Essence is one of those brands I know absolutely nothing about. I see their stands in Priceline all the time but skip straight past; Priceline sometimes isn’t the best at keeping stands well stocked, clean and inviting, y’know? I was killing some time with Angie recently and she raved about an Essence mascara and the stand was stocked for once, so I grabbed a few random bits and pieces to try out at my leisure.
One of the products I nabbed was this Essence Bloom Me Up! Shimmer Powder, a pearlescent powder in an icy pinky-beige tone. I wasn’t expecting this to be quite as reflective or quite as intense as it is; it consistently develops a high shine silver reflect even when tapped off and applied with a loose fluffy brush. After some trial and error I found that the best way to apply it was in a sandwich: I set my tinted moisturiser with a translucent setting powder like Make Up For Ever HD Setting Powder, lightly dust Bloom Me Up! Shimmer Powder along my cheekbones and browbone, then finish with a sweep of a tinted finishing powder like MAC Blot. It mutes the shine down to a muted pearl effect, making it much more wearable.
I wasn’t expecting to be particularly wowed by something that cost less than a Starbucks coffee, but I’ve had a reasonable amount of wear out of this highlighting powder over the past few weeks. It’s probably not going to be my must-have go-to highlighter – the amount of finessing it requires to not look so shiny makes it lag behind something more out of the box wearable like NARS Albatross or an Hourglass highlighting powder – but for the moment I’m enjoying it as a light finishing touch on a Spring face. Just, y’know, have a featherlight hand with it.
What: Essence Bloom Me Up! Shimmer Powder
How Much: AU$5.75
When: limited edition, available now
Where: Target and Priceline
This item was purchased by swatchgirl.com.