March 13, 2010

Essence Bronzing Pearls

"With essence, cosnova presents a colour cosmetics line offering top quality beauty at unbeatable prices.
essence is the ideal beauty range for all fashion-forward modern women and girls. With a striking range of directional cosmetics for
face, eyes, lips and nails essence is the ultimate brand for all beauty fanatics. And with our famously unbeatable prices, our customers
can repeat buy new shades and products to create a fantastic
collection of must-have beauty treasures. Developing your own inner make-up artist has never been so easy and affordable!
The essence brand ethos is reflected in the playfulness of make-up:
the desire to create and re-invent a vision of beauty whether it's
natural, vibrant, catwalk-inspired or seductively sexy. The modern girl's desire to express herself through beauty is reflected in our graphic model Cosma's constantly evolving looks. Be inspired, be beautiful. "(From the distributer's website

      Essence is (recently) now available at Ulta Cosmetics nationwide and on I saw the brand online and immediately wanted this product and few other things from the line. I only ended up buying this and their Nail Art Stampy Set (which I will review later- think cheaper Konad!). The bronzer was $2.99, and I didn't see any products above $4.99! 

I don't know what it is about makeup pearls, whether it be foundation, blush or bronzer, there's just something so elegant about them to me. I remember as a little girl, watching my mom use Blush Pearls, and being so envious. I always used to play with them when she was busy!

Here's what the product looks like:

(I didn't see more than one shade?)

And here's what it looks like applied over foundation on my wrist. The picture doesn't do it justice. It isn't an in-your-face bronzer. It's subtle, yet gives you such a wonderful healthy glow and is totally buildable. It is slightly shimmery, but in the dewy way, not glittery. I love it. I hate most bronzers because they're all either too glittery or too dark. This is my holy grail bronzer!!!!
Rating: 5/5 I would repurchase.

(I personally bought this product and was not paid to give my opinion, nor did I receive any sort of compensation or free product to provide this review. I am in no way affiliated with Essence Cosmetics.)


  1. Holy smokes! I seriously need that! All of my bronzers are too shimmery to wear all around.

    Thanks for swatching it.


  2. Laura: No problem! I know what you mean. I've always been on the search for a bronzer that isn't totally matte, but that doesn't look like a disco ball either!

  3. i bought these yesterday just because they were cheap and i needed a bronzer and i don't know if it's just me but the brush i am applying them with does nothing for to you apply these bronzing pearls?

  4. @ Anonymous:
    Well, it is a subtle color. I use it more for that glow than dark color payoff. Don't use a kabuki. It's too spaced out for this product to show up. In the photo above, I used E.L.F. Blushing, Bronzing, and Blending Brush (,_bronzing_and_blending_brush).But I think any angled blush brush would work. The E.L.F one is dense and stiff, which is why it works. You have to kind of dab on the color. I believe a stippling brush would work. I use this brush from E.L.F.'s Studio line as a stippling brush ( but it also applies this product well.


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