Colour correcting has been out there for many, many years. Back when I just started makeup and the Catrice Allround Concealer Palette was extremely trendy I was first introduced to colour correcting. I used the green concealer on my pimples, the pink underneath the eyes and that’s how I managed to cover up my sleepless nights. Nowadays there are a lot more options for colour correcting out there. High-end options as well as affordable ones. Recently I discovered that Essence has a few liquid colour correctors in the collection which I really wanted to try out. I decided to buy two of them and after using them for over three months it’s finally time for me to review them. So, if you’re interested in finding out whether these super affordable colour correctors by Essence are a hit or a miss, make sure you continue reading!
Let’s start off by discussing the yellow corrector. This is the Essence Colour Correcting Liquid Concealer in 20 Yellow. It comes in a pretty basic liquid concealer packaging that looks like a lipgloss packaging. It’s clear and white and I like the overall look of it. It’s simple and playful but it doesn’t look necessarily cheap, even though it actually is a very cheap product. The applicator that comes with the product is pretty basic too, it’s one of those doe foot applicators. What is unique about it is that it has a little dent in the middle in which the product gathers. I’m not sure if it makes any difference at all, but I do feel like it’s worth mentioning.
Essence put a little sticker on the lid of this corrector to let us know what this product can be used for. Of course lots of girls already know the basic of colour correcting, but if you’re new to it this can be very helpful. This corrector says ‘no to dark circles’, which basically means that this corrector is going to correct the darkness underneath the eyes and therefore cover up your dark circles. Since dark circles are my main skin problem this seemed like a great product for me to try!
Essence Colour Correcting Liquid Concealer in 20 Yellow – €2,59
On the Kruidvat website I found some information about this concealer, some claims. It says that this correcting concealer is supposed to neutralise blemishes on the skin. Because of the lightweight and refreshing texture it’s supposed to apply easily and it’s supposed to sink into the skin quickly. It also says that this pastel colour balances the darkness underneath the eyes.
I have to say that they are pretty vague and I don’t get whether they’re trying to say that this works for dark circles as well as blemishes, but I think this shades main purpose is balancing out the darkness underneath the eyes. I think that the first part of the claim is focussed at all of the colour correctors in the collection and the last part about the under eye circles specifically about this one.
But before we’re going to talk about the colour correcting part and whether it’s effective or not I first want to talk about the texture. Both of these colour correcting concealers have a very thin and liquidy texture. It actually surprised me how thin it is. If you would be swatching it, it wouldn’t be a very opaque colour. Because of that I had my doubts about whether this was actually going to do anything or not, but luckily I wasn’t let down.
Next up we have the pink corrector. This is the Essence Colour Correcting Liquid Concealer in the shade 10 Pink. It comes in the same packaging as the yellow version does, but instead of it being filled with a yellow fluid this one is filled with a pink fluid. One thing I haven’t mentioned yet about the packaging but is important to know is that the stopper on these concealer is a bit too effective. With that I’m trying to say that if you pull out the applicator there is very little product on it. You really have to go in multiple times to get enough product out to correct your under eye area for example and I do think that’s a little bit annoying.
Anyway, this corrector says ‘wake-up effect’ on the lid, which means that this corrector is going to fight dullness. Now I have to say that colour correcting can work a little differently on different skin tones, but in general pink does have that awakening effect. I personally like to use this one underneath the eyes as well because it really brightens that area and that’s definitely something I need in the morning, but if you have other areas of the face that are a little dull you can definitely use it there too! Just to be clear I don’t use them together, I just choose one of them.
Essence Colour Correcting Liquid Concealer in 10 Pink – €2,59
Remember that theory about the first part of the claim being about all of the shades of corrector in the range, well I was right. The part where they talk about neutralising and the texture is just a general claim. But there’s also a specific claim. According to Essence this Colour Correcting Liquid Concealer in 10 Pink is supposed to make the skin lighter and hide signs of exhaustion. In other words: this would work perfectly underneath the eyes for a brightening effect. But like I said this is also great on other parts of the face where you want to brighten a bit.
Now you might wonder why I would buy two correctors that can be used for the same purpose. Well that’s simple, I couldn’t choose. Aside from that they do their job a little differently. The yellow shade is more of a rebalancing shade and the pink one is more of a brightening shade. Both are great underneath the eyes, but in a different way.
My personal favourite so far is the pink version. It’s not because it’s more effective than the yellow version, they’re both equally as effective, but I just like the fact that it brightens a lot. Now that I’m writing this I’m actually really curious to see how they will work together. I might try that sometime!
Left 10 Pink – Right 20 Yellow
On the top picture I’m not wearing anything underneath my eyes and on the bottom picture I’m wearing the Essence Colour Correcting Liquid Concealers. It’s definitely a bit hard to tell, but I hope you can tell the difference anyway. On my left eye I applied the pink corrector. As you can tell the darkness underneath my eye looks a bit blurred and faded. The concealer makes it look a bit more cool toned and that creates that brightened effect.
On the other eye, my right eye, I applied the yellow corrector. As you can tell this yellow version doesn’t have that brightening effect the pink corrector does have, but it does cancel out the darkness really well. I feel like both are great in their own way. If you feel like going natural you should go for the yellow corrector, but if you prefer that brightening effect you should go for the pink option.
Overall these Essence Colour Correcting Liquid Concealers are just great. They are extremely affordable and they are just very effective. I’m very impressed by how well they work. There’s literally nothing bad to say about them, which is why I love them so much. I’ve been using them everyday since I bought them and I’ll definitely continue doing so. These are definitely some of my best budget finds!
And that’s it for today’s review. I hope you enjoyed reading it and be sure to let me know what you use to cover up your dark circles and what you think of colour correcting!