There are few things I enjoy more than uncapping a new lipstick or gloss and for the holiday season you may need a few new shades for parties or stocking stuffers. This season essence has released a collection of lip products with great formulas and finishes to keep your pout mistletoe ready and totally trendy.
My personal favorites are the Matt Matt Matt Long Lasting Lip Gloss ($4.99). They come in 5 shades (I don’t have the 2 deepest hues) and the creamy, mousse pigment is velvety, rich and highly saturated for excellent coverage. The texture reminds me of the NYX Lip Creams – very smooth and moisturizing but with a much better scent. Although the pigments are classifies as “gloss,”the finish is similar to liquid lipstick and resists flaking to keep lips doused in cushiony comfort. The applicator is a bit clunky but the color applies well and stays put for hours.
Shades (left to right) La Vie Est Belle, Girl of Today and Beauty Approved
If you still crave a pop of pretty pigment without going completely matte, the Water Kiss Glossy Lip Color ($4.49) may be more your style. The color payoff is vibrant and the consistency creates an aqua-like sensation so lips feel thoroughly quenched and drenched. The gloss applies effortlessly – bathing lips in lush liquid with a wet, shiny effect and medium coverage.
Ocean Girl, Aquatic Chic and Deep Sea Love
The Shine Shine Shine Wet Look Lip Gloss ($3.99) is available in a variety of sheer shades and frosty finishes that are simple, luminous and hydrating. The formula is very basic but the creamy consistency clings to the skin for longer wear and keeps lips soft, plush and radiant. I use these to transform matte lipsticks to gloss (usually at the end of the day when my lips feel parched). They are great for quick touch-ups and a little moisture but they don’t have much color payoff.
Behind the Scenes, Friends of Glamour and Smile Sparkle Shine
Essence Cosmetics is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Loblaws