Do you love me, do you, Surfer Girl?
Essence Cosmetics “Surfer Babe” Collection
Review by Jessica M
Essence Cosmetics, the German makeup brand that recently launched in the United States, recently brought out its summer collection. It's a limited edition line called Surfer Babe, and it promises “that sun-kissed laid-back surfer look---carefree and casual.” Well, I avoid the sun and I don’t even like to swim, so you’ll never see me on a surfboard, but I can still appreciate some of the products in this line.
The Eyeshadow Palette in Surfer's Kit, for example, is on-trend and versatile ($2.99). I like the pale matte lilac as an overall wash shade, and the frosty white as a highlight on the browbone. The purple and orange shades have high-octane shimmer when applied with a sponge applicator, but a fluffy shadow brush sheers them out and makes them useful as day-to-night layers over a more basic eye shadow. The deep shimmery charcoal would make a good smokey liner.
Surfer Babe Refreshing Lip Gloss ($1.99) is like an affordable little sister to Lancome’s Juicy Tubes. Once applied, the gloss formula has medium shimmer, high shine, and a cool, tingly feeling. These shades complement the eye shadows: The World’s Coolest is a light aqua in the tube, Hang Loose is lavender, and Tube Rider is orange. They have less visible pigment when worn, so that they add just a hint of color.
I’ve raved before about Essence’s high-quality, budget-friendly nail polishes. Surfer Girl Nail Polish ($1.99) is a color family with four shades. I’m especially happy with Surferama (a punchy berry crreme) and Hang Loose (lavender creme); both applied smoothly and gave complete coverage in two coats, and they lasted well. World’s Coolest (light aqua with light shimmer) felt a bit thicker and harder to work with, and I haven’t tried Pointbreak yet (medium gray creme), but I love its name. Surf’s up!
Essence Cosmetics’ Surfer Babe collection will be available from June through August at Ulta stores nationwide. It also includes waterproof liquid eyeliner, an eyeliner pen, and powder blusher.
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Images: Cover of Gidget by Frederick Kohner; all product photos by Jessica M
Disclosure: Press samples were provided by Essence Cosmetics