First Impression*: Essence Urbaniced trend edition collection & Comparison with OCC Lip Tart

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hello ladies, 
as promised in my last post I'm here with some first impressions of the Essence Urbaniced trend edition collection that can still be found in drugstores here in Slovenia.
The lovely Essence Slovenia team sent me (& a bunch of other Slovenian bloggers) five products from the collection, but I also ended up buying another product just recently.

Pozdravljene punce, 
danes bom z vami delila svoje prve vtise o Essence Urbaniced trend kolekciji, ki jo lahko še vedno najdete v drogerijah po Sloveniji. Prijazna ekipa Essence Slovenija je meni, in tudi drugim slovenskim blogerkam, v test poslala pet izdelkov iz te kolekcije, enega pa sem pred kratkim kupila še sama.

Essence, Urbaniced, trend edition, first impressions
The entire Urbaniced collection consists of Street Style Eyeshadows in three shades, Graffiti Ink Eyeliner in one shade, Lip Cream in two shades, Blush, Street Sytle Highlighter, Nail Polish in four shades, a Top Coat, Nail & Cuticle Tattoo Liner, Like an Uptown Girl & Like a Downtown Girl fragrance and a purse. 
This collection is inspired by the chill out zone/ a hot spot to relax & hang out with friend that every city has and by the athletic street style fashion. And the products from this collection are for conquering these places to be. 
All of the powder products come in a square plastic packaging that actually isn't all that bulky. It does feel pretty sturdy (except the Highlighter pan seems to not be glued in properly) so I would definitely feel comfortable enough to carry these products in my make-up bag.
Although the design of the packaging is quite funky & seems to be targeted toward younger girls, I have to say that I actually really like it.

V celotni Urbaniced kolekciji lahko zasledimo tri odtenke Street Style senčil, Graffiti Ink Eyeliner,  Lip Cream v dveh odtenkih, rdečilo, Street Sytle osvetljevalec, štiri različne odtenke lakov za nohte, nadlak, Tattoo Liner za nohte in obnohtno kožico, Like an Uptown Girl in Like a Downtown Girl dišavi ter majhno denarnico.
Kolekcija je svoj navdih našla v tistem trendovskem mestnem kotičku, kjer se vsakdo rad sprošča in druži s svojimi prijatelji ter v atletskem uličnem modnem stilu. Izdelki pa naj bi bili namenjeni osvajanju teh popularnih kotičkov.
Vsi izdelki se nahajajo v plastičnih in kvadratnih embalažah, ki pravzaprav niso pretirano velike in na dotik delujejo še kar trdno (izjema je osvetljevalec, ki ni dobro zalepljen). Glede na to, bi si izdelke nedvomno upala prenašati s sabo v kozmetični torbici.
Glede na prvi pogled se zdi, da je kolekcija mišljena predvsem za mlajše generacije, vendar priznam, da je meni s svojo ''drugačnostjo'' zelo všeč.

Essence, Urbaniced, highlighter
First up is the Street Style Highlighter* in 01 The Happy Direction that has my favourite imprint/design. It's just looks super cute, and it's also the product that immediately caught my attention because of its interesting shade. Comparing it to other powder products this one seems to be the only one with a lovely fragranced scent. You get 0.31 oz./9g of product.
As fas as the shade goes, it's a white based highlight with a distinct pink undertones and interesting purplish shimmers. I think it's actually quite unique, I for sure don't have anything like it in my collection. Other than that, it's really smooth & pigmented and doesn't have any chunky glitter in it. Since the shade is so different, I wasn't sure what to expect from it, but I actually really like the glow it gives to my cheeks. I also think it really compliments the shade of the blush, so the two together are definitely a winning combination for me.
Taking everything in consideration, I still think this is one of those 'day-time appropriate' highlighters, even if you're not a fan of those extremely obvious/in your face highlighters like me. But if you are, don't worry, because you can also easily build it up, to get that 'highlight on fleek'.
As far as the longevity goes, I noticed that it did fade noticeably after 5 hours/it was still barely holding on, and when I removed my make-up after 8 hours it has completely disappeared from my face (keep in mind that I do have combination to oily skin).

