Hi love! Sorry for the absence for such a long time, it’s my first year in university and I just got all of my midterms done. It was definitely a stressful period of time and I am glad that I can get back to blogging! Today, I have a new obsession to share with you all lip junkies out there. I can’t believe something so affordable (a nice way of saying cheap) can be so incredibly amazing! Well, let me present Essence lip liners: they are creamy, long-lasting, come in a great selection of beautiful colors and best of all, they are 1.49 each! Without further ado, let me show you the essence lip liners that I have as well as the swatches!
Just a bit of background info on how I stumbled across those lip liners: Shoppers drug mart (one of the main drugstores here in Canada) started carrying Essence products earlier this year, or so I thought. I never paid too much attention to their products, simply because they are too cheap. I believe all of their products are below $5 if not $4, the packaging looks a bit like kids’ makeup, the ones that kids buy and smear around their adorable faces you know? Lovely but not something that I would put on my face unless for Halloween. However, one day, I was desperately in need of a red lip liner but didn’t want to pay $12 for a Revlon one. So I searched up Essence lip liner on makeupalley – one of my favorite places to look up makeup items reviews. Surprisingly, everyone has something positive to say about their lip liners and I decided to give it a go. Ever since then, I pretty much bought all of their lip liners and the obsession begins…
|Sorry for the chapped lips, at this point, I've swatched so many liners my lips decided to quit :P|
The first one that I got is this deep red color called Red Blush. I like to put it on before my red lipstick. It’s darker than my lipstick and shockingly, I found that by layering them, the red seems a lot more wearable. Maybe it’s just me, but I feel more confident rocking the red lip look. It helps my red lipstick to stay on longer and make my lip line look neater and sharper – a look that I personally prefer.
Well, after I discovered how amazing those lip liners are, I went back and got a few more. This one is a basic nude liner called In the Nude. It might not be the best nude color for my complexion but I like it nonetheless. I don’t tend to wear this on its own, again, I like to put it on before my nude lipstick to make it last longer. I found that by layering your lip liner before lipstick, your lipsticks adhere to your lips way better and sometimes, the mix of slightly different colors can create something beautiful, you never know!
The next I have is called Cute Pink – a perfect name for this perfect color. It’s like a Barbie doll pink, very bright and fun. I often just apply this all over my lips and wear it on its own. It adds a nice pop of color and I think it helps brighten up my complexion and makes me look more awake – always a bonus when you’ve been studying all night!
|Lined my cupid's bow way too sharp, almost looks like something straight out of the Great Gatsby's|
|layered a red lipstick on top (the one I'm wearing in my d/p pic), love the color combination|
The last one that I have is called Soft Berry – not a color that I am particularly fond of. I definitely wouldn’t call this color soft, it’s a really deep purple although I can definitely see it looks amazing on someone with an olive toned complexion or a darker skin tone. I will have to layer this before my other purple lipsticks and give it a few more try to decide whether I can work with it or not.
Overall I absolutely adore Essence lip liners! They have a few more brownish colors that I know would not work with my complexion. But I’m sure some of you out there will fall in love with them. I have recommended them to so many friends and they become obsessed as well, ooops! Have you ever tried Essence lip liners before? Please let me know if there are any other Essence products that I should definitely give it a go!