Back in March when I was in Prague I started a witch hunt for the Oz the Great and Powerful collection from German brand Essence. There are drugstores dotted around all over the place there, but I must have been to around 7 or 8 individuals before I located one selling this collection. Being the Disney lover that I am, I wasn't going to stop until I succeeded. I picked up the following:
Colour Changing Lip Balm in "Master of Magic"
This is my favourite practical product from the collection. It looks intimidatingly bright in the bullet but it's actually a really pretty natural pink, slightly more muted than the Tony Moly Gloss Bar in Juicy Apple. It feels quite glossy on the lips and doesn't last hours but it's great for on-the-go topups.
Eyeshadow in "Kindness"
This was the big under-performer for me. I thought it really lacked pigmentation and I it applied patchy on my lids. I gave this to my sister because I didn't like it at all, but the colour seems to really pop on her. I must have been doing something wrong! It leans more towards blue in this photo but is more of a teal shade in person.
Cream Blush in "Beware the Wicked Witch"
This is another product from the collection that I haven't quite made my mind up about. It's a brilliant coral in the tube and is very pigmented before blending, but it's quite sheer and I you have to work a bit with it to get the result you want. I'm not too big a fan of the shimmer involved, but I'll have to give it a few more test runs before forming my opinion fully.
Highlighter Powder in "The Great and Powderful"
Lastly is what I believe to be the more aesthetically pleasing of the bunch. When I think "highlighter" my mind often connects it with the word "shimmer" and it really puts me off. However this is more of an allover face powder that gives the face a natural glow as opposed to the dreaded disco ball look. It's slightly on the chalky side, but it doesn't translate on the skin. I've only used it a few times because the embossment seems to be wearing off quite quickly, which is a shame.
What I love most about the collection is the price - I'm pretty sure I've chucked away my receipt but if my mind serves me correctly all four products came to just under £10. If you're in an area where you can shop for Essence products, the highlighter and lip balm are a must-try!