Street Style osvetljevalec v odtenku 01 The Happy Direction ima meni najljubši dizajn. Izgleda zelo punčkasto in je izdelek, ki mi je že na samem začetku ukradel največ pozornosti. Temu je botrovala tudi zelo zanimiva barva oz. odtenek, poleg tega pa je edini odišavljen pudrast izdelek iz te kolekcije. Gre za osvetljevalec z belim odtenkom, ki pa ima opazen roza podton in zanimiv pastelno vijoličast šimer. Menim, da je sam odtenek zelo unikaten, sama nedvomno nimam nič podobnega v moji zbirki. Poleg tega pa je sama tekstura osvetljevalca zelo gladka in pigmentirana, ne vsebuje pa nobenih velikih in opaznih bleščic. 
Ker je odtenek tako poseben, nisem bila prepričana kako bo le-ta izgledal na moji koži, vendar me je pozitivno presenetil. Sijaj, ki ga osvetljevalec daje izgleda zelo lepo, prav tako pa se krasno ujema z rdečilom iz te kolekcije. Všeč mi je tudi, da je ne glede na vse ta osvetljevalec eden izmed tistih, ki bi jih sama nosila vsak dan, ne glede na priložnost, saj mu uspe izgledati zelo naravno in ne preveč očitno. Tudi če ste oboževalka bolj očitnih osvetljevalec, naj vas to ne odvrne od nakupa, saj se lahko ta osvetljevalec z lahkoto nadgradi do želene itenzitete.
Na moji mešani do mastni koži je osvetljevalec očitno zbledel po približno 5 urah, in ko sem po 8 urah odstranjevala ličila, ga na ličnicah pravzaprav sploh nisem več opazila. Če je vaša koža bolj normalna ali suha, bi osvetljevalec verjetno ostal viden dlje časa.

Essence, Urbaniced, blush
The Blush* has an interesting water marble design and the 01 The Sunny Side of The Street shade is definitely one of those I would most likely buy myself if I saw it in store. 
Although it looks very bright in the pan, it actually comes off looking much softer on the skin, yet you can still build it up to get a more intense colour. When you swirl the brush around the pan, it does come off a bit powdery, but nothing a bit of tapping off wouldn't fix. 
As I mentioned, it's not crazily pigmented and I did have to apply it twice to get the desired look, but it's also really easy to build up. It gives your cheeks a lovely, semi-bright warm pink flush and has a satin finish. It also lasted really well, it was still there, looking nice and noticeable after 5 and after 8 hours. 
You get the same amount as with the highlight and I already know I'll get a lot of wear out of it.

Rdečilo ima zanimiv vzorec marmorja in odtenek 01 The Sunny Side of The Street je nedvomno eden tistih, ki bi ga tudi sama kupila. 
Kljub temu, da izgleda zelo živo v sami embalaži, izpade na ličnicah veliko bolj umirjeno, a hkrati še vedno dovolj barvito. Ob prvem nanosu se je rdečilo malenkost prašilo, vendar nič kar rahlo stresanje čopiča pred samim nanosom ne bi popravilo. Rdečilo tudi ni pretirano pigmentirano, kljub temu pa se ga da nadgraditi do želene itenzitete. Sama sem ga za željen izgled nanesla dvakrat.
Ličnicam da krasen, barvito topel roza pridih in ima satenast finiš. Tudi obstojnost je zelo dobra, tako po 5 kot tudi po 8 urah je bil še vedno opazen. 
Verjetno ne rabim dodati, da se je že znašel v predalu z ličili, ki jih uporabljam ''vsakodnevno''.

Essence, Urbaniced, Eyeshadow, 03
Now onto the Street Style Eyeshadows and the first shade is 03 For City-Kittys Only!* 
It looks like a greyish black shade that would probably be great for smokey eyes, but since I wouldn't really use it, I decided to save it for a future giveaway. I'm hoping it'll get more love from one of you. 
But all three eyeshadows have the same design and they all came with 0.08 oz. /2,5g product.

