Makeup | Essence Liquid Lipsticks

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Essence Liquid Lipsticks All Six Shades Review + Swatches with Colour Party, Beauty Secret, Almost Real, Show Off, Peach Party, Make A Statement
R A T I N G :   4   OUT OF   5
L I Q U I D   L I P S T I C K S   A R E   T H E   B O M B


A trend so popular but so expensive.

From Anastasia Beverly Hills to the Jeffree Stars, liquid lipsticks have exploded. It's popularity blossomed on Instagram yet I had few in my arsenal. Good liquid lipsticks are are expensive. So I had assume I would wait for the next shipment of Kat Von Ds.

Until my eyes caught sight of Essence Liquid Lipsticks. Euphoria washed over me when I saw the price.

So I bought them all.


Essence Liquid Lipsticks All Six Shades Review + Swatches with Colour Party, Beauty Secret, Almost Real, Show Off, Peach Party, Make A Statement

I scanned through the aisle, curiously picking up the shades from my local beauty store. Each B$3.90 at Paloma, who was I to not buy all? It's the perfect price for those broke on a budget, like me.

Launched for Essence Spring/Summer 2016 Collection,  Essence Liquid Lipsticks come in six shades. A limited range lacking those strong literal blues or purple of other brands. Instead, the shades are 'wearable' in its colour spectrum. Surprising for a liquid lipstick collection, usually aimed to be bold.

However, despite its name, these liquid lipsticks aren't liquid lipsticks. They are highly pigmented glosses. To prove this, I swatched them all in the review.

Essence Liquid Lipsticks Review + Swatches with Colour Party
ESSENCE LIQUID LIPSTICK
0 1   C O L O U R   P A R T Y


Less of a party. More of a disappointment.

01 Colour Party is a cool-toned baby pink. A bubblegum pink that washes me out. I find the lipstick to be the most inconsistent. It applies muddy and too thick for my liking. Among the six lipsticks, this one fades the quickest. With just an hour of wear time, the gloss fades into a strange glop. 

Essence Liquid Lipsticks Review + Swatches with Beauty Secret
ESSENCE LIQUID LIPSTICK
0 2   B E A U T Y   S E C R E T

The perfect 'my-lips-but-better' shade..

02 Beauty Secret almost matches my own lip colour, just glossier and much nicer. A nude pink, much sought after for a natural look. This, along with Almost Real, may be the most wearable in the already-wearable collection. Perfect for work days.

Essence Liquid Lipsticks Review + Swatches with Almost Real
ESSENCE LIQUID LIPSTICK 
0 3   A L M O S T   R E A L

What can I say about 03 Almost Real? It truly almost real.

My favourite colour of the bunch. A beautiful nude brown shade, that should be worn with lip liner since it can look too pale. I use it over dark lip liners for a sweet brown almost impossible to find. You can also apply it over a nude lipstick for a glossy, but not overpowering, finish. 

Essence Liquid Lipsticks Review + Swatches with Show Off
ESSENCE LIQUID LIPSTICK 
0 4   S H O W   O F F !

Whoever wears 04 Show Off! is such a show off!

Someone better high five me for that.

This might be the most pigmented shade in the range. A bright coral-red that looks neon alone. Do you see the pigmentation of the gloss? And yet Show Off still succeeds in being natural. I don't usually reach for bright phosphorescent often, it's still a wearable daily use. 

Essence Liquid Lipsticks Review + Swatches with Peach Party
ESSENCE LIQUID LIPSTICK 
0 5   P E A C H   P A R T Y

05 Peach Party doesn't live up to its name. That's not a bad thing.

Instead of a peachy-hue, it is a cool-toned coral pink. More subdued than Show Off's coral-red colour but still pigmented. I find it looks best with any eye makeup, be it dark or light, due to its soft shade and glossy finish. Peach Party is a sweet delight to wear.

Essence Liquid Lipsticks Review + Swatches with Make A Statement
ESSENCE LIQUID LIPSTICK
0 6   M A K E   A   S T A T E M E N T

If you wanna go big, go bold.

06 Make A Statement is the darkest shade in the range. A berry burgundy with a rosy undertone. It looks good on fair-skinned girls looking for a bold lip but would be a great shade for girls with darker skintones. This colour would not be out of place from a Kat Von D collection.

Essence Liquid Lipsticks All Six Shades Review + Swatches with Colour Party, Beauty Secret, Almost Real, Show Off, Peach Party, Make A Statement
01 COLOUR PARTY   |   02 BEAUTY SECRET   |   03 ALMOST REAL
04 SHOW OFF!   |   05 PEACH PARTY   |   06 MAKE A STATEMENT


After wearing six lipsticks in one sitting, my lips are in desperate need of chapstick.

These lipsticks are not matte at all. The thick pigment of a lipstick, but with the shine of a gloss. So while they are not liquid lipsticks per say, they are still fantastic products. My only concerns are its longevity, lasting only 2-3 hours at best, and its tendency to bleed without a lip liner.

That said, Essence succeeded in creating high-quality lip glosses for everyday wear. Though, I'm not a fan of glosses, I would recommend them for their quality and price. I hope they expand their limited range with the addition of darker shades. 

Have you tried Essence Liquid Lipsticks? What's your favourite liquid lipstick brand?

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