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In the spirit of our #naijabrandsrock initative today’s featured brand is Nigeria’s own answer to Anastasia Beverly Hills.. aka Hegai & Esther.

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The brand consists of both makeup tools and products. One of their goals is to totally eliminate total dependence on foreign beauty brands by offering products that meet the unique beauty needs of the African woman.  They are driven by a passion to find out about their customers’ beauty culture, which helps us to anticipate their needs, and offer products that beat their expectations, without them necessarily spending a fortune.

This is why their pricing strategy is designed to suit the average young lady/ working class woman

Gbemisola Adebayo is the Managing Director of Hegai & Esther.  She’s the brains behind the best selling Eyebrow Definer which has been a staple in every makeup lover and makeup artist in Nigeria’s bag. A few years ago she also pioneered the successful Makeup Hygiene Campaign which revolutionised the practice of makeup amongst makeup artists.

Hegai & Esther Hygiene Solutions

Gbemisola’s career in the beauty industry started in 2001 as a self taught makeup artist before joining House of Tara as a member of the brand’s first mentees.  As a wife & mother of 3 little girls I wonder where she finds the energy!

Her spirit and passion are infectious as her smile.  I can’t get through a simple conversation without laughing about something with her.   I asked here what her motivation for setting up and running her own business was:

‘I’m motivated by the many opportunities I’m surrounded with everyday in Nigeria. The many beauty challenges and problems I see, from the complaints I hear from the makeup retailer to the ones I hear from the everyday woman. These are the things that motivate me, while others see them as problems i see them as opportunities to make relevant beauty accessible to the average Nigerian woman and Africans as a whole.’

We recently added 7 products to our makeup line: Foundation, powder foundation, setting powder, face perfection kit (contour kit), Flash pan (highlighter), eyeshadow, and lipsticks. All these products have been developed utilizing both harmless chemicals and naturally occurring materials from the earth. Making them safe to wear.

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Image Courtsey of www.themakeuptales.com

 

Initial Impression / Branding

Hegai & Esther are not beginners in the beauty industry.  They’re an established brand who know the importance of quality branding.  Picking up the products the packaging looks good.  The print is sharp and the black sleek boxes are all covered in cellophane to stop the from getting damaged and/or dusty.   That just by itself is pretty impressive as it’s rare in the Nigerian Market to have those finishing touches.

I love the full descriptions on each box.  All the hows and whys are covered.  Is this product what you need and if it is, how to use it!!

It looks and feels like a luxury brand.

 

Product Quality

The initial impression of the foundation was that it had a distinctive smell.  A light mixture of floral and powder. I was a bit hesitant as I’m quite sensitive to smells but after applying the product on my skin it didn’t really bother me. It was actually quite pleasant.   But to be honest I was more blown away by the actual finish of the foundation to even notice the smell anymore.

It literally felt like a second skin.  It went on smoothly and dried to a nice powdery finish.  I used my fingers to apply the foundation as sometimes using a blender or a brush ‘helps’ the product blend in.  I wanted to see how it performed by itself!

 

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But the lipstick..  WOW.. it went on like a dream.  It’s called Velvet Matte for a reason.  Super moisturising it didn’t leave my lips feeling dry so definitely no cracking through the day.  I didn’t use a lip liner I applied it with a brush to get a super sharp outline and I was really impressed with the fact that as it was so thick it didn’t bleed and stayed in place for hours.

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The eyeshadows were really creamy and were easy to work into the skin.   I didn’t use an eyeshadow base but they went on well and didn’t crease. (Good job girl!)

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Which Palette Do you think this is?

 

I’ve used the Brow Gel for years.  I was a big fan of Anastasia Beverly hills.. but when you realize that ABH is now almost 4x more expensive it’s not brain science!!

 

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Value for Money

Foundation: N4,500

Lipstick: N3,500

Eyeshadow Palette: N3,500

Eyebrow Gel: N2,500

Overall i’d say that the products were AMAZING value for money.   Because it’s a Nigerian brand alot of people already have the expectation that you’ll have to compromise on either quality or packaging.   H&E ticks all the boxes.

 

Final Verdict

I love this brand.  When ever I see their logo it’s like a mark of quality.  I know it’s going to be good.  Because if it wasn’t I honestly don’t think Gbemi would put her name on it.    Great products at a great price!

 

Contact Details

Tel:  +234 80 3580 6183

Email:  info@hegaiandesther.com

Web: www.hegaiandesther.com

Lola Maja - Hegai and Esther Nigerian Makeup Review

Full face created using H&E Products

(excluding Sacred Lashes)

We have a fabulous goodie bag up for grabs for one lucky winner. All you have to do to stand a chance of winning.

  1.  Make sure you’re following @hegaiandesther and @thebfcollective on instagram.  Like the giveaway picture.
  2.  Answer this simple question ‘which one of the Velvet Matte Lipsticks and Eyeshadow Palettes did we swatch and use to create the look in my review?’

Good luck!

 

Feel free to leave comments and also rate the brand as well. Join in the fun.  Have you ever used any of their products, what do you think, lemme know?

