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!
- 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! :)