Sunday, 3 September 2017

Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real, review, swatches & look

When I wear essence liquid lipstick in the shade 03 Almost Real, a frequent thing for real, it’s like jumping back to the glossy early 2000's but with less mess!

What’s hot in this product? Essence Cosmetics states that: “the innovative formula of the liquid lipstick unites the best of two lip pros by combining the coverage of a lipstick with the shine of a gloss. The packaging also underlines its duo-characteristics...”.
That’s right, the packaging explains the product, now it’s my turn...

The product: packaging

Essence liquid lipstick in 03 Almost Real comes in a particular packaging that’s really captivating: a crystal tube where, for an optical trick, the product inside looks like a lipstick from the outside. 
The tube contains 4 ml of lip colour and the cap details recall the shade itself.
The applicator is a tiny sponge with a spear like silhouette and reaches every corner of the mouth. The pack concept reminds me of ice cubes...

Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real, review and swatches
Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real

Formula & texture
What makes this essence liquid lipstick a sort of hybrid is its texture: thick and sticky like a lip gloss, that’s intense and long-lasting as a lipstick.
Its formula is dense but spreads effortlessly.

Shade & finish
Essence liquid lipstick in 03 Almost Real is a nude shade, a caramel nuance with a delicate touch of pink and a predominant peachy warm tone.
The overall pigmentation is very rich, to be a nude shade, with a final effect that can be build up.
Its finish is creamy and shiny and it’s similar to 2000’s vinyl lip gloss.
This watery shine makes lips instantly looking plumped and when the hours pass by, it becomes more natural enhancing lips’ volume!

Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real

This essence liquid lipstick has a delicious vanilla aroma that lasts for a while and tempts you to apply it over and over again... you could but it’s easy to overdo and mess everything as this liquid lipstick could tend to go directly outlining your lips.
Thanks to its thick formula, this essence liquid lipstick lasts for almost 4 hours even if you drink.
It doesn’t dry my lips and leaves them well hydrated throughout the day and after its removal.
This nude shade leaves a subtle tint while fading.

compact packaging
handy applicator
wearable shade
hydrating formula
pleasant scent
optical plumping effect

easily runs toward the outlines

For most of you, essence liquid lipsticks’ dense consistency could represent a con but it allows this liquid lipstick to last for hours and hours, coffees after coffees.
The shade 03 Almost Real is very natural and can be used day and night, it’s natural option in the case of stronger makeup looks; its flavour lets people fall in love.

Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real. Long-lasting, budget lipstick. Swatch
Essence Cosmetics - Liquid Lipstick in 03 Almost Real.
Valentina Chirico wearing essence cosmetics liquid lipstick in 03 Almost Real
Makeup details
Face base: Pupa Professional Primer 02 Green + essence cosmetics concealer pen #2 Sand + Pupa Like a Doll compact powder 003  Natural Beige + Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in #508 Night Fever & Hot Stuff
Eyes: essence cosmetics eyebrows stylist set in #01 natural brunette style + Viva La Diva Move Me Jungle eyeshadow kit (Tahiti, Fiji, Tobago) + Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon in #41 Earth(quake) #43 Brown(ie) + Avril Le Mascara Bio
Lips: essence cosmetics liquid lipstick 03 Almost Real

Do I recommend it? What a silly question: yes, absolutely!
Essence liquid lipstick in 03 Almost Real is definitely worth my hype and worth a try for its price: 2.45€ for a long-lasting lip colour that unintentionally, or without the help of harsh chemicals, plumps up your lips is a dream.
One side note: do not listen to the little devil: don’t apply too much, despite it’s a real delight.
Go for it, go nude ... it’s (almost) real!

Valentina Chirico aka Valens

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