New from Essence: Liquid Lipstick & Make Me Brow eyebrow mascara
I love me some good drugstore products. Not only do they have a friendlier price tag, but there are some great hidden gems in there. Many drugstore brands actually own higher end brands – for example, L’Oreal owns Maybelline, Yves Saint Laurent, Garnier, Lancome, and much more. This makes me wonder if they ever launch quality products in the drugstore, with a fraction of the price tag because of the simpler packaging.
Essence Liquid Lipstick:
First off is the liquid lipstick. Or should I say “liquid lipstick”? I was most excited for this product in Essence’s new launch. The matte lip trend doesn’t seem to be going anywhere, and if a more affordable brand like Essence can create their own, I can imagine these flying off the shelves because of high demand. Unfortunately, these “liquid lipsticks” are just pigmented lipglosses. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with a nice lip gloss, it’s just that the title of these would have the buyer expecting a matte, long-lasting liquid lipstick like the many other liquid lipsticks on the market. With that being said, if you are a lip gloss kind of gal, keep on reading.
The Essence Liquid Lipsticks are very pigmented for a gloss as you can see in the image below. Not only do they swatch wonderfully, they are pigmented enough to show obvious colour on my lips. There is a range of six colours – all beautiful and on trend for spring. The tube does not feel high end, but it is sturdy plastic. The cap does click before it is closed shut, and doesn’t feel like it’ll open if it was shaken around in my purse.
The application is a little streaking at first, but once I smear my lips together it quickly evens out. 02 Beauty Secret is a beautiful, natural pinky nude colour that will suit many skin tones. Darker skin tones may not have as much luck with such a light colour, but if you have a medium skin tone and don’t have much luck with lipglosses in the drugstore, I would recommend this.
Essence Make Me Brow Eyebrow gel mascara:
I’ve heard of plenty of eyebrow or eyelash products both in high end and drugstore that claim to contain tiny fibres. The fibres are supposed to attach to your eyebrow or eyelash hair, and either extends them or make them darker. I’ve never seen actually fibres in a product though until the Essence Make me Brow eyebrow gel mascara came into my life.
The fibres are extremely thin but don’t take 20/20 vision to be able to spot them. They look about 5mm long and thicken the brows nicely when applied. I wouldn’t say the holding power of the product is it’s strong suit, so I would only recommend this product to those who have relatively tame brows but want a little added definition. You can see some fibres on the wand in the image below.
The ashy dark brown blends in nicely into my black hair, and it would look fantastic on those of you who have brown hair.
The packaging is very small and travel-friendly. The applicator is short as well as the bristles on the spoolie.
Here it is on my brow. You do not see any fibres, but the overall thickness of my brow is enhanced (the fibres that you probably think you’re seeing are hairs that desperately needed to be plucked).
Unfortunately, I find that since the applicator is straight (unlike the L’Oreal Brow Artist Plumper, which is bent) and the bristles aren’t very long, I find that many times I get the product on the skin surrounding my eyebrows. This only requires a quick fix by using a q-tip or finger to brush it off, but I do encounter this problem much more often than with other eyebrow gels.
Overall, this product doesn’t knock my socks off. The affordable price tag makes this a beginner friendly product that would be great for someone who wants to try lipglosses for the first time. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for those who are expecting a matte, long-wearing liquid lipstick.