too warm for my skin tone.  I also thought the highlighter was going to be one of those chalky matte highlighters, with some serious fall-out.  Turns out, I ate some humble pie because this little duo is very impressive!  The contour shade is actually pretty darn perfect, it’s not too warm-toned and not that cool-toned…so it can be used as a contour-bronzer-hybrid type product.  Pigmentation is very good, and it blends out like an absolute dream.

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Contour Set Swatch

The highlight shade is a winner as well, it’s a beautiful creamy champagne shade with a slight yellow undertone and a satin finish.  There are shimmers in there, but they’re not too over-the-top.  They just give the skin a gorgeous airbrushed glow.  The texture isn’t chalky at all (there is a tiny bit of fall-out though), and feels soft and velvety on the fingertips.  Apply this highlighter on the areas of your face you want to accentuate i.e. cupid’s bow (to make your lips appear larger), high points of the cheeks (to lift those cheekbones), tip of the nose (to make your nose appear a bit smaller and more pointed).  It’s not an intense highlight like for example theBalm ‘Mary-Lou Manizer’ but it definitely gives the skin a subtle glow.  I think it’s safe to say I am in love with this little palette!

Top Tip: You can most definitely also use these shades as eyeshadows – use the contour shade to deepen & define the crease, and the highlighter to brighten up the lid or highlight the brow bone.

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Lipbalm

Live, Laugh, Love And Repeat Lipbalm ♥ R44,95

Aaaaand…we have a winner!  When I first bought this, I thought it would be a sheer neutral pink balm (the packaging says “Sheer Lipbalm”) but boy, was I wrong!  This is definitely a lipstick, no doubt about it.  And I honestly think this is one of the most beautiful and most comfortable lipsticks I have ever owned.  And for that price point, I’m inclined to go back to Clicks to get my hands on a backup.  Here’s what I love about it: It feels like a balm, but it has the pigmentation of a lipstick.  It doesn’t feel thick of heavy on the lips, it’s not sticky, and it adds hydration to the lips.  This particular shade is the perfect everyday mauve pink – definitely a ‘my-lips-but-better-shade’, and I think it will be suitable for most skin tones as well.  I also like the scent of this, it smells slightly fruity but isn’t overpowering at all.

ssence Happy Girls Are Pretty Nail File

Happy Girls Are Pretty 2-in-1 Nail File ♥ R34,95

I don’t really have that much to say about this, because well…it’s a nail file.  The one side is a bit more textured than the other side, and what I like about it is that the textured side isn’t too rough.  But, once again, I’ll be honest:  If you’re in the market for a new nail file, rather get the original Essence 4-in-1 nail file (R29,95).  It’s longer in length, and you can use it to shorten, buff, smoothen and polish your nails.  It’s the ONLY nail file I use, and it’s been a staple in my manicure routine for years now.

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty Ultra Slim Eye Pencil

Ultra Slim Eye Pencil ♥ R38,95

These twist-up eye pencils are also sure-fire winners in the collection – they’re smooth, creamy and have good lasting power.  The packaging and micro tip reminds me a lot of the Hourglass Mechanical Gel Eye Liner, but the formula is slightly drier than the Hourglass pencils.  What I really like about the super slim design is that it’s perfect for more precise work around the waterline or upper lash line.  The flat top is genius for the waterline, as it is quite small and fits perfectly on either your upper or lower waterline plus it glides on fairly easily in these areas.

The Choco Side Of Life – This is a rich chocolate brown shade with a matte finish.  I like to apply this shade to my upper or lower lash line but I try to keep it away from my waterline since it does contain Carmine.  Carmine is a red dye that is sometimes used in makeup products, which can cause eye irritation and itchiness.  My eyes are very sensitive, I just have to look at certain eye pencils / eyeshadows and my eyeballs will be bloodshot with the blink of an eye (pun intended).  So I try to steer clear from using most brown eyeliners in my tightline and waterline, because we all know red + blue = brown.  Carmine is also not vegetarian / vegan friendly, as it’s extracted from crushed up shellfish.  It is a lovely little pencil, nonetheless, and I find the fine tip to be very user friendly (so much easier to work with compared to thick, bulky eyeliner pencils).

Happy Girls Rock – Similar to the grey nail polish (both have the same name), this is a matte steel grey shade with a blue undertone.  It’s surprisingly very pigmented, and the soft texture glides across skin, producing a smooth, even line of colour.  It’s semi-opaque in a single line, but is also buildable to fully opaque colour in two layers.  I didn’t have much trouble with wear, but it does start to fade after about 6 hours.  I think these pencils are great for precision work, so you can really get between lashes for a lusher, thicker lash line.  I like to use this shade with more cool-toned eye makeup looks (greys, purples, taupes), and I find it brightens up the eyes very nicely since it has a blue undertone.

