I never ever thought I’d feature a lipstick that cost just one cent shy of €2 and be able to say good things about it, let alone slotting this into my I Love Thee series. Well, here I am doing just that! And that’ll explain for the absence of a picture of a proud brand new lipstick. Instead, with apologies, I’d have to show you my used one.
This is the Essence Lipstick in number 33 Glam Girl. It’s a glossy deep pink shade with tiny specks of glitter and has a strong sweet bubblegummy scent. And I will tell you now that you might find some tiny random glitters still hanging around on your lips at the end of the day, even after facial cleansing.
Those are my observations and personally, neither the scent nor the six specks of glitter left on my lips bother me.
So, what is it about this lipstick that really won me over? Simple! It doesn’t dry my lips out. There is no need for a lipbalm base and I’ve said before that there aren’t many lipsticks that can do that for me. I’m a fusspot and I keep a careful mental list of these (and it’s a very short list). The Essence Lipstick keeps my lips moist and gives my lips more colour than a lipbalm would.
I checked the list of ingredients on the Essence website and I see top on the list, castor seed oil, followed by lanolin and further down the list, paraffin, carnauba wax and avocado oil. The rest of the items on the list of ingredients are those with long, convoluted chemical names, so if you’re interested, do check out their website. Funnily enough, I didn’t see any parabens on the list.
On the issue about how long-lasting it is, it’ll last a couple of hours but isn’t that normal with most lippies?
Sharing The Fun
As you already know, Essence is a German brand with cheap and cheerful products, complete with packaging to reflect that (I mean more the cheerful part, perhaps). The quality is all right considering the prices. I’d say I’ve had more hits than misses. What really impresses me about Essence is its huge range of products. They’ve got the whole range of makeup necessities but the icing on the cake has got to be their wide range of nail and nail art products, from nail files and nail correction pens to nail art stickers and nail art stamping kits (that last one you’re already familiar with, no?).
So, would you like to try some Essence products, including the lipstick featured above? I’ve put together some items for one lucky lady! I’m calling this Sharing The Fun because, well, I’m doing this simply in the spirit of fun! Here’re the products that you could win (from top right, clockwise):
• Kajal Pencil - 11 Cool Breeze
• Quattro Eyeshadow - 05 Aqua Flash
• Glossy Lipbalm - Mango Daiquiri
• Lipstick - 33 Glam Girl
• Nail Polish Multi Dimension 3 in 1 - 44 Object of Desire
• Nail Art Stampy Set - 01 Be Creative!
Recognise that nail polish? Yeah, I featured this shade a couple of weeks ago. I said back then that I think it’s a discontinued colour. What I didn’t mention was that I had at that time bought another bottle for this purpose, not knowing then that this colour would be discontinued. Now, that second bottle is going to one of you! See? The one on the left is mine and the one on the right will be yours!
If you’d like to try your luck, all you need to do for one basic entry is to leave a relevant comment under this post but please, no ‘enter me’ stuff. My older readers would be familiar with this as I’ve done this once before. Please just comment like normal as if I wasn’t sharing the fun here. All I ask is for it to be relevant to this post about the lipstick (yes, even if you said I've got fish lips in the picture, you’d still have an entry).
Oh, did you leave a comment on the Adorned Nails: Essence Object of Desire post prior to publication of this current post? That would be your extra entry, but only if you leave a comment here for your basic entry. I’ve decided that I won’t enter anyone without their knowledge or against their will.
This is of course open internationally, to all who publicly follow my blog as seen on Google Friend Connect. I’ll keep this open for a week, so if you’re interested, please comment by latest Friday 12th March 2010, 11.59pm (Central European Time). As always, the Mummy Number Generator will determine the winner. Note: For those who still don't know what that is, that's my Mum who lives far away from me and will give me a random number on the phone in picking the winner. By the way, she's too busy to read my blog, so she has no idea who my readers are. I will announce the results on Saturday 13th March. The winner has 72 hours to respond with her postal details.
Please note that all the items in the prize are brand new and were purchased with my own money. As always, I will take every care in sending out the package to the winner but I will not be held responsible if the package goes missing in transit or arrives damaged.
Have fun and good luck, ladies!