Simply Lippy Challenge Day 184 | Essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick in Shade 12, Candy Love

Up until my challenge, I had never tried any Essence products before; I’m it really sure why but it just never really crossed my mind as a brand I wanted to try. 


However, the one thing I want from my challenge is to have a completely diverse range of lippies from very high end to budget bargain and everything in between, so I bought a few of their lippies and decided to put them to the test.


The first one I tried was one of their shine lip glosses, which wasn’t half bad and today’s lippy, is my second one to try out and I have to say, it’s not half bad either.


The formula is much creamier than I expected it to be so it felt nice on application and blended well on the lips. However, I didn’t find the pigment great and had to layer it up to get any real colour at all.

In saying that, the light pigment could be more to do with the fact that it was a pale shade so I’d definitely be interested to see if any of the bolder shades have a better pigment.


From the actual lipstick itself, I was expecting it to be a deep rose shade, but it was more of a pale pink which I’m not a big fan of in general. Because of that, I don’t think I was going to love it either way. Plus, sheer finishes don’t tend to be my preference either.


I did find it nice on my lips, it was smooth in consistency and did have a lovely soft feel to it, so it’s definitely not a bad option a budget lipsticks go. 


I wouldn’t say this was a bad lipstick, it was actually fine, but it just didn’t do much for me and left me feeling just a bit ‘meh’.

Sorcha 💋

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