Essence Lipstick in All You Need is Red | Review & Swatches

Monday, April 7, 2014

Hello, lovely ladies! Today I'm back with a review for you all :) This is the first Essence lipstick I bought (and I'm definitely coming back for more!) and the first and only red lipstick I own. Not that it's my favorite or that it suits me the best but I just haven't gotten around to purchasing another one!

So back in November I needed a red lipstick for Halloween because I was a bloody corpse or something like that and I thought that the best way to draw some blood on my face would be with a red lipstick. This also served as a general red lipstick need because I knew I would get my use out of it even after Halloween for normal application on my lips haha I looked for something that would be moisturizing and wouldn't dry out my lips but also would be pigmented enough to show a real color. I quickly snagged this one up and didn't look back.

The packaging of Essence's "All You Need is Red" is a sleek black plastick with a red stripe. The color of the stripe showcases the color of the lipstick so it's not all the same. One thing I dislike about this packaging is that it's too minimalistic. I would love to get a name written on it or something, because to me it just looks plain. But, for such inexpensive lipstick, the packaging doesn't look childish or cheap at all! I also love the signature e at the top and on the bullet itself, the packaging for these new formula lipsticks are way better than their old one, which looked like cheap childish lippie you would get in a kids magazine. Way to step up your game, Essence!

"All You Need is Red" is a orange-toned red. The lipstick itself doesn't have any glitter or shimmer but due to being soft and moisturizing has a slight shine to it. I would say it is definitely a bright red and it looks gorgeous on the lips. Staying power is not it's strongest, lasting around 2-3 hours before wanishing completely off my lips. I like to put some lipbalm underneath so it may shorten the wear time a little. The pigmentation of this beauty is pretty good, the swatch has 3 generous coats applied but without a lipbalm underneath it's definitely very buildable and can show color after one application. For me personally, this is not the most flattering red. I think with my skintone it looks a little off (or maybe I'm just not used to bright lipsticks just yet) and it makes my teeth look way yellow, which is my only dissapointment. I would love to get another cool toned red, because I think it would suit me better.

Overall, this is a great lipstick for the price. It lasts a while and is very budget friendly. Packaging wise it's not ridiculously cheap looking and would look great in your lipstick stand. The color selection in this range is not the best but it definitely has something for everyone, so I would highly suggest you checking it out!
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  1. This colour is stunning but sadly I always feel really concious of my teeth when I wear bright reds. It's something I'm trying to get over so maybe when I'm brave enough I'll pick All You Need Is Red up :) Raspberrykiss xo

  2. it's a great color to have as it's a staple in my opinion but it's definitely not for everyday, at least for me. although, you can wear a sheer coat across the lips with a lipbalm underneath to tone it down and make it more of a sheer bright red, which is what I'll do :)

  3. Wow this is absolutely beautiful!! I definitely need to pick this up.

    Love your blog, could you possibly take a look at mine and leave me some feedback?

    Chloe // x x

  4. Hi dear,

    I like your pretty blog, I'll be back more often =)

    Do you want to follow each other on GFC and maybe social media?

    Let me know so I can follow you back.

    Kisses, Ana

  5. really love the colour! x

  6. Such a pretty color! I love the name too! xx

    Rena Kiss and Make Up


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