New for Spring! Essence Lip Swatches

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Essence Spring 2016 Lip Swatches

Ever since that fateful day I picked up one of their lip liners, Essence has continued to keep me pleasantly surprised with the quality of their makeup. In the world of extremely affordable makeup, the brand keeps working their way up to the tippy top.


They recently released a couple of new lip products for spring 2016 — their Shine & Sheer Lipsticks, and the Essence Liquid Lipsticks — and I love me a good lipstick! I also love me some makeup that I don’t have to sell my soul for, so this is a match made in affordability heaven.

Let’s start with my favorite of the two, the Liquid Lipsticks. There are six available shades, and one thing to understand before going out and buying every one is that they might not be what you expect when you think of “liquid lipstick.” My experience with liquid lipsticks is more along the lines of Kat Von D and Colourpop, where they go on super liquid-y and opaque and dry down matte.

These are more of a really pigmented gloss, but they still sit nicely on the lips and last a decent amount of time. I really am a huge fan of these for a plump and shiny lip.

Ready for the best part? They. Are. Only. $3.49.


Essence Spring 2016 Almost Real 03

“Almost Real” 03

Essence Spring 2016 Colour Party 01

“Colour Party” 01

Essence Spring 2016 Peach Party 05

“Peach Party” 05

Essence Spring 2016 Beauty Secret 02

“Beauty Secret” 02

Essence Spring 2016 Show Off! 04

“Show Off!” 04

Essence Spring 2016 Make A Statement 06

“Make A Statement” 06

And then for the Sheer & Shine Lipsticks, those are a whopping $2.99 each! Wut.

They really impressed me, too. They give a super flattering wash of color and feel like a really moisturizing balm. You’ll will want to chuck whichever one you’re wearing in your bag to reapply it throughout the day, because they are so sheer and balmy that they don’t last an extraordinary amount of time.

There are also a few that have some really fine glitter, and they look really good, but you can feel a little bit of that gritty feeling when you rub your lips together. Just a fair warning if that sort of thing bothers you. I have five of the available nine shades.

Essence Spring 2016 Cute Nude 02

“Cute Nude” 02

Essence Spring 2016 Candy Love 12

“Candy Love” 12

Essence Spring 2016 Like A Princess 13

“Like A Princess” 13

Essence Spring 2016 Sparkling Miracle 07

“Sparkling Miracle” 07

Essence Spring 2016 I Feel Pretty 09

“I Feel Pretty” 09

Basically, Essence is KILLING IT with their Spring 2016 releases. Also impressive are their eyeshadow palettes. You may want to keep an eye out for some looks using those. Hint hint, wink wink!

Jen Clark

Hi, beautiful! I’m Jen from Jen Leigh Beauty. Now, rather than just talking to myself about makeup, I write it down in a blog. Besides being madly in love with anything I can smear on my face (and sharing pics on Instagram), I’m more in love with my hunky husband, my sweet 2-year-old, and my fluffy fur baby. Thank goodness they put up with the madness, because I love chatting about my favorite things with people who understand the addiction.


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  1. Erin says:

    The brighter colors are quite nice!
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  2. Jules says:

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  3. Anna says:

    Wow! Nice swatches. I’ve never tried this line. It’s definitely work checking out!

  4. India says:

    I love so many of Essence’s products and people always disregard it as just cheap makeup and it frustrates me so much because there are so many hidden gems!

  5. Lulle says:

    I love the Liquid Lipsticks, the finish is really beautiful, and what a deal!
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  6. Raeanne says:

    OK, but Peach Party doesn’t look peachy at all?? lol… otherwise they look soooo pretty and comfortable!

  7. Jen Clark says:

    Haha you’re right it’s a little more coral than peachy! They are super super comfortable, they don’t feel annoying on the lips at all.
    Jen Clark recently posted … What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag?

  8. Nini says:

    Wow they look so amazing!! Nude pinks are just my thang yo~~ 

  9. Rachel R. says:

    Welcome, Jen. I haven’t been a big fan of Essence, but these lippies sound great. I know they’ve been doing some reformulating, so I probably need to check the brand out again. The price is right.

  10. Lauren says:

    I love all of these! Ok, can’t believe s makeup addict has to ask, but where is Essence sold? I don’t think I’ve ever seen it!

  11. christine says:

    Great swatches – favourite is “cute nude”!!

  12. Essence is such an underrated brand. I adore their express nail art dry drops.

  13. Kim says:

    Definitely nice looking for that price! Seems like a good selection of wearable shades, too. Great job with all the pics, Jen – I always get a better sense of the colors that way (though I realize everyone’s lip pigmentation/coloring is different).

  14. anusha says:

    Those lip swatches look amazeballs!! especially peach party and show off look great on u.. can u tell that i like corals.. hehe.. 🙂

  15. Essence make some great products. I have one of their traditional liquid lipsticks (opaque and matte) and it’s so good! I think they were one of the first European brands to make liquid lipsticks, but for some strange reason they disontinued them!
    Carolina Braina recently posted … February 2016: Current Crushes and BIG NEWS

  16. Sharon says:

    Another great job on your post!!! I’ve really enjoyed your reviews so far! I really liked how you shows the different colors on your lips, gives you a better idea of how they would really look!

  17. Marcella Yakalis says:

    I learned of the brand a few years ago but just noticed they began stocking them in Walgreens/CVS, etc here in NYC. I’ve only seen them on one occasion, but I’m excited about more affordable drug store brands! Your lip swatches deserve all the cat heart eye emojis.

  18. Ashleigh says:

    I love the Make A Statement one! So great to see that drugstore makeup can be quality.

  19. Kelly says:

    love the colour ‘Make a Statement’! so bold and beautiful

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