Essence Stay Matt lip cream in Velvet Rose and Smooth Berry review

Essence Stay Matt lip cream in Velvet Rose and Smooth Berry review

Oh look, I’m reviewing another Essence product! I walked into Shoppers Drug Mart last week and checked all my usual fave brands and … there it was… the new Stay Matt lip cream. I had to try BOTH colors.

Essence stay matt lip cream swatches
L-R: 01 Velvet Rose, 02 Smooth Berry

Essence stay matt lip cream velvet rose
Velvet Rose – a gorgeous warm pink nude that is OMG gorgeous on NW15 pale-lady skin!

Essence stay matt lip cream velvet rose 2
A little bit of line settling but still ok.

Essence stay matt lip cream smooth berry
Smooth Berry – a berry red that reminds me a lot of  Bite Beauty’s Sancerre cashmere lip cream.
Essence stay matt lip cream smooth berry 2
This doesn’t settle as much as the nude one and isn’t as gummy.

Essence stay matt berry 3
3 hours and several mugs of tea later… this turns into a nice stain and really “mattes” down. I like it even more the longer I wear it!

Formula: Creamy and somewhat hydrating that dries down semi-matte. It smells like vanilla mousse (although I think it’s more birthday cake).
Pigmentation: Crazy pigmented! Even the nude one, which surprised me.
Wear time: 5-6 hours. It transfers a bit on glassware etc but not too bad.

Final verdict? For the $3 (CAD) investment, this is well worth it. I’d even say this is the drugstore version of Bite’s Cashmere Lip Cream!

Essence is available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart and in the US at Ulta. AND all over Europe (jealous!!!).

Enter the giveaway here

  • so pretty! i think the red is my favourite, and you’re right, it looks gorgeous even hours later 🙂

  • Brittnee KAO

    This reminds me of a MUCH cheaper Beauty For Real True Color Lip Cream. I might need to run to ULTA to look for these!

  • Ashley McKernan

    God, I love Essence. Very pretty.

    • Same! I go right to the Essence display when I go to the drugstore now.

  • Holy crap $3?! Sign me up!

    • Right?! I am going to start trying more of their perm collection.

  • The berry looks really pretty. I’m not usually a lip product user, but if it survives tea drinking, I’m willing to try. Especially if it’s Essence, I love that brand.

    • It has a bit of a stain to it, so it survives through lots of tea!

  • LOVE!!! This might give my nyx soft matte creams a run for their money. must. pick. up.
    oh man, you are SUCH an essence enabler LOL. thank god they’re super cheap.
    A Beautiful Zen

    • I have never tried the NYX Soft Matte Creams. Maybe I’ll do a showdown post!

  • Chelsey

    I bought these two shades yesterday! I’ve only tried the nude one and I love it! Can’t wait to try the berry, I’ll be reviewing them soon! My store also had a red shade but I have so many red lip products I didn’t feel that I needed it, not that I really need any more makeup at all lol!
    🙂 Chelsey