Snap Reviews: Lip Creams from NYX and Collection

Hi everyone!

It’s taken me this long to finally try out the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream. Not surprising, to be honest! It was one of those things I meant to buy and try as soon as NYX landed in the UK a while back but for some reason, I never got around to it. But here we are now… I also picked up the Collection Velvet Kiss and after seeing how similar the two products are, I thought I would feature them in the same post.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream

£6.00 – Available from Boots, Debenhams and many online stores like FeelUnique, Cult Beauty and LookFantastic.

I really liked this at first – it goes on the lips quite pigmented but might need more than one dip in the tube if you’ve got bigger lips. It even goes on with a bit of a sheen before it sets compared to the Collection Lip Cream which already applies quite dry.

It appeared smooth at first but cracks showed up in my bottom lip later when I smiled. However, it was a lot less drying compared to the Collection Lip Cream.

Cannes is a cute pink shade that is like Bourjois’ Nude-ist to me, but a little deeper and warmer, perhaps. It just seems way more flattering on me than Nude-ist, and I can actually imagine myself wearing this shade a lot, so I’m going to try and find a very similar one in a formula I like.

Zurich is a lighter, coral ish shade. The coral tones prevent this colour from being too light and bland on me. This particular shade was a gift from TrayTray and I don’t think I would have bought this colour to try myself otherwise, so I was surprised to find this to be a cute colour for the spring and summer seasons.


Okay, this picture doesn’t seem strange at all on my phone but my laptop shows it as super dim and cool-toned. Anyone else?


Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream

£2.99 – Available from Superdrug


This product was very obviously made to be a dupe of the Soft Matte Lip Cream – the tubes are almost identical apart from the slightly different finish on the lids.

Caramel is a very pretty nude brown shade I often struggle to find in stores because it’s all sold out. The price makes it a pretty irresistible pick-up if you like any of the small range of shades. This is the only nude brown shade. It has a very strong sweet smell that smells both delicious and slightly off-putting… sickly, maybe.

I’ve previously compared this to Velvet teddy in this post, so I’ll share the same photo below. It wears decently but I feel as if it is quite drying. On top of that, the tube feels quite empty and the applicator doesn’t pick up much product even when it’s new. Collection’s Lip cream only holds 5ml whilst NYX’s Lip Cream holds 8ml, so that might explain that.


Overall, I think I’m going to conclude that these lip creams aren’t for me – they didn’t really live up to the hype for me and whilst they’re not awful, they’re also not mind-blowing but I can see why the NYX ones are a favourite.

Until next time,


Reviews: Collection Lip Butter and Eye Shadow Pencil

There was a 2 for £5 offer for selected Collection products at Boots so I picked up these two pretties.

The shiny text on the packaging doesn’t photograph well…
Only slightly used!



Work the Colour Lip Butter In Perfect Plum – ‘Vintage Rose’ seems to be the blogger’s shade pick from this range but I was more attracted to the deeper berry, warm purple of Perfect Plum. Normally this is £2.99.
For the price, I was not expecting much – certainly not lasting power, but just enough to last a 5-hour work shift without much fading.

When applying, I was surprised by how well the pencil glided onto the lips. It’s literally like butter – very slick and quick. It feels very light, creamy and moisturising on the lips. The pigmentation of the colour is also very good for the price, and it appears on my lips with a lovely sheen that’s not too glossy.

In terms of lasting power (I am typing this after my aforementioned 5-hour work shift) the colour does fade, mostly on the inside of the lip, over time. However, my lips still looked quite bold enough not to look strange. The lip butter didn’t begin to dry out until about 3.5 hours into my shift, again, most of the dryness was in the middle of my lips where the colour had faded too. It definitely didn’t last through my lunch (a chicken salad) and I was left with an outer line on my lips. As for removability, all it needs is a makeup wipe.

I also picked up the Eye Shadow Pencil in Vintage Blush – a very light, shimmery pink, although when swatched it takes on my yellow undertone so it’s more of a rose gold.

This has been a bit higher on the to-buy list after a hand-swatch survived a work shift and walk home, as well as a shower, as it is waterproof – it took a bit of rubbing to take it off. If I had an eye make-up remover it would probably suffice just fine, but without it, it is not too hard to take off.

The shade is brighter and pinker than my skin tone so a swipe over my lids does a lot to brighten my eyes a bit. Plus it does last. However, It doesn’t glide on to my lids that well and I have to apply a bit of pressure which isn’t ideal for the eyes.

Overall, I am really quite pleased with these buys, especially the lip butter. I know a Matt variation was released a while ago and I am hoping to pick up one or two of those too!


Edit 2016

Hi everyone, I was just wearing this earlier and I thought that now I’ve owned these for over a year now, I should add some more opinions on these products.

I tend to prefer more long wearing, all-day lip products these days so I haven’t been reaching for the Lip Butter all that often. In particular, the Revlon Balm Stain in Crush is very similar, less slick with a deeper shade but it stains and really lasts. I’ve also noticed that the colour appears slightly patchy when applied but this isn’t very noticeable with the gloss.

As the lip butter is so soft, the pointed crayon shape it’s sold in goes blunt very fast and this can make it difficult to apply precisely later on, especially with the pigmentation of the colour. Another point of it being soft is that it wears down quickly. Compared to the Matt Lip Butter which isn’t as soft, I have less than an inch of product left on this so I am hoping to use it all up soon!

The silver writing on the packaging is also pretty much all gone.

As for the eye crayon, I haven’t been reaching for it all that much in favour of foiled shades in my eye palettes. In fact, I don’t think I’ve even sharpened it at all since I have bought it. The main reason is probably that it isn’t soft, and I have to press it onto my eyelids, which goes against the product claim of being soft.

With a primer this wears fine but without, it will eventually crease on my oily eyelids. The creasing isn’t that noticeable due to my eyelid type so you can’t see it, but it might be an issue for you.

As you can see, my standards are a bit higher now I know a bit more of my way around makeup. I hope this update was useful for you too.