V oceno sem prejela tudi tri Street Style senčila, vendar sem se odločila, da preizkusim le dva. Odtenek 03 For City-Kittys Only! izgleda kot sivkasto črn odtenek, ki bi verjetno bil super za zadimljene oči, a ker sama skoraj nikoli ne posegam po takšnih odtenkih, sem se odločila, da tega raje prihranim za kakšno nagradno igro. Upam, da bo pri kateri izmed vas deležen večje pozornosti.
Imajo pa vsa tri senčila enak dizajn in vsebujejo 2,5g izdelka.

Essence, Urbaniced, Eyeshadow, 01
But I did try the 01 City Girls Rule!* shade and I was surprised at how much I actually liked it.
The sparkly silver shade for some reason screams Christmas & New Year's Eve to me, and I think it'll be perfect for those festive make-up looks. 
It's really smooth and nicely pigmented, just like the eyeshadows from Essence trend collections seem to be. I also didn't have any problems with creasing or fading throughout the day, and even after 8 hours it still looked nice and vibrant.

Sem pa preizkusila odtenek 01 City Girls Rule! in priznati moram, da sem bila nad njim zelo presenečena. Svetlikajoč srebrni odtenek me popolnoma spominja na božič in novo leto, na skrivaj pa že komaj čakam, da ga bom lahko uporabila za kakšno bolj praznično ličenje. 
Sama formula tega senčila je takšna kot sem jo navajena od večine Essence trend kolekcij, zelo gladka in lepo pigmentirana. Čez dan tudi nisem opazila pretiranega bledenja ali pobega v gubo očesa, tudi po 8 urah je senčilo bilo še vedno opazno in na svojem mestu.

Essence, Urbaniced, Eyeshadow, 02
02 The Happy Direction* is a coraly pink shade that disappointed me a bit. It's not as nearly as smooth or pigmented as the previous shade and since it is more powdery, it does have a bit of fall out. But since it is a more bright and colourful shade this doesn't bother me so much as I'm not really a fan of colourful eye make-up looks on me. If you are, I would pass on it, because you'll probably be disappointed by its pigmentation and the fact that it's extremely difficult to build up.
But the aspect that disappointed me the most, is the longevity. I used the same primer with both of these eyeshadows, and this one already looked really faded after 5 hours, and after 8 hours it was completely creased and even more faded. It's just a shame that eyeshadows from the same collection have such different formulas (I've read that the 03 For City-Kittys Only! is luckily the same as the 01 City Girls Rule!).
It also has way less sparkles than the previous one, I would say this one has more of a satin finish. Due to its shade I'm kinda curious to try it as a blush, will report back once I do that.

Žal pa tega ne morem trditi za koralno rožnat odtenek 02 The Happy Direction, ki me je kar malce razočaral. Že sama formula je zelo drugačna od prejšnjega, saj je veliko manj pigmentirana in se veliko bolj praši. Tudi na dotik ni tako mehka in gladka, ima pa tudi veliko manj šimra. Rekla bi, da ima bolj satenast finiš.
Vendar me to pri tem, drugače zelo barvitem odtenku, niti ne moti toliko, saj nisem velika ljubiteljica barvitih odtenkov na mojih vekah. Če bi bila, bi nakup tega senčila nedvomno raje preskočila, saj ga je zelo težko nadgraditi in dobiti zares intenzivno barvo.
Najbolj pa me je razočarala sama obstojnost. Kljub temu, da sem pri obeh senčilih uporabila isto bazo za senčila (Urban Decay Primer Potion), je to senčilo že po 5 urah opazno zbledelo, po 8 urah pa je popolnoma zašlo v veko in bilo še komaj opazno.
Zaradi samega odtenka si želim videti kako bi se to senčilo obneslo kot rdečilo, upam, da nekoliko bolje.

