REVIEW: Essence Longlasting Lipsticks

There is no faster, easier way to change an entire make-up look than with a quick swipe of lipstick - wouldn't you agree? An otherwise neutral look can be pepped up with a soft pink, fired up with red or kept sophisticated with a glamorous nude. It is for this reason I love lipstick, it's a real game changer. It's also why I love cheap and cheerful lipsticks I can experiment with, like these long lasting shades by Essence...

Packaging is simple and to the point, sturdy black plastic with a ring of colour which perfectly matches the shade inside - lovely! You can just about see the stamped Essence logo on each bullet, a beautiful touch more reminiscent of pricier brands.

The formula for Essence's longlasting lipsticks is super smooth and glides on without drag, leaving behind fantastic colour with no streaks or unevenness. They actually remind me of MAC cremesheen lipsticks, just with less slip and a little closer to the matte side of the family. Wear time is about average, but the brighter shades do leave a bit of a stain behind.

Aren't these colours lovely?! 'Wear Berries' is my unexpected favourite, a beautiful pinky plum I imagine would suit most skintones. 'Blush My Lips' comes in close behind, it's such an electric shade! It's a touch more red than it photographs and you'll need to 'blank out' your lips to keep the pink tone strong. 'Love Me' is a completely 'not me' shade, salmon toned pink, yet I still really like it! It doesn't suit me very much, but I think it would look incredible on pale skin. 'Dare to Wear' is a classic blue toned red, a staple for any lip wardrobe.

For the life of me I can't recall how much these cost (I have since bought more!) but it is around £2 each - can't complain!

Available from selected Wilko stores and pop up counters - find your nearest one here.

These shades were received for PR purposes. All thoughts/ opinions 100% mine and 100% honest, as always!

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  1. They look amazing, I think 'love me' is my favourite x

  2. I think Wear berries is getting discountinued :( but it's such a gorgeous unique shade, might pick it up before it's gone!

  3. I heart these lippies from essence! The quality is amazing for the price xx

  4. I will have to try these. They look like they will look okay on a darker complexion as well. Hopefully they are at the Ulta since that is close to where I work.

    Great Post. I have to figure out how to do that four frame shot like you did.

  5. they look amazing - essence has great products for such a great price! x

  6. I have one of these and it is a really lovely lipstick, especially for the price! I'm not sure what colour I have as I thought they just had numbers, I'll have to double check it. The shades you have here all look really lovely (well apart from Love me which is also not really my shade) x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  7. I keep hearing about Essence products and think I'll have to try them soon. These lipsticks are gorgeous and look really creamy. Great post! x, S

  8. Wear Berries is an amazing dupe for MAC Up the Amp


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