Essence Happy Girls Are Pretty

All in all, I really enjoyed playing around with the new ‘Happy Girls Are Pretty’ collection, which is exclusive to Clicks stores nationwide.  If you were to ask me which of the products I would recommend you, here is my list:

♥  Happiness Is…Following Your Heart Eyeshadow Palette

♥  Happy Girls Are Pretty Contouring Set

♥  Live, Laugh, Love And Repeat Lipbalm

♥  Enjoy The Little Things Nail Polish

♥  Happy Girls Rock Nail Polish

Which of the products mentioned above tickle your fancy?



  1. Merissa
    15 February 2016 / 21:02

    Your photos… >hearty eyes<

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:19

      Thank you for the lovely compliment, Merissa. 🙂

  2. Porchia
    15 February 2016 / 21:03

    Ok, you have convinced me to get the contour duo, matte nail polishes and the lipstick. 🙂 Great review, thanks Luzanne.

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:20

      You’re welcome, Porchia. 🙂 I hope you love the goodies as much as I do. 😉

  3. Talitha ❤
    15 February 2016 / 21:08

    Ag no, pity about the blush. I was hoping it would be a winner. 🙁

    I bought the neutral eyeshadow palette and it’s all I’ve been wearing lately.

    Beautiful review, L.

    xo, Talitha

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:20

      Thank you, Talitha. 🙂 xo

  4. Kelly
    15 February 2016 / 22:11

    Thanks for the reviews Luzanne! Would you say that the contour and highlighter would work well on darker skin tones?

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:22

      I think the contour duo would work well on pale, light and medium skin tones but it probably won’t show up on deep or dark skin tones. 🙂 Maybe up to MAC NW35 or NW40?

      • Kelly
        17 February 2016 / 11:54

        Ahh thanks for that 🙂

  5. Martie
    16 February 2016 / 00:45

    Just loved reading this review… Your photos are just so darn gorgeous girl! I also picked up mostly everything from this collection except for 2 polishes and the lighter eye shadow palette. So happy it also got released here in the Middle East as I was so looking forward to this collection Now I need the Enjoy The Little Things nail polish too and the whole collection is already sold out at the Pharmacy where I picked up my goodies, will have to go on the hunt. Lol

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:23

      Thanks so much for popping by the blog, Martie. 🙂 And thank you for the wonderful compliment. xo

  6. 16 February 2016 / 06:11

    OMMG (Oh my makeup gods) that range is amazeballs. I love it and am absolutely hating the fact that at the moment I am not in SA to get myself a couple of these obviously amazing products.

    Luzanne the happy girls rock nail polish is my favourite from the swatches and pictures. I am swooning.

    Thank you for sharing, as usual your ability to to get a girl more and more in love with make up is outstanding.

    Lots of love,

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:24

      Aaaah no, where are you at the moment? Perhaps you can ask a family member to get you a little something while everything is still in stock?

      You’re welcome, I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog post. xo

  7. 16 February 2016 / 08:40

    I saw these in my local Dischem, and grabbed the blush and contour duo as if my life depended on them. I am so in love with the contour duo, and the highlighter is the perfect everyday highlight, as it’s subtle but glowy.

    I was also disappointed by the blush! So so disappointed! I’m going to just have to keep it to stare at hahaha

    Also, thanks for enabling me! I’m going to have to get the lipbalm and at least one eyeliner now!

    -Siobhan – Sugar and Spice blog

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:25

      I totally agree with you – I’m 100% happy to just stare at the blush…it really is a beauty! 😉

  8. Ronnae Elliott
    16 February 2016 / 09:30

    Everything is so pretty. I love the lip balm.

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:25

      It’s such a beautiful shade, and feels wonderful on the lips. 🙂

  9. Simone Cameron
    16 February 2016 / 09:35

    Oh wow…I’ve been waiting for this review!

    The eyeshadow palette (smile) I grabbed a week ago and I find the colours to be so chalky? I used a primer on my eyelids…thankfully I had my Stila Palette in my handbag so I could use that over it. I don’t know…it wasn’t love. Adam ended up dropping the palette and the last shade broke to smithereens and I didn’t even feel sad. lol. I told my sister she could have it. Only the one palette was on the shelf though, so I will still try the other one that you prefer. It’s cheap enough to give it a go.

    Then the Matt nail polish… I used it last week and 2 coats were still streaky. I do my nails twice a week… I LOVE essence nail polishes so I rushed to get 2 from this collection and the Matt one, was not love 🙁 I found it chipped way faster than Essence usually chips. I get away with upto 5 days, but with this I think it chipped after 2.

    I will try the lipbalm, I wasn’t sure what they were…and another girl and I were doing a tango for the last eyeshadow palette…so when she put it down I grabbed it and didn’t still want to be looking around. lol.

