BEAUTY SWAP: Essence Stay with Me Lip gloss in Trendsetter

My passion for beauty can be narrowed down to three things: (1) make-up brushes, (2) lippies and (3) hair care. Since it's February (I did swear I'd take advantage of the season) here's another quick post on my weakness... lippies!

Let me share with you one of the amazing products my friend E sent me. I received this last year and it was my first time to try anything from the brand and I'm just so happy to have been given the chance you know... especially because the brand isn't available in the Philippines! I'm talking about the European drugstore brand Essence and one of their lip glosses from the Stay with Me range. 
Can you please comment which shade is which? So curious about the first four (from left)
I have the one farthest right. It's the shade called Trendsetter. 

It's a very bold and hot pink color. When I first saw it I immediately smiled from ear to ear. It's a stunning shade and when I opened it, I had more reasons to smile. It smelled like candy and I think anything pink and candy-scented is welcome to my world. :)

Essence Stay with Me lip gloss is a pigmented and a longlasting pick. Funny because it didn't feel like a lipgloss to me. It wasn't your expected sticky and warm on the lips product. Trendsetter, for example, sets in like a thick lip tint that despite it's pretty darn hot pink shade, it doesn't come across as tacky.

“The name of this lipgloss could not be more appropriate: if you try it once, you'll never want to give it up again! The color-intensive texture is so wonderfully creamy and durable – without leaving a sticky feeling behind, that it's simply irresistible. The special shape of the precision applicator allows an effortless application. seven trendy colors are waiting to awaken those spring feelings and invite you to a creative styling session!”

Before I share swatches, let me first share what I found most amusing and unique about the product, the applicator. It's weirdly shaped and frankly I don't know what purpose the disorienting shape serves. It's cute though. :p (Sorry, camera keeps on focusing on the bottle not the wand, and I just got ultimately frustrated!)

Anyway, here's a photo of my bare lips.

Then I applied the lip gloss on my lower lip (I always apply on my lower lip first if it's a gloss then on my upper lip first if lipstick. IDKY)

Here's a photo of my puckers with Stay with Me Trendsetter :)

Then here's a photo taken with flash.

What do you think? Me, after experiencing Trendsetter, I can totally imagine getting the entire collection!

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  1. Haha! We've a shelf of Essence products in Watsons :) I can get you some if you're interested :D

    1. Wow Krystal that is so generous of you! Anything, just surprise me :)

  2. Love the color! I have a lipstick in the exact same shade! :D Lipsticks are one of my addictions too :P You have to do manual focus for it to focus on the wand. I encounter the same problem too :P Wish I had a friend like yours! :D

    1. Thanks so much for the tip! I should do just that next time! :D I got lucky. One time my friend surprised me with a very random boxful of makeup fr Milan!

    2. I think it's because they know I love makeup :D

  3. looks nice :O i do hope they'd have one here na in PH :/ i want a cute gloss like that

  4. I absolutely love this product, I have the same shade :) xx

    1. awesome!! have you tried the other shades? :D what would you recommend?

  5. Wow I love this! Where can I get some of them? How are they on staying power?


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    1. they last very long. not so sure but since they're available online you might want to pre-order from resellers :) I sometimes order from House of Flair for products that ship to US addresses only.

  6. yayyyy glad you liked it! i would've gotten you more, but i wasn't sure cause i know you're more of a lipstick lady (: HAHA i thought the applicator was weird too! i hope it's just for aesthetics, cause it doesnt serve any functional purpose for me!

  7. Parang ang fierce lang ng color on you, Kumi! :)


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