Princess Jasmine’s Choice: Essence Lights of the Orient Review

Hey beauties

Essence recently launched their limited edition “Lights of Orient” collection. Everything about this collection said “buy me”, and no wonder! I was pleasantly surprised to find my name on some of the products 🙂

Essence Lights of the Orient

Look at this beautiful, elegant packaging. It transports me to a time of magical carpet rides and genies in lamps…

I was immediately captivated by the stunningly intricate design of the “We <3 Arabian Nights” palette lid.

Essence Lights of the Orient,Arabian Nights palette


It’s made of hard plastic so it’s quite sturdy. The palette consists of one matte shade and five shimmers. I’m happy it has a decent sized mirror, but the brush is very flimsy. The shadows were quite easy to work with as it’s so smooth. There’s minimal fallout, but blending was a dream and the colours were decently pigmented. I don’t always wear makeup, but this palette became my favourite to wear at work.

Essence Lights of the Orient,Arabian nights palette swatches

Due to my heavy hooded lids, any eyeshadow that can survive at least five hours before disappearing gets a thumbs up from me. I used my Catrice Prime and Fine eyeshadow base and Avon Prime and Set spray for prolonged wear. I got to experiment with it a bit by using the lightest shade as a highlighter, which worked out quite well!

Essence Lights of the Orient

I only bought the shade “Princess Jasmine’s Choice” lipstick because of obvious reasons, but I love the deep purple berry colour of it too. It’s packaged in a slim black and gold tube. The lipstick is an oddly moisturising matte formula with a tantalising spicy scent which isn’t overbearing. It doesn’t dry down to a complete matte finish, but it’s smooth, long lasting and gives “an intense colour finish on the lips” without tugging as you apply it.

The nail polish, also in shade “Princess Jasmine’s Choice” is a rich, beautiful high gloss purple with silver shimmer. I used my Essence top coat to set it and it lasted two days chip-free.

Essence is one of my favourite brands as it’s very affordable and generally the quality exceeds expectation. As per usual, everything was decently priced, ranging from R38.95 to R84.95. The only real gripe I have, is that it’s no longer available. I’d have loved to get my hands on the entire range.

If you bought the palette, I’d love to see the looks you created and hear your thoughts on it please. I still need to play around with it a bit more 🙂

Until next time, lovelies.

Princess Jasmine


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