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!