Thursday, August 22, 2013

My Essence Lipsticks!

Hey everyone! 
I thought I'd do a little review today on my Essence lipsticks. I first discovered this brand at Ulta, and it's a very affordable makeup line with a lot of great products (I'll probably be doing a 1-brand tutorial using Essence very soon!) Over the last couple of years I've picked up a few of these lipsticks, and on my most recent trip to Ulta, several more caught my eye. At $2.99 each, they're super affordable, so it's a nice way to experiment with different shades. The formula definitely reminds me of a Revlon Lip Butter or Maybelline Color Whisper... they're not very thick in texture, many of them apply rather sheer in their first coat, and they're not super long-wearing. They're very creamy, and I find them very comfortable on the lips- they actually give off a bit of shine. I also really like how the packaging matches the colors. I believe there are 10 shades in the line (a variety of cream and shimmer), but here's a look at the six I have...

Left to right: In the Nude, Glamour Queen, Sparkling Romance, All About Cupcake, Almost Famous, and Sparkling Miracle. 
These swatches correspond with the order of the lipsticks above. This is basically one swipe of the color, but I've built up the shades to their maximum color payoff on my lips below. To build it up, I just swiped the color over my lips 2 to 3 times, as opposed to just once.  
In the Nude: This is a creamy nude with no shimmer. I actually really like the tone of this shade- it's a little bit peachy and is definitely the type of nude lip I'd wear... I don't feel like it's completely erasing my lips. For added staying power, I'd use Essence's In The Nude lip liner underneath. 
Glamour Queen: When I look at this tube in person, it practically looks like a rosy taupe color. But I think the rosy tones come through a lot more on the lips- and I like the look of it better that way. While there is quite a bit of shimmer in this lipstick, I think it has enough depth to keep from looking too frosty. Overall I think this is a really wearable dusty rose color. 
Sparkling Romance: Now THIS is the really frosty shade! As you'll notice from the swatch above, there's hardly any color to this shade... it basically takes your natural lip color and makes it look frosty. I haven't worn this one much at all because I just feel like the shimmer is a bit too much and I prefer more color intensity.
 All About Cupcake: This is one of my recent purchases and I absolutely LOVE it! Such a pretty, wearable pink! This is a creamy shade with no shimmer. I just think it gives the lips such a beautiful, healthy look. I see myself reaching for this one a lot! Pink lipstick lovers- this will be a great one for your collection. 
Almost Famous: Hello glam! I love the tone of this sheer red. I really built up the color as much as possible in this picture so you can see how intense it can be. One swipe of this will give you just a soft, subtle red lip. I'm always amazed at how a red lip changes the entire look of your face! Even if you've hardly done any eye makeup on a certain day- this kind of a color can make you look very chic and pulled together. 
Sparkling Miracle: I'm so glad I got this shade. I almost didn't, because when I see the lipstick in the packaging, it looks rather purple in person. But on the lips I feel like more red comes out in this shade and it's just a great berry. It does have shimmer, but much like the Glamour Queen shade, I don't feel like it's quite as apparent since these colors are more rich. So pretty!

These Essence lipsticks won't win any staying-power contests, but the shades are beautiful and they feel so nice on the lips. I think you can actually enhance the staying power just by layering a lip liner underneath. I'm really impressed by the creamy shades-- In The Nude, All About Cupcake, and Almost Famous are some great basics and would give you three totally different looks. I don't love the amount of frost in Sparkling Romance- but the others are very wearable. At $2.99 apiece, I think this is a great way to experiment with new shades and perhaps discover some new favorites!

Daily Nuggets...
  • Making salmon tonight!
  • My nails need to be re-done, big time.
  • If you missed the fun on Beauty Broadcast Live this morning, click here to watch! 
  • More baby birds at our house... last night there was a little one hopping around on the deck- putting on quite a show for Cupcake on the other side of the door! :)

47 comments:

  1. Love the colors!!! Need to make a trip to
    Ulta for sure:)

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  2. If you like these, wait until the new ones come in September with the range change!! If these are usually sold out (at least the pigmented colours are). The new ones are similar to those in the latest Essence LE... pigmented. And 'Essence' and 'pigmented lipsticks' have so far seldom been together in the same sentence. It's always been one of their worst products. I can't wait for the stores to bring the new ones so I can check them out for myself. For the time being, we'll have to wait for the first reviews from the German blogs.

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  3. I love the All about cupcake shade. It suits my style and I will definitely buy this. I find essence products budget friendly and affordable ( for me they are great). So I' m really glad you include these kind of rather cheap products in your makeup magic ( this is how I refere to your work) . Thank you! :)

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  5. Todos se te ve muy bien...hermosos colores

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  6. I saw the All About CUPCAKE shade at Ulta and immediately thought of you!

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  7. I just bought some essence lipstick that are very pigmented they are from a new line that is only available at Fred Meyer. Do you have a Fred Meyer near you? I could probably send you some if you can't get them in your area. here is the link to the new essence lipsticks. http://www.essence.eu/us/usa/products/lips/lipstick.html Also they have some new lipgloss products. I have tried the stay matt lip cream it is awesome. It reminds me of the NYX matte lip creams.

