Who Makes it Better? Essence vs. Catrice Liquid Lipstick Edition

If there's a new trend in the beauty market, you can be sure that Essence and Catrice will join it and create a collection of products that will be accessible to most of the people at most affordable prices. One of those trends is liquid lipsticks. I don’t remember exactly when those became so popular, but I bought my first one at the beginning of this year, and it was Deborah Milano Red Laque product. The most popular in Slovenia were L’Oreal L’Extraordinaire liquid lipsticks, but I decided to skip those because they weren’t so cheap and I wear matte products more often than glossy ones. The trend continued Bourjois with the release of La Laque collection, which also isn’t the cheapest collection. And then Catrice and Essence released products that anyone can afford, and are perfect for people on a budget. I had to test liquid lipsticks from both brands, of course, and since they are quite different I decided to review them together.

Before I start with the review I want to talk about the definition of liquid lipstick. Liquid lipstick is a hybrid between a lipstick and a lipgloss. It’s glossier than regular lipstick, while on the other hand gives more colour to the lips than gloss and it also lasts longer. Usually it’s applied with applicator, fingers or from a squeeze tube. This is the definition I found here. But for most of the people these are just better pigmented lipglosses. 

Catrice Shine Appeal Fluid Lipstick
03 Meet You at the Bar-bie and 050 What-A-Melon


In the stores these are sold under a wrong name. These definitely shouldn’t be called lipsticks, but just simply lipglosses. By the definition written on Catrice page these should be hybrids, which unite a pure colour of a lipstick with the maximum shine of a gloss, but unfortunately I can’t say that the first characteristic is significant for Catrice products.

They released 12 quite regular shades in this collection – nudes, reds, pinks. The packaging is simple, a plastic square tube with a black lid and transparent lower part that has the name of the brand on. These have a doe foot application that actually seems a bit clumsy to me. Because the spongy part is very flexible and it moves every time I touch my lips I always have a feeling that it’ll fall off.
The formula of these glosses is sheer, but again for a lipgloss these are good pigmented. They feel very light and hydrating on the lips. As is usual for Catrice these have nice sweet vanilla scent, which isn’t too strong, and their formula is not sticky. They glide nicely on lips, but the duration time is not the best. The glossiness disappears in less than an hour and soon after the rest of the product. What-A-Melon actually lasts a bit longer on my lips than Meet You at the Bar-bie.  

What-A-Melon is a bright pinkish red shade, but it looks a bit darker when it’s applied on my lips, because my natural colour is seen through, except if I apply two coats of it. Meet You at the Bar-bie is a pinkish nude shade that’s a bit sheerer than What-A-Melon and it gives s subtle colour to my lips. I think this shade will love people who don’t like bright colours on lips and want to give them only a hint of colour. Since it’s a nude shade it fades away even faster, but I like to use it on a daily basis, when I don’t wear makeup, because it’s not too noticeable.

I’m a bit disappointed with these products, because I expected ... more. I really hoped that these would be more similar to Bourjois La Laque products and less to regular glosses. I won’t say that they are bad products, because they aren’t. If you’re a fan of lipglosses you’re probably going to love them. I like to use Meet You at the Bar-bie when I don’t wear makeup, because it gives my lips subtle colour and moisturizing, but I probably wouldn’t repurchase these. Shine Appeal Fluid Lipsticks contain 5 ml and they costs 4,29 €. They are available at Müller, DM, drugstore Tuš, Beauty World, Click2chic. 

Essence Liquid Lipstick
030 Almost Real and 040 Show Off!


While Cosnova had no clue what it was doing when it produced liquid lipstick for Catrice (if we consider the description and compare it to actual product), they made a re-examination by Essence and create something that looks closer to liquid lipstick. Of course there’s a lack of longevity, because both shades fade away quite fast, but other qualities are quite close to liquid lipsticks – a great shine, nice pigmentation, packaging with applicator. The definition of Essence liquid lipsticks is practically the same as of Catrice ones – a hybrid with a colour payoff of a lipstick and glossiness of a lipgloss.

Essence released 6 shades in this collection, and because I wasn’t really impressed with Catrice fluid “lipsticks” I took only two shades: 03 Almost Real and 04 Show Off! Now I really regret that I didn’t take all of them, because I really like these two. The packaging is a plastic square tube with the lid in the colour of particular shade. It’s smaller than Catrice packaging and it looks less fancy, but I like it better. Essence glosses also have a doe foot application, which is a bit bigger than Catrice one and I also like it better, because it’s not so clumsy.

The formula of Essence glosses is very creamy and the colour payoff is amazing, because these cover up my lips with first coat already. With second coats these cover them completely, without my natural lip colour being seen through, and they do look like a very glossy lipstick on my lips. They apply easily and feel moisturizing, while their formula is non-sticky and it smells amazing. Their longevity is also not very amazing, because even the red shade Show Off! - bright shades usually last longer than nude shades –, fades away in two hours. But the surprising thing I noticed by this shade is that when it fades away it leaves an even, very light pink stain on the lips. When I eat, the glossiness and most of the colour fade away, but this light stain stays anyway. I didn’t notice that Almost Real would stain my lips; when this shade fades away it fades completely.

