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[[SPONSORED]] Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss (Soulmate) [[REVIEW]]

Posted in Essence by Jae on May 7, 2012

So Essence recently sent out a bunch of glosses to girls on their Facebook page and I was one of them!

🙂 Let’s take a look at how good this is together, shall we? 🙂

We’re talking about Essence’s XXXL Shine Lipgloss in No. 12, Soulmate today!

Set up in 2002, Essence is part of the parent company, cosnova Beauty, a European based company that aims to keep makeup affordable.

Their line of eyeshadows, eyeliners, mascaras and a host of lip and nail products currently retails in countries like the US, Canada, Australia, Singapore and many more.

They’re against animal testing, so major props to the company. I always like a company with corporate responsibility.

Before I head into the typical packaging and product proper, I would first like to touch a little on what’s in the gloss.

It apparently contains vitamin E and panthenol – both of which are supposed to be very moisurizing for the skin.

Ripped straight off their own site, the list is as follows:

INGREDIENTS (source):
POLYBUTENE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAISOSTEARATE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA (MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX), LANOLIN, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE,  BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE -2, OCTYLDODECANOL, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, PANTHENOL, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, STEARALKONIUM HECTORITE,  DIETHYLHEXYL SYRINGYLIDENEMALONATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, ETHYLHEXYL SALICYLATE, SILICA, BHT, ALUMINA, TIN OXIDE, MICA, PHENOXYETHANOL, METHYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, AROMA (FLAVOR), MAY CONTAIN: CI 15850 (RED 6 LAKE/RED 7 LAKE), CI 19140 (YELLOW 5 LAKE), CI 42090 (BLUE 1 LAKE),  CI 45410 (RED 27 LAKE), CI 47005 (YELLOW 10), CI 73360 (RED 30 LAKE), CI 75470 (CARMINE), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (IRON OXIDES),  CI 77891 (TITANIUM DIOXIDE).

Tocopheryl Acetate is the Vit E (source) and the Panthenol is… Well, Panthenol.

Tocopheryl Acetate is made from Tocopherol and acetic acid (source). Girls with allergies to dairy, eggs, nuts etc. (source) may want to conduct a quick patch test just to be safe because Tocopherol is derived from these organic materials.

It’s interesting to note too, that while the Tocopheryl form is excellent to prolong shelf life of the product, it may actually be absorbed so slowly by the skin that it’s almost negligible, which kind of makes me question the use of the material at all, but that’s just me being cynical.

And then there’s Panthenol, apparently good for moisturising as well as cause penetrates well into the skin (source). It’s cute, cause there’s more on the net about how good it is in hairstyling products. And what with it being tenth on the list of ingredients, I’m not sure how much will actually go into one’s skin with one application. 🙂

So as to their advertising about how moisturising this gloss is because of all that… It’s quite misleading. ^^|||

Moving on.

Each plastic tube comes sleek, slim and with a 3.90SGD price tag for 5ml of product. Score.

I have to say though, that the wand is rather long for my hand.

While this didn’t hinder my application process very much, I found it a little uncomfortable and would really prefer the wand to be shorter.

The straight applicator’s made out of a cloth-like material as well but felt stiff on my lips. Guess I’ve been too spoilt by the Japanese brands and their slanted tips.

When swatched on the back of my hand, I found the gloss to lean almost to the reddish side with tiny glimmer flecks. This made me a little worried because I don’t like overly red lips, however, when applied, the colour was almost non-existent.

Sheer and glossy for sure, this lipgloss would probably work really well layered (revisit on its way 😉)

The smell of the gloss was sickly sweet and almost cheap to me, like candy we used to buy as kids from the corner store. But hey, looking at the price tag, who’s to complain.

The texture was smooth with almost no tackiness at all, which made the weak staying power very understandable. One sip of water and it was all over my glass.

I would probably not rebuy the same colour but would be willing to buy others cause of the price and just to try out the colours. I probably won’t be actively seeking these out because the smell’s just waaaaay too sweet for me to handle.

Essence is available at Watsons Ngee Ann City, Lucky Plaza, Sun Plaza, Parkway Parade, Lot 1 and Anchor Point 🙂

Hope this helps you, sweets!
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  1. Dreaness (@delatrizx) said, on May 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Their nail polishes and gel eyeliners are pretty good! 😀 Don’t really fancy the lipglosses much but the lipsticks are decent for its price! 🙂

    • Jae said, on May 8, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Hey Dreaness~~~!!!
      Great to see you again, sweetheart~ And omg, I know right?! Which is your favourite nail polish shade? 😀


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