Matte vs. Shine lips – Which do you prefer?

Essence Matt Matt Matt Longlasting LipglossesWhen it comes to Matte vs. Shine lip looks, I have to admit that I tend to go for matte. Purely because of the convenience. I have very long hair and can’t stand it when it all blows in my face and sticks to my lips because I’m wearing lipgloss. I think because of this, I had sort of given up wearing shiny lip products. But then I came across some absolutely stunning makeup looks that had a glossy lip and thought I would give it a go again…

Essence have a huge collection of both shine and matte lip products. So using a few shades from their range, I have put to the test some of the Wet Look lip glosses and Matte lipsticks, to see which I prefer. I’m actually a huge fan of all their products, mainly because they smell so good! The Shine Shine Shine Wet Look Lipglosses* have a really sweet scent, and the Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipglosses* smell like cupcake mix or icing – I can’t really work out which but they do smell great!

Essence Matt Matt Matt Longlasting Lipgloss

I was left pleasantly surprised by the Matt Matt Matt Longlasting lipglosses. I think matt finish lip products you sort of expect to be quite drying on the lips, but that was not the case at all with these. They have such a creamy formula, which is really easy to apply with the doe-foot shaped applicator (another bonus of the Essence lip products). I’m just so impressed with how hydrating they actually feel when applied.

The only thing I have to say about the Matt Matt Matt lipglosses is that they don’t dry out, so you do get a fair bit of transfer when drinking for example. This means they require a top up every so often. But I do love the finish and formula so I don’t mind so much about the drying out.

Essence Shine Shine Shine Wet Look Lipgloss

Essence Shine Shine Shine Wetlook Lipglosses

I’ve used some of their wet look lip glosses before in my festival makeup look, which I actually did really like as I found them to not be sticky. They have a non-stick formula this gives a super high shine finish to the lips. It actually looks really lovely used in the daytime as I found the two shades I received to be very opaque. The same with the Sheer & Shine lipstick*, it has a great finish but was slightly more balmy in terms of the colour.

Both the Matt Matt Matt Lipstick* and Sheer & Shine Lipstick are both quite sheer in appearance. So I would definitely recommend these more for people that are looking for a balmy product that isn’t rich in colour. These are much better for providing a sheer wash of colour as they aren’t very pigmented.

The lipsticks and Shine Shine Shine Lipglosses are priced at £2.00 each and the Matt Matt Matt Lipglosses are £2.30 at Wilko, so I really can’t complain about the pigmentation or longevity of them. As with all Essence products, I think they are such good value. But overall, I have to admit that I am still more of a matt kinda girl. I just prefer the finish of matt lip products and these matt lipglosses have really impressed me.

Which do you prefer? Matt or Shine lips?

*PR samples but all thoughts are 100% honest and all my own.