Show Off! is a bright red shade, while Almost Real is a nude brown shade. I like both shades a lot, and I’m a girl who adores matte lip products. I think that girls that adore lipglosses are going to love Essence collection because of their amazing colour payoff. These contain 4 ml and cost 2,79 €. They are available at Müller, DM, drugstore Tuš, Beauty World, Click2chic.  


I compared Essence Show Off to Catrice What-A-Melon side by side on lips to show you the pigmentation of each. I think it’s quite noticeable that Catrice glosses are sheerer. 


I also had to compare red Essence gloss to Bourjois La Lacque shades. Although Bourjois have a bit better colour payoff and are much more hydrating, I think Essence glosses are quite an amazing variation for Bourjois glosses, especially for few times lower price. 


So, here’s a summary of my review and a conclusion:
  • Catrice released 12 shades in the collection, while Essence released 6 shades.
  • Both brands have plastic square packaging. Catrice packaging looks fancier with black lid and transparent lower part, but I prefer Essence one because it’s completely in the colour of particular shade. Also, Essence products have sturdier applicator.
  • Essence glosses have creamier and better pigmented formula.
  • Catrice glosses are glossier, but that's understandable, since these are ordinary glosses.
  • Both feel moisturizing on lips, smell sweet and are easy to apply.
  • None of these glosses is very long lasting, but Essence glosses last about an hour longer than Catrice ones. Also, a shade Show Off! leaves a gentle stain on my lips.
  • Catrice glosses contain 5 ml (4,29 €), while Essence glosses contain 4 ml (2,79 €).
  • You can get both brands at Müller, DM, drugstore Tuš, Beauty World and Click2Chic.
  • I personally prefer Essence collection and I’m considering purchasing other four shades, although I’m still not completely sure, because I still prefer wearing matte lips products. On the other hand Catrice glosses were disappointment for me, because I expected they won’t be so sheer, but I think that people who are fan of glosses or those who like to wear subtle colours on lips will love them.
Have you tried any of these new Essence and Catrice so called liquid lipsticks yet? Which ones do you prefer? Thank you for reading!

30 komentarjev

  1. Meni so Essence boljše, čeprav ima Catrice en odtenek, ki me je res pritegnil ( 060 Marry Berry ). Zanimivo, tudi na Catrice strani se tele "šminke" uvrščajo pod glose... =)
    xoxo, Nyx

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    1. Essence so res boljše.
      Da, to sem opazila, vendar pa samo ime in definicija na strani drugače govorita. :)

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  2. Odlična ocena, primerjava in razprava kako liberalno si znamke razlagajo pojem tekoča šminka :) Zame so edine prave glossy tekoče šminke, ki jih imam Rimmelovi Apocalips. Diorjevi Fluid Sticks so tudi zelo blizu, ampak so vseeno bolj glossi. Pa Essence in Catrice zelo očitno kopirata Dior in Maybelline, mislim pa, da je Dior bil prvi s takimi izdelki. Od "cenejših" so meni najljubši L'Orealovi, ampak nisem plačala polne cene, drugače jih ne bi kupila. Od Essence zvenijo spodobni, bi še vzela kakšen odtenek, ampak vem da bom še naprej nosila samo L'Orealove :) Barve so mi bile pa lepe, pri Catrice so mi pa vse dolgočasne.

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    1. Hvala, Mateja. <3 Saj sem vedela, da je morala biti prva ena high end znamka, ampak nisem hotela mimo usekati, zato raje nisem nič omenjala. Jaz sem tudi na začetku kot tekoče šminke definirala Rimmelove Apocalipse, ko pa so znamke začele bombandirati s temi zelo glossy verzijami, sem postala precej zmedena. Jaz sem že bila na tem, da kupim L'Orealove, pa sem potem razmišljala, če se mi res splača plačati polno ceno, glede na to, da sem že kar eno dolgo obdoblje v mat fazi. Essencovi so pa res super, mislim, da so odlični predvsem zaradi nizke cene, ki si jo lahko res vsaka privošči. :)

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  3. Se kar strinjam z vsem kar si napisala, Catrice so res bolj glosi medtem, ko so Essence že lepo pigmentirani in tudi malček bolj obstojni. Meni je super da so se odločili za to, ker so Bourjois in Loreal cene kar visoke, da bi si študentski žep lahko privoščil kakšen odtenek več :)

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    1. Hvala. <3
      Res, kapo dol za Essence in Catrice, da sledijo trendom in tako omogočijo vsem, tudi tistim, ki si dražjih izdelkov ne morejo privoščiti, da lahko kupijo te izdelke. :D

