I love Christmas. In fact, I am an absolute Christmas freak. From the day after Halloween, I have been shouting it from the rooftops. I want Christmas coffees in red cups, the lights illuminating Grafton Street, the Brown Thomas Christmas windows, mince pies, cold evenings and I want Christmas FM to start earlier for my drive to work! My favorite Christmas tradition is decorating the tree. Nobody is allowed to help. It’s just me, getting merry on mulled wine and singing Christmas songs at the top of my lungs. I live for it!
So yeah, any Christmas collection that came my way, I was bound to get excited over. I opened the package, I saw red, I saw gold, I was satisfied. So let’s take a closer look, shall we?
First up in the collection is the Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Liquid Gold Eyeliner (€3.50). This is the thing that caught my eye first and which I was most looking forward to trying. Is there anything more festive than gold on the eye?! This only comes in one shade 01 Ho-Ho-Ho.
The bottle is cute and sleek, and the applicator is thin which makes precise application a breeze. I have a tense relationship with liquid liners, the fate of which lies solely on the type of applicator it has but this one is perfect.
This is more opaque than I thought it would be which I was pleasantly surprised by however it did have a tendency to go a little streaky in places. It built up easily though and as I mentioned, was simple to apply. I think that this photograph makes it look like it performs worse than it does and bear in mind this is a really high quality camera and a zoomed in photograph. You can see from the rest of the pictures in this post that it is actually really pretty on the eye.
While it isn’t the best liner I’ve ever used, I think when you actually consider how many times you will use a gold liner once Christmas is over, the fact that this is workable and at such a low pricepoint, it’s a must-buy for me.
Next is the Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Liptint (€3.80). It only comes in one shade 01 All I Want For X-Mas is You. I am not a fan of lip tints and liquid type products like this so I can’t say I was looking forward to trying this one, if I’m honest.
It comes with a nail polish-like brush to paint the product on to your lips and promises to stain them bright pink. It has a sweet pleasant scent that I can’t quite identify.
My lips naturally have uneven pigmentation because of my birthmark which is why I usually opt for high coverage lip products and as you can see this Liptint only offers a subtle colour and sheen so it isn’t for me. However, it is completely non-sticky and very comfortable to wear. I only just gave away my Benefit Posie Tint because I’m not a fan of these types of products however I know people go crazy over the infamous Benetint and if you fall into that category, this is a great alternative at a much more pocket-friendly price point.
I also received the Essence The Little X-Mas Factory 2in1 Core Concealer (€3.50) which sadly is only available in one shade, 01 Elf-Approved! The second I saw this I knew that it would be far too dark for my porcelain skin.
I was still intrigued by the concept as I have seen this type of product from several high end brands. The transparent core is said to even out irregularities while the nude section covers impurities. I didn’t dare try this over my foundation as the colour was about three shades darker than my Urban Decay All Nighter so I tried it on bare skin instead.
I found it tugged slightly on my skin which I wasn’t expecting from a creamy concealer but once I buffed it in with my finger (which seemed to melt the product a little making it easier to blend) I was really impressed by the coverage. The shade doesn’t look like too bad a match in the photo but I like to go lighter around my eyes and I match my foundation to my lily-white neck rather than my face which is about a shade darker so this concealer just won’t work for me colour-wise. However, if you have a light to medium skin tone, I definitely recommend giving it a go.
Probably the cutest offering from the collection is the Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Contouring Palette (€4.10). Again there is only the one shade in this, 01 Elf Yourself! It offers both a shading and highlighting shade.
Look at it. Just look at it. Is it not the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen?! I always feel a pang of nerves before trying a new contour shade as it can so easily go wrong on my pale skin but I dug straight in anyway as I have to as a blogger.
Herein lies the photograph where I become the poster child for contouring. From the roundest moon face of all time to something with some semblance of shape! I was surprised to find that the contour powder was quite sheer but built up easily to a nice colour. Because the coverage was buildable, I actually think this will suit most skin tones as you can simply apply less if you’re fair or more if you’re dark. It has a lovely tone which I think will work well for most too.
The highlighter let me down though. It is also pictured in the second photo but you can’t really see it, can you? It is subtle but quite shimmery on the skin whereas I prefer something that is more of a sheen. (Stay tuned as I’ll be reviewing my new Holy Grail be-seen-from-space highlighter in the coming weeks!) If you like to keep your highlighting more subtle this will be for you. The palette actually really reminds me of the Maybelline Master Contour which everybody was harking on about last year but which was just okay in my opinion. If you’re a fan of that, this is a great money-saving alternative and even if you’re not, I think this is worth trying for the contour shade.
The final item I was sent were the Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Nail Jewelry Stickers, (€1.60) available in only one colourway, 01 Santa’s Back in Town. These are little gold fishnet patterns and I love them!
I like how it looks as a simple nail accent and they are so simple to use. They are just stickers you apply straight on. I have a few reservations about them though. There are fourteen in the pack, presumably to fit all nail sizes but they’re all quite long and only fit my nail because I have acrylics on at the minute. It claims you can file them down to fit once they’re on your nail but they have a gold border so that would be destroyed if you did file off one side. Your best bet is to cut off all the borders and just apply the pattern. Anyway, I’m reading lot into this for something that cost less than €2! These are cute and you would definitely find a way to make them work some how.
Here are swatches of everything in the collection. From left to right is the Contouring Palette, the 2in1 Core Concealer, the Liptint and the Liquid Gold Eyeliner.
Also in the collection is the Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Eyeshadow Palette (€4.95) which features five shimmer shades in greens, golds and pinks, the Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Nail Polish (€2.50 each) which comes in a foil-finish gold, shimmering white, pink or pine green, Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Super Rich Mini Hand Cream (€1.90 each) which is available in either a cookie or vanilla scent and the Essence The Little X-Mas Factory Eau de Toilette (€5.95) which is said to be a warm, sweet fragrance featuring chocolate, cranberry, nectarine, caramel, vanilla and tonka bean notes said to conjure up memories of Christmas markets.
All in all, I think this collection is super cute and perfectly Christmassy. To be honest every item just screams stocking-filler to me! It is well worth checking out and should be on stands now through to December.
What do you think?
Which item is calling your name?
Will anything end up on your letter to Santa?
Disclaimer: The Essence Little X-Mas Factory collection was sent to me as a PR sample. I am under no obligation to mention it on my blog and it does not affect my opinion of the products in any way. No affiliate links were used.