Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick.

One of the exciting launches of the Essence Spring / Summer 2017 launches is the Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick ($4.49, Shoppers Drug Mart | available here). Available in 8 vibrant shades and costing less than $5 it was a pretty exciting new product to get excited about. It can be difficult to get a matte lipstick formula right so I hoped that essence wasn’t going to cut corners. I am ready to be impressed!

From the collection, I received 6 shades from the launch and was keen to put all of these to the test. The collection seems to lean heavily towards red and purple shades, so if you are a fan of these type of colours, you’ll want to check them out in-store!

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick.

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick

The Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick formula has a lightweight though it does feel a little dry and waxy. It’s not going to give you the same kind of comfort as a $30-40 type of lipstick so it can be forgiven slightly for these drawbacks. I think this lipstick is an impressive formula regardless, especially for a drugstore brand.

The lipsticks have a fairly creamy texture that glides and applies easily on the lips. One stroke is sufficient to get a full opaque colour payoff. Across all six colours, the formula is consistently even though I find the lighter colours to wear and apply a lot better than the darker shades. There is a slight lipstick-y smell and taste to these.

The lasting power is quite decent, 3 hours or so if you’re not eating or drinking. I personally find the formula to require a bit more work than other lipsticks I’m used to so I often apply some lip balm underneath to make it more comfortable. It also stains your lip slightly as the colour wears off. There is a great variety of reds and purples that I’ve gotten to try out – I quite enjoy the variety and only wished there were more nude colours in the collection.

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick.

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick.

Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick 01. natural kiss // 04. pink up your life // 05. red-y or not // 06. kiss me if you can // 07. purple power // 08. it’s a statement

These lipsticks have a very similar packaging to an old Maybelline lipstick range that was launched a few years ago. I find these lipsticks to be a fantastic value for money and personally I’d get a lot more use out of these on a daily basis if they were a little bit more low maintenance and don’t stain. With this formula, I often reserve them for when I don’t need to stay out for too long!

What do you think of the new Essence Cosmetics Matt Matt Matt Lipstick?


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  • Thanks for the swatches. I haven’t seen a shade light enough for me in stores.. they started at shade #2 in all the stores I’ve been to. I’ll keep my eyes out for shade #1.

    • You’re very welcome – I’m glad they are helpful! I wished they do have more nude shades in the collection – it would be staples in my collection!

      • Maybe Canada didn’t get shade #1. Hopefully I’ll make a trip to the USA soon and grab one! Looks like the only wearable shade for me

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