    Love the pics and thanks for the review!!

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:31

      I didn’t really find the eyeshadows to be very chalky, there was a little bit of fallout with the Happiness Is…Seeing Your Smile palette but it wasn’t that bad. I’m always hesitant to compare really affordable eyeshadows with higher end ones, because the formulas will almost never be the same quality.

      Matte nail polishes don’t last as long as normal glossy ones, I’ve never come across a matte polish that lasted longer than their glossy counterparts so it doesn’t really bother me too much. I’ve worn Happy Girls Rock and it lasted about 3 days on me, my other polishes usually last about 6 or 7 days. Matte polishes can also look streaky if your nails are textured (i.e. you have ridges), maybe keep that in mind. I have nails that tend to be very ‘ridgy’ (I’ve always struggled with that) so I like to give them a good buff every now and again. It just helps any nail polish to look less streaky. I actually like the nail polishes from this collection more than my other permanent collection polishes.

      Thanks for popping by the blog, Simone. 🙂

      • Simone Cameron
        17 February 2016 / 12:00

        Maybe chalky isn’t the right word…it just all looked white on my eyelids. Maybe my eyelids are the problem.

        Didn’t know that about matt nail polish, not lasting long…my first matt polish. I think I’m more of a glossy nail polish gal then. I love the other colour I got, so will try that one next. Got side tracked by a new colour I found and that one jumped the queue after I removed the matt polish. he he.

        • Simone Cameron
          17 February 2016 / 12:01

          And yes, I have ridgey (??) nails…lol. Shame I was feeling so bad as I love Essence and my complaints seem to be in the minority.

        • Luzanne
          17 February 2016 / 12:03

          You’re completely right, the shades are all way too similar in that eyeshadow palette. All 3 of the light shades look exactly the same on my lids as well. I’ve found that sometimes that happens with more affordable brand eyeshadows, they all start to mesh and blend together and end up looking the same on the lids. The same thing has happend to me with the Essence All About Rose eyeshadow palette. 🙂

          • Simone Cameron
            18 February 2016 / 11:10

            That’s exactly it…. okay so I’m not crazy…he he. The colours didn’t look any different…all looked the same white-ish colour.

            Thanks for always reading our comments and even our replies Luzanne 🙂

  10. 16 February 2016 / 10:23

    I was also disappointed with the blush, it shows as nothing on me!

    The Lip Balm is awesome, I bought both, and really pleased with them. You should try the lighter one too, it is really pretty.

    I didn’t even look at the polishes, because I definitely don’t need more polishes in my life, but now you have me itching to go get some!

    Oh, and I love the contour too, works really well, and I think it is a pretty universal shade.

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:33

      Yes, you kind of really have to dunk your brush into the blush to pick up some colour. 🙁

      The one I reviewed above is the lighter shade, I looked at the darker one and knew that I wouldn’t like it (it’s a bit too dark for my taste). I also preferred the mauve-y undertone of the lighter shade. 🙂

      Gosh, I also don’t need more polishes but I just couldn’t say no to these special ones… 😉

  11. Linelle
    16 February 2016 / 10:31

    Everything looks so pretty 🙂 Love the photos and the review!

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:34

      Thank you so much, Linelle. 🙂

  12. Bianca
    16 February 2016 / 10:48

    I bought the lip balm too – agree it is such a stunning nude! Also thinking of going to purchase a back up!

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:34

      I need to go back to my local Clicks store to get that backup before it’s sold out! 😉

  13. Roshan Heuvel
    16 February 2016 / 12:07

    Awesome review (as always) I too have the blush and sadly yes doesn’t do anything but just so pretty to look at 🙂 will definitely try to get my hands on the contour set as I have just been waiting for YOUR REVIEW…and now I know!

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:36

      Thank you, Roshan. 🙂 It’s very pretty to look at, and I’m happy to keep it on my vanity to stare at every now and again. 😉

      You definitely need to check out the contour duo! 🙂

  14. 16 February 2016 / 12:57

    Ah man! I haven’t used any of my products yet because I still want to take pictures. I am so disappointed that you don’t like the blush 🙁 BUT looks like I need to grab that pigmented balm 😉

    – Jane Wonder –

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:37

      #BloggerProblems I know exactly how it is – you want to start using the products as soon as you have them, but need to wait until you can take photos first.

      Once you’ve swatched the blush, you’ll see what I mean… xoxo

  15. Lalannie Knoll
    16 February 2016 / 13:14

    Thank you for this great review, Luzanne.
    The packaging is so cute that you want everything.
    I only got the Happy Girls Rock Nail Polish and love the shade but am dissappointed that it does chip quickly. I will try it with a glossy top coat now though.

