Essence Sheer & Shine Lipstick Review & Swatches!*

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Like everyone else in the beauty community, I've been loving the matte lipstick trend but I'm starting to get over it pretty quick. Wearing matte lipsticks both in liquid lipstick formula and simple matte lipsticks require more maintenance for me then I'm wanting to struggle with in the upcoming warm months. As many of you know in the past, the Revlon Lip Butters have been my holy grail products and will continue to be a huge staple in my makeup collection. But there is a new product quickly taking over as my favorite tinted lip balm type of product.

Over the past couple of months, Essence Cosmetics has really dominated the drugstore market with brand new products, formulas, and colors. One of the stand out products from the new product releases is the Sheer & Shine Lipsticks*. The description on the Essence Cosmetics website says:

" This new smooth and lightweight lipstick provides a moisturizing wash of color and shine. Buildable color with every swipe. "


The first claims in this statement are that these produce a smooth and lightweight feel and these are the first things I thought about when I tried out the products. Some of these products include some small shimmer particles (not glitter) and even with this inside the lip product, I still noticed they were extremely smooth when applied on the lips. As for lightweight, I barely noticed these were even on my lips after application.

Another great aspect of these products is how moisturizing they are once they are on the lips. In the past, I've thought products like the Maybelline Baby Lips and the Revlon Lip Butters were hydrating but after trying these I now certainly think differently. The Essence Sheer & Shine Lipsticks* pack a punch like no others. They also deliver a beautiful wash of color that can be built up to a medium coverage on the lips. I own a variety of lighter shades and darker shades and I definitely think the lighter shades are perfect to top matte lipsticks with and also good on their own for every day. Whereas the darker shades work perfectly on their own and provide a beautiful fresh look.


Here is a closer look at the shades I've had a chance to try:

Frosted* reminded me a lot of the Bite Beauty Opal Creme Lipstick (even though I have tried this) when I first opened it up. Frosted has a beautiful pastel light pink shade to it but when swatched it has blue and lavender undertones with very tiny micro shimmer that catch the light beautifully on the lips. I love this shade on its own but I also love putting this in the center of my lips when I wear matte lipsticks.

Candy Love is a shade that I purchased all on my own and is a deep mauve shade with some red undertones. However when applied on the lips, this comes off as a beautiful bright pink shade but is completely wearable for every day. I do want to mention that I was shocked at just how baby pink this shade got on my lips and how long it stayed for. I felt like after this shade had worn off I still had a pink stain on my lips which I never noticed with the other colors.

Cute Nude is another shade that I purchased myself and it is a brown toned pink shade in the tube. When applied to my lips this is the perfect my lips but better color with a little hint of pink. This is the shade I have worn the most because it's super easy to apply without a mirror and works well with any type of makeup look.

Glamour Queen* looks like a deep brick red in the tube, which to me was very intimidating because I don't generally reach for a shade like this. One of the other things I noticed about this shade was the amount of shimmer that it had just sitting in the tube. Once applied to the lips I noticed that this was much more of a muted red shade and that there was far less sparkle and much more of a nice glossy sheen. This is probably my second favorite color out of all the ones I own because it compliments my skin more than I thought it would.

Be Happy* is probably the shade that I'm the most scared of because in the tubes its a try strawberry red. In the past, red's have just not looked good on me and aren't something I fuss a lot about. However, when swatched and applied to the lips I find this shade to be the sheerest formula of the ones I have. I also find this to be much more of a berry based shade which I'm completely happy to wear, just not on an every day basis.


So can you tell I'm in love? Yes, that's right I said, love. It's been a really long time since I've come across a lip product that I've completely fallen in love with. Honestly, I think the last one was the Essence Long Lasting Lipsticks* which are still a staple in my collection. These lipsticks are everything they claim to be and that is a huge bonus in my books. I love when a company truly puts out a product that does what it says it does. There is nothing worse than a disappointing product because the company marketed it wrong. I highly recommend the Essence Sheer & Shine Lipsticks* if you are in the market for something fresh, fun, smooth, moisturizing and lightweight on the lips.

Have you tried the Shine & Sheer Lipsticks?
What is your favorite product from Essence Cosmetics?

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*** Products in this post were sent to me for consideration on the blog!

26 comments :

  1. I purchased two of the Essence sheer & shine lipsticks and my favourite is #13 Like A Princess! It is a lovely fuchsia pink and the most pigmented of all. The other shades were too sheer for my taste and almost invisible haha! You have to try #13 :)

    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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    1. One of the shades I'm lacking is a fuchsia pink in my collection and I need one more to fill up my acrylic drawers ;) You've just sold me!

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  2. I really like essence products.

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    1. What are some of your favorites?

      - Krystal

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  3. These are so pretty! I've really been getting into Essence lately because the quality is surprisingly good. The second and fourth colours are my favourite.

    Katherine || The Green Bows

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    1. I've always liked Essence but the quality has seriously improve even over the last year!

      - Krystal

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  4. I like the sheer side of it, it makes such a natural look :)

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    1. Sheer is my go-to lip product. I love bright colors and opaque, I just hate the constant reapplying and looking in a mirror.

      - Krystal

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  5. Pretty! Love the packaging of these lippies and I'm a sucker for a sheer, shiny lipstick in summertime. Thanks for the swatches! :)

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    1. I just want to set this all around my room as decoration, that's how pretty I think they are. Essence has really improved everything about their brand lately.

      - Krystal

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  6. They are a little sheer for me but they are supposed to be sheer! I love Essence!

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    1. I'm not that used to wearing lipsticks to be completely honest (or at least I don't wear them consistently). So I love the sheer formula that I can reapply without hassle.

      - Krystal

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  7. Super pretty! I'm going to check them out asap!

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  8. loving these lippies and that they actually do what they say - unlike the matte lip lacquers.. the lip paints.. :( they were more like lip glosses

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    1. I'm not a fan of the Liquid Lipsticks, however I've only tried one shade once. I need to play with those some more and dig deeper into their description to see if its accurate (I'm assuming not though).

      Essence has seriously been amazing lately though!

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  9. I prefer more pigmented products personally, but for those looking for something more subtle these are lovely!

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    1. There is a time and a place where I use pigmented lip products. But these are perfect for long days on the go.

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  10. I agree, I love matte lipsticks too but they definitely take more work to maintain. Plus, matte lipsticks dry out my lips a lot faster. These shades look wonderful. I love the backdrop you chose as well.

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    1. Matte lipsticks are really drying for my lips. Before using them I really have to prep my lips which can be annoying sometimes. Do you have any favorite matte lipsticks?

      My backdrop is a white t-shirt with some flowers that my boyfriend bought for me! Super simple and easy! :)

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  11. These are so pretty. The packaging would draw me in right away, but now I'll be able to go into my purchased informed. Great review and photos.

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    1. So happy this review helped you out! I hope others in the future will also help you make informed purchases :)

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  12. I really haven't tried too many Essence products - I really need to get out there and pick a few up! They are so well priced!

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    1. I could list probably 100 products from Essence that I love and that I think you NEED! The Sheer & Shine Lipsticks are a must and so are the Long lasting Lipsticks if you like more full coverage lip products. I also love their 6-Pan Eyeshadow Palettes, Make Me Brow, Eyebrow Designer Pencil and so so many other products!

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  13. Essence makes some amazing products for sure! I love their lipsticks.

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    1. Their lipsticks were one of the first products I tried an I wrote a review WAY back when but I certainly need to update that post!

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