Monday, December 17, 2012

Essence Renesmee Red Blush

I love a good red blush. Some of you already know this. While I am mostly a cautious neutral-loving person in every day life, I go absolutely nuts over all shades of blush. Cheap or expensive, if I like what I see in the pan, I stew over it for hours and days and weeks until I either buy it or shatter my heart into itty bitty pieces in unfulfilled longing.

Now, isn't that a fitting overwrought intro for a Twilight-themed piece of cosmetic? ;-)

Essence had been intriguing me for a while after it finally became available in Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada this year. Last month I finally decided to try two items from the brand, one of which is Renesmee Red.


For all the anti-Twilight sort, Renesmee happens to be the name of Edward and Bella's daughter. Yes, I read the "saga" and thought it was entertaining in all the wrong ways. No, I will not see the movies. :-)

Sorry name aside, a pretty blush is a pretty blush. I cannot emphasize this enough.

A PRETTY BLUSH IS A PRETTY BLUSH.


I was afraid that given its super low price of CAD$2.99, it would end up chalky or grainy or somehow misperform.


But it doesn't!!!!!!!!!! It's lovely and silky and pigmented and goes on without trouble!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Lightly tap the pan with a fluffy blush brush and blend blend blend! Not because the blush is problematic but because the colour is strong and you don't want to look like some deranged Twi-hard!

I AM SO HAPPY!  

HAPPINESS IS A PAN OF BLUSH.

This review was brought to you by my hungry and sleep-deprived alter ego. The other Liz may or may not return in January when life settles down. In the mean time, sorry about the lack of blog visits, comments and responses. I'm feeling so overwhelmed and trying not to buy any more unnecessary stuff and ackghdfjakds;l!

34 comments:

  1. Oh, I saw this at Ulta and I passed on it, now I am regretting it! But really, I have enough blush. But it's so pretty! I am torn.

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    1. I think you have a lot of similar colours? I've seen your swatches and this feels very familiar to a lot of your reds. But it's only like a $1 down there so it's not a huge deal if you end up hating it. ;)

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  2. Entertaining in all the wrong ways = yes. This.
    It's pretty! Still haven't tried Essence but looks like it's good for the price! Will give them a more thorough look in the future. Don't know if I can bring myself to purchase Twilight stuff though :P Though you are correct, and a good blush is a good blush. They also have a really pretty gold one, I think?

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    1. I think Essence is decent given the price range but it's not usually stellar or out of the world good. Just okay if you forget your regular item and have to run to the drugstore to get one in a pinch. Something like that.

      The Twilight theme made me pick it up and put it down like 5 times. But in the end, pretty pan of blush won. I think I saw the gold but Renesmee Red had all of my attention.

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  3. Son of a! Nearly bought this but the SO whined about all of my other unloved blushes (not true, I love them all) so I put it back down. Should have ignored him >:T

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    1. How much do I love that your SO keeps track of your blush stash!!!!!!!!!

      Yes, ignore him next time. :DDD

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  4. Aww my poor darling Liz :( I hope all is going well for you--take care of yourself!! :)

    And WOW--that blush is gorgeous. I NEVER used to like red toned blushes of any kind because I have some redness around my nose area and was always scared to look like I was perma-sunburned. But I recently have been easing my way into it and I must say, I love the results! So pretty and natural-looking! Love! :D

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    1. I'm trying, wifey! It's just a matter of time. :)

      I don't know why it didn't occur to me years ago to try red blush. I'm coveting NARS Exhibit A and Stila Convertible Poppy so badly right now. Red gives the nicest wind-flushed look! What have you been trying lately???

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  5. I like BOTH Lizs? Lizzes? Acccck. I know the sleep deprivation bit all too well.
    This looks PRETTY but alas Edmonton is FULL of stoopid sparkly loving sappy vampire lovers and this was gone so fast. Although. I probably most definitely have something like it in my pocketses already precious. :)

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    1. LIZZES :D

      LOL @ Edmonton's vamp-loving crowd! I like how Smeagol took over your body as you typed out the last bit. Bet your preciouses are much much prettier. :D

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  6. Aghgghgh1!!!! I love this blush. I only wish I could find a display that wasn't completely ravaged by Twilight fans >.<

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    1. This was the last one I saw on my display. :< I'll snatch one up for you should I see it again!

