Who Makes it Better? Essence vs. Catrice

It's no secret that brands Essence and Catrice are owned by the same company. Catrice is like a big sister to Essence – Essence is designed for younger ladies, girls in middle and high school, and Catrice is designed for women. Of course that doesn’t mean that only a certain aged girl/women can buy a certain brand. By now you probably all noticed that Essence and Catrice often release the same type of products, just in a different design. Because I have some of the products of the same type from both brands I decided to compare them today and to tell you, which one I like better.

I want to stress out that this is my personal opinion and yours can differ, because it can happen that you have different experience with product than I.


Eyeshadow base

Essence I Love Stage vs. Catrice Prime and Fine
Essence eyeshadow base is on the market for a longer period of time, while Catrice released new Prime and Fine base recently. I’m saying new, because there was a base with the same name before, but frankly, it was crappy and I’m glad Catrice listened to costumers and made it better. Essence base contains 4 g and it’s a nude, a bit orangey, creamy eyeshadow base with quite nice coverage. It applies easy and evenly on eyes, and also eyeshadows blend nicely over it and look intense. It was my favourite for a long time, but lately I started to notice that eyeshadows started to crease on my eyes after few hours, which didn’t happen before, so I have no idea what happened, because I have normal lids and creasing happened only if eyeshadows were bad. On the other hand Catrice contains 5 g of product and it is sheer base, but the same as Essence easy to apply and blend on lids (the old one was impossible to apply evenly). Eyeshadows stick to it nicely, look intense and blend without any problem. They look intense even after many hours of wear and don’t crease. I have to give Catrice credit for this change and admit them that they did a very good job with this base.
Winner: Catrice

Highlighting pencil

Catrice Made to Stay Inside Eye highlighting pen vs. Essence Big Bright Eyes 01 Highlight it ... Nude
Catrice was the first highlighting pencil in my collection. It was so praised in the beauty world that I had to try it myself. It has a twist up mechanism and there 0,3 g of product in the packaging. While so many people like it, I have to say I’m rather disappointed by it. It’s such a hard pencil and so hard to apply on waterline, especially if I’m doing darker look and eyeshadow ends up on it. I have to clean waterline and then apply it to get any colour payoff out of it. It’s a matte beige pencil and I have to admit it that once its applied it doesn’t move, since it’s waterproof (even when I swatch it it sets in a second and it’s impossible to smudge it), but unfortunately that doesn’t convince me to fell in love with it. On the other hand Essence released jumbo highlighting pencils in few shades. I got 01 Nude, which is a nude shimmery shade. It’s a pencil that you have to sharpen and it’s not as convenient as Catrice one, but it’s softer, creamier and easier to apply on waterline. It also blends nicely. It’s so nicely pigmented that one pull is enough for full coverage on waterline, even if there’s plenty of eyeshadow that fell there during application. Despite its soft texture and non-waterproof nature it last for quite some time on waterline. Essence pencil contains 1,41 g, which makes it more affordable than Catrice.
Winner: Essence

Lipsticks

Lipsticks are another type of products I’m not really sure I should compare here. Although I do like Essence Lognlasting lipstick collection a lot, because they released few of my favourite shades to wear (Natural Beauty, Adorable Matt), there’s no chance that these would beat Catrice Ultimate Colour lipsticks, which are usually very pigmented and last for quite some time on lips.
Winner: Catrice

Lipliners

Essence Long lasting lipliners vs. Catrice Ultimate Stay lipliners
Lipliners with swirl up system are a novelty by both brands, and while by my opinion Essence did it great, Catrice should put more effort into the texture and improve it in the future. Essence lipliners contain 0,3 g and they are creamy, pigmented, easy to apply, feel pleasant on lips and don’t dry them out. Catrice lipliners also contain 0,3 g and their texture is harder, very fragile and drier on the lips. Because of the fragile nature lipliner is hard to apply nicely and evenly on lips, although the pigmentation is good. Also, it brakes fast, which is the reason I only have one third of liner left, although I used it only few times.
Winner: Essence

Blushes

I’m not really sure if comparing blushes is on place, because by my opinion Essence and Catrice blushes quite differ. Catrice has Defining Blushes, a collection of matte shades, Multicolour Blushes, a collection of blushes that have more different shades, and Illuminating Blushes, a collection of shimmery shade, while Essence has Silky Touch, a collection of shimmery shades, Blush Up!, a collection of gradient blushes, and Soo Blush!, a collection of cream to powder blushes. But despite the difference Catrice made my favourite blushes, and if anyone would ask me which drugstore blushes I’d recommend I’d say Catrice.
Winner: Catrice

Eyebrow palette

Essence How to Make Brows Wow vs. Catrice Eye Brow Set
I never liked brow products from Essence until they didn’t release How to Make Brows Wow palette. The shade Love Brunettes is a perfect match for my strangely shaped eyebrows and I personally like bold eyebrows, although some people might hate them. On the other hand Catrice makes great eyebrow products. The palette with two eyeshadows is great as well, although the darker shade is way too dark and the light shade can be match for many girls. Its advantage is also that brightest shade doesn’t have too brown or orange undertone as both brighter shades in Essence palette have.
Winner: Hmmm ... both.

