As budget brands go, essence is one that I haven’t used very much of. Some things I’ve tried from the brand haven’t been great, while others have really surprised me like today’s lipstick choice from their Matte, Matte, Matte range.
So far in my challenge, I have tried out two of their Shine, Shine, Shine glosses, and while I was liked both the formula and pigment, as a lip product they wouldn’t be my go-to choice. However, this matte offering today, definitely could become a go-to.
The consistency is quite thick but very blendable, and surprisingly, doesn’t drag or pull on application. The application itself is made so much easier with the short angled brush head which allows you to get a very even coverage too.
Aside from consistency, I couldn’t get over how well this stayed put on my lips today; it really held its own against some of my favourite matte formulas. Now, it’s not hydrating or moisturising so don’t be expecting any real creamy goodness, but it didn’t dry out my lips at all, and the vanilla scent was a welcome suprise also.
Because I was working today, I paired this with my very simple office makeup look, but it could also look amazing paired with a brown or warm smokey eye.
Have you tried any essence products?