Today, the first official day of summer, has been the hottest day of the year so far, yet shortly after it topped 92 °F this afternoon (33 °C) I exclaimed, “cool!”
Thanks to the shine-preventing power of powder (in this case MAC Blot), you may not be able to tell from these pics that my air conditioner is busted. I considered retreating with my water noodle to a pool, but then I would have had to wait before telling you about these bargain basement glosses from Essence.
Dang, right? Today has been all about the glosses.
The Essence line, an import from Germany, is still new to U.S. shores. Price-wise, it fits nicely next to other drugstore lines like NYC New York Color and Wet n Wild, and can be found at Ulta stores and also online.
From the left: Me & My Ice Cream, I Like Cotton Candy, Candy Bar, Trendsetter, Kiss Kiss Kiss and Berry Me
Although I felt just so-so about Essence’s $2 eyeshadows, their Stay With Me Longlasting Lipglosses ($2.29) are in a whole different league. If I hadn’t known better, I would have pegged these as $18 glosses from a high-end brand.
Why do I like Essence Longlasting Lipgloss?
- Pigment like whoa! — These are some of the boldest, richest drugstore lipglosses I’ve seen in a really long time, and kudos for their creamy finish. For sheerer coverage, all it takes is a few dots dabbed on the lips.
- That feels good — I feel like cheering, “These feel good, oh, they feel so good, UH!” Non-sticky and smooth, they’re like slightly thicker MAC Cremesheen Glasses, and moisturizing as all heck.
- You’re sweet — I’m not often a fan of candy-flavored lip products, but these, I like. They taste and smell faintly of red gummy bears (fades after about 10 minutes), which takes me back to the fights I used to have over those with my brother back in the day.
I like all six of the colors, but I purplish pink I Like Cotton Candy (a dead ringer for Benefit’s discontinued Kiss Me Gloss) and Candy Bar, a pinkish coral that looks great with summery golds and teals.
Swatches from the left: Me & My Ice Cream, I Like Cotton Candy, Candy Bar, Trendsetter, Kiss Kiss Kiss and Berry Me
I Like Cotton Candy
Me & My Ice Cream
Kiss Kiss Kiss
Considering the price, these approach perfection, but I would still swap the spongy, soft hourglass-shaped applicator with a doe-foot if given the chance. I’d also applaud any increase in wear time, which at about three hours is slightly above average, but not as long lasting as befits the name.
Both are minor quibbles that I’m glad to overlook.
PRICE: $2.29 each
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Ulta stores and also online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
I’m this close…
…to setting up an inflatable kiddie pool in my dining room. That’s how it is right now.
It would almost be worth the mess just to see how Tabs would react. He’s not built like a swimmer, which is to say he’s not one of those water-loving cats. One drop of water on his little tabby head, and he’s like PEACE OUT!
Unless he’s drinking it…Tabs doesn’t do water
Does your cat or dog love water? What I wouldn’t give to be able to take Tabs swimming with me (yes, I know that sounds crazy).
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,