If there’s going to be one part of my makeup collection I can’t simplify down, it’s lipsticks. I’ve tried, I really have but there are so many damn good formulas and colours out there it’s a miracle I’ve got it the size it is now.

Nearly all my makeup is cruelty free which really helped on the clear out, and one of my favourite CF brands is NYX so when I popped into Boots with £20 in points and discovered a deserted NYX stand with a newly added Lip Lingerie section, well, what’s a girl to do but swatch and spend?!

I’m really in love with the formula and colours – so far I’ve only picked up 3 as I’m more into cool tone browns and it was mainly pinks left – and they are a bloody bargain too at £6.50 each. Oddly, I’ve mainly been rocking Exotic which is quite a bold pink for such a nude lipstick range, but it out of the three it has minimal streaking and dry feeling, lasting colour through food and drink, and is a nice low-key pop of colour.

Embellishment is very purple toned, and I feel very 90’s when I wear it with neutral brown eyes or KIKO Colour Crush Eye Shadow in 04 (literally the same shade). Agai, it lasts very well and isn’t super drying, but it does show up dry patches on your lips and takes a bit more layering work to even out the colour. The most nude shade I picked up was Corset and even now I’m like ‘damn Lauren this is nude!’ but it’s a nice balance – not too concealer lips, not too MAC Myth, just nailed on the ‘this is your actual lip colour but half a shade lighter’. I would say it is the worst for drying out your lips and even application, but it does look nice if you’re not rocking it all day long – longevity is good but I wouldn’t want to reapply realistically.

I did have to hold back on buying the really brown shades – because realistically, I have enough – but it really is the darker/more mid-tone nude that come through on formula, colour payoff and longevity, and for that reason alone you should pick up a shade *hallelujah*. Granted, they’re not vegan friendly to their higher end counterpart by Kat Von D, but if you’re looknig for more cruelty free options and a fab-u-louuss range of nudes for all skintones then you can’t go wrong with a matte liquid lip that’s under £7 – bargain!

If you want to see swatches of the lipsticks, they’re all in my latest video – a stop motion haul nonetheless (little plug, plz subscribe) and I talk again about the formulas and shades, and if you’re interested in more cruelty free beauty posts then hit me up with your recommendations in the comments below! Happy Lipsticking!


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