I missed out on the initial launch of the Lips & Boys Collection so made sure to quickly place an order when the collection was relaunched recently (in the UK its exclusive to Selfridges).
I'd read and seen pictures on the difference in size, it was still a
surprise to see in the flesh just how mini these are (shown below with the regular size).
What is good
though is that the quality of the packaging is still the same as the
full size, just smaller, and the lipstick itself is a good size
rather than being really thin and fiddly to apply.
Money wise they
only work out slighter cheaper compared to the full size, these are
2 grams at £26 each whereas the standard lipsticks is 3 grams for
£37 each. I'd rather have a cheaper price and smaller amount
of product personally (good to have hope of using up a product....).
I bought the following shades:
Julian: cool toned, medium mauve pink with satin finish.
Olivier: cool toned, very pale lavender pink with
shimmer finish. I bought this to use as a topper for other
lipsticks to give a bit of interest as these types of shades are
too pale to use on their own with my complexion.
James: warm toned, medium coral with satin finish (this is meant
to be the same shade as Twist of Fate, which was a limited
edition shade for the 2014 Fall collection).
Flynn: neutral nude pink with satin finish.
Both Julian and James have the same texture/application of the
full size, they are creamy, with very good pigment and a long
wear time. Oliver and Flynn are of a slightly thinner
consistency and are not as pigmented.
I'm really not getting on
with Flynn, no matter how well I prep my lips it shows up lines
and dryness like a beast, it also applies a lot lighter that it
looks in the tube and swatch so washes me out.
Swatched L-R:Flynn, Olivier, James and Julian.
Its good that on the whole the quality remains the same compared to the full size, I just
wish I'd skipped Flynn and opted for a more colour intense
There are still quite a few shades left on the Selfridges site,
though I presume that once they are gone they are gone so bear
in mind if you are eyeing the collection up.
I bought these from http://www.selfridges.com/