Friday, 11 November 2016

Road Test: Nyx Intense Butter Gloss

Nyx Intense Butter Gloss is available at Boots and for £5.50. I bought mine after trying and loving Nyx Butter Gloss which is as comfortable as a balm and looks beautifully shiny on the lips. I have three shades and am testing out Chocolate Apple today.
First Impressions: The packaging of these is very appealing, with a metallic-style top and the same, handy size as Nyx's other lip products. I think the colour selection in this range is lovely, particularly for Autumn and Winter.

The Intense Butter Gloss smells delicious, like vanilla cupcake batter and the colours are definitely intense. The applicator is quite large and flat and I find I need to wipe quite a bit of product off, otherwise it is too messy to apply.
The size and shape of the applicator, along with the rich pigmentation of the gloss makes it difficult to get a neat application. Once on the lips, however, the gloss is amazingly rich, shiny and comfortable to wear.
Cup Of Tea Test: The formula of these glosses is quite thick although not sticky, and I was pleasantly surprised that there was not much transfer to my cup.
The product didn't look perfect on my lips after drinking, but can be re-applied over itself without any change to the texture on the lips.
After Eating: This was messy! But you would expect that from any glossy product and as you can see below, some colour was left on the lips.
Overall: I think the application of this thick product is tricky and takes a little while to get right. However, I love the comfort and the colour of these glosses. The shades are long-lasting and deliver the promised "extreme colour" in a super shiny, moisturising form. Perfect for achieving a smooth, glossy, bold lip look.
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Friday, 4 November 2016

L'Oreal Color Riche Collection Exclusive Reds

This is a collection of red lipsticks created with different skin tones in mind, each represented by a celebrity brand ambassador. They cost £6.99 each and according to L'Oréal's website, are "enriched with velvet spheres, pure pigments and jojoba oils".
I bought five shades two years ago and it seems that the range has since been updated, as I can't find JLo's Red or Doutzen's Red now on the UK highstreet, although both are available on Amazon, Ebay and other sites. The current shades promoted on the L'Oréal website are: Blake's Red (named for Blake Lively), Julianne's Red (for Julianne Moore), Liya's Red (for Liya Kebende) and Eva's Red (for Eva Longoria). The idea is that you can match your perfect red shade to the celebrity whose skin tone and colouring most resembles your own.
The packaging is very appealing and looks expensive for a drugstore collection. Each of the lipsticks has a scent and a creamy, matte finish. They are long-lasting and very comfortable for a matte range.

Blake's Red
I have heard that this shade is a colour dupe for Mac's famous Ruby Woo.

Doutzen's Red
I find this orangey red more forgiving than some of the darker shades. It has great staying power and adds a lot of brightness to any look.

Eva's Red
I really like this muted red. It reminds me of a 1940s lip look and is the shade I wear the most.

JLo's Red
This is a gorgeous, rich red, perfect for Winter.

Julianne's Red
This one is bright, but I love it!
These lipsticks are highly pigmented and leave a stain on the lips. They take a bit of careful application as they are such rich colours, but once in place they last well throughout the day. I think they are great value, and a lovely option for the fast-approaching festive season.
Julianne's Red
Have you tried these lipsticks or do you have any other drugstore red recommendations?
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Find Blake's Red, Eva's Red and Julianne's Red at Boots here:
Find Blake's Red at Superdrug here: