Susan Posnick ColorEssential lipstick review

Susan Posnick are a US brand that create makeup for women on the go. Developed by celeb make up artist Susan Posnick, the range came to life after she developed skin cancer, and wanted a mineral foundation that offered an SPF. 

Since the range launched in 2001, it's expanded and now has a wide range of products for eyes, lips and face. 

I've been testing out one of their new Colour Essential summer lipsticks, in the shade Shanghai*. All of the lipsticks in the range are designed to suit every skin tone and contain olive oil and vitamins A and E, for healthy lips and a rich feeling formula.

Susan Posnick Shanghai lipstick

Susan Posnick Shanghai lipstick on lips

Shanghai is a soft pink colour, which although it looks quite bright in the tube, actually applies quite sheer. It goes on smoothly, with no dragging and feels really soft on the lips. Lasting time is pretty good - about 3 hours (including drinking), before needing a little top up. 

I think this lipstick is perfect for those days where you fancy a little burst of colour, without wearing anything too bright. It's certainly made a nice change for me as I usually switch between neon pink lips or nothing at all, so having something in the middle has been the perfect solution. 

There are 15 shades in total in the ColorEssential range, and each lipstick costs £18.50. You can find them online from John and Ginger.  

*This post contains a PR sample. My views are honest as always. 



  1. Oooh! I love the sound of this, I've only ever burnt my lips once and it wasn't a great experience nice to see a pretty coloured lipstick with a spf!

    Jamie-Lee | Glitter Infatuation | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog!

  2. I love that shade. I don't suit bright colours, so it would be perfect for me.

    Colour Shimmer Sparkle
    Bree :)

  3. Looks so pretty on you! I always forget about SPF in my lip products - not sure why more brands don't have use it?! x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

  4. You are right! it looks really bright in the tube the on you lips it looks so light! It looks really moisturising which is something I always look for I hate that crusty dried lip look haha! xx

    1. so true! no-one wants crusty lips, ha ha x


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