Essence Cream Blush & Highlighter: Affordable Buys (And A Benefit Dupe!)

Since it arrived on UK shores for the first time earlier this year, Essence has fast been becoming one of my favourite budget brands. They not only push the boundaries, creating innovative and unique makeup collections and products, but their quality is outstanding for the price point – and this trio of cheek wonder is no exception. These cream-to-powder formulas are incredibly lightweight, providing a creamy texture that can be blended into the skin using a finger or brush. The pigment is pretty great, the texture non-greasy and the result beautiful; after only a few seconds on the skin all three turn to a powder that sticks in place and provides a fab look.

The blushers are great for those a little hessitant about applying bright bold colours to their cheeks, as the creamy formula can be built up and blended into the skin with ease. Although I love the richness of the pinky colour, the peach tone is a fab dupe (both in shade and finish) of the new Benefit Majorette that I’ve been loving so much for the past few weeks. Considering these are only £2.80 each, that’s a comparison that will be music to your ears. The highlighter is great at adding light and shade to the face, helping to lighten the browbone and brighten the tops of cheeks as the formula catches the light; again, this is a great introduction to highlighting for novices as you can’t possibly mess up with this dreamy formula.

I love a creamy blush and highlighter in the colder months, as they buff into skin so well to leave it looking incredibly fresh. As we start to wear heavier foundations, powder and lots of layers, cream-to-powder blushers work even better with our makeup looks than their basic powder counterparts – plus they stay in place for longer and can even be topped up with your index finger! If you’re passing a Wilko store this weekend, why not grab all three and get your winter wardrobe sorted before the fluffy slippers and blankets come out? What do you think of this trio of cheek products?

The Essence ‘Soo Blush’ and ‘Soo Glow‘ products are available via Wilko stores nationwide, as well as through their pop-up stores in Westfield shopping centres.



  1. Emma Louise
    October 10, 2014 / 3:59 pm

    Love the pink! So pretty xEmma | Emmys Blog

  2. daisy walters
    October 10, 2014 / 4:17 pm

    Such lovely colours but cream products scare me.. I can't see how they work at all but I really want to try some. Maybe these would be a good way to ease me in without breaking the bank! xxx | daisydaisyxxo

  3. Emma
    October 10, 2014 / 5:01 pm

    These are beautiful, their cheek products are their stand out's in the line in my opinion. These look like a must have for my kitwww.walking-in-heels.blogspot.comxxx

  4. Anonymous
    October 10, 2014 / 8:59 pm

    These colours are gorgeous, and for such a good price too. I don't think i'l be able to resist next time I'm in or by my local wilko

  5. Sibel
    October 11, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    ooohhh i hope we get these in my country as well! great post as always.

  6. gio
    October 11, 2014 / 1:34 pm

    So pretty! Love Essence blushes.

  7. Anonymous
    October 11, 2014 / 6:50 pm

    Yip went in today on your advice and brought babydoll and natural beauty blushes and bright up your life highlighter. Nice consistancies. Proof of the pudding will be how long they last on the face ☺

  8. Claudlyy
    October 12, 2014 / 8:39 am

    How is the staying power of these blushes? Is it similar to that of the Benefit one?Beauty blog | Claudlyy

  9. beautyinjapan
    October 12, 2014 / 6:35 pm

    I love the look of the highlighter, I'll be picking it up to try this winter! Fab post as always.Danniella

  10. Jasmine Stewart
    October 13, 2014 / 4:40 pm

    For me it depends if they're cream-to-powder like Majorette is, as traditional cream blushers give me major facial shine! xJasmine // Magpie Jasmine

  11. Chess D
    October 16, 2014 / 9:55 am

    All 4 will be getting purchase this weekend! Thanks 🙂 I was saying only earlier this morning I need to find a decent cream blush x

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