Essence: Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss | Review & Swatches

I remember wearing two kinds of lipgloss when I was much younger: the one in the squeeze tube with giant pieces of glitter, and the fruity ones that you roll on your lips. I eventually grew out of my party-pack-lipgloss-phase and now, to be completely honest, I don’t like lipgloss at all. It feels weird and sticky on my lips, and it transfers onto everything. I am perfectly happy with my NYX Soft Matte Lipcream and my NYX Lingerie liquid lipsticks (which I mentioned in my Autumn Favourites, by the way). When Essence announced their new permanent range of products for 2017 I promised myself that I would only buy two or three items (I really wanted the Instant Matt Make-Up Setting Spray and The Cushion Eyeliner) because my Essence collection is OUT OF CONTROL! However, after watching Kandy Kane‘s lip-swatching video, I couldn’t resist adding these to my collection (for the blog’s sake, you know?). Also, in case you were wondering, I bought 13 new Essence products so far…

Here’s what Essence has to say about their new Shine Shine Shine Lipglosses:

The smooth, supple texture creates an extreme shine with a wet-look effect on the lips. From nude nuances to intensive colours to prism glow effects.

I only chose three out of the thirteen shades that are available in the collection because I didn’t quite know how I would feel wearing lipgloss again. I went for a prism glow effect, a nude gloss, and a bold, intensive colour. Packaging-wise, I think that it is okay. They are very bulky and almost identical to the Matt Matt Matt lipglosses. I actually kind of like this shape though, it’s cute. The name and number of the shade is not printed on the packaging itself, but rather on the bar code sticker that I’m sure most people peel off. After three days, the silver print started to rub off. I like the shape of the applicator. It isn’t too big and the point at the tip really helps with the bolder shades that need to be applied carefully.

Essence does advertise these lipglosses to be non-sticky, so keep on reading to see if they have kept their promise AND some lip-swatches (cringe!) at the end.

02 Smile, Sparkle, Shine

The first lipgloss that I picked up is this prisma glow” gloss. It is a very pale, cool-toned pink. The glitter particles are hardly visible and their silvery colour makes it quite frosty. It leans more towards a translucent gloss with enough pigment to colour your lips slightly (if, like me, you prefer to have a thin layer of lipgloss on). I did layer the gloss on the swatch above, but you can see what it looks like on my lips at the end of this post. The “prisma glow”-effect can be seen in the light at different angles. The colour is beautiful, but I don’t know when I am ever going to wear it. I think that it really suits the whole festival” vibe that people have going on, but not for the average office. I really love the way it looked on Marlize’s (Kandy Kane) Unicorn Festival Makeup look. I wouldn’t repurchase this shade. I do have my eye on 06 Bright On! though, which is also a “prisma glow“…

05 So Into It!

I was really, really, really excited to try this nude gloss. I mean, if I’m going to wear something on my lips it’s going to be a nude 99% of the time (I really don’t think that bright colours suit me). I recently learned what “taupe” means: grey with a tinge of brown (also, there is a shade called “greige“- what is this sorcery?), which is a favourite of mine. I do think that it is somewhere in that shade range, but I could be waaaay off, so don’t trust me there. The pigment is really good and it makes this gloss quite opaque, as you can see from the swatch. I don’t have a shade quite like this one in my collection, so I am really happy that I bought this. For someone who doesn’t like lipgloss, I can see this specific one becoming my go-to everyday lip product. I would probably repurchase this in the future.

13 Red Carpet Starlet

This is the last shade in the Shine Shine Shine collection, and it is also the absolute show-stopper. It is one of “The Bolds“, which are all very highly-pigmented, brightly-coloured, opaque shades. This red is definitely bold and I can see it becoming a favourite in many peoples’ lipstick collection very soon. Unlike the other two lipglosses that I have spoken about here, you really do have to pay attention when applying this to your lips. It can get very “Miranda Sings” very quickly, and very uneven too. Having said all of that, like I said before, I just can’t do bright colours. They really don’t suit me, which is a pity because this such a beautiful lipgloss. If a time comes where I have to wear a glossy red lip, I would pick this up immediately, but I don’t think that I will wear it enough to even have a chance to repurchase it.

Essence stuck to their promise- these are not sticky at all! They are also very smooth and comfortable to wear, including the prisma glows which do not have large particles of glitter in them. I have been wearing the nude lipgloss to work for a few days and I have found that it lasts about an hour to an hour and a half. I think that the lack of longevity is caused by me rubbing my lips together (I always tend to do that with lipgloss) and the fact that my job requires me to literally talk for hours. I think that this is normal though, and Essence doesn’t promise any longevity with these in any case. I would first purchase a NYX Butter Gloss before another one of these because I heard great things about them and I really want to try them. However, if there is no significant difference, I would happily grab 05 So Into It! because there is a large price difference between the two.

The Essence Shine Shine Shine lipglosses are currently available in Dis-Chem stores and online at Takealot for around R45 (it’s slightly different from store to store). These are budget-friendly, especially for all of the lipgloss-loving students!

LEFT TO RIGHT: 02 Smile, Sparkle, Shine; 13 Red Carpet Starlet; 05 So Into It!.

What is your favourite shade in the Shine Shine Shine Lipgloss range?


  1. June 8, 2017 / 9:41 PM

    Essence products are great! I love their mascara, will definitely try this lipgloss now, thanks for the info 🙂

    • June 8, 2017 / 10:47 PM

      I agree, I love their new Lash Princess mascara. You’re welcome, thank you for reading! x

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