Essence My Favorite Milkshake Stay with Me Lipgloss
The Essence Stay With Me Lipglosses ($2.29 each, Ulta) are a small range of color-intense lipglosses, that leave your lips with creamy, long lasting color - and no sticky trail behind!
There are currently six (6) shades to choose from: Me & My Ice Cream, My Favorite Milkshake, Candy Bar, Kiss Kiss Kiss, Deep Rose and Hottest Pink.
I already own and have re-purchased the shade Me & My Ice Cream on a couple occasions, and when I spotted My Favorite Milkshake, it looked like a perfect natural lip color I can wear for on-the-go.
My Favorite Milkshake is a light, warm, natural pink with medium opacity. I think it's a shade that can work on just about anyone. Despite it being "warm", it's not overly warm and doesn't look yellow or orange on my lips when my skin is lighter. When I'm tan, this color still works perfectly, without washing me out like some pale pinks tend to do. It actually brightens my face up a little bit!
The consistency is a bit thick, but surprisingly moisturizing (kind of like a thick balm) and isn't sticky. The only lipgloss formula that's similar that comes to mind is MAC Cremesheen Glass, or MAC Lipglass without the stickiness. Because of it's thicker texture, the wear time is pretty good with these, but because this shade in particular is pretty light, the color sheers out after a while of wear.
My Favorite Milkshake on my lips
You may notice the unique shaped applicator - it has an hourglass shape that when applied, the middle hugs the contours of your lips for easy application. Even though I've been using the Stay With Me lipglosses for a long time, I'm still deciding whether I like the applicator. For the bottom lip, sure it's great. But you have to use the rounded tip to coat your top lip, which is a little.. well.. different.
It does contain a fragrance like many brands targeted at younger girls do, but it's not something that bothers me. I am a bit sensitive to obnoxious, artificial fruity or sweet scented lip products, but the scent in this gloss is very faint and doesn't bother me one bit - it's kinda fruity, kinda plasticy?
Overall, I really love the Essence Stay With Me Lip glosses. The formula is great, and they feel equally as great on the lips. They often come out with really fun colors, and for those who don't like shimmer, these may be your new best friend! Definitely check them out if you have to access to Essence in your area.
*Essence is a German drugstore brand with a price range comparable to Wet n Wild or NYC.
- Creamy (non-sticky) consistency that spreads evenly on the lips
- Good pigmentation - medium opacity
- Non-drying formula
- Good Lasting Power
- This particular color works well on my skintone without washing me out
- The wand applicator may not be to everyone's liking. I'm 50/50 on it, but I don't mind given the price
- Limited availability