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  8. I love the Creamy Nude shade that Essence does. It's a bit more rosey. Very easy to wear nude color!

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    1. I have Creamy Nude, too, and I love it! (its also exactly the same as WetnWild's Fergie Daily) But this post definitely makes me want to try In the Nude and All About Cupcake! :)

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  9. Just bought In the Nude and I really like it - and how it doesn't erase your lips. These feel so creamy!
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  10. Of course you had to love the pink one with that name! You are All About Cupcake! And can I just say thanks for showing your full face when you do lip swatches? It's definitely a better representation of the color than just arm swatches or a cropped picture of your lips!

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  11. Wow, I really love In The Nude, it looks pretty pigmented as well! I need to try some Essence products, I hear so many great things :)

    Ivy xx
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  12. I've been watching your videos for a loong time and I actually have never checked out your blog! And I love it :D thanks for all your hard work <3

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  13. Essence was some of the first make up I ever owned. I grew up in Germany and when I was about 10 years old and I went over to my best friend's house we would collect all of our change and walk down to the apotheke and buy essence makeup. I particularly remember shimmery white and purple eyeshadows and a metallic purple lip gloss. That's a 10 year old's taste for you! When I first saw essence at ulta when I was 20, it was such a throwback!!! I'll have to pick some essence makeup up for old time's sake.

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  14. Great review! Got to get me some essence lipstick.

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  15. Love the All About Cupcake shade! Love it that you're all about Cupcake too, right? ;)

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  16. Thanks for the recommendation! Are you still using your Mally 24/7 Gel nail kit for your manicures?

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  17. All of these shades look fantastic. In The Nude is super pretty!
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  18. Ooo, Glamour Queen & Sparkling Miracle look particularly interesting to me! :)

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  19. In the Nude and all about cupcake look amazing!
    -Sisi

    Modern Beauty Girl

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  20. All About Cupcake, how relevant for you!

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  21. actually in the nude,all about cupcakes and almost famous are the only essence lipsticks i own and they are really pretty

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  22. I really like the In the Nude shade. Like you I'm not a fan of nudes that are so much paler than the natural lip color. It's the main reason why I can't stand seeing pics of J Lo. I want her to wear color just once. :D

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  23. There is going to be a new Essence lippie range, those are gonna be longlasting ones. They will be in stores from September (in Europe, at least).

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  24. Love Glamour queen...its a must have in my collection and Essence is a very affordable brand here in Australia, compared to others.

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  25. I have lots of products from essence. I like very much lipstick all about cupcake, but nude doesn't lay good on my lips. I don't know why. 3D eyeshadows are cool and single. Don't like summer club eyeshadow pallete-don't take it, not the best quality. Long lasting pencils from essence are wonderful and white kajal is also pretty good. Eyebrow set- my treasure :D very natural look. And of course matte bronzer and loose fixing powder!-recommend!

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  26. I wish they had such variety in my country!

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  27. I love ALMOST FAMOUS shade!! But you look great with all of them... ;-)

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  28. I have an Essence lipstick in Fairytale #42. They smell great too! I just pulled this out of the bowl of lipsticks I keep on my desk at work so thanks for the reminder. I think I just shopped my stash!

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  29. I have In the Nude shade and I love it. It has a lip balm kind of feel and I agree, they are super comfortable on the lips. The smell is not my favorite but I don't mind it. Now that you have a review on more of those lipsticks I'm going to get a few more shades (not that I don't have enough lipstick lol... the life of makeup addict haha)... I'm dying for that All About Cupcake shade now that I see it on your lips! Thanks Emily, great review as usual! xx

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  30. It always cracks me up when you do lip swatches because I can tell exactly which colors you love and hate just by the expression on your face.

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  31. Gorgeous colors! Looking forward to the one-brand tutorial!

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  32. Happy to say I picked them up. Love the mascara 2. Never heard of this brand til I join in. Thanks Emily. Great fun finds. Picked up ES too ;D

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  33. more review on Essence please!! such an affordable line in Australia. love u emily!

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  34. I bought All About Cupcake, but it's so close to my lip color when I put it on! lol I can't quite figure out if I like it or not yet. I do love the texture and smell though! Maybe I just need to pair it with a brighter liner! I think that would be lovely!!!

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  35. I just bought in the nude today and I love it, but that packaging is SO CHEAP! When I used it, the lipstick got slanted from the slight pressure I was putting on it when I applied it, and some of the lipstick got shaved off basically when I was sliding it back down. /: And it just broke on me lol ugh! Have you or anyone else had problems with the packaging too Emily?

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  36. i know i'm late to the party, but i'm a relatively new viewer/reader so whatever.
    the new black packaging lipsticks are supposed to be a whole lot better quality, btw. although i don't know if those are sold in the u.s. as well. i love essence nail polish and their waterproof liquid ink eyeliner is something i can't live without.
    i'm a bit wary of their concealers and other face products. would you be willing to look into those?

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