The Essence lip balm is thick in texture (which comes from castor oil), has a hint of tint, and a bit of a shimmer. The balms come in fruity flavors, which are not overbearing, and they are surprisingly inexpensive! Best of all, these balms are great for anyone who wants to apply and go! They will last for hours and the moisture dissipates within thirty minutes. During the winter, you need a balm that will hold for at least a couple of hours. Overall, you get what you pay for, and I would recommend it for anyone looking for a quick moisture fix!