Essence is definitely one of my all-time favorite drugstore brands! Their products always have fun design, gorgeous shades and interesting textures and their limited edition collections are so cute! But sometimes Essence products could be either hit or miss and that is the case with the new range of nude lipsticks.
Essence Nude Longlasting Lipstick ($2.99) – Essence bestselling lipstick is now available in gorgeous shades of nude. This rich and creamy lasting lipstick is moisturizing with intense color that lasts for hours. Available in 5 naturally beautiful shades.
This lipsticks comes in five nude-ish shades that range from very concealer-colored lipsticks to deep mauves. I have all five shades to show you today and I have very mixed feelings about them. But I have two favorites among them so it is not a complete miss.
Essence Nude Longlasting Lipstick in shade 01 Wearing Only A Smile is a very light whitened pink with tons of finely milled white shimmer that translates into a pearl sheen the lips.
This lipstick has the least creamy texture of all and due to a pearl finish it does not go even in one swipe and you will have to layer it several times to get a semi-opaque coverage. It makes your lips look quite white but it is the matter of preference. The problem with this shade is that it sets into lip lines and looks very uneven in ten-fifteen minutes after application. I do not even see it as a good option for layering. It lasts on me for less than two hours.
Essence Nude Longlasting Lipstick in shade 02 Porcelain Doll is a light warm-toned peachy beige shade with natural sheen due to high amount of extremely finely milled silver shimmer.
This lipstick is the best among nude shades within the range but it still does not perform they way I would prefer. The shade is quite light but seem to look more or less natural on the lips. The coverage is almost opaque but you still have to layer it a couple of times. It does set into lip lines but not as mush as the other two nudes. It lasts for almost three hours on my lips.
Essence Nude Longlasting Lipstick in shade 03 Come Naturally is a cool-toned medium dark purple mauve shade with glossy sheen.
This is a favorite of mine from the whole range! A beautiful cool-toned shade that seems to be the very popular lately. This lipstick goes on smoothly and you can achieve full coverage in almost one swipe. It does not set into lip lines and feels very creamy and comfortable on the lips. It lasts for at least four hours on my lips.
Essence Nude Longlasting Lipstick in shade 04 It’s Nude Time! is a very pale light creamy beige shade with slight sheen to it.
This shade is the worst from the range. The color is very much like a concealer but it is again a matter of preference. The problem with this shade that it goes so uneven and is so hard to apply that it is not even worth trying. It sets into lip lines immediately and migrates around the lips a lot. It stays on my lips for less than two hours before looking like a complete mess.
Essence Nude Longlasting Lipstick in shade 05 Cool Nude is a medium dark mauve shade with neutral undertones and with glossy sheen.
This is is another beautiful shade in the range. It has a very nice creamy consistency and is a pleasure to apply. It goes on evenly and feels like nothing on the lips. The shade is very flattering as well. It does not set into lip lines or move around. Cool Nude is quite comfortable to wear and lasts for at least four hours on my lips.
Here is a comparison swatch of all five shades for you that is useful for the the light nude-ish shades. All five lipsticks have a slight chemical scent to them that does not bother me at all and you cannot smell it right after application.
Overall, this is range full of hits and misses. I really enjoyed the shade 03 Come Naturally and 05 Cool Nude and can totally recommend trying these especially for such an affordable price. As for the other three shades – 01 Wearing Only A Smile, 02 Porcelain Doll and 04 It’s Nude Time! – I would strongly recommend to stay away from these as these perform really badly. 03 Come Naturally is a very trendy shade and I see it as a very good affordable alternative to some popular cool-toned mauves out there.
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