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Friday, 30 September 2016

Essence Matt Touch Blush in 20 Berry Me Up! Review




In the blogosphere I've heard a lot about Essence and their very affordable but great products. There's a small stand in my local Wilkinsons where you can buy their products but nothing had caught my eye, until now! Anyway, for the first time I'm actually looking forward to the return of Autumn for those delightful red, burgundy and berry hues (just not the cold weather!). So when I saw this blush in 20 berry me up! I thought it looked like an affordable dupe of my favourite Bare Minerals blush (here) which is slightly more on the dusky pink side. For £1 I had to give it a try!


The Essence blushers are matte, however they're supposed to have a 'super-soft' finish that gives them more of a freshly, pinched look, rather than in your face matte. I can see this when I swatch them, the formula feels light and airy, although this means it also kicks some of the powder up.

The packaging for £1 is not too bad at all. It's a basic plastic tub with a flip up lid, I don't think it looks too cheap. Although, to be fair, if the product is really good and super affordable, then what's some packaging!


The Matt touch blushers are also available in 10 peach me up! and 30 rose me up! However, I was so preoccupied with this blush that I didn't really take a look at the other shades.

As you can see in the picture above, 20 berry me up! is more on the muted side of the berry scale. However, when swatched it is a lot brighter than expected and there is a bit of fallout. It's not really a dupe for the Bare Minerals Ready Blush in The One as this is a slightly more on the pinky side and it's also a lot more vivid compared to the Bare Minerals blush.


The blush applies really smoothly, and the one thing I didn't expect is that it in infact much more pigmented than the Bare Minerals blush, which for £1 is pretty amazing! It gives a lovely soft berry glow, and the formula just sort of melts into your skin so it all becomes one. They really do live up to their 'super-soft' claims giving a lovely result without a powdery look. I like to apply this quite high on my cheeks to give a sculpted look, and I use it with a dense angled blush brush to blend as I go along.

Overall, for £1 you are getting WAY more than your money's worth! I would recommend this wholeheartedly, the shade is also universally flattering.

I hope you enjoyed this post!
Do you have any Essence recommendation for me?

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106 comments:

  1. I've been on the hunt for some matte blushes! this looks gorgeous! thank you so much for this post xx

    Erin | Erin Azmir

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    1. Thank you, it's a really affordable option :)

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  2. I've never tried any of Essence's makeup range. I've only tried some of their gel nail polish. This blush sounds great! I need to have a look next time I'm near an Essence counter :) x

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    1. I've been quite impressed by the reviews I've read on their product too, especially the lipsticks :)

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  3. Wow this is amazing! Love the colour and the pigmentation, and of course the price! Definitely a winner! I am a huge fan of Essence and how could Iiss this one?? :)

    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha I think it's easy to miss them out as their products don't get as much hype, but it's incredible for the price :)

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  4. Essence products are really good! Loved this review babe!

    Love,

    Lucrezia ♥ (http://www.lucreziacandelori.com)

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  5. wow... it looks great!
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  6. What a bargain!! It sounds great and looks a lovely shade too. Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, it means a lot :) xx

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  7. I love Essence in general except their mascaras, none that I have tried from the brand worked on my pathetic lashes. Ugh! Try their gel nail polish, quick dry drop for manicure, lipsticks, eye liners are decent...as I said, I love the brand. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. I didn't know they did gel polishes, I'll have a look into them! :)

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  8. Wow! It's so pigmented ! I've never tried a powder blush by Essence, I have a cream one. But this seems really good. Also, Catrice has great blushes ! xx

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    1. Cream blushers are actually my all time favourite!

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  9. Wow that has such a great colour payoff and the shade is gorgeous too. Can't believe it was £1, bargain x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. Tell me about it, it's such good value! xx

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  10. This is such a pretty shade! Can't wait to give it a try :)



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  11. I've been using Essence for a while now, but I haven't tried these blushes (I think they're quite new)... This shade looks super nice, and I might try it... Btw it looks like Essence is way cheaper where you are... This blush would be around 3 pounds here :D Not that it's a lot :D but it's way less than 1 pound x

    BeautyPepTalk

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    1. I find it so weird how they can charge up to 3 times more for the same thing, I keep hearing about how cosmetics are so much more expensive in Canada/Australia!

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  12. Such great colour payoff and the shade is gorgeous too. Essence products are really good! I have a couple things from them.

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    1. I really need to check them out again, it's been a while haha :)

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  13. This looks lovely. I haven't actually tried this brand xx

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

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  14. This looks lovely. I haven't actually tried this brand xx

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

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  15. Essence has amazing products and am loving that blush!!
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  16. wow! for one pound that is amazing! My expensive limited edition urban decay face palette just recently crashed to the floor and smashed into smithereens, so I am currently looking for a replacement until I can hunt down the face palette online. I just may give this blush a try!

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    1. Oh no that's such a shame! Especially with it being a limited edition, hope the search goes well!

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  17. I really need to check out this Essence stand I feel like I'm missing out on some bargains here including this blush, just look at that pigmentation!
    Charlotte // www.charlottespicks.com

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    1. Their stuff is all really affordable, although I think it's not as hyped as it''s not in many drugstores :)

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  18. I love Essence for this reason! Their products are super affordable but you can find real gems. Their lipsticks are quite nice too :)

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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    1. I keep hearing a lot about their lipsticks, but I've got 50/60 too many!

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  19. While it might not be a dupe as you first hope, it's certainly gorgeous and like you say, would suit pretty much everyone! What a bargain find at £1!

