This blog post has been a long time coming, I picked up quite a few products from the Essence I ♥ Nude collection a few weeks ago and asked on Twitter & Facebook whether you’d like to see a review. There was a resounding “YES!” from a lot of you, but then it was Easter weekend, and after that we went away on holiday, so this blog post just kept getting postponed. And, let’s be real. I’m a procrastinator of note.
Anyway, so today I’m sharing the lip products from the collection. Tomorrow will be a Dove campaign blog post (plus a g-i-v-e-a-w-a-y) and on Friday I’ll share eyes & nail items from the collection. I didn’t buy all the products from the collection because well…the products I did buy already set me back almost R 500,00. I couldn’t pass up on the collection, though, since I am such a neutrals girl. I was going to say ‘a nude girl’ but then I started thinking about you imagining me naked, and now I feel awkward.
I was pleasantly surprised by this collection, especially since the nude shades are very wearable. And if you are into trendy shades, then you will love ‘Cool Nude’ and ‘Come Naturally’ (lipsticks). Both are very ‘Kylie Jenner’ shades, but I’ll explain the difference between the shades a bit later in the blog post. The Kylie Jenner lip trend is a bit like Marmite, you either love it or you hate it. Me? I love it. But on normal sized lips, and I don’t do the whole overdrawing-the-lips-thing either.
The lipsticks are super creamy and give a nice shine to the lips. Pigmentation is great, especially with the 2 darker shades. In terms of longevity, they last for about 3 hours on the lips before I have to reapply BUT I don’t mind because they feel so comfortable and moisturising on the lips. The Essence Trend Edition I Heart Nude lipsticks retail for R 39,95 each (what a steal!) at Dis-Chem stores.
The swatches above were straight from the tube, swiped 3 times. As you can see, the lightest shade is very similar to my skin tone (I wear a MAC NW20 foundation for reference). None of these 3 lipsticks contain shimmers, which I’m quite happy about as I’m not really into frosted lip products anyway.
Porcelain Doll – The lightest shade of the 3 lippies I bought. This is, however, not the lightest shade in the collection. There is a shade that is lighter than this one called ‘Wearing Only A Smile’ which is extremely pale and I’m not really sure who would be able to pull it off. ‘Porcelain Doll’ is a beautiful light peachy nude shade, it feels very creamy on the lips but because it is so creamy, it can tend to settle into lip lines or accentuate dry or uneven patches on the lips. This shade is a little bit too light for me personally (and I’m not a fan of ‘concealer lips’), but I’ll make it work by using a darker lipstick as a base colour.
Cool Nude – I love this shade! It’s actually a warm-toned nude and is the most wearable colour in the collection. I imagine it will suit a lot of skin tones, especially because it doesn’t come across as a milky nude lipstick. Very office-appropriate and is a good ‘my-lips-but-better’ shade, with a modern twist. This one is easy to wear and feels lightweight & moisturising on the lips.
Come Naturally – Gaaah! Another stunning shade, this is a true cool-toned mauve shade. It’s not too cool-toned to the point where you’ll look like you’re a walking zombie, but trendy enough to turn heads. This, to me, is a true Kylie Jenner lippie and the affordable price tag means you can test the waters to see whether these types of shades will actually suit you without having to worry that you’ve spent a lot of money on an expensive lipstick that you may not wear again.
The XXXL lipglosses were a bit of a hit and miss for me. Let me start off by saying I only noticed the 1 lipgloss wasn’t really part of the ‘Nudes’ collection when I got home. Oops! But I thought I’d include it in the blog post anyway, because I’m sure most people will love the shade. The ‘I Love Nudes’ collection didn’t have a separate stand at Dis-Chem, the shades were packed amongst the permanent stock, and that’s why I grabbed the wrong shade (which in actual fact turned out to be the right shade because it is so beautiful). The XXXL Nude lipglosses retail for R 36,95 each at Dis-Chem stores.
Shy Beauty – I must admit, I was a bit disappointed by this particular shade, but only because it is so sheer. The swatch you see above had to be built up to almost 10 layers and then it just started going patchy. The colour you see in the tube is beautiful but it unfortunately doesn’t transfer that well onto the lips. If you are someone who prefers a sheer & natural-looking gloss, that is non-sticky and gives the lips a gorgeous shine, then this is for you. But if you’re expecting a super pigmented & opaque gloss, then rather go for another shade.
Soft Almond – I don’t know why, but I love the name of this one. The pigmentation of this gloss is a lot better compared to ‘Shy Beauty’ and I see this as the perfect everyday nude shade. It’s a brown-toned nude but doesn’t look like a flat brown at all. Super glossy, feels very comfortable on the lips, and not sticky in the least. These glosses smell so good, almost like breakfast cereal – yum!
Velvet Rose – This is the shade that actually isn’t part of the collection but I’m going to call it ‘serendipity’ because I’m glad I picked it up. This is more of a liquid lipstick, and lasts a lot longer on the lips (compared to the previous 2 shades) since it has a creamy matte finish. One would think that since it is a matte lip product, it would be quite drying, but it actually feels like you’re wearing a lipbalm. What I also like about it, is that it doesn’t stain the lips but still stays put (I get about 4 to 5 hours’ of wear but if I eat / drink it fades a lot quicker). Although I prefer unscented lip products, these from Essence actually smell quite delicious. This one has a completely different scent compared to the previous two, it smells like crème brûlée or a butterscotch dessert.
All in all I’m very happy with most of the shades I chose, when I swatched the shades in Dis-Chem I actually knew the lightest shades (‘Porcelain Doll’ and ‘Shy Beauty’) would be my least favourite shades but I wanted to be able to give you a holistic review of the available shades (light and dark). These are actually the very first Essence lipsticks I have ever used, and I’m definitely keen to check out more of their shades.
If you enjoy discovering good quality budget beauty buys as much as I do, and you love your neutrals, then pop in to Dis-Chem. Guaranteed you’ll find your perfect nude. A little birdie told me selected Edgars stores will also start stocking Essence products, but I’m not sure whether this specific collection will be available in-store (I think they might just stock the permanent range).
I’ll be getting a lot of use out of ‘Cool Nude’ and ‘Come Naturally’ during the Autumn and Winter seasons, I think the whole collection is perfect for this time of the year. And remember: A matte lip product like ‘Velvet Rose’ can be changed up to look more glossy by adding a bit of vaseline, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream or a sheer gloss on top.
Don’t forget to visit the blog again tomorrow to read about Dove’s new campaign, plus I may or may not have 5 Dove beauty hampers to give away.
OH! And don’t forget to enter the ‘Slim Sonic’ giveaway – it ends this Friday!