I was in Boots a little while ago and I was in a bit of a cheap state of mind, I didn't want to splash out much cash but I really wanted a little treat. This mindset led me towards the Natural Collection stand and onto my first ever Natural Collection purchase. I've steered clear of the range before now as I'm not a big fan of the packaging, the white lipsticks to my eye have always looked and felt very cheap and flimsy. Although my feelings about the packaging haven't changed what did change was that I actually gave the product a chance and happened upon a colour that I absolutely fell in love with when I swatched it. The shade is called 'Raspberry' and it is just a perfect mid-pink that doesn't really look anything like Raspberries themselves but looks to me to be a very wearable shade. The pigmentation of the lipstick is fantastic and the name of the lipstick range as 'moisture shine' offered me prospect of a shiny, hydrating lipstick. Everything seemed to be perfect.
As these lipsticks were on a 3 for £5 offer I thought I'd try out a couple of colours, I chose Raspberry and two sheer natural lipsticks in the shades Sand Castle and Sorbet. Sand Castle is a semi-sheer nude shade that is really very wearable on me as it isn't too dark or orange. Sorbet is also semi-sheer and is a quite glittery orange toned pink. Raspberry is by far my favourite shade, I really am quite in love with the colour! But I found these lipsticks uncomfortable to wear as they were quite drying and this really put me off picking them up. I'm sure they'd be a way around the drying effect (maybe if I were to layer up the lip balm) but as I don't have to do this with any of my other lipsticks I just don't want to. Another issue with these lipsticks is that they fade very unevenly and if you eat or drink you can bet your bottom dollar that you're going to be left with a lipstick ring around the outside of your lips. However, they really aren't all bad! They have great colour pay off and some of the shades are really gorgeous. As they're so cheap (£1.99 for a single lipstick, available in Boots stores) I do think they're worth giving a go as the colour range is fantastic but it's definitely worth bearing in mind that they're not mind-blowing products, but are great if you just want to try out a new colour.
(below left to right: Sand Castle, Sorbet, Raspberry)
I haven't done lip swatches of Sorbet and Sand Castle (sorry guys) but I think Raspberry needed a lip swatch. I'm now officially on the hunt for a better quality lipstick in this exact shade, so if you know of one do please let me know!
Have you tried any Natural Collection lipsticks before?