Essence Matt vs. Shine Lipsticks

Earlier this month I received an exciting package from Essence with a variety of their Matt vs. Shine lipsticks. As you may know already if you have read my previous posts about Essence, I love the brand as a whole, they're super affordable, easy to pick up in Wilko (in store and online) and best of all they are cruelty-free! 

Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss 

First up is the Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss, they both smell lovely - kind of like a sweet, cake scent. They are just £2.30 each and I would say they are quite similar to my favourite lipsticks which are the NYX Soft Matte Lipcreams. They do move around a little but not too much, you do need to reapply a few times throughout the day but it's totally worth it for the price and the fact that there are so many gorgeous shades to choose from. I received 04 Ready, Set, Impress! which is a bold, red shade which if you read my post about some of my favourite makeup looks then you'll know that I've been wearing minimal makeup with a red lip to give it a pop of colour and this works so well for that look. I also received 02 Beauty, Approved! which is the perfect, everyday nude shade. I've been wearing it quite a lot since I received the package, it applies beautifully and feels almost like velvet and it actually suits my pale skin nicely too.

Shine Shine Shine Wetlook Lipgloss

Lipglosses are usually at the bottom of my list when I'm looking for new lip products just because I prefer liquid lipsticks because of their staying power and I find most lipglosses are really sticky. But if you're looking for an affordable, non-sticky formula which glides on well then I'd definitely recommend these from Essence. There's also a wide range of shades to choose from and they are only £2 each which is a complete steal. They also smell nice, similar to the Matt Matt Matt Lipglosses. I received a pretty, everyday nude named 10 Dress Up Our Lips! which I would say is very similar to the Matt Matt Lipgloss in the shade Beauty, Approved! but in lip gloss form. I also received the shade 09 One-Woman Show which is a bright pop of pink, which I think is more of a Spring/Summer shade for me personally. It's definitely an eye-catching shade.

Sheer and Shine Lipstick 

I also received a Sheer and Shine Lipstick in the shade 07 Sparkling Miracle priced at £2, which comes in pretty packaging and it's a subtle kind of everyday shade. It does contain some glitter but it's nothing over the top and it's just a nice shade to wear if you're going for a natural kind of look or new to wearing makeup.

Matt Matt Matt Lipstick

Lastly in the package I received is a Matt Matt Matt Lipstick in the shade 08 It's a Statement and it's definitely got the right name. It's a statement lip for sure, it's a deep purple-red shade and perfect for the upcoming Autumn/Winter months and I really like it. I only found out that I love a wintery, purple lipstick last Winter because I used to kind of shy away from darker shades because I think my lips are too small to pull off a dark lip but I'm definitely going to be wearing more statement lipsticks this year because now I have my PMD Kiss* to plump them up for hours. They stay on well too and they are only £2.30 each.

L-R - It's a Statement, Sparkling Miracle, One Woman Show, Dress Up Our Lips, Beauty, Approved! and Ready, Set, Impress!

As I always say when reviewing or writing about Essence products, you can't go wrong with them. If you're on a budget but fancy picking up some new makeup or if you're wanting to go cruelty-free but on a budget, I'd definitely say start with Essence. 
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  1. I love Essence lipsticks, they're so affordable, but they work really well! These look great xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  2. If you ever read my blog, you'll immediately see that I love Essence. Majority of my makeup is theirs and I love it. I totally agree with this. Staying power is actually really good when you look at the price. Also, they have the best variety of shades in all segments of makeup :D

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