Collection are a brand I don't think about when it comes to lips. I have tried a couple of things from the lip range and they've been okay but nothing amazing but when I got the chance to try out this gorgeous red from their newer range, I thought I would give it a chance.
The Deluxe Lipsticks claim to be creamy lipsticks with a velvet texture. The five colours in the line are retro inspired, and supposedly easy to apply. The formula is jam packed with good things like lip conditioners, antioxidants and things like shea butter, avocado oil and vitamin E.
So, lets address the claims.
Yes. The lipsticks are creamy, maybe to much. The are creamy to apply, BUT they might be a little too creamy. They do slide around a little, meaning a good liner is needed to ensure the lipstick doesn't end up sliding off of your lips.
No. The texture isn't velvety BUT I do like the texture. I know some people like red lips to be matte but I love a bit of shine and this gives you that. With a good liner to stop the feathering, I really like the finish and texture.
No. The colours are not easy to apply, you do NEED a liner. The depth of the colours are lovely, they are nice and bold, especially this one, but they are not easy to apply. They glide on but you have to be so careful upon application because they are really creamy and so bold that any mistake show up like nothing else.
Yes. There are some good ingredients, BUT you can't really tell if they do anything. The lipstick doesn't dry out your lips, which I suppose gives some credits to the ingredients but it's not like I'm going to drop a lip balm because of the good ingredients.
Now, lets move onto the colour because this is where this lipstick WINS for me, While it might not be the most spring/summer colour, I'm going to be rocking this anyway. It's a gorgeous deep red called Prohibition. The vampy shade is a touch darker than the usual red I go for, but I think it looks so flattering on the lips. I love wearing this with pale skin and simple eyes to really emphasis the depth and colour of the lipstick.
Finally, the packaging. It's nice. It's better than the other Collection offerings, and looks gorgeous. The end is great because you can see the colour without having to take the cap off. I like the font on the tube, and the gunmetal/grey/silver cap It doesn't feel as nice as some other lipsticks but I wouldn't expect anything more for something at the bargain price of £3.99.