Natural Collection Lipsticks – Picture Heavy

IMG_2787I’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.

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 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)

RaspberryRose BudRose PetalPink MallowFig LeafThere 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!

Raspberry 2Rose Bud 2Rose Petal 2Pink Mallow 2Fig Leaf 2So.. 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.

IMG_2804So, what do you think of Natural Collection? Worth the money or would you rather spend a little more elsewhere?

Miss BB

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  1. Kayleigh
    18 September, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    I picked up Raspberry on a whim because the colour was so gorgeous, but within a day it had snapped and dropped off in the lid making it impossible to use. Won’t be purchasing any more for this reason which is a shame because they have a a few great colours i want to try.

  2. 18 September, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    I’ve got a few of Natural Collection lipsticks but I really want to try more xx

  3. 18 September, 2014 / 3:08 pm

    Great post! I’ve been looking to see what other people thought of the natural collection lipsticks for a while. I have a few of them in my make up collection and Rosebud is actually one of my staple pieces. I totally agree with you on the packaging and the shape although none of mines have ever broken? Maybe I’ve just been lucky!

  4. 18 September, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    These do look lovely, but they do all seem to break in the tube. I bought a red lipstick a while back (as I had stupidly forgotten to take mine out with me) and the thing snapped inside the tube. There’s better highstreet/drugstore lippies that are cheaper and better!
    Ellie | eleanormaes.blogspot.com

  5. Claire
    18 September, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    These look really pretty and I was sold on them until I saw the picture of it broken. That’s so disappointing, I won’t be bothering now. I know they’re budget but I’d personally rather pay a little bit more and have something that lasts, and then the money wasn’t wasted x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  6. 18 September, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    I love Natural Collection’s blushers but that’s about it im afraid. I find neither their lipsticks or their nail polishes very exciting and I think that’s due to the packaging. Having said that, that last colour is lovely but the fact that they snap so easily put me off completely!xx

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  7. 18 September, 2014 / 5:16 pm

    I already have 3 of these in my collection, Rosebud included which is such a gorgeous shade but I would love to try some of these too especiallyFig Leaf. I think the price of these is great and so far I’ve had no breakages!

  8. 18 September, 2014 / 6:00 pm

    I love a few of their products and really want to try out their lipsticks now, hope it doesn’t snap on me! Raspberry and Fig Leaf look great on you!

    TR’s Thoughts

  9. 18 September, 2014 / 6:27 pm

    Natural Collection was one of the brands I had a lot of when I very first got into makeup, and I actually remember them having some really good products. They had bronzing pearls which I repurchased for years, and haven’t been able to find anything like them since – and every time I’m in Boots I look for them but I think they were discontinued. The shades of these lip colours are lovely though, so I think I may be popping by the NC stand next time I’m in Boots! I do agree though that the packaging is pretty rubbish and a bit off putting, but I guess you get what you pay for. x

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  10. Julia
    18 September, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    I feel these would work awesomely depotted. You’d get a pretty good palette for a nice price, less pressure (especially if you’re a beginner!) and you’d get rid of most of the problems you outline. They definitely look like something I’d like to try! I feel there are so many brands on the cheaper end of the spectrum and sorting through them is a bit difficult, even if you’re on a budget.

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  11. 18 September, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    I have cedar it’s a dark red and love it. I love that they’re fragrance free as I have asthma and cheap too. I love the last nude shade and the raspberry. It may be worth decanting the lipsticks into palettes or those stackable tubes and applying with a lipbrush like Rt travel one.

  12. 19 September, 2014 / 12:33 am

    The colors are gorgeous! Don’t think I can stand the breakage thou, imagine how swollen my eyes would be crying for those broken lipsticks each time lol!

  13. 19 September, 2014 / 8:56 am

    The colours are lovely, Shame about the breakage. I had the same issue with the colour corrector stick, it works well but the first time i used it it snapped.

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