It has been a hot minute since a limited edition item by Essence has caught my attention. Lately, whenever I pass by their stand I never see anything I like and I've just been skipping most of their trend editions. But when I came across their newest Lights of Orient collection, I was immediately drawn to the blush and bronzer in this collection. I like the overall influence of Arabian culture on this collection and the mysteriousness and magic of it all. The display looked beautiful and I really wanted to purchase the blush and bronzer, but unfortunately the bronzer had already been swatched so I decided to pick up one item and went for the blush.
The blush from the Lights of Orient collection comes in a clear square compact. The name of the collection is written on the front, whilst the back contains a sticker with additional information. I like how the pan is pretty large and the compact is very thin and lightweight, yet it feels very sturdy and durable.
The blush pan has a beautiful Arabian pattern, with a lighter blush in the middle and darker one around it.
The blush from this collection is called 'Princess Jasmines Choice' and is a two-toned powder blush. It comes with a lighter rosy pink and darker mauve. You can either wear one, mix them both together or create your custom shade.
Princess Jamsine's Choice mixed together creates a beautiful dusty pinky mauve. It's definitely more on the darker side and the pigmentation very decent. The finish of this blush is a not completely matte, yet it doesn't contain any chunks of glitter. I would say it has a satin finish that makes your skin look radiant and healthy.
The texture and formula is finely milled and it doesn't feel overly powdery but very smooth and soft. I would recommend using a light hand with it and applying just a small amount. It blends out easily and has a lasting power of about 7 hours on my cheekbones.
Personally, I like swirling my brush into the whole pan, mixing both shades together. If you're more on the lighter/fair side, you could apply a little bit more of the lightest middle shade and add some darker mauve depending on your skin-tone. But if you're more on the darker side, I think this blush is absolutely perfect!
TALC, MICA, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, BORON NITRIDE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, KAOLIN, HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, LAUROYL LYSINE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, BENZYL ALCOHOL, DEHYDROACETIC ACID, PHENOXYETHANOL, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES), CI 77742 (MANGANESE VIOLET), CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).
This blush has such a unique shade and I think it looks amazing on my skin-tone. The pattern is beautiful, the pigmentation is spot on and the packaging is really pretty. Definitely approved and I would totally recommend it if you have a similar skin-tone or even darker skin-tone than mine!
The newest trend edition by Essence is available now at your local Kruidvat until the end of July. The 'Princess Jasmines Choice' blush retails for €3,39 (7 g).