These are the two sets I ordered: The Bare Collection and The Vamp Collection. These sets retail for €7,49 (!) a set. That’s less than €1,50 a piece. Crazy right? I own a few products from this brand, some good, some bad, so I was very curious as to what these would be like. I didn’t expect too much of these to be honest, but I was pleasantly surprised.
The Vamp Collection
top to bottom:
- Intense Noir
- Dark Paradise
- Dusk Till Dawn
- Pure Vamp
- Vamp Noir
I really like how they worked with a theme for this set of colors, even though vampirism may not be the most original theme. As you can see, the swatches aren’t patchy. Really nice pigment! I had them on my arm for about 15 minutes and I couldn’t get them off. They stained so much! I even tweeted a picture of it.
Now let’s have a look at the colors on my lips:
I really do not like this one once it’s on the lips. It was the most disappointing color of the bunch. Very dark and very light colors are always tricky, because they’re often patchy, and this is no different. On my arm it was fine, but on the lips it looks a tad messy. A lipliner underneath might save it though (sadly, I didn’t own a pencil in that color).
Also slightly on the patchy side, but way better than Intense Noir. I thought I would absolutely hate this color, because it has tiny gold glitter pigments in it (I prefer a matte finish), but I actually kind of like it. Purple tones are growing on me. I would also recommend using a lip pencil under this one.
This is one I love, even though I thought I was going to hate it. I usually don’t like pinks on my lips, but this has a nice cool undertone and it turns out quite gorgeous. It’s also completely patchy-free and it stayed on even after drinking and eating.
Pure Vamp is your classic red. I feel like all of the colors have a cool undertone except for this one, this has more of an orange undertone. That’s okay though. It’s a perfectly okay staple type of red.
This dusty, wine-like red is also one of my favorites. It goes on smoothly and is a little less “in-your-face” like Pure Vamp is. It’s a nice, wearable red. Not too dark, not too bright.
The Bare Collection
Swatches from top to bottom:
- 111- Untouched
- 112- Sooner or Later
- 113- Whispers
- 114- Naked Beauty
- 115- Mannequin
Oddly enough, this collection has numbers, apart from the names. The Vamp collection doesn’t have this. As you can see, these swatches look alike a lot. They’re all simple nudes, with only small differences in tone. I bought this set because I wasn’t sure if nude lipsticks actually fit me, as I always go for reds. I wanted to try out a more affordable range, rather than splurging on only one, more expensive lipstick (I might not have liked).
Let’s have a look:
I feel like Untouched barely shows up on my lips. You do have to keep in mind that my natural lip-color is darker than this shade. Knowing this, it actually did quite a good job.
Sooner or Later is a darker nude with pink undertones. I really like this one, it’s very beautiful and looks super natural on me. Untouched and Sooner or Later almost looked identical on my arm-swatches and in the tubes, but on my lips, you’re able to see a difference! I like it.
Whispers is the most pink-y nude of the bunch. It’s quite sheer and that’s why I don’t really like it. Even though all of the colors are nude and therefore not the most explosive colors, I feel like this one isn’t really working for me. But that may be just me.
And lastly, there’s Mannequin. It’s the sheerer sister of Naked Beauty, I feel. I’m not too excited about this one, again, because it’s rather sheer and I like my colors to be more opec.
I would recommend these sets for people who want an affordable way to try out colors, like I did! I wasn’t sure purple tones and nude tones were my cup of tea, so in stead of going to my nearest MAC store, I bought these. It made me realise that I love nude shades and that I want to invest more in them. In the mean time, I have 10 lipsticks that’ll probably last me a lifetime.
In short, PROs:
- Super affordable
- Quick delivery (if you order from Boozyshop)
- No animal testing
- Long staying power
- Some of them are patchy
- Some (especially in the bare collection) are a bit too much alike
In the end, for €7,49 I don’t think you will regret buying these, keeping in mind that you get good quality for a very low price. Besides, there’s even more sets available apart from these two.