Monday, March 14, 2011

Essence Fairy Berry Lipgloss

Hi guys!

I picked up a couple of Essence products from their holiday Fairy themed line; they were cute little sizes with accordingly cute little price tags, and I appreciated the little-girl throwback theme and packaging. I'm not sure why this display was front and center at my local Ulta, since this was a holiday collection; I've been in the store a few times since Thanksgiving, too, and this is the first I've seen of this collection there! The gloss that I'm reviewing today is Fairy Berry, a sheer violet color with lots of pink and silver shimmer and sparkle. I love wearing cool purple tones on my lips, from berry shades to straight up purple; Urban Decay's Asphyxia lip gunk (rest in peace!) was a long-time favorite until I decided it was unhygienic to keep using it. I've had a hard time finding a suitably opaque replacement, but I still love a good sheer purple gloss to use on top of lipsticks or by itself. Unfortunately, I can't find my receipt for this shopping trip, and I can't find this for sale online, so I can't tell you exactly how much I paid for it; however, I don't think it was more than $3 for the .2 ounce tube.

As far as the formula goes, it has a pretty generic sweet berry scent but no flavor. There's a bit of grit from the shimmer, but it's not bad at all. I do like that this is a gloss in a tube with a doe foot applicator; I feel like it's so much easier to get a precise application with these than with squeezey tubes or tubes with brush applicators, which often fray.

So, Essence Fairy Berry Lipgloss:




Swatch of Fairy Berry Lipgloss

Fairy Berry, by Essence; no flash

Fairy Berry Lipgloss, no flash

Fairy Berry Lipgloss, flash

Fairy Berry, flash
Rating: 5 out of 10

This is a decent gloss; I like the packaging, but it could be less gritty and more pleasantly scented. I also wish it had a bit more purple to it, but there is enough of a tint that it cools my natural lip color slightly; this will be a great gloss to layer with, even if on its own it just looks like a lot of shimmer. I do like the idea that Essence has these smaller sized products that are accordingly priced; I rarely finish products, so to get something with half as much product in it for less than full price is a great way to try some new things without feeling too guilty about it.

5 comments:

  1. I thought it would look more purple on your lips too!
    But you have perfect lips for this gloss, your lips look luciouse!!

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  2. It looks nice, but too sheer! :)

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  3. @dl.blogspot, thank you! I know, I thought from the tube it would look darker...

    @Vintage Makeup, I agree, I would have preferred it with more pigmentation... Oh well, it will be good to use on top of lipsticks to add shimmer.

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  4. Pretty gloss! Your "rest in peace" comment regarding an old, yet unhygienic favourite made me laugh. I have an Urban Decay Eyeshadow in "Oil Slick" which is 10 years old (its in an ACTUAL metal tin, not those plastic ones they have now!) A fun fact from a person who is old enough to hav a 10 year old eyeshadow: Oil Slick used to have rainbow holo glitter in it, not just silver!

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  5. Rest assured, I remember the metal tins... I still have a few, actually. I refuse to chuck old Asphyxia because it's not as purple and more iridescent than new Asphyxia... I justify it since it's a powder product rather than something wet. It's probably still teeming with microorganisms.

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