Let me start this one of with a question: Why is it so hot this winter? I'm a cold weather kinda gal and it makes me sad to be able to go outside with a light jacket and a scarf that doesn't suffocate me. Then I'd be able to say how much I need some extra moisture on my lips because the icy wind has just completely parched them and BAM. Good intro. If I were to talk about moisturising lipsticks. But we're stuck with an endless autumn so I guess I'll just talk to you about these Sheer & Shine lipsticks by Essence.
|upper: (09) I Feel Pretty - lower: (03) BFF|
I picked up two shades: (09) I Feel Pretty - a cherry kind of red - and (03) BFF - a pink with the most subtle of orange undertone. I have to say that I almost didn't pick up that second one because of the name. It made me cringe a bit.
These lipsticks have a slightly jelly texture. That, indeed, makes them sheer. At the same time they're really pigmented. It's like a layer of coloured gelatine on top on your lips, but in a good way. On top of that they leave a nice stain when the day goes on, so when you eat or drink your not left without colour on your lips.
One downfall is maybe that they're not as moisturising as I'd like them to be. Essence never claimed that though, so maybe that's just because of my high expectations after getting to know their pigmentation levels. And I actually do have dry lips that only ge saturated by the most effective of lip balms. They add a bit of moisture because they have such a sweet texture, but not up to the point that I can slap this on and be good.
The smell of this lipstick is sweet with a plastic twist. A bit chemically, you could say, but nothing strong enough to bother me.
I have to say, I'm more impressed than I'd like to admit by these lipsticks. I don't see myself reaching for them too often though, since I have a love for a more matte lip look, but on school days or just 'not a lot of makeup' days, I think I'll bust these out. Plus, they're very affordable. Do I even have to mention that anymore when I review anything by Essence?
Have you tried these lipsticks before? And has winter (or summer) arrived wherever you live? I sure hope it will pop it's head up here in Belgium.
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