“ Brand: Boots / Gloss / Type: Lip Gloss / Suitable for: Lip „
I am a bit of a fan of Boots Natural Collection make up because its usually very good quality and has a lot within the range to choose from as well as being usually on offer for 3 the price of 2 and usually costing £1.99 an item, well its a cheap way of topping up my make up and experimenting with new styles on a budget!
I very rarely wear a lip gloss but I fancied trying one of these as they are called 'juicy lips' so I bought one and a couple of other items from the range and I bought the vanilla option which is the clear lip gloss to go over my usual lipsticks and the likes though this is also available in a toffee cream colour (a lightish creamy brown shade) and raspberry ripple (a light pinkish shade).
This comes in a clear plastic tube with a white twist on/off lid to the top of it to which houses a white matching plastic 'wand' and on the end of that there is a slanted and white sponge applicator and on the side of the tube we are told that it is Natural Collection and simply contact details for Boots are given as this is a Boots own product of course.
This is actually a really nice lip gloss and called juicy for a reason! On opening up the tube you get a very nice, pleasant and sweet aroma of vanilla and of course my chosen lip gloss is clear and you can wear it alone or over other colours though if using it over colours those colours end up in the bottle along with the clear gloss and staining the sponge so for that I simply use my finger.
This glides on sort of soft and silky and not to thick at all. Its a nice shiny gloss that isn't plastic looking or trouty pouty or owt and the only problem I have with it is that its really nice tasting and I want to lick it off!
This isn't sticky or greasy...... however it does need reapplying often as it doesn't hang about long when eating, drinking and smoking etc however it is easy enough to reapply and quite pleasurable to do so. Not only does this gives me lovely luscious lips it keeps them in good nick and I find my lips in better condition in general since using this i.e they feel smoother and not so dry.
For me this is a nice lip gloss, even using it often it lasts ages in the tube as a little goes a very long way indeed. I wouldn't go out of my way to purchase it again but wouldn't avoid it at the same time!
Only available from Boots and from Boots.com
When it comes to make up bargains I do like to feel like I've saved a little money especially when make up isn't the cheapest item us women buy and in the quantities in which we use it saving a little money here and there is vital. However, not all bargains are good bargains! Natural Collection is a beauty and make up range by Boots and across their make up they offer three items for £5.00. I've had a pretty hit or miss experience with this range as some products are genuine bargains and others are pretty poor.
One item I bought in the three for £5.00 offer was the Natural Collection Juicy Lips Lip Gloss. Their range of shades is pretty limited compared to other brands and I presume this is just to keep the overall cost down. The shades are also relatively tame compared to others, tending to stick with the pastel colours, the 'safer' shades which tend to appeal to most people so it is a pretty safe bet that nearly everyone has a paler shade of lip gloss for those everyday outings.
The lip gloss comes in the usual slim, circular tube but the packaging/labelling is incredibly basic which is the same for all packaging across the range. It has a white top and the base itself is completed clear plastic so you can easily see the colour of the lip gloss itself. Natural Collection have a simple flower logo which is clearly seen together with small font detailing the ingredients, contact info for Boots etc. The packaging overall is made to fit the price as is with all their range so don't expect it to be anything amazing. It is simple and basic but still we made and put together.
The shade I bought was Raspberry Ripple which is a candy coloured pink with a metallic hue to it. All the shades except the clear gloss seem to have this metallic shimmer running through them which is quite nice. What I have found though is that the colour in the tube seems to be a lot paler when applied. I have also used the Toffee Cream shade previously and the same thing happened with that which is quite disappointing as you end up having to layer it on to get a decent a colour and even then you still don't get the same colour as what you see in the tube! The Raspberry Ripple has a sweet, candy like scent which is pleasant but quite synthetic and fortunately isn't noticeable when applied.
The lip gloss itself is applied with the applicator brush or foam brush as it looks like. As I said above it takes quite a lot of applying to get a half decent colour on your lips and even then it doesn't come up that well. Its consistency is quite decent and you don't get any excess on the applicator brush which is even better so you would think! In reality you actually don't get enough on the applicator brush, certainly no where near enough to get a proper coating which isn't useful. When you apply it does give a gentle coating, it is not thick or heavy which is obviously a positive but that doesn't make it any better.
After applying I didn't have high hopes as to its staying power as although its consistency was decent enough it is quite a thin lip gloss (I wouldn't even call it a gloss rather than a crème!). My hopes were dashed as within 20 minutes the lip gloss had pretty much disappeared leaving a very subtle metallic hue on the lips which within another 10 minutes disappeared altogether! Needless to say I wasn't overly impressed! I have now decided in order not to waste it to use it under a clear Vaseline which gives a proper glossy shine to it and the colour does last a little longer. But you shouldn't really have to resort to this in order to use your lip gloss!
Overall, a pretty poor excuse for a lip gloss. Apart from not providing your lips with a glossy colour or coating it is useless to apply as it just isn't thick enough and you don't get enough on the applicator brush. Also, the shade you choose won't be the shade you end up getting after applying, think at least 3 shades lighter. It just doesn't live up to the job and I can now see why it is so cheap. It's a poor product which actually fits in which the other poor products in the Natural Collection range? Would I recommend? Definitely not! I'm all for saving money but certain items do need a little bit more spent on them to actually make them worthwhile.
~ Useful (Useless) Info ~
Brand: Natural Collection (Boots)
Shades: Toffee Cream and Raspberry Ripple - these are according to the website although in store there seem to be a few more such as Clear and Peach Melba.
I like picking up a bargain and love buying different lip balms and glosses, so when I seen Boots Natural Collection Juicy Lips in the Natural Collection stand in Boots for £1.99, I decided that I would pick it up as a little treat to myself.
This lip gloss comes in 3 different colours/flavours they are:
Pink- Raspberry Ripple
Iced Purplish White- Vanilla
I decided I would try the pink raspberry ripple lip gloss as I have never had a raspberry ripple flavoured lip gloss and also because I quite liked the pink shade that it came in.
This lip gloss is quite easy to apply, it comes with a little applicator brush that you dip into the tube containing the lip gloss and simply smooth it over your lips. I like that when I apply this lip gloss, it isn't too messy.
This lip balm doesn't have a very strong taste, but it does have a nice raspberry, vanilla taste to it, it also smells lovely and just like raspberry ripple ice cream. I was really pleased with the smell and taste of this lip balm as it is lovely, especially for a cheap lip balm that only cost me £1.99.
I really like the shade that this lip gloss turns your lips, it is quite subtle pink and really glossy, though it isn't too shiny and still has quite a nice matte tone to it. If you use quite a lot of this lip balm the pink is really vibrant, though it leaves your lips really sticky if you put too much on so it's better to use this as a subtle daily lip gloss.
This lip gloss doesn't really have any moisturising qualities, and if I found that if I didn't use a good lip balm at night time after using it or as an undercoat, that my lips were really dry and cracked easily.
You can often pick these lip balms up on offer, along with the other Natural Collection brand make ups in Boots, they usually have a 3 for £5 offer on which would make this lip balm even cheaper again as it usually costs £1.99.
Overall I really like this lip gloss, it smells lovely, looks great on and isn't really expensive to buy. The only problem I have with this lip gloss is that it can dry out my lips a little if I don't use a lip balm alongside it, however I think this is a minor problem as it is really easy to pop on a layer of lip balm. Overall I would give this lip balm 4 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90