Review and Swatches: Essence Hidden Stories TE

I can't say I was excited because of Essence Hidden Stories collection when I saw promo photos, but as a huge fan of shimmery products I have to admit the shimmer in a nail polish Mauve-llous Fairy and highlighter Enter Wonderland convinced me that I bought them. 


Let’s talk about the nail polish first. Mauve-llous Fairy is a lila shade with pink, blue and lila shimmer. It’s really a gorgeous shade, but not very pigmented. It can be opaque after two coats if I apply thicker ones, but otherwise it requires three coats for full opacity. Otherwise the polish applies nicely, it doesn’t have too runny formula and the drying time is average. I like the brush of this polish; it’s flat, although not big, and easy to work with. The polish contains 8 ml and it costs 1,49 € (Műller). 


Enter Wonderland is a product I have love-hate relationship with. If this wouldn’t be a part of limited edition collection I’d probably wait with a review for some time yet, but since it won’t be available for a very long time I’ll share with you the impression it made on me. On other blogs I mostly read positive things about highlighters from this collection, but I personally can’t say I adore this one. 


Enter Wonderland is a purple cream highlighter with tiny shimmer in it. The packaging is nothing special, a transparent round plastic container that doesn’t seem very sturdy. I have to admit I expected it’ll have the same formula as highlighters from regular assortment, but it’s not exactly the same, I find it a bit less creamy. This highlighter is very sheer. It blends very nicely, but after it blends it’s almost invisible on my skin if I use one coat, so I have to apply few layers before it gives me the effect I want. I really wish it would be more pigmented. Essence recommends applying it with fingers and I do that, because I find it’s easier to apply with fingers than with brush. I also noticed that it doesn’t last long on my skin. If I apply few layers of it, then it will last a whole working day, otherwise it’ll fade away sooner. Also, when I apply few layers I love how it looks on me; it’s definitely a very special shade. For the swatches on my hand and cheeks I used three layers of product. 


I have to admit I expected much more from highlighter. Usually Essence does such a great job with them that I can’t understand what went wrong here. The shade itself is gorgeous, it’s also very unique because I don’t own anything similar, but formula is just not what I’d expect it to be. I wish that this product would be more pigmented. Highlighter contains 10,7 g and it costs 3,29 €.
I’m going to say that even if I’d skip this collection I wouldn’t regret it. The polish is gorgeous, but sheer, so people, who like opaque polishes won’t be fans, and the same goes for highlighter. A beautiful shade, but very sheer, so it requires some work for a nice effect.

Did you get anything from Essence Hidden Stories TE? How do you like those products? Thank you for reading!

13 komentarjev

  1. Same thoughts here, I bought one polish (don't remember the name right now) but there isn't much in this collection that gets your attention. Essence usually does a better job with all of this ^^
    Great review though <3

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    1. Thank you. :) I agree, Essence usually does a great job with limited edition collection, so I was really surprised that these products aren't better.

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  2. Sheer yet so beautiful, I'm in a dilemma if I should get them or not. Who am I kidding, the polish will definitely go in my basket if I find it, it's too pretty to leave it behind!

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    1. I probably wouldn't purchase them if I knew they are so sheer ...

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  3. Točno tale lakec sem si želela kupit, čeprav ni ravno moja barva, je vseeno čudovit :)

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    1. Meni je prekrasen, si pa želim, da bi bil bolj prekriven.

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  4. senčilo mi je top :3 lakec pa ne, ker je vijoličen in ne maram vijoličnih ali lilastih odtenkov hiih :D super oblika nohtov drgač.

    xoox

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  5. I can't even with essence products, that just isn't possible LOL
    Love that polish, looks like a great color for all year round. I have their highlighter and as much as I love it, I fear the date of expiring LOL

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    1. I know, the same here. Sometimes I think I have way to much products, lol. :P

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  6. Mene je tutdi tale lak začaral, ampak mi je pa preveč prosojen. Bom ga naslednjič poskusila uporabiti povrhu kakšnega temno vijoličnega laka, da vidim če bi se obnesel kot nadlak

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    1. Sem na enem blogu videla, da krasno izgleda slojen. :)

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  7. Joj, lak je res čudovit, ampak LE od Essenca že lep čas ne sledim in jih posledično seveda zamudim. So pa tvoji nohti še vedno krasni. <3

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Thank you for all your sweet comments, I appreciate every one of them. <3