Cruelty-Free on a Budget: Essence’s Spring/Summer Collection 2018!

Did you know that one of Europe and the USA’s most beloved makeup brands, Essence, is completely cruelty-free? Sold in Penneys departments stores and pharmacies across Ireland, Essence is one of the most accessible cruelty-free cosmetic brands available nationwide. Not only this, but the brand is known for its cheap-as-chips prices, for its outstanding quality! Essence was the first makeup brand I ever bought makeup products from when I was a wee thirteen year-old, and ever since, the cosmetic line has never disappeared from my makeup bag- and even my professional makeup kit!


Essence’s brand new Spring/Summer Collection for 2018 is full of surprises for all ages. The innovative products are all extremely trendy, with larger eyeshadow palettes, iridescent effects and adorable packaging that appeals to kids, teens and adults. Here are some of the most impressive products in the collection!

get your glitter on!
glitter primer
To all the high-end glitter primers, you have a huge competitor on the market! At an extremely affordable of €3.50, and the silkiest and most durable texture, this product is a must-have for special occasions.

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Essence get your glitter on! glitter primer, €3.50

3D dewy look stick
Obsessed. This innovative product is perfect for our post-winter, dried-out skin. Unlike a highlighter, the dewy look stick contains no glitter or light-reflecting particles. Instead, the formula is enriched with shea butter, so it glides easily over the top of your foundation. Feeling under-the-weather? Smear some on your cheekbones to bring a light wet-look to your skin, giving the appearance of glowing skin.

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Essence 3D dewy look stick, €4.40

in love with rose, eyeshadow box
A great gift for all ages, this eyeshadow palette is both small enough for your handbag but contains a generous ten shades ranging from deep cranberries to rosé. The pigmentation of each eyeshadow is exceptional, and the fallout is minimal. There are three other eyeshadow boxes in the same range to cater for everyone’s colour preferences; ‘million nude faces’ is the mini go-to palette for any beauty fanatic, ‘my shell is my castle’ to bring out your inner mermaid, and ‘to the moon and back’ contain the cool-toned shades you need to create a holographic smokey-eye. At a very reasonable price of €4.95, these palettes are collectable and a treat for kids, teens and adults.

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you better work! gym-proof primer
You will never want to work-out without this product in your gym bag! Apply to the skin before makeup or wear alone, and you guaranteed to have reduced pores, concealed skin irregularities and an even skin tone. The sweat-proof formula will keep you looking fresh, and the bonus of having SPF 20 in the mix means you can do sports activities outdoors without worrying about a sunburnt face!

Essence you better work! gym-proof primer, €4.40

stay 6h true lipliner waterproof
It’s difficult to find a waterproof lipliner that requires minimal effort to apply, but this lipliner is very impressive. The formula allows the liner to glide onto the lips in an effortless motion, and the eight shades to choose from are all divine. The twistable pencil also contains a mini sharpener at the end, so you can keep the lipliner’s shape perfect for absolute precision. You can eat with ease as this lipliner lasts up to six hours!

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Essence stay 6h true lipliner waterproof, €2.50

Essence is available in Penneys department stores and selected pharmacies nationwide, as well as at

You can check Essence’s animal testing policy at


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