i bought two lipsticks as i was studying the new range of Essence, i haven't noticed this line of lipsticks before and initially thought they were new, but it seems that only one of the shades i got was a new one.
the packaging is really worse with these, cheap thin plastic, ugly and childish design. the lipstick bullet itself can't be twisted down completely so that it is covered by the plastic casing, so you can easily damage the tip when you handle with it.
the scent of these is very artificially sweet, but i don't mind it. the texture is very sheer and creamy, it has a glossy and light finish. it's sort of a "first lipstick", a hybrid of lipbalm and lipcolour, which colours your lips subtly in a youthful shine. easy to wear and easy to apply. and very affordable at 1.95€ for 4g.
most shades are shimmery or even glittery, though. not my style.
thanks to the very light and glossy consistency, the staying power is on the low side.
#53 All About Cupcake
is a muted medium pink without shimmers. this is a new shade. it gives your lips a healthy and natural but bright and spring-y flush. it looks a little bit more intense in real life than in my lip swatch, though. remember i have quite pigmented lips, so it will look different on you if you have pale lips.
|Essence All About Cupcake: swatched once - multiple strokes|
#44 Almost Famous
is a non-shimmery very sheer red which gives you a lollipop-mouth. i like it! i haven't ever looked at MAC's Viva Glam Cyndi, which i guess works likewise. should i catch up on this?
|Essence Almost Famous: swatched once - multiple strokes|