Cheapie Thursday – Essence Face Powders

If you’re like me, you like to see if you can find good products for a great price.  However, sometimes this is easier said than done.  I’m sure that every one of us has bought something thinking wow that’s an amazing price, only to find out that it’s actually an awful product.  Today I am going to be looking into Essence face powders to see if they’re worth your money, or if there’s something better for you to invest in.

I did a little digging and this is what I found out about Essence as a brand.  They were started in 2001 and officially launched in Germany 2002.  Their ethos was bringing great quality makeup to the market, whilst also having the best price point.  They have grown since those days and now sell their products worldwide.  95% of their products are made in Europe and they’re also cruelty-free!  If you want to find out more, click here.

So, off I went to my local Farmers store, (for non-kiwis, that’s a department store here in New Zealand) to get a bronzer to go with my other Essence products to try them out.

Today I am trying the Mattifying Compact Powder, the Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder and the Matt Touch Blush.

My base makeup consisted of the Stila One Step Correct primer, YSL All Hours Foundation (shade B20) and  Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer (shade Fair Warm).  Once all of that was on, the powders were ready to go.

Before we go further, just letting you know that all listed prices are in New Zealand dollar (NZD).

Mattifying Compact Powder 


This powder did such a good job to mattify the foundation and to help make it look more like my skin, but better.  The shade I used (02 soft beige) made me look a little more tanned than I am, which is a good thing because I am very white!  This made my skin look and feel smooth, without looking dry or cakey, which tends to be my biggest issue with face powders.  This also managed to help even my skin tone nicely.  It layered well too.  It does have a little bit of fall out, but not enough to be a huge problem.  You get 12g (0.42oz) altogether which is actually more than you get with a lot of other pressed powders from other brands.

I think that this is a really lovely powder, great for someone who likes to have a pressed powder that is just going to bring a little more colour to their skin as well as mattifying it.  It isn’t great for someone who likes baking as it is pressed, but if you’re one for pressed setting powders, I highly recommend it.  It had no sparkle and is fully matte without being drying, so I would say this should work well with other skin types.  I have combo-dry skin.

This costs $6.30 RRP and is available at select Farmers stores and online at Carethy here

Sun Club Matt Bronzing Powder

This is a nice bronzer that I would say is more on the subtle side.  I bought this in the shade 02 Sunny, and I’m glad I did because even though the colour looks a little dark in the pan, it doesn’t show up as intensely on the face.  It is nice and matte, without any sparkle in it, which is right up my alley; I hate a sparkly bronzer.  Mine smells like coconut which I’m not the biggest fan of but that’s not too big of a deal.  The size of the compact and the whopping 15g (0.52oz) of powder you get is amazing, giving a feeling of value for money.  It isn’t patchy, it feels really smooth and non-cakey on the face.

I think that this is for someone who is wanting to get more of a subtle bronze to just add a little colour to their face without going overboard.  The value for money for this product is amazing, so I feel like you can’t really go too wrong with it.

This costs $7.90 RRP and is available at select Farmers and online at Carethy here

Matt Touch Blush

This has become my new everyday blush.  I wasn’t expecting to love this product as much as I did when I first bought it, and it is my favourite out of these three powder products.

I bought this in the shade 20 Berry Me Up! and I think that this is the most stunning blush colour.  Its such a nice flushed pink shade.  It goes on really smoothly and evenly, so there’s no streaking or blotchiness.  It has a beautiful amount of pigmentation; not too much or too little, only a small amount is needed for a subtle blush, but it can also be built up to give a more intense effect.  This is another matte product, it doesn’t have any sheen or sparkle to it, however, this looks great with a blush topper or a sparkly highlight on top too.  This gives 5g (0.17oz) of product which I think is okay seeing as its well pigmented, so not as much is needed each application.  It would be great for it to be a little bigger.

I recommend this to everyone, this shade especially is such a nice universal pink.  The formula is beautiful and silky and gives great colour payoff.

This costs $5.65 RRP and is available at select Farmers and online at Carethy here

Final Thoughts and Look

My final makeup look can be seen on the right side here.  I finished the face off with my Jeffree Star 24 Karat Palette in the shades Sarcophagus and Liberace.  For my eyes, I did a little blue number using my Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette.  My brows are Too Faced chocolate Brownie in Soft Brown.


Altogether, I would say that all of these products were incredibly successful for the price point they are.  I like the blush the most, its just a great formula and the colour is amazing.  The face powder is really nice too, and I would like to see the bronzer deliver a little more pigment.  Each of these powders last all day, they’re silky smooth, sit and layer well over foundation and each other.

I spent a total of about $19.85 which I think is amazing for three powders!

Have any of you tried these products?  What did you think?  Let me know down below.

xo Chelsea

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