Essence Volume Stylist 18Hr Curl & Hold Mascara Review

I’m back after a month’s hiatus… and… jumping right in!
Yes, mascara is probably the single most used makeup product in my collection. Which is perhaps why I have reviewed mascaras more than any other makeup products. In addition to that Essence is a brand I’ve reviewed over and over again simply because it’s perhaps the cheapest makeup brand available at Malaysian drugstores. This is the Essence Volume Stylist 18Hr Curl & Hold Mascara.

The product.
A little description.
As you will see later this is the shape of the brush.
Details.
The bristles.

Description: Mascara that comes in 12 ml or 0.4 oz. of product. Although it claims to hold curls that last up to 18 hours, it doesn’t claim to be waterproof.

Ingredients:
AQUA (WATER), CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), PARAFFIN, GLYCERYL STEARATE, STYRENE/ACRYLATES/AMMONIUM METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) CERA, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, PALMITIC ACID, ACACIA SENEGAL GUM , POLYBUTENE, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, STEARIC ACID, PHENOXYETHANOL, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, TOCOPHEROL, DIMETHICONE, POLYESTER-4, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, SODIUM LAURETH-12 SULFATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, TETRASODIUM EDTA, POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES)


Price: MYR 15.90

Where to buy: Watsons (if you can find it, certain department stores).

Wear test.

Bare lashes.
One coat.
Two coats.

Pros:
> Very good volume.
> Very good lengthening.
> Curls hold up very well (can’t attest to the 18 hours claim but as long as I’ve worn it, it doesn’t loose the curl).
> Good lash separation.
> No smudging.
> As big and fat the wand it, it isn’t really problematic for getting even the shortest lashes because there are varying length of bristles.

> Affordable! God, SO AFFORDABLE!!!

Cons:
> Tiny bit fallout.

> In spite of varying bristle length, working with the brush can be a tiny bit problematic.

Note: It definitely isn’t waterproof! Do with this information what you will. 🙂

Rating:
8.9/10
Great mascara! Great price! I LOVE IT!

Pixy Two Way Cake Perfect Fit Review

Pixy is a flagship brand under Mandom Corporation, a Japanese company that manufactures cosmetics. Mandom Malaysia was initiated in 1997, and became a consolidated subsidiary of Mandom Corporation.

I was under the impression that the brand was actually Malaysian because it is very affordable, almost bordering on cheap. This is my review on the Two Way Cake Perfect Fit powder review. I actually just buy the refills which are much cheaper than buying the compact because the only thing missing is the sponge and a mirror and I have my own! The compact costs twice more by the way.

The product and the outer box.

Description on the back of the box.

Ingredients list on the side.

Instructions in Malay.

Shade name. This is the lighter of the two I own. The other shade is Tropical beige.

Back of the compact.

The two colours I own.

Description: A two way powder that comes in 12.2 grams (about 0.43 oz) and in 5 shades. It comes in a compact form and refills (as you see above). The two way powder means that it can be used wet or dry; either with a dry powder puff or sponge or a wet medium like a dampened beauty blender or cosmetic sponge.

Where to buy: Watsons and Guardian

Price: Full compact, MYR 18.77; refill, MYR 11.22 (even without a discount this is pretty affordable, cheap almost!)

Swatch.

This is perhaps the cheapest powder I can find at the drugstore that has this deep shade. That darker shade is my almost my colour!

Pros:

Good coverage considering it is a pressed powder.

Coverage can be pumped up by using it with a wet sponge.

Blends pretty well.

Helps with oil control even considering it is enriched with squalene oil.

Lasts well throughout the day without breaking apart even with a bit of sweating.

 

Cons:

A tiny bit unforgiving with deep set lines because it tends to crease over time.

Can’t be used in excess because it can crack if over applied.

People with oilier skin would not be able to use this because, although it does control oil, excess facial oil does break it apart.

Emphasises texture a tiny bit.

 

Note:

I only ever use this with stage performances since it does appear a tiny bit lighter on my skin when used without a foundation. Which is why I don’t have a wear test picture to show you.

 

Rating:

7.5/10

I need to mention here that I used this quite often with stage performances and it held up well through it. Do give it a go! The refill can go as low as below MYR 9!

Essence I Love Colour Intensifying Eyeshadow Base Review

Being the cheapskate I am, Essence is a Godsend! I am a big fan of the brand and have reviewed a couple of products from it. We go all the way back… to products that have actually been discontinued.

Matt Bronzing Powder Review (product discontinued, link here).

Longlasting Eye Pencil Review (link here).

Lash and Brow Gel Mascara Review (link here).

Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara Review (link here).

Lip Liner Review (link here).

Liquid Ink Waterproof Eyeliner Review (link here).

I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base Review (link here).

Longlasting Lip Liner Review (link here).

Yah, I am a big fan!

This review is of one of the two eyeshadow primers the brand carries here in Malaysia.

The product.

