March’s Mascara Mondays – Essence Lash Princess | REVIEW


So here we are at the end of March and the final part of my mascara review series. As I’ve been writing these posts, I’ve thought of other mascaras in my collection which I would still like to review so I’m thinking you might see a second series which I’m ingeniously calling May’s Mascara Mondays. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, hey?! But back to today’s mascara – the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect mascara from Wilko. Another budget friendly option at just £3.30, which I’d heard great things about before buying.

Essence Lash Princess


Essence Camouflage Full Coverage Concealer | REVIEW


While everyone is talking about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer and its dupe the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealers, I wanted to try another concealer which I’d heard lots of good things about – the Essence Camouflage Full Coverage Concealer.

Essence Camouflage Full Coverage Concealer

Essence Camouflage Full Coverage Concealer | £2.50 | available here

Now my under eye circles aren’t the easiest to cover – they’re quite dark purple-red and at 32 years old, I do have some fine lines. They can also be dry so although I want full coverage, I still need some hydration. This concealer claims to be creamy textured ✓, long-lasting ✓ and highly pigmented ✓ to provide a full yet natural looking coverage ✓✓. Sounds too good to be true, especially for that price.

I really like the packaging and wand on this concealer. You get a good amount of product (9g) which I think is slightly more than the likes of Collection Lasting Perfection and Rimmel Wake Me Up. The wand is small and slim so you can be quite precise in application – great if you like to use concealer to carve out brows or eyeliner wings.

Essence Camouflage Full Coverage Concealer

The worst things about these concealers is the shade range – it’s so bad that at the time of writing, I can only find these two shades, 05 Ivory and 10 Nude, available anywhere. I don’t know if other shades exist but I can’t find any evidence of them which is bloody ridiculous. There’s always the excuse that when products are so inexpensive the company can’t afford to develop lots of different shades but come on, two shades of light and that’s all?! I’m quite pale, and the Nude shade doesn’t really even work for me so it’s very restrictive.


The top swatch is 05 Ivory and the bottom swatch is 10 Nude.

The concealer is definitely full coverage – it almost completely cancels out my dark circles and that is saying something. So far in my life I’ve only used one which actually does a spot on job of concealing my dark circles and that’s the Tarte Shape Tape. But this comes in close. I do prefer to use the Jackie Aina technique of letting my concealer sit for a while before blending it out to get maximum coverage and that definitely helps with this concealer. The first time I used it, I tried blending out straight away and although it wasn’t bad, I could still see some discolouration underneath. But the next time, I allowed it to dry slightly before blending out which worked a charm.

I find that using a setting powder on this concealer is a little too drying for me, so I skip it altogether and I do experience some creasing, but nothing which can’t be quickly tapped out with my finger tip half way through the day.

I have also used this concealer for spot concealing which it’s fantastic for. There’s not really a great deal I can say on this, other than it covers perfectly and lasts a really long time so there’s no need to touch up.

I really can’t believe this concealer is only £2.50. I’ve gotta be honest, for that price I wasn’t expecting much but I’m very pleasantly surprised. I highly recommend checking the Essence Camouflage Full Coverage Concealers out – that’s if you can find a shade which works for you.

Have you tried this concealer? Or do you have another suggestion of a budget-friendly concealer which I need to try out next (aside from the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define concealers – the review of them will be up soon). Let me know in the comments below. Thank you so much for reading…


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My Least Expensive Face of the Day


This is part two of my post from last week My Most Expensive Face of the Day (read it here). The idea was to pick out my most expensive products from my collection and then tally up the full cost of a full face – the outcome was pretty eye opening. So here I am on the other end of the scale with my much more affordable face of the day.

Least Expensive Face of the Day