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  4. Zgleda,, da so Essence boljše..ampak vseeno me nobena ne pritegne...sem že menda eni blogerki napisala, da mi zgledajo zelo "boring" ti izdelki :D

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    1. Mogoče pa preprosti nisi ljubiteljica glosov ali pa niso zanimivi odtenki.:)

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  5. Catrice tekočih šmink nisem preizkusila, od Essence pa imam eno in mi je super formula in odtenek (02). Bom verjetno vzela še kakšno :)

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    1. Catrice ti priporočam samo, če imaš rada glose, Essence so pa super in imam občutek, da bom sčasoma pokupila vse. :D

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  6. I agree with you! It's weird because I thought Catrice already had liquid lipsticks, the "made to stay" range. These ones have too little pigmentation to be named liquid lipsticks. The Essence ones look quite nice though, I'm definitely trying them!

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    1. Yes, that range was more appropriate for "liquid lipsticks", I don't know why they changed them. Maybe because of the name.

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  7. Super objava, tudi sama sem razmišljala o takšni objavi ko sem bila v tušu hehe. Sem morala kupiti tale Almost Real in mi je všeč za zdaj - no ga še preizkušam;)

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    1. Kar izvoli, več primerjav, boljše je. :)

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  8. Odlična objava. Meni je že embalaža Essence glosov lepša in privlačnejša zato bi vsekakor raje izbrala te. :)

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    1. Meni tudi. Sicer je od Catrice bolj elegantna, ampak imam raje barvite, ker takoj vidim, kateri odtenek je. :)

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  9. Odlična objava, podroben opis izdelkov in obeh strani, končna primerjava je pika na i. Res bravo!

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  10. No brainer, Essence so boljše :). Nič ne zamujam s Catrice. Jih nisem želela preizkusti, ker so se mi zdele predrage za nekaj kar sploh ne vem ali mi bo všeč. Essence pa je poceni in res dobra. Imam ta odtenek Almost Real, amapak bom zagotovo še kakšnega dodala v zbirko :)
    In super da si napisala definicijo, sem ugotovila pod mojo objavo, da so nekateri še vedno zmedeni kaj je liquid lipstick. Zdaj mi je žal, da še jaz nisem napisala :)

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    1. Ja, tako je. S Catrice nič ne zamujaš. :)
      Ma ja, zaradi tega buma okoli tekočih šmink sem morala dodati definicijo, ker sem vedno bolj tudi sama zmedena, kaj to je, ker si vsaka znamka razlaga po svoje.

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  11. Odlična primerjava in se strinjam s tabo.
    Jaz sem najprej kupila eno odtenek od Catrice in sem bila takrat v Müllerju malo razočarana, ker so odtenki, ki so še mi poleg kupljenega bili najbolj všeč, razprodani. Zdaj pa sem vesela, da takrat nisem mogla kupiti več odtenkov, ker so tudi mene Catrice šminke potem razočarale. Kak dan kasneje pa sem ravno zagledala Essence šminke in sem vzela ta nude odtenek, kasneje obe šminki sprobala in ugotovila, da je od Essence 100x boljša. :)) Tako da bom verjetno še kak odtenek od Essence vzela, od Catrice pa ne - je tudi cena višja in mi je brezveze.

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    1. Hvala. :)
      Jaz sem mislila najprej vzeti vse odtenke tako Catrice kot Essence, pa mi Catrice niso bile tako všeč, za Essence pa sem raje počakala testiranje, da me ne bi na koncu tako razočarale kot Catrice. Bi bilo boljše, če bi Catrice te izdelke prodajal kot navadne glose, mislim, da v tem primeru ne bi bilo takega razočaranja.

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  12. Hvala bogu za tole oceno, zdaj mi bo prihranjeno nekaj časa, ko naslednjič spet "napadem" njihova stojala. Ko so oznanili novosti za jesen sem pričakovala, da bodo bolj v stilu Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet ali pa Rimmel Apocalips. Glede na to, da jih pač imenujejo "liquid lipstick". Glossy zadev pa žal skorajda ne uporabljam več, zato jih bom mirne duše preskočila. :)

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    1. Če nisi za glossy izdelke, je boljše da preskočiš. Me pa veseli, da je bila ocena v pomoč. :)

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  13. Nekaj odtenkov je res lepih in ko bom porabila nekaj glossov iz moje zbirke si pa kupim kakšnega. So me pa bolj pritegnili pri Catrice, ker imam raje bolj prosojne glosse

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    1. V tem primeru so Catrice res zate, pa še lepljivi niso. :)

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  14. Točno tako objavo sem čakala, da vidim katere se mi splača kupit. Bom torej kar k Essence raje zavila in Almost real bo skoraj zagotovo moj :)

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    1. Almost Real je res tak odtenek, da bo vsaki pristajal. :)

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