Wow, two actual reviews in a row, rather than just posts ruminating on my weird behavior. Don't worry, it's not in me to stop ruminating, but maybe you'd like to hear about some makeup that you could pick up as a cheap treat. One is good, and the other is potentially good for people who aren't me.
|Essence Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss in Choose Me! and Essence Stay Matt Lip Cream in Smooth Berry|
|Essence Stay With Me Longlasting Lipgloss in Choose Me!|
It has a fruity scent that isn't strong enough to be annoying. I like it. As for being long-wearing, I would say that considering it's not sticky, and it feels really light and smooth, it is longer-wearing than you would typically expect from a gloss. I'm not sure that it's moisturizing, but it's definitely not drying at all. It feels great. For $3, this is an excellent gloss - I haven't tried a more expensive one that I liked better. I have no complaints.
On the downside . . . I can't find this for sale online anywhere now, though I got it from ULTA less than a year ago (and the pink color is available on Amazon). Womp womp. But based on my experience with this stuff, I'd be willing to try out other glosses from Essence. If you see it in a store, it's worth grabbing. Walgreens apparently sells Essence now too, so you might have luck there.
The other product I've only had for a couple of months. It's Essence Stay Matt [sic] Lip Cream in Smooth Berry. I had my eye on it since reading this review from Beauty Reductionista, especially since it's different from most matte lip creams, which I can't wear. The ones that set to a dry finish are not my friends. They don't tolerate lip licking or lip rubbing or whatever the hell else it is that I do with my mouth all day when I'm not paying attention. I always end up with a gross ring around the edges of my lips in about an hour. But this Essence lip cream stays creamy and malleable (can a cream be malleable?), so I had hopes that I might not be able to fuck it up.
|Essence Stay Matt Lip Cream in Smooth Berry|
It is really bright! And it's not super matte, though the photo above makes it look shinier than it actually is. It's more like a creamy texture. Again, I have trouble describing the color, but I feel like I should say something about it, because it is definitely not what I would call a berry, despite the name. It's more like something I would expect to be labeled watermelon - or maybe strawberry, if I'm being fair, but "berry" to me usually means a little purple, and there's none of that. It's like some kind of fuschia-rose deal. How's that? Helpful?
Here is it with the rest of my face, if that's more useful:
I also include the above photo to illustrate another point: it stays creamy, yes. Too creamy. See the smudge above the center of my top lip? I somehow managed to do that in the time between applying the stuff, picking up my camera, and taking the photo. Sigh. I have found smears on my face at other times when I wear this. That doesn't happen to me with regular creamy lipstick. This is just too slick for me, I guess.
It has a light vanilla scent that is very similar to the NYX lip creams, if you've ever tried those. It has no flavor, and the scent disappears quickly.
I think this is beautiful and would be great for someone more competent than myself, but it's not for my fellow messes. You know that I have no problem saying that something is crap: I don't think that this is crap. I just think it's a little above my paygrade. I do really love the color, so I think I will try to find something in a similar shade and pass this particular product along to someone who can handle it. If you want to try it out, you might be able to find it at ULTA or Walgreens (though not on their websites, apparently?) or, in Canada, at Shopper's, which is where I got it.