A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to head up to the gorgeous Casa Loma for an Essence Cosmetics event. Little tidbit of personal info….since I was little I have dreamt about getting married in Casa Loma. Visiting it many years later it still has the charm and intrigue I saw as a child. The event was set in the screening room which was the indoor pool back in the day. How cool is that?!?
In addition to seeing the latest offerings by Essence at the event, they actually had store displays of all of their products. We received a killer gift bag at the end of the event which was overloaded with a variety of Essence products. In the coming weeks, you will see more of these products in makeup looks and reviews.
Today, I’m focusing on the Essence Longlasting Lipsticks ($2.99 USD) which come in 13 different shades and promise a creamy finish with long lasting capabilities.
The lipsticks are housed in sleek black tubes with a band of colour that matches the lipstick. The bullets have the perfect angle for precise and quick application and feature an embossed ‘e’. I didn’t detect any overly sweet or plastic scent which is fantastic as some affordable brands have this drawback.
I received a good range of shades – from super light pink to nudes to red. All of them swatched nicely on the back of my hand, with I am Yours! (#16) being the most sheer.
|Left to right: Get the Look (#20), Barely There! (#6) Adorable Matt! (#14), Oh So Matt! (#15), I am Yours! (#16)|
Get the Look (#20) is the lightest of all the shades – a light baby pink. While it swatched nicely, it did highlight the dryness of my lips and had a patchy application. I personally wouldn’t wear this type of shade anyways as my skin tone is just too fair to pull it off.
Oh So Matt! (#15) is another light shade – a true nude. Like Get the Look, I found this applied very patchy and emphasized the dryness of my lips. Again, this shade just isn’t for me as it washes me and my fair skin out.
I am Yours! (#16) is a medium toned rose-berry shade. It is the sheerest of the bunch but I don’t mind that with this type of shade. I did find that it didn’t apply properly in the middle of my lower lip but overall it felt good on the lips. This is a great go-to everyday shade.
Barely There! (#6) is a deeper nude-mauve shade. This one applied very nicely on the lips and didn’t emphasize the dryness. This is definitely a Your Lips But Better shade for me and one that I will reach for a lot.
Adorable Matt! (#14) is a berry leaning red which makes it a great introductory red lipstick for the colour afraid. This one definitely applied the nicest of all of them. It felt creamy on the lips, didn’t emphasize any dryness and compliments my skin tone very nicely. The definite winner of the bunch!
Overall, I’m relatively happy with these lipsticks (mainly because of Adorable Matt, Barely There and I am Yours). I haven’t worn these enough to determine the longevity of wear but I would say by their texture it would be about 2 hours.
Have you tried any of the Essence Longlasting Lipsticks before? What shade is your favourite?
til next time…
Disclaimer: Products were provided complimentary by Essence Cosmetics. All opinions are my own and not influenced by any companies, partners or affiliates.