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I was looking at the Collection makeup (formerly Collection 2000) in Boots and as well as purchasing my usual concealer, decided on the spot to buy a new lipstick as there was a ‘buy 1 get 1 half price’ offer. This lipstick cost £3.99, but I effectively got it for £2 – bargain!
The Deluxe lipstick seems to be a new sub-brand of lipstick from Collection, with only a few shades available. I chose Shade 02, Tallulah, as it was a pretty dusky pink. The lipstick contains shea butter and vitamin E, so it is designed to be very moisturising.
The packaging is fairly smart, with a clear part to the bottom that vividly shows up the colour of the lipstick. Very handy, I would imagine, when you’re looking in your makeup bag for the right shade. The lid is dark grey/silver with a little dot pattern on the top and the word ‘Deluxe’ along the side. I am fairly impressed with the packaging, which is more sophisticated and expensive-looking than I’d normally expect from the Collection brand. After carrying it around in my bag for weeks, the lid is generally secure – it did come off once, but only once, so it’s probably best to keep it in a makeup bag, but it isn’t hugely flimsy.
The lipstick goes on well and I find it quite moisturising. I do have rather dry lips and always find I have to use lip balm quite regularly. However, I’ve been able to get away with not using lip balm with this lipstick. Having said that, I prefer to exfoliate my lips before use, so I don’t get bits of dry skin on my lips.
The lipstick lasts a couple of hours, which isn’t great, and it does transfer to cups etc. when I am eating or drinking. In fairness I often find that this is the case for moisturising lipsticks, and I find that you often have to pay quite a lot of money for a lipstick if you want a really long-lasting one.
Overall, if you are looking for a moisturising lipstick on a budget, this Collection Deluxe lipstick is a good bet.
Collection 2000 is one of those cheap brands that do a lot of make-up and in my experience a lot of it is rubbish but there are a few really good things hidden beside the rubbish.
This lipstick is one of the good things that they sell and it is really cheap too. It is only £2.99 for the lipstick and for that price I think it works really well.
The packaging is fine but you can tell it isn’t a premium brand but it is what is inside that counts. The lipstick promises to give you a plumping effect and increase the size of your lips by up to 40%. There is no way it makes them 40% bigger but it does give them a noticeable plumping effect though it isn’t hugely dramatic so if you have really thin lips don’t buy this expecting it to make you have Angelina Jolie lips because it won’t.
The texture of this is also nice and it feels creamy and moisturising and it actually lasts a lot longer than I thought it would for a cheap lipstick. I’ve bought two colours in the range and they have both been lovely on my lips though they are on the subtle side. They don’t really have many punchy bright colours in the range so it is more one to buy when you want something subtle and pretty rather than something dramatic.
That is actually my biggest problem with this lipstick is that there aren’t a ton of colours to choose from and the selection is quite limited. If you can find a colour that you like though it is worth buying.
Just recently I have a real clear out of make up. My problem was I simply owned too much and had it everywhere and its not like I wear a lot of make up usually so I simply only kept a bit of it and bought a few new bits and pieces that I fancied whilst I was in my local Boots store.
Collection 2000 is what I think of as a cheap brand and quite simply the casing of this lipstick is what caught my eye and appealed to me being a nice chunky black plastic tube and I liked several of the 8 colours available when I got looking at them and eventually decided on one called Cherry Pop which is a richly pigmented bright red colour.
The Lipstick Itself:
Like I say this comes in nice looking tube which you simply pull the lid off and twist the base to reveal a generous size of lipstick and like many lipsticks when you first get it the lipstick is angled.
The lipstick is colour coded on the bottom and the colour is named and contact details for the manufacturer are given and then on the lid in a pink colour there is a swirl of a pattern.
I wasn't expecting much for my pay out of £2.99 but I have to say that on every level I really do like this lipstick. Mine has a sweet, slightly fruity and very nice fragrance to it and a bit of a sweet taste too, again its rather nice. It applies easily and feels very soft, none greasy but quite moisturising and the colour of the lipstick I chose is really rich in colour and I think it is a gorgeous bright red without being cheap looking.
If you simply apply this and go it transfers off on everything though it does stain your lips....I never do this so for me I apply, blot, reapply and blot to get a rich layer of colour. It still comes off a little but so do most lipsticks in my experience to be fair.
The only issue I have with this and it is a small beef is that I do find I need to outline my lips before applying this to stop the lipstick 'bleeding', like I say though this isn't a problem for me and I do find I get a better shape to my lips by using one anyway.
I find I get a couple of hours wear from this the way I apply it which I think is rather good really from a lipstick I paid less than three quid for and I find that my lips feel far better even when I'm not wearing this now so I think it really is very moisturising.
Being called Volume Sensation this is meant to add volume and plump out the lips and in my opinion it does a little but no by 40%, as its actually meant too but enough for me!
People have commented on this lipstick when I'm wearing it and I really do rate it highly and will certainly be buying other colours from this range in the colour.
All in all a great lippy that is economical and kind to the lips...I can't ask for much more!
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