I’ve been meaning to do this post for months but I knew I wanted to do it ‘right’ which inevitably means putting it off as long as possible.. many pictures to this one so prepare yourself. The lipsticks are in the same order throughout so here we go – L-R (and top to bottom below) Raspberry, Rose Bud, Rose Petal, Pink Mallow, Fig Leaf
I’ve been trying to branch out with the brands I’m trying on the lower end of the price spectrum and I realised I really hadn’t tried enough from Natural Collection – and it’s SO cheap at only £1.99 for everything, or at least that’s what I understand. Very little of the range is available online so I can’t link to these lipsticks or much else I’m afraid but feel free to correct me in the comments.. regardless they’re very affordable. On the whole I’m really impressed with the formulas, even the paler shades which are historically not so great from lower cost brands are good but the packaging really lets them down – I’ll get in to that at the end.
The swatches are small 1. because the bullets are designed in this odd almond shape rather than giving a flat application area.. I feel like that sounds mad but I know you know what I mean. Also because I didn’t want to press on the bullet too hard for the reasons I will outline in my ‘But…’ portion of the review (see end)
There are some amazing shades here but the standout (other than Raspberry which we’ve all talked you to death about) has to be Fig Leaf. Such an unusual dark nude colour, almost taupey and so retro. I am loving the 90s lip trend right now (post to come on that as I’ve found a dark nude from MAC I’m completely in love with) but I haven’t seen anything like this from a budget brand. Such a flattering neutral for paler skin tones.. I highly recommend you pick it up!
So.. on to the faults. The packaging itself is not so bad, the outer casing is cheap but it’s no big issue, especially for the price. The lids don’t stay on as well as I’d like which can lead to handbag messes (not cool) and broken product.. worse still the below has happened on 2 totally unrelated occasions (oddly with the same colour) with lipsticks I bought in totally different cities (so I can’t imagine it’s a problem with a certain batch but you never know) and it’s SO annoying. Some of them are totally fine and I have no problems at all but others feel so flimsy in the tubing, like the bullet will snap at any time. It’s such a shame because otherwise these are brilliant quality lip products for an amazing price that I would absolutely recommend but if you buy 4 of these and 2 snap then you’ve effectively doubled the price and you have opened up your budget to Seventeen, Barry M, Collection 2000 etc. A great value product becomes less so if it doesn’t do it’s job or worse, breaks so much as I love the ones that I love I couldn’t do a full overview without including this warning. I’m sure many of you haven’t experienced this as it’s a consistency issue.