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.
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.
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!