The Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot are questionable, but the monster who steals socks from the dryer? — totally real. And he has a side job stealing lipsticks from legal assistants who ride the bus to work. For serious!
Back when I worked in one of San Francisco’s cubicle jungles, I used to ride the 38AX Geary Express to work, and on more than one occasion, somewhere between the time I’d step out of my apartment and sit down at my desk at work, I’d lose at least one tube of lipstick.
It was the weirdest thing! — like I was being targeted by a makeup pickpocket.
But now I know the truth: monster.
The silver lining to being the frequent victim of a makeup monster was that it gave me an excuse to go to one of the four Walgreens stores near work to get a tube of “emergency lipstick.”
I wish these Essence Lipsticks had been around back then because, GURL, they’re kind of amazing (and only $2.49 each)!
These cuties come in 10 colors, some with matte and some with shimmer finishes. Each one comes in a tube the same color as the lipstick inside, which actually really helps locate a particular color. The packaging feels pretty sturdy, too, which is a nice change of pace from the flimsy lipstick packaging that many budget lines use.
Right now I’m stuck on Kiss You, a shimmery cool pink with silver glitter. The consistency’s thin, and wear time is only about three hours, but that’s fairly typical of a lipstick that isn’t billed as long wearing.
Kiss You has a lightweight, smooth, slick texture that feels wonderful on my lips, and based on the reviews on ulta.com, the other colors should, too. I don’t mind the faint vanilla flavor and scent, but for the record, both of them fade fast.
Kiss You also layers well, so it’s easy to take from sheer up to opaque coverage, but no matter how many layers I wear, it doesn’t dry out my lips.
Oh, and have I mentioned that these are just $2.49 each?
I think it feels and looks more expensive than it actually is, and it even kinda reminds me of a pinky/silver version of Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy Lipstick.
TOTALLY. CAN’T. WAIT to try more shades.
Yet another home run for Essence.
PRICE: $2.49 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Fred Meyer stores, HED and Ulta stores, and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,