I usually don't review a collection. Most of the collections I've seen so far, had may be 1 or 2 interesting pieces which I'd buy - which to me, doesn't justify it as a "review" of the collection.
However, when I saw this new collection from Essence - Ahh!!!
How can I resist a collection called Dark Romance, espl when Fall is on the way????
The collection had some nail colors and some nail strips and some other stuff, which I cant recall right now.
However, this is Canada - so don't expect to see the entire collection!
You can see the entire collection here - LINK
Here are the swatches. This is not a review as I've not used it much. More like, 1st impressions really.
The one lipstick that was displayed is the shade "Red Romance". Though the packaging is similar to their long lasting lipstick range, they make no claim with this one.
This is the highlighter - a very unusual one actually.
It has a duo-color effect .. like cream and some tints of red & pink.. it looks awesome especially in daylight.
I hope it works as well as it swatches.
The blush is "Painted Love. Its has a very custard-like texture.
As this is a bright shade and gives a very "winter-cold-red-cheek" look, application must be very careful to avoid a clownish effect.
Again, since I didnt try, I cannot really say how it works.
It looks like a nice fun product to try, especially for fair complexions in Winter.
Out of the 3, the one that disappointed me was curiously enough, the one that I was most excited about - Life, huh??
The lipstick applies beautifully, has a creamy-satin semi-sheer finish and is a gorgeous color.
No complaints there.
But, this is not the vampy or gothic red color I expected with a range called "Dark Romance" and a lipstick called "Red Romance".
This leans more towards a cherry-pinkish shade.
I would say its a comfortable red - nothing you'd pick for a night-out; more like a comfortable day time wear.
Again, I've not tested the wear time, so cant really comment on that.
Considering the cost of each product , I always find Essence Limited Editions so much fun. Such variety, for pretty good quality and price!
I'd say - if you find it, grab it.
Even if you didnt like the colors or the product, it would look nice for Fall and Winter :) :)