This is my first foray in to the world of Essence lip products but for the price I was impressed and if I do stumble upon a stand I will pick up a few more. Firstly the packaging.. pretty basic but I LOVE the imprinted logo in the bullet.. such a small detail but I totally appreciate that extra effort, especially from a low budget brand.
The finish on the lipstick is glossy and as such it bleeds quickly and doesn’t last long before you need to reapply but with lipstick I expect to have to touch up and a lip liner will fix the bleeding. It has a bit of a plasticky smell to it that was a little off-putting when applying but again the price is low so this isn’t a deal break.. if a YSL lipstick smelled that way it would be a different matter but I’d rather a cheaper line put money into the formula than the scent. It applied nicely, even, opaque and as I said, glossy. I’d compare it to a Rimmel Moisture Renew if I was pressed.
Overall it’s a really good lipstick for the price, the colour is bold and so long as you line your lips you shouldn’t have a problem. I think shine on a bright red like this makes it more wearable. and don’t forget the liquid liner for a classic look.