Nail polish

In latest assortment change both brands released nail polishes with new formula alike to gel formula, which also brought better, easier to work with brushes for both brands. I have to admit I went crazier by Essence with new polishes, because I already own 12 shades, while I bought only one shade from Catrice. But the main reason is that Catrice didn’t make enough interesting shades that I already don’t have in my stash.
Winner: Both did well.

Concealer

Essence Stay All Day 16h longlasting concealer vs. Catrice Velvet Finish
I’m comparing these two, because they work pretty much the same on me. Both brands released shade light enough to match my skin tone, have middle coverage, blend easy and on my skin they cover blemishes well and also work great on under eye are. The main difference between these two is in the formula – Catrice has drier formula than Essence, which means that it can feel dry under the eyes, so moisturizing this area well before applying makeup is a must for me. The difference is also in the packaging. While Essence has a very sturdy packaging, the lid on Catrice's concealer broke very fast and it pours out a bit where the lid and the packaging stick together.
Winner: Essence

Mascara

I haven’t tried many types of mascara from Catrice, but those that I did didn’t impress me at all. They are good to achieve a natural look, but that’s not what I’m searching for. Essence has few flops in their assortment as well, but on the other hand they released the best mascaras for low price. I’m talking about I Love Extreme and Lash Princess mascaras that are holy grail mascaras of many people and also mine.
Winner: Essence

Limited Edition
When it comes to limited edition collection I’ve been always a bigger fan of Essence collections. Their LE’s are funnier, more exciting and usually trendier, while Catrice usually focus more on runway. But when you follow both brands for many years you notice that they repeat themselves quite a lot.
Winner: Essence 

Overall, I like both brands, because they are good drugstore brands and each of them released few gems that I couldn’t live without, but my favourite brands is still Catrice. Now, please, share with me, if you tried any of these products and what do you think of them. Do you agree or disagree with me= Have you tried any other similar type of product from both brands I didn’t mention here and which brand made a better impression? Thank you for reading!

36 komentarjev

  1. Ful dobra ideja =) Se mi res dopade in sem z zanimanjem prebrala =) Essence &Catrice sta moji2 naj znamki - predvsem zaradi dostopnosti in cene, če bi pa mogla izbirat, pa bi rekla...huh, težka, ampak verjetno Essence, zaradi omejenih kolekcij, ki so bolj za igranje, if you know what I mean ;) Catrice mi je super, ko dejansko rabim zadeve, Essence je pa tisto malo, da se pocartam pa včasih kr tak nekaj kupim, za probat ;)
    Xoxo, Nyx

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    1. Hvala. :) Se mi je zdela dobra ideja, da na ta način malo primerjam različne izdelke. V bistvu sem najprej mislila primerjat samo bazi in svinčnika za osvetljevanje, ampak sem na koncu razširila temo. :)
      Essence ima res super omejene izdaje, ampak ko jih spremljaš že več let, ugotoviš, da se ponavljajo in je redko kaj novega. :)

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  2. Strinjam se z vsemi zmagovalci, samo za obrvi in bazo za oči ne bi vedela :) Danes sem spet swathcala lipliner od Catrice in se je posušil, poleg tega se pa še lomi :/ Od Essence so milje boljši, čeprav je tudi vprašanje ali se bodo tudi ti posušili. Odlična objava :)

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    1. Sem ga šla sedaj prav poswatchat, ker ga že en čas nisem uporabila. Tudi moj se je posušil, čeprav poswathati se je še dal, na ustnice pa sem ga komajda nanesla. Škoda. Upam, da z Essence ne bo isto.

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  3. it would be so difficult to choose, since both brands have such good products...

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    1. Yes, I agree, each brand produced true gems that I truly love, but sometimes one makes it better than the other. :)

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  4. Super ideja za post :) In nekaj zelo koristnih informacij, zdaj vem katero zbrat :)

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    1. Hvala. :) Se je tudi že meni večkrat zgodilo, da sem želela kupiti nekaj, pa nisem vedela, če bi vzela Essence ali Catrice, tako da bom vesela, če bo ta objava komu pomagala. :)

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  5. Zanimiva objava, jaz se nekak ful težko odločim med tema dvema znamkama. :)

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    1. Obe znamki sta izdali kar nekaj odličnih izdelkov, ki jih tudi sama z veseljem uporabljam. :D Ampak mi je pa z leti postala Catrice bližja kot Essence. :)

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  6. Huda ideja za post res :) <3

    Se kar strinjam :)

