Back in early 2000's, Esolis was a short-lived brand of skin care and makeup targeting Asian women in North America. It was very strange, as the catalogue just showed up at my door step one day. Obviously, someone had been selling demographic information...and my address!!!! Anyways, I was very excited of course, because growing up, I've never known any makeup or skin care within the borders of North America that was geared towards Asian skin.
***Picture from design:timlink.
Unfortunately, though, upon trial my mother, my sister and I all agreed Esolis was a total and complete flop. Actually, my mother even jokingly concluded it was a fraud! While the products were marketed as mid to high-end, their quality was below drugstore items and their packaging plastic-y and cheap. Eventually, Esolis's target market shared our opinion and the brand disappeared shortly afterwards, after they have extorted a good amount from me and my sister, of course!
Luckily, I did manage to find one gem - the Esolis Lip Tint SPF 16 in Vivid Red. Mind you, not all shades are made equal, even in the same line of product. There are only several shades available in this line, and I have tried 2 - Innocence and Vivid Red. I don't understand why they called these lip tints, because they are quite pigmented lipsticks! Anyway, the Innocence was pure crap! It is a very pretty pearly pink with gold opalescent shimmers, but the formula was worse than candle wax! It was so horrifically drying it bled my lips after 1 day's wear. Needless to say, in the trash bin it went.
The Vivid Red, however, was completely different! The formula was creamy and soft, and best of all, it was the perfect red I've been searching for all my life - a yellow based red with hints of orange (although it looks more blue-base in the picture, I know...)! And it was so pigmented all I had to do was to swipe on some lip balm, dab the lipstick in the middle of my lower lip and press my lips together to get juicy watermelon lips!
The Lip Tint SPF 15 line also had a shade called Orange Mod, and now that I'm in an orange craze I regretted not getting that color too. The formula might fail me like Innocence, but then again it might wow me like Vivid Red. Oh well. The what-if's and the should-have's. Too late for them now...