Drugstore Makeup,  Lipstick,  Swatches

Essence This Is Nude Lipstick Swatches

Essence This Is Nude lipstick is one of the most affordable lipsticks available. I’ve purchased one shade from this line before, enjoyed the formula, and thought it would be helpful to swatch the entire range for you. The first set of swatches is from May 2022 when I swatched the shades available at Ulta. The second set of swatches, updated in October 2022, is all of the shades available on the Essence website.

These retail for $3.99 and can be purchased from Ulta and Essence Makeup. And Ulta frequently runs sales on the Essence brand.

Essence This Is Nude Lipstick Range - lipstick tubes with cap off

Since this is a drugstore priced item, it’s never available to swatch in store. I suppose stores think that customers don’t mind wasting money trial-and-erroring cheaper makeup. But obviously that can really add up! Or if you’re trying to purchase online, lots of times the brands don’t even provide any swatches. And I personally find lipstick shades to be one of the hardest things to get “right”, even just the very slightest different in shade can make a big difference on your face. Or maybe I’m to picky. LOL. Definitely a possibility.

Swatches – Ulta Shades

I hope these swatches will help you make the right shade selection the first time. I have swatched all of the shades currently available at Ulta (13 shades). Note that the Essence Cosmetics website offers 20 shades.

Essence This Is Nude Lipstick Swatches on fair/pale/light skin in bright sunlight shades swatched Freaky 01, Loyal 12, Special 09, Bold 03, Legendary 05, Naughty 10, Amazing 11, Charming 15, Happy 02, Brave 13, Real 06, Crazy 04, Loveable 16
Sunlight Swatches

This product is Vegan and Cruelty Free which is another great feature on top of the affordable drugstore price.

I photographed these swatches in a few different lighting situations to give you the best idea of the color.

Essence This Is Nude Lipstick Swatches on fair/pale/light skin in the shade. shades swatched Freaky 01, Loyal 12, Special 09, Bold 03, Legendary 05, Naughty 10, Amazing 11, Charming 15, Happy 02, Brave 13, Real 06, Crazy 04, Loveable 16
Essence This Is Nude Lipstick Swatches on fair/pale/light skin in window light. shades swatched Freaky 01, Loyal 12, Special 09, Bold 03, Legendary 05, Naughty 10, Amazing 11, Charming 15, Happy 02, Brave 13, Real 06, Crazy 04, Loveable 16
Essence This Is Nude Lipstick Swatches on fair/pale/light skin in fluorescent studio light. shades swatched Freaky 01, Loyal 12, Special 09, Bold 03, Legendary 05, Naughty 10, Amazing 11, Charming 15, Happy 02, Brave 13, Real 06, Crazy 04, Loveable 16

And here are a couple of up close pictures. These shades are all semi-matte, so there really isn’t any metallic sheen or sparkle to be seen here.

Essence this is nude lipstick swatches Freaky 01, Loyal 12, Special 09, Bold 03, Legendary 05, Naughty 10, Amazing 11, Charming 15, Happy 02
Essence This is Nude Lipstick Swatches Legendary 05, Naughty 10, Amazing 11, Charming 15, Happy 02, Brave 13, Real 06, Crazy 04, Loveable 16

Swatches – ALL SHADES

This set of swatches includes all 20 shades available on the Essence website.

Essence This Is Nude Lipstick swatches on fair/light/pale skin. All 20 shades. 19 fierce, 14 free, 17 popular, 18 irresistible, 12 loyal, 9 special, 10 naughty, 01 freaky, 03 bold, 05 legendary, 15 charming, 02 happy, 20 powerful, 13 brave, 16 loveable, 06 real, 11 amazing, 04 crazy, 07 enough, 08 strong
Shade lighting
Shades not carried at Ulta: 08 Strong, 07 Enough, 19 fierce, 14 free, 20 powerful, 17 popular, 18 irresistible
Essence This Is Nude Lipstick swatches on fair/light/pale skin. All 20 shades. 19 fierce, 14 free, 17 popular, 18 irresistible, 12 loyal, 9 special, 10 naughty, 01 freaky, 03 bold, 05 legendary, 15 charming, 02 happy, 20 powerful, 13 brave, 16 loveable, 06 real, 11 amazing, 04 crazy, 07 enough, 08 strong
Bright Sunlight

Final Thoughts

Let me know what brand you’d like to see these compared to! I plan to use these to do some comparison posts as well to other brands of lipstick. Have you tried this formula?

I probably won’t get to post much in May, it’s going to be super busy for our family. My daughter is a senior graduating high school so there are a ton of events. Plus it’s our 10 year wedding anniversary, Mother’s day, and I have a birthday. All wonderful things! I’m also still working diligently on my knitting project, but nowhere near finishing. I’ll have a finished project post on that in a few months. If you want to see updates in the meantime, I post those on a separate Instagram account @practically_inspired.

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2 Comments

  • ghekate

    It’s incredible how much lighting effects the look of the swatches. The lipsticks look so nice! I’m becoming more impressed with Essence! I haven’t tried these though. I hope you have a great time with those events this month!

    • stefsedge

      I’ve been pretty impressed with Essence as well. The packaging feels pretty cheap, but I think that’s totally acceptable at this price point.

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