Budget Beauty: Colourpop & Essence

Budget Beauty

The Canadian Beauty Bloggers theme of the month is Budget Beauty so I thought this would be a fitting time to give two of my favourite “budget  beauty” brands some love. When I think about inexpensive, yet quality beauty products two brands always come to mind: Colourpop and Essence. Both brands are perfect for experimenting with makeup without having to splurge. Not sure if you can pull off purple lipstick? Why not try it out without the high end price tag? Don’t like spending lots on mascara? Me either, but Essence has a growing line of fantastic mascaras for around $5! So, let’s take a look at who these brands are and what some of my favourite products from them are!


Budget Beauty Colourpop

Colourpop was founded in LA in 2014 so it is a fairly new company. Their company has an emphasis on keeping prices down, as well as being, as they call it, “bunny approved”. Though they started out with their own store online, they are now also available at Sephora which is amazing! But, with their low prices, I am okay with shopping their full collection on their website because even with exchange and shipping, you still end up getting a pretty good deal!

I haven’t met a Colourpop product that I didn’t like, but if I had to choose a favourite, I’m very, very fond of their Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks. I have quite a few of them and just can’t get enough of them. If you prefer more of a “standard” lipstick, their Lippie Stix are great too and come in a variety of finishes!

If you’re looking for a high intensity eyeshadow, look no further than their Super Shock Shadow – a unique cream/powder formula. I find they apply best with your finger for full intensity. They also released pressed shadows within the last year which are also growing in popularity and for a good reason. Their most expensive pre-made eyeshadow palette is $20 and that one contains 15 shades!

I recently hauled some new Colourpop products so be sure to keep checking back for reviews on those!


Budget Beauty Essence

Essence was launched in 2001 and was first found in Germany. They too believe in selling makeup at low prices without compromising quality. As of 2012 you can find Essence in Canada in Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix, with Loblaws following in 2016!

One of my favourite products from Essence was probably also the first of their products that I tried and that was the Essence Longlasting Lipstick. The formula is both creamy, and as the name suggests, fairly long wearing. I don’t have one pictured above, but their lipliners are also fantastic!

Essence also makes a pretty wide variety of mascaras that typically around $5 each. My favourite is the Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara (not pictured as I don’t currently have one and it was sold out at the store so I got the Sculpted Volume one instead). What I love about them is that for the price, if it doesn’t work out for you it isn’t like you wasted much money on it.

I recently picked up their Pure Nude Highlighter and I have to say, it’s pretty great! It gives a nice beam of light to the skin without looking like too much. It is also supposed to work on all skin tones which is another plus!

What are some of your favourite budget beauty products? Let me know in the comments below! Be sure to check out the link-up at the bottom of this post to see what Budget Beauty products the other CBB members are posting about!



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2 thoughts on “Budget Beauty: Colourpop & Essence

  1. I think Wet n Wild eye shadow palettes are great – I haven’t tried the new ones yet but I keep seeing rave reviews.
    Elf brushes are really good value for the quality too.
    Great topic – I often fall into the lure of mid- to high end brands but there are lots of good gem from the lower priced lines.


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