March 24, 2010

Beauty on a Budget: Essence Glossy Lip Balm Sparkling Cherry Review and Swatches

If you’re seeking a little lip-gloss you can easily tuck into your purse for quickie touch ups on the go that won’t put the squeeze on your wallet, you might consider Essence Glossy Lip Balm.


This little guy comes in five flavors and will set you back a mere .99 cents, which hey, for the price you can’t beat it. I got my tube in the flavor/color, Sparkling Cherry. It has a nice cherry taste, nothing too sweet or overpowering, but simply a hint of cherry. It’s pretty tiny in size which makes it ideal for toting around in your purse, pocket, or desk drawer.

The formula has a nice glossy feel and leaves behind nice shine on your lips without being sticky or tacky. It wears decently long, nothing crazy but you can get three hours out of it if you refrain from drinking or eating. It also sports full color so it’s pretty pigmented and works easily on its own or over your favorite lipstick or stain.

Overall, I’d suggest it for those who have dry lips, desire a glossy sheen on lips with a bit of color, or anyone who compulsively applies or reapplies lip gloss constantly. It’s cheap, it’s tasty, has decent pigmentation, and a nice formula. Granted, nothing to write home to your dear old mum about but nice enough to pick up for quickie gloss on the go.


Available now from Ulta.

Disclosure: The following item was purchased by me for review purposes (and because I like flinging my money at makeup products of any kind) on Musings of a Muse. For further information please see my FTC Guidelines or my Disclosure/Disclaimer posts.

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  • Carolanne

    I got one a while back in Sweet Strawberry, which looked like a pretty pink in the tube, but it has absolutely no pigmentation at all =[ wish i had gotten a darker shade cus it is actually pretty good quality. not a big deal, though, since it was only 99 cents! i might just go back and try this shade; looks very pretty!

    • the Muse

      aw that stinks carolanne so far cherry is quite nicely pigmented 😀 How’s the taste on strawberry!? for 99 cents I can’t bitch too much about it you know? It’s not bad at all for that price 😀

  • mercedes

    ok muse i have been scouring your site to find out whats your fave mac shadows!!! w/ all the collections they release it is quite overwelming,so im just starting off with the basics 😀

  • Paloma

    I wanna see you review the rest of these! Pretty please with sparkling cherry on top??!?!? <3 😛

    • the Muse

      hey paloma…I didn’t like the other shades to be honest otherwise I’d have purchased all five…the cherry seemed the nicest but I’ll try to get some swatches in for you dear!