Essence Barely There Long Lasting Lipstick Review

Skin Tone: Fair with warm undertones

Hello beautiful ladies,

The Essence Long Lasting Lipstick range has been in the market for quite a long time now, but I was never curious to try some shades from that line. After reading a few reviews about this lipstick range on IMBB, I decided to try the shade “Barely There” and a few other shades. Read on for more details on this shade:
Essence Barely There Long Lasting Lipstick

Claim/Product Description:
Long-lasting love – you simply have to fall in love with the long-lasting lipsticks by essence. The lipsticks provide your lips with intensive colour for several hours without drying them out. You are sure to find whatever you are looking for – from bright pink to intensive red and chilled-out berry to subtle n*de shades. The Essence logo on the texture and the matte, black packaging with a ring of colour to match the actual colour of the lipstick are true eye-catchers! Available in 10 shades!
Shade details

CAD 4 (approximately INR 210).
Shade name


My Experience with Essence Barely There Long Lasting Lipstick:

Packaging: The Essence Long Lasting Lipstick comes in a regular twist-up lipstick tube which is made of plastic and is black in colour with some beautiful detailing on the top of the lid. A color-coded band runs through the centre of the lipstick tube which makes searching this lipstick easier and fun. The shade name is mentioned at the very bottom of the lipstick and the shade number is on the top of the lipstick cap. The packaging is pretty and really adorable and the cap closes with a satisfying and loud “click” sound.
Lipstick packaging

Color:  The color “Barely There” is such a gorgeous warm-toned n*de pink color, which I absolutely adore. It is a great shade for a lot of complexions and will brighten up the face. It is a perfect shade that can be paired with any bold eye look or even as an everyday wear for work or college if you may.
Lipstick tube

Texture: The texture of this lipstick is super soft and very creamy. It literally glides on the lips like butter. Frankly speaking, I am not a big fan of lipsticks that have a super creamy texture as they start to glide and feather from the lips throughout the day. Since this lipstick is so creamy, it also feels quite moisturizing on the lips and does not dry them out.
Swatch on hands

Pigmentation: I would say the pigmentation of this lipstick is average but buildable to a good colour payoff. It gives a considerable coverage in one swipe and builds to a solid colour with a couple of swipes. I personally have no complaints with the pigmentation.

Staying Power:  Here’s the good part! I was expecting good staying power from this lipstick as it’s called a long-lasting lipstick. It does stay on the lips for about 5-6 hours with some snacking, but then, it has to be reapplied for maintaining the glossiness and opaque color on the lips. I have to top this lipstick off with a translucent powder every time I wear it to increase the longevity and to prevent it from feathering.

Quality: The overall quality of this product is a really good considering the pigmentation, packaging and price. I agree that this lipstick is not fancily packaged, but that’s not a big deal because the quality covers up for the packaging.

Pros of Essence Barely There Long Lasting Lipstick:

  • Sturdy and travel-friendly packaging.
  • Absolutely gorgeous shade.
  • Good color payoff.
  • Does not dry out the lips.
  • Comfortable to wear on the lips and does not feel heavy.
  • Does not settle into the fine lines of the lips.
  • Good staying power.
  • Nice creamy texture.
  • Does not bleed or feather away un-evenly.
  • Does not accentuate dry patches on the lips.
  • Glides easily and smoothly on the lips.
  • Affordable.
  • Easily available in drugstores and online.

Cons of Essence Barely There Long Lasting Lipstick:

  • Not available in India.
  • Transfers a bit.

Lip swatch

IMBB Rating:

Would I Recommend/Repurchase Essence Barely There Long Lasting Lipstick?
Well, I would say if you like creamy and long-lasting lipstick formulations, or have no issues with setting your lipstick with powder, then go ahead and purchase it. I have bought a couple of other shades to try out, but I am not sure if want to repurchase this shade again.

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