I hope you're having a smashing weekend so far?
You may know by now that I am such a fan of the Essence brand, they make trendy and quality cosmetics affordable to the everyday girl, this is the first time trying a lipstick and lipgloss from their range, and I'm so impressed with them!
Essence Lipstick in 52 In the Nude ~ Price approx. R30.00 Available at Clicks:
This is an extremely creamy and moisturising lipstick. I'm a huge fan of nude lips, and I've noticed that you get two kinds of nudes: one that is pale and can be borderline sickly looking, or one that just enhances the natural nudeness of your lips and can be very close to your natural lip colour.
This little beauty is the perfect natural looking nude lipstick, it's very similar to my own lip colour but just enhances my lips to give it a smooth and beautiful finish. It's highly pigmented and one or two sweeps give a really good colour pay-off.
The colour doesn't last very long though, so I had to re-apply it several times during the day, however, it doesn't claim to be long lasting at all, and for the price I don't mind having to re-do my pout ;) ~ Can't wait to stock up on the rest of the colours, these are also perfect if you want to try out colours you wouldn't normally go for.
Essence Stay with Me Longlasting Lipgloss ~ Approx. R30.00 available from Clicks:
Staying with the nudes, this lipgloss gives a high glossy finish with no sparkles or glitters, so if you're not a fan of glittery glosses this is perfect. It honestly gives that J-Lo glossy pout which she is infamous for, it is slightly pigmented and leaves a subtle colour but mostly a lovely glossy look.
I adore this lipgloss alone or for more of a glamorous look over the In the Nude lipstick. The applicator is easy to use, and I didn't have to use a mirror to apply it, as there is a slight curve in the middle of the sponge-like applicator which makes it really easy to feel where the lipgloss is being applied.
With regards to the staying power? I won't say it's a long lasting gloss as it does come off whilst eating or drinking, so again you'll have to re-apply, which I don't mind.
Both of these lippies are not drying at all! Which is an absolute must in winter, I didn't have to use an additional lipbalm with them.
Both lip products swatched:
I hope you like these? If you have a favourite of the above two please let me know as I'd like to give them a try?
Have a fabulously fashionable and relaxing Saturday :-)