I really love the brand Essence – it surprised me when I just checked and realized I’ve only reviewed a few products from the brand! I have about 20 Essence nail polishes (so easy when they’re so inexpensive), and several makeup items yet-unreviewed. But, one thing that I don’t like about Essence is how hard it is for me to obtain their products! Ulta has some items, and gets some limited edition products, but only a tiny fraction of what other countries get. And, this is all a long-winded way of tell you all how very excited I was to win Liz the Beauty Reductionista‘s giveaway of two limited edition Essence items from the Cherry Blossom Girl collection! I haven’t tried the paper lashes yet – what does one wear them to? – but I have swatches of the blush for you!
I believe the Cherry Blossom Girl collection includes just one blush — a shimmering peach and slightly shimmery coral-orange embossed with cherry blossoms, with the unfortunate name of Asian Sensation.
I found that the peach was soft and pigmented with a very fine shimmer; it would be an excellent highlighter if applied lighting. The darker shade was a bit hard and not pigmented at all – the swatch you see is a several swipes, and it is still quite sheer. Because of the difference in pigmentation levels, mixing them makes the lighter shade predominate, and I end up with a shade that is just too shimmery for me to use as a blush.
So, I think I will use the lighter shade as a highlighter, and probably won’t use the darker shade at all – but will simply admire the embossing in the compact. I was very careful to swatch from the non-embossed areas.
Thanks again Liz for the giveaway!
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