November 12, 2012

Essence Breaking Dawn Lipgloss Review & Swatches

Beauty budget brand, Essence, has created a Twilight Breaking Dawn 2 Collection to celebrate the release of the movie. This isn’t the first time Essence has embraced Twilight as they have had another collection inspired by the film.

I generally like Essence and although some of my fandom has cooled when it comes to Twilight I still like the overall idea of this collection. It’ll be a little tricky to locate as Ulta is the only US store I know of that sells Essence but keep an eye out for it in store.

I went to Ulta this weekend and they sadly, didn’t have the collection. I have my eye on the bright red blush that was released with the collection.

My other lemming? The Breaking Dawn Lipgloss which I was lucky enough to get a sample of!

The Essence Breaking Dawn Lipgloss comes in two shades one of which is a sparkling red. Considering the Holidays are right around the corner this is a fitting release for both the movie and the Holiday Season. The bright blood red shade has sparkling flecks of gold. The shade is called Renesmee Red (did I ever tell you how dumb I though Edward and Bella kid’s name is?).

The formula is a thinner consistency with a high glossy finish. It’s not tacky, sticky, or heavy. It has a very smooth glide across lips with a sponge applicator that applies product easily on lips. The gloss has a shorter wear time but remains quite comfortable through that wear. Once it fades I didn’t have issues with the gold glitter remaining on my lips. The gloss has fruity perfume-y taste that’s pleasant but not overpowering.

Although far from opaque the gloss does tint lips a nice shade of red much like the character’s in the movie. It is quite sparkly with chunky glitter but that doesn’t give it a disco-ball finish. The gold flecks does something very nice to the red so you have a nice tint of red with a golden sparkle.

At $2.49 it’s worth picking up not only if you’re a Twilight fan but also because it lends a nice tint of red to lips for a just bitten look.


Available now at Ulta.

Have you seen the Essence Breaking Dawn 2 Collection at your Ulta?

This was provided to me by a brand for review but all opinions expressed are my own

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  • Lindz

    I picked up the darker gloss and the gold lipstick on a whim. I was not impressed with the gloss personally. The fragrance and the flavor put me off. If you’re still looking for the blush I might just be able to help you track it down as I think my local drugstore still had some the last time I was in store.

    • the Muse

      hey lindz, thank you for the offer I might just take you up on that! I have a friend looking for me, if she doesn’t find it and I’ll be bothering you if you don’t mind ;-D!

      • Lindz

        No problem at all. I have become all too familiar with having to go to great lengths or asking for favors from friends and family back in the States & even Canada to hunt things down since moving to Germany. So I certainly don’t mind helping if I can.

  • BLee

    I have yet to try anything from Essence but this looks like a great place to start. Looks great on you. Fruity sounds yummy.

  • Aylin

    it is weird how german make up brands reach the us but us make brands dont reach german drugstores… xD

  • christy

    Just wanted to chime in, if you live in the pacific northwest – you can find Essence in Fred Meyers:). I bought the darker purple gloss and I was kinda disappointed in the same way I was with Milani’s “Black Honey” gloss. Neither had the color payoff I washoping for…now I’n thinking I shoulda bought the red.It looks really nice on you!

  • Lemony Licks

    I actually really like Essence’s lip glosses. When I got my first one, it was so pigmented and shiny that I went back for a few more. Not a Twilight fan though, so I think I’ll pass…also ditto on the kid’s name. Couldn’t they have just settled on Tyler or something?

  • Quinctia

    What pisses me off about Renesmee is her middle name is Carlie, which is AN ACTUAL NAME.

  • reen

    i dont like this movie series at all…but i still wanna get some stuff from this collection! did u get anythin else from the collection muse?

    • the Muse

      reen I can’t find any of it sadly I looked…I do have a glitter eyeliner I’ll be reviewing shortly and a pigment that’s it though as I couldn’t find the collection in my location.

  • reen

    i tried essence lipsticks an blushes, they r good! nice affordable brand! would love to see more of ur reviews:) thanks for posting!

    • the Muse

      hi reen if you check under the archives I have a ton of essence reviews ๐Ÿ™‚

  • JenJ

    I pick up the red blush (gorrrrrggg!!) and one of the polishes. Most of the display was wiped out. Didn’t see this gloss.

  • OrangeLipstickBlog

    The Essence section at my Ulta is always woefully understocked and I’ve never seen them get in a special collection. I have been eyeing that blush, too! I *WILL* get my hands on some of this. I’m not a huge Twilight fan, but I think the collection is really nice.

    • the Muse

      Same here, never see LE Essence products at Ulta ๐Ÿ™ wish they would sell them online!

  • Danii

    Oh how I hate Twilight. THANKS FOR KILLING VAMPIRES, STEPHANIE MEYER. The collection piques my interest though but my Ulta has this teeny tiny set up for Essence. Maybe it’ll have a little set up in front of one of the drugstore brand aisles.

  • Kristen

    I could also probably get my hands on the blush for you, I just bought it myself and there were a few left…I also got the shimmer powder called bella’s secret, they had a few of the loose pigments and the gold lipstick left but that was it, i took the last shimmer powder. what i think is odd is that the blush is also called renesmee red, why would they name two products the same thing?

  • Winni

    Renesmee IS the dumbest name ever. And you know some immature twihards have already named a real life kid that. And I used to hate my name….

  • Teasha

    Agree, stupid name for a kid. Nice idea behind the name, but it doesn’t come together all that nice. They probably could’ve jumbled the letters up differently.