Essence, Urbaniced, Lip Cream, OCC, Lip Tart
The only reason why I decided to buy the Lip Cream is because it instantly reminded me of the OCC Lip Tart. I opted for the shade 01 Go for a stroll thinking it would be a nice neutral 'every day' pink shade, but I was wrong. But more on that later, let me first tell you how it compared to the OCC Lip Tart.
The packing is really similar. Both come packaged in a clear plastic pouch with a small lip brush. Yes, the OCC lip brush feels better made, more sturdy and allows you a more precise application, but the Essence one still does its job. 
Both of them also come in a squeeze tube and both of them have 0.33 fl.oz./ 10ml of product. The Essence one is a bit slimmer and longer than the OCC one.
But where they start to differ, is with the application. The Essence one applies very streaky and not opaque (look the photo below, the first one on the right), so you definitely need another layer or two. While with the OCC one you can definitely get a fully opaque and even application with just one layer (third photo on the left).
The next thing is the formula. The Essence one comes out really thick and it's very creamy (which is probably the reason for the difficult application). It settles into fine lines, feels quite thick but balmy on the lips, and transfers onto things. It also has a tendency to gather on the inside of your lips and create that weird line. It semi-survives drinking, but you'll definitely have to re-apply it after eating since it doesn't disappear evenly. You can definitely feel it on the lips and it's not one of those ''comfortable'' feelings.
The OCC one has a lot more watery and extremely lightweight consistency. Because of  that and because of how pigmented it is, you only need the smallest amount, which is great since they're not the cheapest. This one also doesn't transfer to things so badly, it survives drinking and since it does fade extremely evenly, you can get away with not re-applying it even after eating. It also feels like you're not wearing anything on the lips.

Nazadnje pa še izdelek, ki sem ga kupila sama - Lip Cream v odtenku  01 Go for a stroll. 
Priznam, da je bil poglavitni razlog za nakup dejstvo, da izdelek izgleda zelo podobno kot OCC Lip Tart, sam odtenek pa je izgledal kot lep, nevtralno roza odtenek, primeren za vsak dan.
Sama embalaža je zelo podobna OCC Lip Tartu, oba izdelka se nahajata v plastični torbici, priložena pa sta tudi majhna čopiča za ustnice. Res je, da je čopič, ki je priložen OCC Lip Tartu bolj trden ter omogoča bolj precizen nanos, vendar tudi Essence-ov uspešno opravi svoje delu. Oba izdelka se nahajata v tubicah in v obeh se nahaja 10ml izdelka. Essence Lip Cream je malce tanjši in daljši kot OCC Lip Tart.
Razlikovati pa se pričneta pri samem nanosu. Essence Lip Cream se nanaša zelo neenakomeren in za popolnoma pigmentiran izgled sta potrebna približno dva ali celo trije nanosi, pri OCC Lip Tartu pa lahko enakomeren in pigmentiran izgled dosežemo že z enim samim nanosom.
Tudi formula je zelo drugačna. Lip Cream je veliko gostejši in bolj kremast kot Lip Tart, ki ima veliko bolj vodeno teksturo. Lip Cream zaide v in poudari tudi najmanjše gubice/črtice in se ''nabira'' oz. ustvari neprivlačno črto na notranji strani ustnic. Po pitju sicer ostane na ustnicah, a zbledi zelo neenakomerno, zato ga je potrebno ponovno nanesti. Zaradi gostejše teksture ga lahko na ustnicah nedvomno občutimo.
Lip Tart je veliko bolj pigmentiran, zato je potrebna le izjemno majhna količina za željen izgled. Preživi pitje in tudi po obroku ga ni potrebno nanesti, saj zbledi zelo enakomerno in pusti rahlo obarvanost. Zaradi njegove lahkotne teksture sama kar pozabim, da sem ga sploh nanesla na ustnice.

Essence, Urbaniced, Lip Cream, OCC, Lip Tart, swatches
One thing that I absolutely love with both of them, is the scent. The Essence one smells really sweet, almost ice-cream like, and the OCC one smells minty.
Another miss for me with the Essence one is the shade. It looks really lovely swatched on my hand, but on my lips it looks way too baby pink for my skin-tone. It just looks off and makes my teeth look really yellow. Maybe I'll like it more when I'm back to being completely pale.
I definitely regret not picking up the Turn Heads Instead, Baby! shade instead, because judging from Tamara's review this one seems to perform & look much better.
I know OCC Lip Tarts are quite expensive, but if you're on the hunt for something like that, they're definitely worth the splurge. I bought mine from Destination Pretty.

