After using this one, I realized that the quality through the same range of lip balm is not consistent. Let’s see how this turned out for me.
Sweet lips – the pampering, light formula of the glossy lip balms in fresh colors give your lips a gorgeous shine and it has a delicious fragrance, too! Fruits are mixed with sweet delicacies to create fabulous flavours. Shades available – Strawberry Cheese Cake (Shimmery Pink), Apple Pie (Shimmery Nude), Cheery Brownie (Red) , Mint Drop (Shimmery Transparent), Mango Ice cream (Medium Barbie Pink), Berry, Cupcake (Shimmery Berry Pink).
$1.5– 8 ml (made in Italy) PKR 160/-
Polybutene, ethylhexyl stearate, ozokerite, glyceryl behenate/eicosadioate, mica, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, sodium saccharin, talc, tin oxide, bht, aroma (flavor), ci 15850 (red 6 lake/red 7 lake), ci 77491 (iron oxides), ci 77891 (titanium dioxide).
The packaging is simple yet still very cute; a small transparent 2” squeezable plastic tube, with red screw cap and slanted nozzle. The tiny size makes it easy to carry around.
My Take on Essence Glossy Lip Balm – Cherry Brownie:
The texture of the product is thick, creamy and moisturizing. It is a red tinted lip balm and a gloss with no shimmer. It moisturizes pretty well as a lip balm, giving a glossy finish like a lip gloss; however, I found the Mango Ice Cream variant much better in both aspects. I don’t know whether it heals chapped lips or not, but at least it makes my lips feel smoother if not soft. It is non-sticky and lightweight on lips.
The application is easy as it spreads without any trouble, but I always need a mirror to make a perfect outline. The taste is sweet but I literally hate the smell; it is like antibiotic syrup which I used to have as a child. No matter it doesn’t linger all day long; it vanishes within ten minutes, but it is still unbearable to me. The pigmentation looks rich and opaque in swatches, but turns out to be sheer on application giving just a red touch of color to the lips. The color doesn’t show much on my pigmented lips at all, but I realized people even notice that :P. Ultimately, that means it gives a hint of color after all.
The staying power turned out to be good unexpectedly. The moisture survives meals and water/tea intake. My lips don’t feel dry or parched at all even after that, but the red hue vanishes completely. Without any liquid or solid intake, it lasts about 3.5 to 4 hours.
I have smiled forcible for the lip swatch, else the smell was making me vomit, yuck!
Pros of Essence Glossy Lip Balm – Cherry Brownie:
- Pretty moisturizing lip balm.
- Creamy and thick, but nonsticky and lightweight.
- No shimmer particles.
- The staying power is good.
- Easy application.
- Low price tag.
- Travel friendly.
Cons of Essence Glossy Lip Balm – Cherry Brownie:
- Pigmentation is very sheer, I wish there was some color show on application.
- The smell is unbearable, at least for me.
As lip balm: 3/5, as lip gloss: 2.5/5
Would I Repurchase/Do I Recommend Essence Glossy Lip Balm – Cherry Brownie?
I don’t recommend this at all. I am going to stick to the Mango Ice Cream variant and this one has to sit in the makeup basket 😛
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