Essence Liquid Lipstick 04 Show Off!

torek, september 29, 2015


We all knew this was happening - Essence releasing their version of lipstick-lipgloss hybrids was hardly a surprise. The only question everyone in the beauty community was asking: are they going to be any good? Essence is a very hit-and-miss brand to me when it comes to lip products. None truly stand out, except for the long discontinued Stay Matte Lip Creams (R.I.P.) and though I'll admit these Liquid Lipsticks (*coughs*lip glosses*coughs*) are certainly lovely for the price, they aren't the best such product I've tried.


Formula: Compared to other such products I've tried, these have a considerably thicker formula. It's almost like paint and it forms a sort of a uniform layer on the lips. Surprisingly, despite such formula, they aren't sticky, which makes me glad we live in 2015 because if this was made ten years earlier, you could probably use it instead of a glue. Yay for progress! The pigmentation of this shade is impressive. Depending on how much product you have on the applicator, you need about two coats for full opacity, the main problem you're actually facing is getting it even, but it's not terribly hard. The finish is very glossy and similar to Dior's version
 

Colour: Show off! is a red-coral that on me also has a bit of pink and it's somewhat similar to Dior's Magique, only darker and more red. It's the type of colour that I associate with summer and colourful cocktails.


Staying power isn't amazing, but when has anyone heard the words "lip gloss" and "excellent staying power" in the same sentence. The thicker formula does somewhat help the gloss to cling on the lips better, but it still fades a lot faster than a lipstick. Unlike Dior's version this leaves no stain behind.


Scent: It's got a very familiar scent to me, but I can't put my finger on what it reminds me of. It's a mix of a chemical scent with vanilla.


The packaging is clearly ripping off Dior, Maybelline and probably someone else, but I love this type of faux-lipstick packaging, so I say go ahead and copy away. The tube is short and square, and the gloss has a wider applicator than we're used to from the XXXL glosses, which makes them much, much more comfortable to use than those. 

Essence's Liquid Lipsticks are very decent lip glosses, probably some of the best in their price range. They aren't amazing, but for the price you get a very pigmented lip colour with an intense shine. I don't like them as much as L'Oreal's because those are sooo comfortable to wear, but these definitely pack a punch and they are of course a third or fourth of the price, so go for it if you want. 
Taya compared them to Catrice's versions here, Petra did a review of the shade 03 Almost Real here and Nadja reviewed shade 02 Beauty Secret (I like this one).

My Liquid Lipstick was provided for the purposes of reviewing it on Click2Chic blog and it costs 2.79 € in their online shop (they ship to Croatia as well). Those who can't get Essence in their country, I saw that Beauty Crowd started selling this brand. 

Have a great day!

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22 comments

  1. Such intense colors! I love this. Would love to give these a shot!

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    1. Yes, the colour is very intense, especially for a lip gloss :)

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  2. Barva ti zelo lepo paše :) Ampak sama zadnje čase raje izbiram mat šminke oz. šminke na splošno :)

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    1. Hvala :) Jaz sem tudi še vedno bolj za mat šminke :) Prav upala sem da bodo tile mat, ko sem prvič videla novice o novostih.

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  3. Ful mi je všeč tvoj uvod. :) Moram reči, da ti odtenek zelo pristaja. :) Pa hvala za link. <3

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    1. Hvala :D Včasih znam tudi kaj spodobnega napisat, ampak ne v slovenščini :D Ni za kaj :)

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  4. Imam sama isti odtenek in bemtiš kolk fajn je pigmentiran, o obstojnosti pa nebi, ker na meni res po pol ure vse nekam izgine:), mi je pa všeč tekstura, tisti filing, da so ustnice mehke, navlažene. Niso slabo izdelali tehle šminkic, obstojnost pa na žalost ni tista ki te vržena rit:), tako kot pri liplinerjih, ful so mi fajni, kremni, nadomestilo za šminke a u roku 15-20 min they are gone:):):) a jih še vedno kupujem:), zaradi teksture:) in cene:). Odtenek te poživi in itak si prelepa:)