 

 

 

Naija Brands Rock - Hegai & Esther New Products Review & Giveaway
Initial Impression/Branding
Product Quality
Value for Money
4.0Overall Score
Reader Rating: (2 Votes)

46 Responses

    • TheB&FCollective

      Thanks for entering. Sadly it was The Velvet Matte lipstick in Wazu and the Eyeshadow Palette was Sahara. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
    • TheB&FCollective

      Thanks for entering. So close! Sadly the Eyeshadow Palette was Sahara. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  1. Nnenna Ibekwe

    You used the Bared Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette – Sahara and the Velvet Matte Lipstick – Wazu. No I haven’t used any of their products yet but I’m itching to get my hands on the eyebrow definer

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Well your wish has just come true! Congratulations you’ve won the H&E Giveaway. Please DM us on Instagram so that we can arrange collection of your prize. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Nonso Olisa

    The velvet matte lipstick used is Wazu and the Neutral eye shadow palette is Trinitynons

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Thanks for entering. Sadly it was The Velvet Matte lipstick in Wazu and the Eyeshadow Palette was Sahara. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  3. Regina

    The Wazu Velvet Matte Lipstick and the Trinity Bared Neutrals Eyeshadow Pallette was used. #naijabrandsrock

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Thanks for entering. Sadly it was The Velvet Matte lipstick in Wazu and the Eyeshadow Palette was Sahara. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  4. Pamela Gabriel-El

    I believe it’s Wazu- Velvet Matte Lipstick and Bared Neutrals Eye Shadow in Magdalene Palette.
    I was so in love with the browgel I bought me a box and introduced to my friends.
    Can’t wait to get my hands on these!!!

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Oooh that’s awesome to hear. I really did fall in love with the brow gel. I keep recommending it to everyone!!

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Thanks for entering. Sadly it was The Velvet Matte lipstick in Wazu and the Eyeshadow Palette was Sahara. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  5. Nkechi Marvelnelly

    Velvet Matte Lipstick – Calvary And
    Bared Neutrals Eye shadow Palette – Sahara was used.

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Thanks for entering. Sadly it was The Velvet Matte lipstick in Wazu. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  6. Aniebue blessing

    Well I still love their brow definer. I have one in Nubia and ebony.. Iv had no regrets

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  7. Aniebue blessing

    You used The Velvet Matte lipstick used is Wazu while the Bared Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette Sahara(magdalene) .hope I win

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Thanks for entering. You got the answer right but unfortunately you didn’t win this time. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  8. Desparkles Hair & Beauty

    H & E Bared Neutrals in Magdalene Palette & Velvet Matte lipstick in Wazu

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    • TheB&FCollective

      The Eyeshadow Palette was Sahara. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  9. arala shade

    Velvet Matte lipstick in Wazu
    H & E Bared Neutrals in Magdalene Palette
    I have used some of H & E products like the Waterproof Gel Eyeliners, Makeup Wedges & Isopropyl Alcohol. I must say I really loved them and can’t wait to try out their New Additions.

    Reply
  10. Eniola Ijalana

    You used the Hegai and Esther eye shadow pallette in Trinity while u used the velvet matte lipstick in calvary in this review.

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  11. Nkechi Marvelnelly

    Eye shadow – Margaret Ekpo and Queen Nana Palette retractable pencil in 04 & 06
    Lips: Osomote Lip Pencil Hegai And Esther Velvet Matte Lipstick

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Hiya, it was The Velvet Matte lipstick in Wazu and the Eyeshadow Palette was Sahara. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  12. Irene Azuh

    Hegai and Esther Bared Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette – Sahara
    Hegai and Esther Velvet Matte Lipstick- Wazu

    Reply
  13. Akinsanya Damilola

    Velvet matte lipstick in wazu
    Bared neutrals eye-shadow pallete in sahara was used

    Reply
  14. Tinafash

    U used the Hegai and Esther velvet matte lipstick in wazu and Sahara eye shadow palette

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Well done hun. Unfortunately you didn’t win this time. Thanks for entering. Good luck next time!

      Reply
  15. Gleemakeovers

    Hegai and Esther velvet matte lipstick in Wazu
    Hegai and Esther bared neutrals in Magdalene pallette

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Thanks for entering. The Eyeshadow Palette was Sahara. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  16. Ene Agada

    The Wazu velvet matte lipstick and Trinity bare neutral eyeshadow palette was used #naijabrandsrock

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Thanks for entering. It was The Velvet Matte lipstick in Wazu and the Eyeshadow Palette was Sahara. Lots more giveaways to go over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  17. Elizabeth okimiji

    Velvet matte lipstick- wazu and hegai and Esther bared neutrals eye shadow palette- sahara #naijabrandsrock

    Reply
    • TheB&FCollective

      Well done! You got the answer right unfortunately you didn’t win this time. Lots of giveaways over the next two weeks. Keep checking and entering. Good Luck!

      Reply
  18. Nkemkanma

    Lip stick used- velvet matte in Wazu and Trinity bared neutral eyeshadow palette #naijabrandsrock

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    • TheB&FCollective

      Thanks for entering. Sadly it was The Velvet Matte lipstick in Wazu and the Eyeshadow Palette was Sahara. Lots more goodies over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply
  19. Opuere

    Velvet matte lipstick in Wazu and the Bared neutrals eyeshadow palette Sahara #naijabrandsrock

    Reply
    • TheB&FCollective

      Well done! You got the answer right unfortunately you didn’t win this time! Lots of goodies left over the next two weeks. Good Luck!

      Reply

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