I’ve purchased Essence‘s XXXL Shine Lipgloss in the past, and I was pretty impressed. I can’t really call it a drugstore brand, because in the USA, it’s only available in ULTA, but it’s one of my favorite bargain brands for lip products. (*edit – there may be other locations depending on your area. The location finder on the Essence website only shows results for those living in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. I have only seen Essence at ULTA in my area.)
Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss is available in twelve (12) shades: 01 Pure Chic, 03 Timeless Beauty, 04 Rising Star, 05 Super Girl, 07 Big Night Out, 08 Glamour to Go, 09 Party Connection, 14 Bubble Babe, 15 True Love, 17 Fabulous Fuschia, 18 Sparkling Papaya and 19 Nude Candy.
Super Girl is a very sheer watermelon pink with bright pink shimmer.
Bubble Babe is a very sheer, cool cotton candy pink with cool pink and white shimmer.
Nude Candy is a creamy pale pink, reminiscent of Nars Turkish Delight Lipgloss. The color applies fairly opaque in comparison to the other two shades.
Super Girl and Bubble Babe work best applied over a lipstick to add a little bit of glossy shine, as alone, they don’t provide much color.
One of my favorite things about the XXXL Shine Lipgloss, is the brush design. It’s not your average sponge or doe-foot applicator. It’s longer, and flatter than your standard doe-foot. What’s nice about the shape is that the applicator picks up the perfect amount of product, and in one sweep it applies the product evenly across your lips. You’ll rarely ever have to double dip.
I also think the packaging is pretty nice. The tubes remind me a bit of MAC Dazzleglasses/Cremesheen Glass or NYX Round Lipglosses. With inexpensive brands, the packaging is sometimes a sore thumb, but I really like these.
The formula is creamy (no stickiness!), and feels great on the lips. Even with the glittery shades, they don’t feel gritty on the lips.
Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss can be purchased at ULTA for $1.99.