Essence Cosmetics BB Beauty Balm Lipgloss*

Friday, September 23, 2016

Psstt....have you heard that Essence Cosmetics is my favorite go-to drugstore brand?

Essence Cosmetics is a brand that rarely ever fails me - honestly, I've only disliked about three products I've tried and trust me, I've tried a lot. When the brand launches new products and collections I always seem to be able to hunt them down with no problems and I'm always really excited to try what they have to offer. For Fall 2016, Essence Cosmetics has come out with a BRAND NEW selection of permanent products that are sure to make heads turn and get consumers more excited about the brand.

Over the next couple of weeks - to a month - you are going to see several of these products pop up here on Embrace & Ignite, first starting with the new BB Beauty Balm Lipgloss.

The BB Beauty Balm Lipglosses are currently a permanent product to the beautiful line-up of Essence products and can be found at Shoppers Drug Mart stores right here in Canada or various US-based stores that sell Essence Cosmetics. Here in Canada, these product retails for $3.49 (CAN) and come in five absolutely beautiful shades:
  • 01. Keep It Real
  • 02. Shh, Just Kiss Me
  • 03. Flirtylicious
  • 04. Sweet Dreams
  • 05. Heartbreaker
In my review and swatches today, I'm going to be focusing on the three shades that I have been able to try which include:
  • 01. Keep It Real
  • 04. Sweet Dreams
  • 05. Heartbreaker

01. Keep It Real is the first shade in this beautiful collection and it's the one that I've been wearing the most. This is your traditional creamy nude shade with a slight hint of pink but depending on your skin tone this might come off as a slightly pale nude shade. I've been wearing this shade on its own, but I've also been rocking it with a wide shade range of lipsticks from Milani's Color Statement Lipstick in Matte Naked to MAC's Creamsheen Lipstick in Up The Amp. This is a very versatile shade for me and it's just super simple to throw on without a mirror not worrying about getting it outside of your lip lines.

04. Sweet Dreams is a beautiful true coral pink shade - it doesn't lean warm or cool and to me, this type of shade would be perfect for everyone. Again, depending on your skin tone this shade might be quite a bit light for you but mixed with the right lipstick and it can be absolutely beautiful. Once again, I love wearing this shade on its own because it gives me a beautiful fresh look to the lips.

05. Heartbreaker is a stunning shade of strawberry with a creamy finish. Unlike the other shades, this one is the perfect shade and shouldn't be too light on those with a darker skin tone. Like the previous shade, I love to wear this shade completely alone because I love how the color gives me a just bitten kissable look.

Have you ever heard of a BB lip product before?

When this product came into my mailbox, this was the first thing that really interested me about the product because I had never heard of a 'BB' lip product before this. We always know that BB means beauty balm and when we use our BB Creams we know that they are packed with amazing moisturizers, SPF and pigment complex's to give a beautiful all-in-one radiance to the skin. But when you think of that in lip product form, what does that really mean?

Essence Cosmetics website describes this as:

This balm lipgloss has a high-shine texture and leaves behind a beautiful color finish on your lips. Enriched with Shea Butter and Vitamin E ingredients, a soft and pampered pout without stickiness is now possible! "

Based on the description, this BB lip product is packed with nourishing and high-quality ingredients to help with your lip health and look. The rest of the description is also extremely accurate. These products are smooth, comfortable, packed with pigmentation and have a beautiful high-shine finish. However, they do have some stickiness when first applied but as the product heats up with your lip temperature the product becomes more creamy and much smoother. In regards to pigmentation, these have just enough pigmentation that they can be worn alone for a really fresh look but they also have just enough pigmentation to pair with all sorts of lipsticks without altering the color of these lip products. 

Of all the product releases for Fall 2016 from Essence Cosmetics, I have to say that this is BY FAR my favorite product and the one that I have been using the most. Chances are every single day I'm reaching for the shade in 01. Keep It Real if I'm not reaching for one of the other shades. I'm actually loving these so much that I'm patiently waiting to get into my local Shoppers Drug Mart so that I'm able to pick up the other two shades that I don't have. 

Have you tried these products from Essence Cosmetics yet?
Are they something you are looking to pick up soon?

*** Products featured in this post were sent to me as press samples for consideration here on Embrace & Ignite ***

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