    Musings & More

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    1. The value for money is incredible! :)

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  20. This sounds great for a £1! Such a bargain, I wish my local Essence counter was restocked more often x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog x

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    1. I've only spotted a small one in my local Wilkinsons, but I haven't visited it much really :)

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  21. I love Essence and I have been using their compact powder for such a long time! This blush shade looks gorgeous and the packaging is so cute :)

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

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    1. I might have to try it out, at the moment I only have a loose powder since breaking my Rimmel :)

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  22. this sounds amazing! especially for the price :)

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  23. I've never tried anything by Essence but for £1 the pigmentation of that blush is unreal, I may just have to give it a try for myself!

    Toni x
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    1. You should go for it, it's great! :)

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  24. This looks like such a gorgeous shade! It's so pigmented I can't believe it's only £1!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. The value for money is pretty amazing :) xx

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  25. Nice review. I love the color even though I don't red that well. Happy new week.

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  26. Essence blushes are always so pigmented - they are my fav

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

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  27. It looks so amazing! I'd love to try it :) I think Essence is underrated to be honest. It's a great affordable brand.

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    1. Same here, I think due to it not being as widely available as other drugstore brands :)

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  28. I can't believe this is only £1 and it's such a pretty colour!

    Lauren Ashleigh xx

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    1. I was really surprised at the price at first too, even with Essence I was expecting it to be a bit higher!

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  29. I've heard such amazing things about Essence, I have a little eyeshadow palette from them that was gifted to me by a friend and it is pretty amazing! I love that there are such affordable brands out there, honestly I would never have guessed that the blush was only £1! The packaging looks a lot more expensive than that, plus the quality seems awesome - the pigmentation is brilliant and the shade is just so lovely. :) Thanks for sharing, darling!

    Kay
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    1. I've heard good things about their eyeshadow palettes! Plus they look so small and compact. That's a good point, if you factor out the packaging, then the blush technically costs very little!

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  30. What a pretty color! I love how fresh it is!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

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  31. This is such a pretty Autumnal shade, very pretty :)

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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  32. It's so pigmented for the price! What a fabulous bargain

    Rachel xx
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  33. This looks amazing and for £1 is sounds like you really can't go wrong. I love the shade and will be keeping my eyes peeled for this next time I am out shopping :) x

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  34. This is so dreamy and such a fab bargain to boot! I love the pretty pink hue <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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  35. Wow that is really good value! I haven't tried very much from Essence but I really like the Make Me Brow.

    Samantha Series

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    1. Is that their gimme brow dupe? I heard that's really good!

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  36. Essence has some surprising high quality beauty gems!! I miss the brand since I can't get it where I live now, I haven't used their blushes but I am definitely picking this shade on my next visit back to Europe! x

    Have a great Friday!
    ♥ Josune @ Your Beauty Script

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    1. This is definitely one of my all time favourites, I think it would suit everyone really! :)

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  37. That blush is gorgeous!! I haven't tried any essence products in ages, I'll have to check out the new stuff :)

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    1. It's really nice, I would totally recommend it :)

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  38. What a beautiful colour and wow how pigmented it is! For £1, it is a real steal! Essence knows how to please their customers :)

    Ela BellaWorld

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    1. They're doing a really good job with all these affordable, quality products!

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  39. Wow that berry blush looks really beautiful! I can't actually believe that it was only £1 either. It looks super pigmented and creamy too, what a great find! I really want to try the one you have, and also the peach shade now. As that's my absolute favourite shade to wear as a blush.xx

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    1. Both shades would look lovely on you! That's the great thing about affordable products, you can buy all the shades haha ;) xx

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  40. I LOVE Essence! Their products are amazing and it's cruelty-free. Great review! :)

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  41. Essence is definitely gaining traction now people are recognising how good the price points are! I remember trying to get on the Kylie Jenner bandwagon in search of some cheap lip liners and essence had my back at £1 a go. Will be sure to give that blush a go - looks like a lovely shade :)

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

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    1. I keep hearing a lot about their lip liners! I did try one a while back but it was quite drying. I think it was the shade I got, I'll have to try another one :) xx

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  42. This blusher looks so pretty and such an affordable price!
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  43. Essence can be really great for products, and they are so affordable too! Thank you for sharing this. I am so happy I came across your blog today, you seem so lovely and are really talented at what you do.. keep up your amazing work! x

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    1. Aww thank you for your lovely comment :) xx

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  44. I'm yet to be disappointed by Essence! Wonderful brand!
    Summer xx

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  45. I will check out this blush! I'm currently having a Fresh Sugar Rose Lip Treatment giveaway and will have a new giveaway every Friday with products from UD, Too Faced, Fresh, Hourglass, Buxom and more. You should come check it out!
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  46. This blush is such a stunning colour! I love their matte lipsticks and their mascaras are pretty good too. Great post xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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    1. I think I'll have to give their lipsticks a go, I keep hearing a lot of good things about them :)

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  47. The Faby polishes seem so cute. I love the colors. Sorry to read you haven't been feeling well. I've been very overwhelmed myself, unfortunately there's only 24 hours in a day and I need more time to get tons of stuff done. Feel better.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, that's very true! I'm feeling much better and more productive! xx

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  48. what a beautiful shade :) now i really want to add to my collection :)

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  49. Great post! Essence products are my favorites. They're great quality, fairly cheap and crueltry-free! :)

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    1. Yes, they offer really good value for money! xx

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  50. Hi,
    How are you feeling now?
    Love
    Shanel

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  51. This haul is so nice: I love your new nailpolish xx

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