I honestly get a little giddy inside everytime I see a new “Trend Edition” or Limited Edition Collection from Essence. They are always so well-curated, with a variety of adorable products that are often surprisingly innovative at not just drugstore prices, but really affordable drugstore prices. So as soon as I saw the Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Collection*, I wanted (almost) all of it. I did receive a selection of the products in it, so I’ll be sharing those today.
Essence has released fragrances in the past, but I have an unnecessarily large (but wonderful!) perfume collection, so I hadn’t picked any up before. However, in line with the new collection, there’s an Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Fragrance. This Eau de Toilette is a yummy, fruity scent that has note of pink grapefruit, mango, raspberry, and a creamy musky base of sandalwood and vanilla that becomes more noticeable over time. The scent doesn’t feel incredibly unique to me, but I really enjoy it, and it does last a few hours as well.
The Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Collection contains four polishes, and while I have two of them, I’m sadly missing a stunning purple called You Let My Heart Skip a Beat that I might have to grab in store (Bailey from I Know All The Words say it requires just one coat…) The shades I do have are Essence Always on my Mint (the mint, obviously), and Essence Pink Me (the fuchsia, for fairly obvious reasons as well). In terms of formula, the polishes in the Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Collection are flawless. Both Essence Always on my Mint and Essence Pink Me only required two coats, and I was especially impressed by the even finish of the mint shade. White-based polishes are often streaky, and this Essence Always on my Mint applied flawlessly. Essence Pink Me was also fantastic in formula, although less exciting shade-wise, but it wouldn’t be a “kiss” collection without a pink polish.
I was probably most excited about the blushes in the Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Collection, because they are usually my favourite products from Essence. There are two, and I have Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Duo Blush in Nothing but Lovestoned, a peachy coral shade, while there is also a pink.
The packaging is so adorable I had to include it in my Valentine’s Day Gift Guide, but the blush itself is disappointing. They are half highlight, half blush, and the highlight side has basically no pigment. The easiest way to get a brush in the packaging is to mix both shades, but that diminishes the already subtle pigment of the peach blush when blended together (far right swatch). I also find the Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Duo Blush in Nothing but Lovestoned slightly chalky, but with effort, I was able to build it up to a pretty finish on my cheeks. That said, I’d definitely stick with the permanent Silky Touch blushes from Essence over this option, as cute as it is.
I was also really excited about the Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Brush which I thought would go perfectly with the blush. It’s synthetic and incredibly soft with an adorable heart-design in it. So cute! It is a really nice brush, but it is pretty fluffy, so it does not work well at all with the blush in the collection. It is much nicer for a product that is highly pigmented, or something you want to lightly apply all over your face, like say, my new obsession Guerlain Meteorites.
There are three pastel eyeshadows available, and I have two of them–there’s also a lavender shade. Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Always on My Mint, a mint shade, and Love Is In The Air, a baby blue, both have pretty heart-designs embossed on them. I was a little skeptical of pastel shadows, and I don’t think these are Essence’s best offerings, although they do swatch nicely and have a silky formula. They are very subtle when blended out, so both shades end up looking quite similar. Although I like the consistency of the shades, the colours aren’t ones I would get too much use out of, although they can be nice for brightening the inner corner or for muted makeup days.
The final product I have from the Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Collection was a little strange to me. The Essence Like an Unforgettable Kiss Lip Smoother in Keep Calm and Kiss Me is apparently a combination lip scrub and lip gloss, with sugar particles in it so that as you apply you rub it in a circular motion for softer lips as well as a shine. I really did not notice a scrub effect at all, even trying it multiple times, it was more like an occasional sugar particle. However, the gloss has a nice sweet smell, and is non-sticky on the lips. It is very shiny and can be pretty to wear, so it definitely works for the purpose. I love how Essence continually tries new thing, and I think the Lip Smoother is a cool idea, it just isn’t quite there in functionality yet. I put together a look wearing all the products I have from the Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Collection, including both shadows on my eyes, the blush, and the lip smoother. As I said, I ended up using a different brush to help build up the blush, but I do really like the one in the collection–it just doesn’t pair well with the blush. I’m also wearing the scent, but you can’t tell how nice I smell!
In addition to the products shared here from the Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Collection, there are are a few shades I’m missing as I shared, as well as three lipsticks that are actually fairly sheer/more like tinted balms, but look nice (Bailey has lip swatches of those as well). I think this is an adorable collection and I’m always really thrilled to see a new launch from Essence, but as much as I understand pastels for spring, I hope the next Trend Edition stays away from them.
My personal Essence Like An Unforgettable Kiss Collection picks? Definitely the brush and polishes! Are you going to be grabbing anything from this collection? I can’t wait to see what Essence comes up with next! There better be another ombre blush this summer…