    Defs now want to try the Enjoy The Little Things nail polish and Live, Laugh, Love And Repeat Lipbalm.

    • Simone Cameron
      16 February 2016 / 14:36

      I got 2 of the nail polishes and with a top coat it still chipped really fast. Wasn’t a fan 🙁 But I only tried the matt one so far, still need to try the other light purple-ish colour.

      • Luzanne
        16 February 2016 / 22:40

        I hope your other nail polish lasts a bit longer on you, Simone.

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:39

      You’re welcome, Lalannie! 🙂 I agree, the packaging of this collection is definitely a huge selling point.

      As mentioned to Simone above, matte nail polishes always chip a bit faster than normal glossy polishes. It’s unfortunately just the way they are formulated, so I’ve learned to accept it as part of the package. 😉

      The lipbalm is sooooo pretty, I’m sure you are going to love it.

  16. 16 February 2016 / 20:19

    Sigh…your pictures are literally goals! Haha!! You do such a good job, Luzanne!
    I need to give Essence products I try, we don’t have a whole lot, but I should buy a few things. Loving the nail colors!
    xo, Lily

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:49

      Thank you so much for the amazing compliment, Lily – you just made my day! 🙂

      You really should give them a try, but like I mentioned some of the products are great, and others are not that great. If you’re ever considering buying a couple of items, let me know and I’ll give you my honest opinion on whether they’re worth it. xo

  17. Jackie Heijmans
    16 February 2016 / 20:31

    Dankie vir die mooi en eerlike review Luzanne, sal definitief van die produkte gaan soek :)))

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:49

      Dis ‘n groot plesier, Jackie. 🙂

  18. 16 February 2016 / 21:25

    Thanks for letting us know about Carmine. I’m a Hindu Vegetarian, and I’m becoming increasingly uncomfortable with using products that are tested on animals, and products that contain animal derivatives. I had never heard of Carmine prior to reading this, and found that Carmine actually is carminic acid, and carminic acid is a chemical extracted from the bodies of cochineal bugs and ground up in the name of red lipstick, red cosmetics, and red food. I’m going to investigate further.

    • Luzanne
      16 February 2016 / 22:58

      It’s a pleasure, Harsha. Yes, I didn’t want to freak my readers out too much with the carmic acid because it sounds pretty scary. I imagine some people might imagine their eyeballs melting or something like that. 😉 Carmine can either be extracted from cochineal bugs or crushed up shellfish – I imagine it’s the most affordable option for brands. If you’re looking for something that doesn’t contain red dyes, then I would suggest you check out mineral makeup products or wear neutral tones that are free of the red pigments (no warm-toned browns, pinks, purples or coppers / bronzes).

      • Harsha Patel
        23 February 2016 / 20:28

        Thanks Luzanne, will be sure to do that.

  19. Tasneem
    17 February 2016 / 09:51

    Hi Luzanne,

    Thank you for another wonderful review. You mentioned that you have sensitive eyes in this post and have highlighted an ingredient that may cause irritation in the eye pencils reviewed. I too have very sensitive eyes and I have been trying various products which will not cause my eyes to go red and itchy by midday. I have gone through what seems like endless amounts of eye pencils, mascaras and even concealers (as I suffer with dark circles) that may be suitable for this issue. To date I have only found an eye pencil that I am able to wear throughout the day, without causing my eyes to get irritated. I have to reserve mascara and concealer for special occasions. I would love it if you could maybe share with us more products that are suitable for sensitive eyes and eye areas. Any tips and tricks that could assist with red, discoloured eyes etc. I am trying out coconut oil and baby shampoo to clean my eye area every evening.

    Thank you once again for a wonderful blog.

  20. Samantha van Tonder
    22 February 2016 / 11:30

    Thank you for the review 🙂 I wish I had the same luck as you. I found the polished to be streaky and patchy and not at all of the same quality as I am used to from Essence. The contour kit I loved and the lip balms are the bomb but the polishes was a terrible let down. Make no mistake the colours are amazing but the formula sucks for e anyway

  21. 26 February 2016 / 08:08

    Thanks for your review on the lipbalm. I caught a glimpse of it at clicks last week but was pressed for time so could not really look at it.
    Was crawling the Internet looking for a review. .


  22. Joana
    4 March 2016 / 10:26

    Love your review, it’s so detailed. I bought the neutral eyeshadow palettes. I’ll definitely be buying the lipstick and nail polishes. Thanks

  23. 13 July 2017 / 15:00

    I just published a post about my blush collection and since I don’t want to swatch this beautiful blush I linked your post to it.
    Just wanted to let you know and I hope it’s ok!

    Best wishes ❤

    • Luzanne
      9 August 2017 / 14:46

      Thanks so much! 🙂

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