The metallic lip trend is showing no sign of going anywhere, anytime soon so Essence have jumped on the metallic lip bandwagon with their range of Essence Metal Shock Lip Paints. The Essence Metal Shock collection consists of cream eyeshadows, lipsticks and nail powders in a range of colours so you can experiment with the metallic trend on a budget as the products are between £3-£4. The Essence Metal Shock Lip Paints are available in a total of four different shades, and I have the shade 04 Mercury which is just £3.30 from Wilko.
The Essence Metal Shock Lip Paint in the shade Mercury is a light rose gold colour which looks as if it belongs on the eyelids as a cream eyeshadow rather than a lip colour but rest assured, it’s very much a lip only product. The packaging is very simple, with a clear plastic tube and black lid with a doefoot applicator and the colour within the tube is a good representation of the shade when on the lips. When I first tried this lip paint, I assumed it was a lipgloss due to the metallic finish and the thin almost gloss-like consistency on first application however Essence describe them as having a “velvet matte finish”.
I don’t think they can be described as being matte as they don’t dry down completely. Instead they have more of a satin finish which does transfer and move when eating/drinking. I personally would never use this Mercury shade as an all over the lips lip colour as it’s so pale, but it works well as as a brightening shade for other lip colours when applying it to the centre of the lips and blending the edges. It applied very smoothly and is best used after a lip scrub as the metallic finish does have the tendency to emphasise dryness. I’d really like Essence to launch some more wearable shades in this formula as they only have a navy, purple, neon pink and this rose gold shade so far.
I’d love to know your thoughts on the Essence Metal Shock Lip Paint?! Are you for or against the metallic lip trend?