I picked up a couple of Essence lipsticks in the cosmetic isle of my local supermarket the other day. I chose the lightest pink called Frost and a medium pink called Kiss You. They cheap and cheerful but are they even worth €2? Here are some pictures…
L to R: No.01 Frosted and No.43 Kiss You
Ok so the packaging is pretty tacky but to be honest that doesn’t really bother me. Anyway I suspect that this brand are not trying to appeal to the twenty something lady but rather young teens. Oddly enough, this does’t put me off – maybe I’m a fourteen year old at heart!
And some swatches….
The pros? Definitely the scent – they smell like bubblegum. They’re also quite glossy.The consistency is very sheer but smooth despite the shimmer. They also feel quite moisturising but I suspect that this is thanks to the glossy nature of the lipstick rather than added moisturisers.
Frosted in more shimmer than pigment but then again I think that’s the point. The Kiss You is more pigmented but it only adds a sheer coating of colour to the lips. That being said this shade is very similar to my natural lip colour. I must try it over concealed lips.
Unfortunately neither lipstick lasted long, not really a shocker though. They have the staying power of the Claires Accessories lip gloss which I really like so clearly longevity doesn’t put me off, I’m all about the pretty.
All in all a fun, cheap purchase but not something that will make it into my make-up bag permanently. I will play around with the medium pink a little more in the future though.
If Essence had been on sale when I was fourteen and I saw these two lipsticks I would be one happy girl! Unfortunately I’m getting on in age and so is my taste…sometimes :)