Essence’s newest trend collection is Me & My Ice Cream, a pastel themed collection, perfect for Spring! It’s supposed to be out October, but stands have been popping up in Priceline stores already. First off, this collection contains a cream blush, Ice Bomb ($4.95). It’s a shimmery peachy coral colour – very pretty and flattering on me. The dome of the blush itself feels a bit squidgy, maybe because it’s an unusual shape. I love cream blushes, so this is going to get a workout this Spring!
They’re very pale, frosty colours. For me, they’re going to be highlight-only, but they’d be pretty on someone with lighter skin. They can also be used wet (with foiling medium) for a denser shimmer.
Lip-wise, it’s a bit boring – three lip balms, no tint ($3.50). But the lip balms themselves are gorgeous – check out the swirled pattern! (L-R): Ice, Ice Baby, Icylicious and Ben & Cherries.
Ice, Ice Baby has a delicious artificial grape scent, like Hubba Bubba gum. Icylicious smells like vanilla cream, which I always love. Ben & Cherries has a strong floral smell and is the only one I can’t stomach – it smells like VO5 leave-in conditioner, and I can’t deal with florals on my lips. They’re quite moisturising and work well as cuticle balms as well. The tub of shimmer pearls in the shade I-Cy U ($5.75) was the item I was most excited about. There’s talk of it being a cheap dupe of Guerlain’s Meteorites. It’s a multi-coloured illuminating product with a subtle fruity scent. I’m really looking forward to using these – it’s far less glittery than the other illuminators I own, which makes it much more useable for oily-faced me.
There’s also a pack of 15 mini hand wipes in the collection (with a name: I Scream Ice Cream, $2.25). These are super handy and have a strawberry ice cream scent. I love that the pack is small and lightweight!
Rainbow sprinkle nail stickers! ($3.50) These are literally caviar beads stick to clear nail stickers – I’ve always wanted to try caviar nails but couldn’t be bothered with the mess. These are a great way around it, though nail stickers always seem pricey to me for what they are.
Finally, the collection has 4 nail polishes ($2.95). Left to right: Icylicious, Ice, Ice Baby, Always in My Mint and Ben & Cherries. These are all very light pastels with subtle iridescent shimmer, and took about three coats to reach opacity.
I originally thought these would be dupes of the popular ulta3 Pretty Pastels collection from last year, but they’re actually very different – they’re paler, and the shimmer is more obvious. I took some comparison shots:
In my opinion, this is one of the best collections Essence has released so far. My top picks are the shimmer pearls and the cream blush (and the hand wipes – so handy!), but there’s sure to be something in here for everyone. The packaging isn’t the most durable or elegant, but with such budget-friendly prices, I’m confident in predicting that these will go flying off the shelves! This product was provided for editorial consideration, which did not affect my opinion. For more information, see Disclosure Policy.