Description on the side of the tube.

Product information.

The wand.

A very standard doe foot applicator.

Description:

It is an eyeshadow base that has a very similar consistency to a concealer and comes in 4ml of product.

Ingredients: AQUA (WATER), CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, GLYCERIN, ISODODECANE, CETYL PEG/PPG-10/1 DIMETHICONE, POLYMETHYLSILSESQUIOXANE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, DIMETHICONOL, MICA, DIMETHICONE CROSSPOLYMER, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, CERA ALBA (BEESWAX), STEAROYL INULIN, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TRIMETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TIN OXIDE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77492 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

Price: MYR 14.90

Where to buy: Watsons

Swatches.

It is light which is good because it would make colours pop.

Poorly pigmented shadows.

Much more obvious under flash.

Pros:

It is one of the cheapest (if not the cheapest) eyeshadow primers available in Malaysian drugstores (even cheaper than the I Love Stage one).

As seen in the pictures above it enhances the colour of the eyeshadow.

Blends seamlessly into the skin and it is not patchy or streaky.

Eyeshadow blends very seamlessly on the eyelids with this primer.

Eyeshadow lasts longer on the eyelids.

Helps with creasing of eyeshadow.

 

Cons:

Might be a problem on deep skin tones since it is so light.

 

Rating:

8.5/10

It’s cheap, gets the job done pretty well and is available at the drugstore! Enough said! I even rated this higher against my I Love Stage Eyeshadow Base.

Essence Mosaic Blush Review

It’s no secret that I love Essence as a brand. So naturally I’ve reviewed products from the brand in the past and a lot of my favourite products come from the brand.

Today I review the Essence Mosaic Blush in the shade 30 kissed by the sun.

The product.

The description on mine tore off because of a tab that was stuck to the bottom! UGHH!!!! Next pic is a clear one.

I guess that’s why it is called a mosaic blush; the pattern on the product surface. Not all the mosaics are the same colour. There are three different colours, a light brown and an orange shade both with a pearlescent finish interspersed with light orange slightly shimmery shade.

Hand swatch. I tried swatching each of the mosaic shade individually but on my skin the difference wasn’t apparent.

Description: A powder blush that comes in several shades  and in 4.5 grams of products or 0.15 oz of product (availability is a question and this will be updated; Essence Malaysia did reply to a customer that product is being restocked).

Ingredients: TALC, MICA, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, BORON NITRIDE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, p-ANISIC ACID, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, SILICA, MALTODEXTRIN, TIN OXIDE, AQUA (WATER), PHENOXYETHANOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, MAY CONTAIN: CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77491 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

Where to buy: Watsons stores nationwide

Price: MYR 15.90

I have a pic below where the product was used.

I didn’t actually use it for it’s intended purpose. I used it as a highlight. And that is typically how I use it anyway.

 

Pros:

Lovely shade and gorgeous effect.

Blends out well.

Not too shiny to be used all over the cheek.

Good price for amount of product.

 

Cons:

A tiny bit powdery.

It does fade off pretty easily which starts at about 3 to 4 hour wear.

This particular shade isn’t really pigmented because the colour doesn’t really show up, even on swatches (unless you are really light skinned).

 

Rating:

8.1/10

I love this product. I can get away with a tiny amount of this as highlighter during day time.

Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review

Some of my past Essence reviews;

Essence Make Me Brow; link here.

Essence Longlasting Lip Liner; link here.

Essence Lip Liner; link here.

Essence I ❤ Stage Eyeshadow Base; link here.

This is the review of the Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara Review.

The product.

Description on the tube.

Wand. It has a very spoon like curved wand with different lengths in the bristles.

Description: Mascara that comes in 0.40 oz or 12 ml of product with a (sic) cobra shaped wand. This is supposed to be a volume mascara and there’s a another version called false lash effect in a green tube. NOT waterproof.

Price: MYR 18.90 (please wait for a promotion).

Where to buy: Watsons

Bare lashes.

One coat.

Two coats.

Pros:

Pretty good at volumising.

Holds a curl pretty well.

Not a sticky or gloppy formula.

Separates really well.

The wand definitely helps. The longer part gets to the root of the lashes and for initial application the shorter bristles get the job done.

Doesn’t smudge on me (I don’t have oily lids).

 

Cons:

I experienced fallout with this mascara.

The formula tends to bit a bit grainy and balls up in places (even evident from the picture). This worsens as it dries.

 

Rating:

7.6/10

With the expansive availability of mascaras there’s little reason for any kind of shortcomings. Especially since affordable options are aplenty. So, not re-purchasing this one.

YouTube Video Version of My Top Post

My latest YouTube video is based on my most viewed post on FiercePaint (at over 12 thousand views!).

My Top 5 Most Affordable Drugstore Makeup Brands in Malaysia (link here).

This has been long in the works and I kept editing it a little bit every now and then. It has finally seen fruition!

So, here’s the video version of it!

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