Yayyyy I can finally share my thoughts on the new Essence Bloggers Beauty Secrets trend edition makeup palettes! I was given a “The Glow Must Go On” palette last year April and was sworn to secrecy to not spill the beans on this amazing trend edition until they officially launched in our stores.
I was so happy to see that Essence have done a collaboration with a few of their favorite influencers as that seems to be the trend these days where brands do co-labs with bloggers/YouTubers. I really hope that they continue with this even if it means doing a collaboration once a year as part of a trend edition. It’s a great opportunity for an Essence Cosmetics addict (like myself – hint hint Cosnova) 🙂 to be able to work closely with their favorite makeup brand on something that’s inspired by yourself and something that will appeal to your followers.
Each blogger got to develop their own unique palette which came with a matching nail polish. The palette I got was developed by Serena from Beautylab.nl, a Dutch beauty who blogs about beauty, fashion, lifestyle trends and her travels. When I first laid my eyes on all the new palettes I knew immediately that I was going to grab the bronzing and highlighting one and I’m so glad I did.
The palette comes with a trio shimmer bronzer, a highlighter, 2 eyeshadows and a brush applicator. The packaging is made of strong hardboard and is magnetically sealed so you don’t need to stress about it flipping open if traveling with it. There’s also a decent sized mirror inside.
Not surprising but the trio bronzer is the star of the show here! The combination of rose gold, copper gold and bronzy gold make up the perfect shimmering bronzer that’s ideal for a summers night out. The highlighter for me was also nice as it has a gold undertone, however I felt that it was a bit too light for my skin tone so I’ll probably end up mixing the highlighter and the bronzer and use that as a highlighter. The eyeshadows weren’t as pigmented as I’d hoped, especially the burnt orange shade – I had high hopes for that one but I didn’t mind as I picked this palette for the bronzer and highlighter anyway.
There were also 3 other palette & polish combo’s developed by 3 more beauties – take a look at them here:
These palettes retail for R104.95 and the nail polishes for R34.95 at Dischem stores nationwide, while stocks last.