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|
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.