Review: Essence Longlasting Lipliner (04 Peach Beauty), Essence Longlasting Lip Pencil (160 Sweet Nothing)12:54
I decided to review these two lip products together, since they are both new editions to regular Essence and Catrice ranges.
Essence Longlasting Lipliner 04 Peach Beauty
This is a really creamy soft lip liner. It's one of those that doesn't need to be sharpen. You just swirl it to get more out. It's really creamy, almost too soft for a lip liner. The finish is perfectly matte and it has a very good pigmentation. One swipe gives you a really bold color.
The shade matches its name. It really is a beautiful warm peach shade. Exactly my kind of color. I like to use this as a base under peach toned lipsticks, but I also love to use it on its own, since it is so creamy that it can easily pass as a lipstick. The staying power is also really good. Not as much as really hard lip pencils, but really good staying power of moisturizing pigmented lipstick. On that note, if Essence made lipsticks with this formula, I would totally buy it. It doesn't dry out my lips, which is always a plus.
There's 0.23 grams of product and it costs 1.59€.
Catrice Longlasting Lip Pencil 160 Sweet Nothing
This one is a bit different. It's harder, but still very creamy. You won't confuse it with a lipstick, but it's also not a typical hard lip liner. I actually don't mind creamier lip pencils, but if you do, than it's probably not for you. You have to sharpen this one, in order to get the perfect tip.
The shade is really interesting. You may not see it on the photo, but it's very warm peach toned nude. I actually though that this would be a lot more white or nude, but the peach undertone is very obvious. It does look sickening pale on me, so essentially it does look like nothing. But if you look closely at the edges of my lips, you can see that it's a lot peachier than my skin around my lips.
I will say this is a perfect lip base for those extremely nude lipsticks - which I'm not a fan of, since I look dead with them. It's also good as a highlight. You can apply it on the center of the lips and then go over with lipstick, to make the lips look more 3D. It's also good for cupids bow, since it does make it a bit lighter and it pops out.
I think this could also be used as a corrective lip liner. You know, when you get lipstick a bit out of the lips, you could correct it with this lip liner, if it was very similar to your skin tone. On me it does look a bit off, because of the peach undertone.
It's well pigmented and it's matte. The staying power is good, but it can be a bit drying.
I decided to go over it with a darker brown lipstick (MAC Velvet Teddy) and you can see that the edges look a bit highlighter, where lipstick didn't covered lip liner. So now you get why I think it's good as a lip highlight. It really pops out on the cupids bow. I guess now you have an option of really pale lip liner, under every kind of lipstick, to prolong its wear and maybe use it as a under highlight. I will say the peach undertone did confuse me. They could just make a more neutral nude?!
There's 0.78 grams of product and it costs 2.29€.
Swatches of both of these. Here is a lot more obvious - the peach undertone.
I like both lip liners, but I think Sweet Nothing peach undertone is unnecessary. Both feel creamy, but Essence feels almost like a creamy lipstick. They both serve different purpose, but I find them to be a really good cheap lip liners.