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Drugstore Week: Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil 

This week's theme will be all about drugstore products. I'm pretty excited about my line-up because I adore all of them! I'm going to feature one drugstore item for the face, hair, nail, and body this week. Today, we're all about eyes!

I picked up these Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencils (P149.75) last month. I found them inside the MOA SM Department Store, where a huge-ass rack of Essence products are just hanging around with their crazy affordable price tags. I thought the texture, colors, and staying power of these pencils were impressive, so I purchased them even if (truth be told) I rarely buy cosmetics these days.

I swatched these pencils last February when Essence first arrived here. I was pleasantly surprised that the swatches remained intact even though it's been hours, and I've washed my hands several times already! For a P150 product, that's quite a feat. But how does this pencil fare on my eyes?

The Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencil is pigmented, so you only need a couple of swipes to make it opaque and color-true. The color you see on the tube is pretty much what you get, well, with a little more vibrancy to it! If we're talking about color pay-off alone, this eyeliner can easily pass off as a high-end one. 

Cool Down, Bling Bling, C'est La Vie. I chose colors that I don't have yet.

It stays on pretty well too. I give it about four hours before it starts fading, but it's only minimal. Not so noticeable! By five hours, I would notice a little smudging around the corners but again it's not dramatic. It still looks decent after a long day.

C'est La Vie worn on top of black eyeliner. This is what it looks like after four hours, no primer. Nice no? This looks perfect with baby pink lips. 

This is Bling Bling used as an eyeshadow. So brilliant.

And check out how vibrant Cool Down is! It's such a gorgeous electric blue.

TIP: To extend the wear time, just use an eyeshadow primer underneath and set the outer tips with translucent powder to prevent the eyeliner from migrating. 

The texture is very smooth and creamy, barely skidding across my lids. It takes a few seconds to set so just wait for it to dry before doing anything else to your eyes (i.e. curling lashes, applying mascara, etc). 

Sooo that's pretty much it! If you're looking for basic colors then you must try the Black Fever (black) and Hot Chocolate (brown) shades. They will smudge a little throughout the day but you won't get racoon eyes (unless you have very oily lids). I'm pretty happy with the fun shades I got, and plan to use them whenever I get the chance. Totally worth much more than P150!

You can find the Essence Long Lasting Eye Pencils in Watsons or SM Department Stores, beauty section. What do you think? Do you plan to grab this eyeliner?

Reader Comments (31)

the eye make up you did with the silver liner is very awesome ms. liz very simple but eye catching. thanks for the idea :) will try to do that trick using my colored liners

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjenisse

yay for cheap finds. I want to try their Loose powder and the liquid eyeliner. I wish you can do a review soon. This is gonna be a great week. I can't wait for the next "drugstore" product you will be reviewing.

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarlene Tallada

Aaaah, I was wondering what brand that blue eyeliner came from!

I swatched them 2 weeks ago in SM Southmall and fell in love. Besides the quality, allow me to mention that they also have a number of colors to choose from. :D I think it's fairly easy to feel like buying more than a pair of this stuff.

Did you check their bronzers? It's only 200+ for a huge pan. They also have nail polish for 99 a bottle; I spotted a gorgeous neutral shade too!

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

this is awesome! I saw these babies a while ago but had doubts buying them even if they're cheap. Now I have to go to Watsons to get them! Thank you for the review! :)

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoie

Drugstore week!!! Yay!! :-bd

BTW, I checked the BYS brow pencil several times and they were always out of stock!! Any good dupes? Thanks! :)

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaulina

SO EXCITED FOR THIS WEEEEK. I wanna see what you pick out! I am not really "well-versed" in drugstore~ products, so I am looking forward to reading all about the stuff you like. I've been wanting to try Essence, but I can't be bothered to go to MOA just because it's so freaking far! The Watsons/SM department store branches I've gone to all don't have LOL.

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCarina

Drugstore week? Perfect since not all of us can afford expensive brands.

I saw essence last time I went to the mall and was so tempted to try these liners since you featured them on a post before but I was never able to since there's a mall sale and my sis and mom was running here and there.
I want to go back and buy C'est La Vie now. I think it will look good on the lower lids

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStacie

Ohh shoot sana yan nalang ang binili ko instead na un eyeliner nila. Anyway naexcite ako when you showed un look that can be achieved using those as eyeshadow. Thats good kasi for me im always running put of time applying makeup. E yan good na yan for eyeshadow. Also thats a good way for me to get started on eye makeup kasi mascara lang talaga ang focus ko s eyes.

And mis liz you might have even deleyed my buying impulse para s k palette n eyeliner since yan muna gagamitin ko.

