Recently I discovered that Essence and Catrice were available in Latvia. I love those brands! I also got lucky as there were pretty a lot of discounts so today I decided to do a low-budget lip gloss battle: Catrice vs Essence!

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I bought 3 different lip glosses: 2 of them are Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss and 1 is Catrice Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss.

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Packaging

The packaging is the same in both cases: a simple tube with a sponge applicator. There is 5 ml/0.16 fl.oz. of lip gloss in both products.

No winner here! Catrice 0 vs Essence 0

Brush

Both brushes are actually sponge applicators. On the left we have Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss and on the right Catrice Ultimate Shine Lipgloss sponge:

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The Essence applicator is longer and thinner, one side is kind of flattened. The Catrice applicator has a little angle, it reminds me of a tiny spoon. Also, it makes me think of Lancome sponge applicator although that of Lancome is much bigger and has a hole in the middle.

All in all I like the shape of Catrice Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss better, so

Catrice Wins for Brush! Catrice 1 vs Essence 0

Texture

As for the texture, Catrice is more like a lip lacquer, it has a high shine finish. Essence contains lots of glitters, which irritate my lips a bit. I also feel them, so

Catrice Wins for Texture! Catrice 2 vs Essence 0

Longevity

As for the longevity, both are not very long-lasting, they were gone pretty soon (in under an hour), so

No winner here! Catrice 2 vs Essence 0

Finish

I like the finish that Essence lipgloss gives more, it’s so shiny and the lips look very sexy!

Essence Wins for Finish! Catrice 2 vs Essence 1

Swatches

I have Catrice Ultimate Shine Lip Gloss in 110 Tangerine Tango and Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss in 021 Red Blossom and 14 Bubble Babe. Here are the swatches on my hand:

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Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss 14 Bubble Babe

I applied 1 coat of lipgloss, no lip pencil:

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And here’s the whole makeup. I’m wearing Catrice BB Cream, Clarins Pro Brow Palette, Catrice Better Than False Lashes Mascara, La Prairie Cellular Powder and La Prairie Concealer, Elf Blush.

14 Bubble Babe is a transparent lipgloss with silver, pink and purple glitters.

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Catrice Ultimte Shine Lip Gloss 110 Tangerine Tango

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110 Tangerine Tango is an orangy coral shade.

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Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss 021 Red Blossom

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From the 3 lipglosses, I prefer this one due to its color, love it!

021 Red Blossom is a gorgeous shiny yellow-based red with golden and red glitters.

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And the winner is…Catrice, its beats Essence 2:1! Which lipgloss do you like more?