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    1. Kaj češ, Essence že tako ne zna naredit obstojne stvari, pa še gloss je. Ampak pigmentiranost je super in ima lep sijaj, udoben mi pa ni pol toliko kot od L'Oreala.
      Jaz isto vseeno kupujem, vem da je večinoma povprečna roba, ampak imajo zanimive stvari, lepe barve in dobre cene, pa me vedno premami :)
      Hvala :D

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  5. The color is so intense. also I loved your pics :)

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    1. It's a very intense shade, indeed :) Thank you :)

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  6. Čisto tvoj odtenek in zelo ti paše ;) Mene je res presenetila pigmentiranost in emabalaža je resda kopija, ampak mi je zelo všeč. Nepričakovana preprostost dizajna embalaže od Essence :). Hvala za link ;)

    A vidim Essence šminke v ozadju? :D Povej mi samo, ali so bolj kot ne balzami ali dajo kaj barve od sebe? Sem danes v trgovini malo swatchala in nisem našla nobenega odtenka primernega zame, pa vsi mi delujejo kot balzami :/.

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    1. Hvala :) Pigmentiranost je odlična, kar je kar malo nepričakovano od Essence. Bi prej pričakovala, da bo ravno obratno kar se tiče teh "šmink" od Catrice in Essence. Embalaža je pa res lepa :)

      Yup, the nove sheer and shine imam tri, sem že poslala objavo. So pričakovano švoh, ampak se da tudi malo več iz njih dobit če naneseš tono slojev. Vseeno take stvari niso zame, jaz hočem the real deal šminke :D Tebi bi bil mogoče všeč odtenek Hidden Secret. Ti bom poslala slike na fb.

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  7. Zelo ti pristaja barva :) Upam, da bodo s prihodnjimi kolekcijami dodali še kakšno novo barvo ali pa naredili podoben izdelek z mat finišem. Hvala za link <3

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    1. Hvala :) Ja, nekaj mat! Je že čas :)
      Ni za kaj :) Tvoj odtenek mi je še najbolj všeč, ker sem itak huge Nude-ist fan :)

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  8. Se mi zdi, da so ti odtenki naravnost pisani zate. Res tako lepo pridejo na tebi :) Sama še nimam poguma za močnejše odtenke, ampak postopoma gre. Sem jo pa ravno danes v roki držala pa sem si potem premislila, nevem zakaj, mi je malček žal :)

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    1. Hvala :) Bi pa imela raje mat verzijo :) Barve se moraš navadit nosit oz. priti do te mentalitete ko te popolnoma nič več ne briga kaj si drugi mislijo. Mene že čudno gledajo, če imam kakšno preveč naravno šminko gor :D Z glosi je najlažje začet :)

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  9. Seems like a nice budget buy. I really liked the shade though! Good post

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    1. It's a nice budget buy if you like intense lip glosses :)

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  10. Joj, meni pa te tekoče šminke (razen mat izvedb, npr. Bourjoisove) sploh ne sedejo. Sem imela že Dior, Revlon..., pa je vse pocasto po ustih. Ti pa ta odtenek zelo paše.
    BTW - včeraj sem v Muellerju NM videla, da že imajo nova dva odtenka Revlonovih matte balmov (Fiery in Enchanting), sploh nisem mogla verjet! Je pa Fiery zelo podoben Sultry, le da je še malce globja in temnejša bordo rdeča, kot Sultry.

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    1. You know I'm a matte girl too :D Hvala :)
      Kaj res! Pa to je neverjetno. Ti itak hodiš v našega novomeškega, a ne? Damn, zdaj bi pa imela Fiery :D

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  11. Tole bi pa lahko bil potencialen dupe za Wonderland :)

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    1. Možno, čeprav se mi zdi wonderland bolj roza. Pandore se mi zdi tudi zelo podoben :)

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