What can i say im loving this drugstore themed week. I have the means to buy naman kaya lang kakaguilty gumastos sobra lalo na kakagaling ko lang s sakit and ive got medical bills to pay. So yeah thans for this

Ill def get the cest la vie and bling bling

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermiz eloise

Hurray to this week's theme! :) I love cheap awesome finds. I'm interested in the blue eyeliner. It adds a discreet pop of color to an everyday neutral makeup.

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKris

I like the bling bling one :) i'm a corporate slave, and pwedeng pwede sya pangoffice! Bad thing is i dunno how to apply it on my lids. I know where to put it kaya lang di ko maperfect lagi may mali :( went to moa earlier, but didn't get the chance to look for it. Sayang! I bought an elf bronzer pala hope it works. Sana mafeature din elf dito :)

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

I like.. I'll check mah local SM Baguio if they have that in stock :) I like the black, I think it would make a good eyeliner for cat eyes, since it's felt tipped it would have better control and easier to apply. I also like the silver!! Since Liz says it stays on after a wash, it should make a good highlighter around the eye's water line to give the illusion of bigger eyes. There's a similar product at The Face Shop, felt tip highlighter but costs P1000 plus ><.. I tried a sample swatch and it took 2 to 3 washings to get off. But for the Essence blue and gold????? Bleh, para naman ako magdidisco sa opisina niyan kkkk

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDaisy Dee

Looove your themed week! Can't wait for the rest of the products!

I really should try out Essence. I'm hoping that it's also available in other SM branches. Definitely lemming for that electric blue shade, but now I also want the gold and silver!

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPat

Yaaaay it's drugstore week! I see now that the posts for this week will be beneficial to me hehe

My sister bought the black eyeliner but I haven't got the chance to try it yet. Well then, I must try it asap! Thanks for the great review, Ms. Liz! :)

May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLea A.

I like my eyes bare most of the time, and the few times I do "jazz up" my look, I keep it simple with some gel liner and mascara. However, these pencils look like they're something I could easily work with and incorporate in my regular look. Just need to find nice everyday colors so I can wear them often. And because they're drugstore, I'm sure I won't feel too guilty if I get more than one to experiment with. Haha! Thanks for sharing, Miss Liz! :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJenine

this is a good find! =) and for the price...not bad. Ms. Liz, question: Is pencil eyeliner and eyepencil the same? (still a newbie) Im just trying now urban decay's 24/7 waterproof eyeliner

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterelif

do they have a purple and pink color of that eye pencil? Since I love the color of silver Im gonna visit MOA later just to buy these. SM Cubao doesn't have an Essence stall. :( so it means i gotta travel so far. BUt anyway thats a great finds this week. :D

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersammy

Essence products are quite affordable, bought a compact and a eyebrow kit. Not loving the compact because of the"glitters" (it supposed to be just shimmer but they are big that I call them glitters) and the eyebrow kit made a big difference on how my brows look, it's my first time to use something for my brows and I liked it.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArya

Love this post! I've seen Essence in MOA but I was in a rush that I didn't get the chance to notice these babies! Definitely checking out the blue one

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrownOso

Even though Essence products are very affordable, I'm still finishing up what I have in my make up kit. Then I'll definitely try this! I'm hoping to see more of this brand here. :) Thanks for sharing.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRanne

The BlingBling is good on you, I wonder if its good too in morenas like me.:)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOhms

Hooray for drugstore products! I've seen this brand at MOA, and yes, they have decent and affordable products. I will try your tip Liz, to use a primer to make this product last longer, because that has been my problem, I've oily lids and cream eyeshadows usually crease, smudge, or migrate on my eyelids. That gold shade is gorgeous! I think these products can also be used as eyeshadow base. :) They also remind me of Fashion 21's eyeshadow sticks (86 pesos), but I bet this one from Essence has better color pay-off and lasting power. :)

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValerie Basinillo

Yes! Drugstore products have a special place in my heart since they were the products I started out with <3 Couple of faves are the mascaras and liquid liner from Nichido and Ever Bilena lipgloss. Looks like this will be another favorite product too haha!

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterYsabelle

if only MOA is not far and to bothersome to drive that far. he-he! I hope more stalls of essence will pop up on more watson and sm stores.And i think this will be great for travels instead of worrying you eyeshadow palette gets crumbled in your luggage/ bag.

May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commentercouchpotato_md

Okay. I just discovered your blog tonight, and I'm already loving it. I like Drugstore of the Week. :)

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRizza

I hope they have a black waterproof pencil eyeliner, I am running out. I still haven't check if our SM beauty section here in Cebu already carries Essence Cosmetics.

May 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHollie

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