These are the new additions by Essence, available online mostly. I don’t want to recall how long I had to wait to get it since it was always out of stock. The idea of lip cream was new to me, so I was very keen to get it. I wanted another shade – Smooth Berry too, but it wasn’t available when I placed the order.
Color-intense, long-lasting and in a cool trend for your lips – matt! The supple, smooth formula gives your lips a long-lasting matt-effect. With a pleasantly soft vanilla mousse fragrance.
Smooth Berry, Silky Red, Velvet Rose, Soft Nude.
$3.5 – 4 ml (Made in Poland).
Isostearyl isostearate, tridecyl trimellitate, polybutene, cylopentasiloxane, aluminum starch octenylsuccinate, disteardimonium hectorite, methyl methacrylate crosspolymer, talc, cera alba (beeswax), dimethicone crosspolymer, glyceryl behenate/eicosadioate, dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer, dimethiconol, glyceryl caprylate, propylene carbonate, bht, sodium saccharin, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, parfum (fragrance), hexyl cinnamal, may contain: ci 15850 (red 6 lake/red 7 lake), ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77742 (manganese violet), ci 77891 (titanium dioxide).
My Take on Essence Stay Matt Lip Cream – Velvet Rose:
The lip cream comes in a 2.25″ transparent plastic gloss like bottle, with doe-foot applicator. Easy to tuck in purse for re-applications, but don’t forget to keep a handy mirror along with!
Texture and Pigmentation:
Texture is soft and creamy, spreads easily without any difficulty. Application is easy and precise with the doe-foot applicator; you just need to be a little bit careful and precise with upper lip and cupid to define the outline. The fragrance is yummy – like roasted almond ice-cream or choco mousse – I love it. Pigmentation is good, though not excellent, two or three swipes build up full opacity of the lip color. It is lightweight and non-sticky on lips.
Color and Finish:
It is a brown pink shade, can be categorized in nude pinks. I tried my best to capture the actual shade, but unfortunately, it still shows on the brown side in snaps though in reality, it is pinker. I am personally slightly disappointed because again, once again, this seems like washing me out if I wear it without foundation/tinted moisturizer. With any of these, it goes fine, beautiful and natural looking; suits like anything with pink outfits of course. In my opinion, fair complexions and medium tones will carry it well; dusky beauties should skip this shade. The finish is totally matte; perhaps I like it. It dries quick, turning into a matte shade that doesn’t transfer. It is not drying on my lips.
Staying Power and Re-application:
The staying power is two hours approximately. After that, it settles horribly into fine lines and a rescue reapplication is must. However, it doesn’t completely go off with a meal, surviving half of the intensity. It doesn’t wash away with water or face wash, you need to wipe it off with a tissue or cleansing wipe.
Pros of Essence Stay Matt Lip Cream – Velvet Rose:
- Matte finish.
- Creamy texture, easy application.
- Nice collection of four shades.
- Lovely fragrance.
- Lightweight on lips, no sticky feeling.
- Not tested on animals.
Cons of Essence Stay Matt Lip Cream – Velvet Rose:
- Settles into lines after two hours.
- Staying power could have been better.
Will I Repurchase/Do I Recommend Essence Stay Matt Lip Cream – Velvet Rose?
I think I still want that smooth berry shade! Regarding recommendation, I think they are not bad for this price tag.
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