Essence’s RIDICULOUSLY Cheap Lipsticks part 2

Hello Lovelies! I’m finally finishing the second part to my review on Essence’s lip products. Y’all seemed to love the first part so I’m hoping the second can live up to the hype. The products in this post were definitely underwhelming but I will get to that. First, thank you for being patient when I definitely said I would have it at the end of the week I posted the first review. Oops. Things happened. Nevertheless, here we go!

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Ugh so where do I begin? I’m not sure what I expected from this. This is Essence’s XXXL Shine Lip Gloss. First of all, I guess for the sake of being as transparent as I can about products, I loathe lip gloss. It used to be my go-to lip product (when I was 12). I endured the awkward years of glitter lip gloss and baby blue eyeshadow. Girls today come out of the womb knowing how to contour so I’m not quite sure who lip gloss is for. Granted, I know good lip glosses can bring together a look, but this was not that product.

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Excuse my RBF, but that’s how this lip gloss made me feel.

You can see my disgust in this. I really tried to like it. First, the color options were very limited. Mostly nudes and pinks, I let my husband pick the shade *dramatic pause* and he picked the only red in the product line, Red Blossom. Honestly, I can’t blame him. We were standing there for the better part of 10 minutes. The color choices just weren’t that great and for the sake of science I didn’t want to go with the clear color option.

There are clearly chunks of glitter in the lip gloss. Also, while all Essence’s products smell slightly sweet, this was just an overwhelming smell of blue raspberry. I attempted to put it over a red lipstick and it just made it worse. Maybe ideal to some, not for me. I give it 0/5

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I was the most excited for this product all around. I loved the color options in the line and the name, Liquid Lipstick, always excites me. I made sure to note that it was not matte just so I knew where to place my expectations. The color, Make A Statement, is a beautiful, rich pink.

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Okay so I was slightly disappointed. But just slightly! The color payoff is fantastic. It’s also true to its appearance in the tube. The only thing is, it sits more like a lip gloss. It definitely looks like lipstick, but it comes off sooo easily. As in, I can’t cut it a break for that. I let it “dry” and it was still wet. It felt like it never fully set and within a few minutes I went to take a sip of water and it almost completely came off.

So, if you treat it like a lipstick, which it’s not, it’s a 1/5. If you treat it like a lip gloss, which it’s not, it’s a 5/5. So what do you do? It’s up to you and how you feel about very wet lip products. The look is beautiful, but if you hate lip glosses (see above review) then you might want to skip.

So what do y’all think? Which of the Essence lip products do you like the best? Let me know!

Happy makeup-ing and see y’all soon.


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