Thursday, 19 November 2015

Essence Merry Berry Trend Edition

As soon as I saw the first photos of this collection, I knew I had to buy it. (1) I'm a total nut for everything Christmas (2) Berry shades are very much my thing at the moment and (3) It's absolutely drop-dead gorgeous! I popped into Clicks yesterday and saw that the collection had finally hit the shelves so I popped a few *cough* things into my shopping basket. (You can view the full collection here.) I mean, look at it! All that gold and berry colours - it's just sexy!

essence merry berry trend edition

The only items I didn't buy were the two eyeshadow singles (because I've bought 3 Stila eyeshadow palettes recently and I honestly don't need any more eyeshadows for the next decade or so) and the hair fragrance. Now onto the things I did buy:

First up: the shimmery things. I couldn't resist getting the Highlighter Powder in "01 I love my golden pumps" (R63.50) - it's a soft, warm, subtle highlighter that blends easily and the star pattern is just so pretty! I also couldn't not get the Scented Gold Dust Powder (also "01 I love my golden pumps") just based on the packaging alone - how stunning is the little gold bottle with atomizer?! This gold dust will be perfect for Christmas and New Year's parties - it's shimmery but not glittery and oh-so pretty. The scent is quite subtle and elegant, with overtones of vanilla. (Apply after your body lotion to help it stay on your skin for longer.)

Next up: the lipsticks. As you should now by now, I go nuts for berry lipsticks so I had to grab all three (and at R44.50 each, it didn't break the bank). The darkest shade, "01 let's the berry-tales begin" is a lovely rich plum. In the middle is "02 pink & perfect" is a bright raspberry pink. Both of these have a satin finish. Finally, the more matt offering is "03 red rocks", a lovely cherry red. All three feel soft and comfortable on the lips. I'm wearing "03 red rocks" today and it's not incredibly long lasting but I did get about 3 hours wear before having to reapply after my midmorning tea.

essence merry berry trend edition lipsticks swatches

The final items I got were the nailpolishes. I wasn't originally going to get them all, but then I realised I hadn't bought new polish in several months so I decided to treat myself. All five polishes were R38.95 each. From left to right:

"01 the masked ball" -  a dark grey-violet, very sophisticated
"02 purple with purpose" - a bright metallic purple
"03 pink & perfect" - a rich berry pink
"04 red rocks" - a bright raspberry

And finally, the glitter top coat (1 coat over "01 the masked ball")
"01 i ♥ my golden pumps" - a clear polish with gold flakes of assorted sizes.

I was very impressed with the quality of the polishes, with full opacity in 2 coats(most of them could probably pass as one-coaters if you are careful about brush strokes). They apply evenly and dry quickly. And, of course, the little bottles are just beautiful!

essence merry berry trend edition nailpolish swatches

So that's it for the Merry Berry Trend Edition. What are your thoughts? Is there anything particular you like?


  1. This collection is gorgeous!!!!!!! I love the packaging

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    1. The packaging is so beautiful! Essence really outdid themselves with this collection!

  2. Love, love, love! I picked up the highlighters and the eye-shadows yesterday and I'm contemplating going back to look for the hair spray thingy...
    X Jane

  3. Ooh, they are all so beautiful! I'm loving all of those pretty colours. xx

  4. Oh my... this looks beautiful!! Love this post and pics. I may follow you and buy these too!!

  5. O, gosh I just popped into Clicks quickly to refill a prescription and walked out with half of the collection myself (skipped the lipsticks and the hair fragrance) - it was just too pretty to leave behind!


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