Stvar, ki pa me je navdušila pri obeh izdelkih, je vonj. Essence Lip Cream ima zelo sladkast vonj po nekakšnem sladoledu, OCC Lip Tart pa diši bolj sveže, po mentolu.
Kot sem omenila, sem mislila, da bo sama barva Lip Cream-a primerna za vsak dan, vendar sem se tudi pri tem motila. Odtenek kot swatch na moji roki izgleda krasno, na mojih ustnicah pa je čisto preveč svetlo, Barbie roza. Enostavno se ne ujema z tenom moje kože, prav tako pa zelo porumeni moje zobe. Pravzaprav mi je nekoliko žal, da se nisem odločila za nakup drugega odtenka, Turn Heads Instead, Baby!, saj le-ta na podlagi Tamarine ocene deluje in izgleda veliko bolje. 
Res je, da je Essence Lip Cream veliko cenejši kot OCC Lip Tart, vendar menim, da je slednji definitivno vreden nakupa. Jaz sem svojega kupila preko Destination Pretty.

Essence, Urbaniced, swatches, TE
Here are the swatches of the highlight & blush on my face, and a little shade comparison between all the pink coloured products from this collection.

Tukaj lahko vidite še kako osvetljevalec in rdečilo izgledata na mojem obrazu, zraven pa je še primerjava med vsemi roza odtenki v tej kolekciji.

All in all, this collection was a bit hit and miss with me, but I'm definitely thankful that I had the chance to try it.
I would definitely recommend you to get the highlight, blush and 01 City Girls Rule! eyeshadow and potentially also Turn Heads Instead, Baby! lip cream.

Glede na vse je bila zame ta kolekcija nekje med plusom in minusom, vseeno pa sem iskreno hvaležna, da sem jo imela priložnost preizkusiti. 
Če se odločate za nakup, bi vam priporočila osvetljevalec, rdečilo in 01 City Girls Rule! senčilo, ter morebiti še Turn Heads Instead, Baby! lip cream.

Have you tried anything from this collection? Share your thoughts.

Sanja ♥

*The products were sent to me to review. I didn't buy them with my money. But that didn't and won't ever affect my opinion about the products in any way. The review is based on my personal experience with the producst.*

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10 komentarji

  1. Tudi jaz imam +/- glede kolekcije. Sam videz je dokaj ''otroški'' oz. najstniški, je pa highlighter in blush dober. Mi je pa šminka fascinantna, sem jo že držala pa je potem raje nisem kupila.
    P.S. Catrice Rose Couture rabiš ja.

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    1. Če si hotela ta odtenek šminke potem je boljše, da je nisi kupila :)
      P.S. stop encouraging me :D

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  2. The colours look so pretty in the packaging! Shame about the formula x

    Jodie
    alajode.com

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    1. I agree, luckily the blush and the highlight have a lovely formula :)

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  3. Mene pa ni nič pritegnilo iz te kolekcije, niti lip cream, vse se mi je zdelo že videno. Me pa tale kolekcija ful spominja na eno izpred dveh let (?) - Urban Messages. Ful so se neki začeli ponavljati - ne več samo z izdelki, ampak tudi s temami kolekcij.

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    1. Ja tudi meni se zdi, da so se začeli ponavljati...Sem šla googlat to kolekcijo in sta si res zelo podobni.

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  4. Sama tudi nisem nič kupila iz te kolekcije, mi je pa Ina posalla osvetljevalec in mi je kar kul, se šparam za tole Limited E. od Catrice, ki je zj odzunaj:)hihihi.

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    1. Catrice ima zadnje čase res zanimive limited kolekcije :)

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  5. Great review! Too bad you didn't like that lip cream :(
    xx

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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it. Ah, you know these things happen :)

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