Essence Bloggers Beauty Secrets

Yayyyy I can finally share my thoughts on the new Essence Bloggers Beauty Secrets trend edition makeup palettes! I was given a “The Glow Must Go On” palette last year April and was sworn to secrecy to not spill the beans on this amazing trend edition until they officially launched in our stores.

I was so happy to see that Essence have done a collaboration with a few of their favorite influencers as that seems to be the trend these days where brands do co-labs with bloggers/YouTubers. I really hope that they continue with this even if it means doing a collaboration once a year as part of a trend edition. It’s a great opportunity for an Essence Cosmetics addict (like myself – hint hint Cosnova) πŸ™‚ to be able to work closely with their favorite makeup brand on something that’s inspired by yourself and something that will appeal to your  followers.

Each blogger got to develop their own unique palette which came with a matching nail polish. The palette I got was developed by Serena from, a Dutch beauty who blogs about beauty, fashion, lifestyle trends and her travels. When I first laid my eyes on all the new palettes I knew immediately that I was going to grab the bronzing and highlighting one and I’m so glad I did.

The palette comes with a trio shimmer bronzer, a highlighter, 2 eyeshadows and a brush applicator. The packaging is made of strong hardboard and is magnetically sealed so you don’t need to stress about it flipping open if traveling with it. There’s also a decent sized mirror inside.

Not surprising but the trio bronzer is the star of the show here! The combination of rose gold, copper gold and bronzy gold make up the perfect shimmering bronzer that’s ideal for a summers night out. The highlighter for me was also nice as it has a gold undertone, however I felt that it was a bit too light for my skin tone so I’ll probably end up mixing the highlighter and the bronzer and use that as a highlighter. The eyeshadows weren’t as pigmented as I’d hoped, especially the burnt orange shade – I had high hopes for that one but I didn’t mind as I picked this palette for the bronzer and highlighter anyway.

There were also 3 other palette & polish combo’s developed by 3 more beauties – take a look at them here:

These palettes retail for R104.95 and the nail polishes for R34.95 at Dischem stores nationwide, while stocks last.




  1. February 20, 2017 / 12:29 PM

    I so much wanted to grab one of these palettes, but none of them appealed to me. I like the burnt orange shade in this one, and was the main attraction for me, but I didn’t think the one colour justified the purchase. Thanks for the review though, and your pics are gorgeous!

    PS Enjoy the last few days in SA πŸ™‚

    • February 20, 2017 / 3:42 PM

      Thank you @simonecameron:disqus πŸ™‚ Well luckily you didn’t get the palette because if you only got it for that once shade then I think you would have been disappointed. The others are all nice though.

      Safe to say there’s about a month left of SA left for me but I know its just going to fly by! xxx

      • February 20, 2017 / 4:06 PM

        Silly me, thought you leave here at the end of Feb! Okay, enjoy the last few weeks then. he he

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