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  7. Haha yes, "happiness is a pan of blush". This is a great buy - damn, only $2.99? Yeah I have morbid fascination with the Twilight saga. It's prob the only books that I've read where the movies are better....and that's with wooden Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattison (ew, I cannot get the image of his geeky role in Harry Potter outta my mind) at the helm. Only cute werewovles for me...hahahaaha...

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    1. Now I have to admit that I didn't read or watch HP while I found the time for Twilight. Eeeeeeep - now that's out there in the universe. *blush of shame* lol

      I need to build up better resistance to blush. I only have two cheeks but 2.99 makes it so easy to succumb.

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  8. I bought this on the day it came out, the essence range is so good most of the time :) I'd been after a red toned blush, and this hit the spot nicely

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    1. One day I want to see the entirety of your blush collection, Miss Bovary. :DDD

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  9. Wait a minute; is this a cream or powder blush? Cause I was under the impression it was a cream, and so I skipped it, but if it's in powder form, I may have to give it another look! I cannot get enough of my CHANEL Rouge (as you well know), so this would make an excellent addition to my [mammoth] collection of blushes.....

    Sending you happy vibes, my friend!

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    1. This is powder! I'm trying not to accrue too many creams because they don't keep as long. CHANEL Rouge is amazing and this is a nice everyday sort of back up when you want to save Rouge for special occasions. I love your mammoth collection. :D

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  10. Hey Liz, great drugstore find! If you're going to break your no-/low-buy, my vote is still for #58 Cappuccino, Please! It is one of my top 3 eyeshadows.

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    1. I broke my low/no buy ages ago, lol.

      I decided against Cappuccino because I just have way too many similar colours. But should I be in need of such a shade, I know where to go and who to thank. ;)

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  11. Oh, this blush looks lovely! I think I have a similar one, but stillll....I would have bought this one on sight, but the display was cleared out at my local Ulta.

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    1. Seems to be the case everywhere! Those Twi-fiends are quick!

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  12. Renesmee, huh? I have no idea about anything Twilight after my eye rolling fest while watching the first movie. But I would buy this blush!
    Here's to refreshed and recharged Liz in 2013 :) x

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    1. Hi and thanks, Su! :) I bet red blush looks awesome on you!

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  13. Not to make light of your sleep deprived state but I could not stop laughing while reading this review (probably stemming partly from my own sleep deprived state lol). I mean hehehehhe hehehehe heheheh. Basically.

    It's a pretty blush though! I totally get what you mean about happiness in a pan despite the name :P

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    1. LOL MM - I <3 you so much, sleep-deprived or not. Hope you have sweet dreams of happy blushes. :DDD

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  14. I'm not ashamed to say that Essence blushes are up there with my favourites. I think I'm a drugstore diva at heart :) Rest up girl - this time of year can get really out of hand xo

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    1. I'm only mildly embarrassed because of the Twilight theme. :) Thanks, Vita! Hope your Xmas preparations are going well!

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    1. Oh, girl. I'm starting to feel bad whenever this happens! Thanks for your original comment though!

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  16. "HAPPINESS IS A PAN OF BLUSH."

    PREACH, SISTER.

    And just so you know, I read all the Twilight books AND watched all the movies. I HAVE NO SHAME.

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    1. I have a sudden desire to call you the archdeacon of church of blush. :D

      LOL @ no shame! I did actually watch two of the movies but was forced both times. I cannot believe how long this entire thing took and now we have 50 Shades of Grey as a result!

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  17. Yes, Liz, THIS IS A PRETTY BLUSH and as such - revel in the gloriousness and wear the shit out of it.

    That's all I really have to say. And maybe 'get some sleep'. :D

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