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  7. Excellent post Taya :) Catrice isn't available in Serbia, but I love Essence, it didn't disappoint me so far :) Eyeshadow base is ok (it could be better, I must say), lipsticks are average (I have N.Beauty and Love Me), lipliners are very creamy and therefore melt easily but overall really good. I also love Essence blushes and Lash Princess mascara. So yes, I'm an Essence fan, apparently :) Kristina

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    1. Thank you, Kristina. Too bad that you don't have Catrice, I bet you would love it, because some of their products are really amazing. Lash Princess mascara is my favourite. I tried many other, even more expensive mascaras, but none give me such great volume as this Essence mascara. :) I love the fact that lipliners are creamy, because that usually means they don't dry my lips. :D

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  8. Super objava. Sicer večino izdelkov nimam, je pa ta objava priročna za bodoče nakupe:)) Essence lip linerji so res odlični. Meni gre malo na živce da se LE vedno nekaj ponavljajo. Sploh odtenki. Lahko bi bilo malo več raznolikosti. Je pa res, da so eni najboljših izdelkov iz LE, kot npr Metal Glam higlighter od Essence :).

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    1. Hvala. :) Me veseli, če bo objava pomagala. :D
      Res je, ko že nekaj časa spremljaš te LE kolekcije, opaziš, da se precej ponavljajo, sploh zadnje čase, se mi zdi, da so znale biti včasih bolj raznolike. Se pa strinjam tudi z zadnjim stavkom, Essence je v omejenih izdajah res izdaj ene najboljših izdelkov. :D

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  9. Odličan post! :)
    Dodala bih još pudere, i tu pobjedu nosi Catrice.

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    1. Hvala. :)
      Za podlage se strinjam, Catrice dela odlične, je pa res, da od Essence nimam nobene, tako da nisem mogla primerjati. :D

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  10. Very helpful post!! Some products like the eyeshadow base look very similar so it's very useful to know which one works better!
    xx

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    1. Thank you. :) I'm happy that you find this post helpful. :D

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  11. Zanimiva objava :) zdaj ravno potrebujem rdečilo, pa sem kolebala katerega kupiti :D ampak zanimivo, pred leti sem večinoma posegala po Essence, zadnje čase pa kupujem še samo Catrice produkte :) so mi pa do zdaj ti Essence svinčniki za ustnice neverjetno všeč, pa še dlje obstojijo kot marsikatera šminka (vsaj meni), za katero po vrhu odšteješ kak euro več. Od Catrice imam pa najrajši lake, se mi zdi, da so se v zadnjih letih res izboljšali :)

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    1. Hvala. :) Jaz sem ista, včasih sem bolj kupovala Essence, zdaj pa raje izberem Catrice. :) Meni se pa zdi, da so pri Catrice lake ful poslabšali, tisti prvi, ki sem jih kupovala pred leti, so bili boljši - imeli so čopič, ki je bil bolj obvladljiv in formulo, ki je bila prekrivna v enem sloju. :D

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  12. Super objava :D sem tudi jaz razmišljala da bi naredila nekaj takega vendar nisem preizkusila še dovolj izdelkov. Zame zaenkrat ne zmaga nobena, saj so mi nekateri izdelki boljši od Essence drugi pa od Catrice :) moram pa preizkusiti Catrice eyeshadow base, ker mi je od Essence malce preoranžen :)

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    1. Saj lahko primerjaš manj izdelkov. Jaz sem najprej mislila primerjati samo bazo za senčila in svinčnik za osvetljevanje, ampak sem na koncu razširila članek. :)
      Catrice podlaga je pa res odlična, priporočam. :)

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  13. Res čudovita objava! :) Zelo podrobna, da res olajša nakup oziroma odločitev ki je pogosto težka, še posebej če imaš budget. Nisem še sprobala veliko od Catrice, zato nemorem reči da so mi boljši, ampak kar imam od njih mi je definitivno super :D Še posebej Mandy-rine blush

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    1. Mandy-rine blush je eden mojih najljubših, res je odličen. Ti pa drugače priporočam Catrice kot znamko, res imajo odlične izdelke, vse od podlag, rdečil pa vse do šmink. :D

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  14. Super objava! Čeprav še nisem preiskusila vseh teh izdelkov, se po večini kar strinjam s tvojo izbiro :D

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    1. Hvala. :) Vsaka znamka naredi dragulj, ampak obe se pa pri nekaterih izdelkih ne moreta odrezati odlično. :D

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  15. Res super objava, se po večini strinjam s teboj :)

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    1. Hvala, Urška, me veseli, da se strinjavi. :D

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  16. what a fun post! Loved seeing the comparisons!

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  17. ena izmed najljubših tvojih objav, super ideja za primerjavo, upam da boš naredila še kakšno podobno, ne vem med l'orealom in maxfactor in podobno :) drogerijske znamke, da se bomo lažje odločale pri nakupih :) Essence lip linerje že nekaj časa želim poskusit pa enostavno ni bilo časa da bi zavila v Muller...

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  18. Great review! I love essence's silky touch blushes and their lipliner.

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