Simply Lippy Challenge Day 347 | H&M Lip Collection Lip Gloss in Shade, Maroon

If you’ve caught some of my posts over the last week, you’ll have seen me writing about this set of mini lip glosses that I picked up in H&M. There are five in the packet and while two of them wouldn’t usually be my choice of shade, the shades that I do like, I absolutely love.

Today’s shade, Maroon, is probably my favourite shade of all, mainly because it is a gorgeous winter berry shade, and you all know I love a berry lip.

The finish on this shade isn’t as full or opaque as some of the others; it is more sheer than anything else, yet the pigment is bold and colour pay off is very good. A light layer gives great coverage, and the colour is fab too!

The formula like with all the others, is thick and rich, and very easy to apply. It blends well, has a nice smooth texture and smells just as delicious as all the others.

The lasting power isn’t amazing, it’s fine but does need to be reapplied after eating or drinking. And as it was a very windy day, I did notice a little stickiness which I hadn’t notice before and found a little annoying.

Having said that, I had a girly day out today with some of my girls and it was the perfect lippy choice for a festive day out. I loved wearing it and it’s definitely going to stay in my makeup bag to use once my challenge is over.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 346 | H&M Lip Collection Lip Gloss in Shade, Pink

Today’s lippy is another pick from my H&M mini lipstick set and one that I would never normally wear. But, for the purposes of trying as many shades as possible for my challenge, today I donned this very pink, pink lip.

I’m not a fan of this kind of pink, it’s just not me at all and I’m sure most of you already know that I prefer bolder colours overall. However, as with most of the other glosses in this set, I have to admit that this does have great pigment.

The finish is a medium to full coverage which I was surprised by given the gloss finish and the paleness of the shade. However, the colour pay off is good and it layers very well too.

As with the other lip glosses, the formula is quite thick with a nice texture, and it makes your lips feel smooth when you apply it. It isn’t drying, but it’s not hydrating either so you won’t get any moisturising element from it. But, given that it’s a gloss, that’s to be expected.

For me I wouldn’t wear the shade again because I’m really not a fan so I suppose the set isn’t great in that regard. However, given how budget friendly it is, one bad shade out of five really isn’t bad. Plus, it would make a great stocking filler for any lippy lover!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 341 | H&M Lip Collection Lip Gloss in Shade, Mauve

The other day I tried out one of these H&M lip glosses for the first time and was so impressed with it. I loved both the formula and pigment, both of which were such good quality for the budget price point.

As I bought it as part of a five mini lip gloss set, today I tried out my next shade in the set, this lovely soft mauve nude. To me it has more of a brown than mauve undertone, but it’s a lovely warm shade nonetheless.

The pigment on shade Chestnut which I wore the other day, was a lot more opaque than today’s, and I did have a feeling that might happen given that the colour isn’t as rich. It’s definitely got more of a sheer finish, but you do still get a soft hint of colour when you layer it up.

The formula is the same rich vinyl-like formula as before, and one thing I absolutely love about it, is the gorgeous caramel vanilla scent which quite honestly, smells delicious! It literally makes me want to eat it – but maybe that’s more the pregnancy hormones than anything else!

The texture is very smooth and is slightly on the thicker side which gives a good coverage to the lips and keeps them soft throughout the day.

The lasting power isn’t bad as glosses go, you will need to reapply throughout the day, but nothing more than I would expect from a gloss really.

As colour goes, the pigment was definitely better in the first shade I tried, but overall I quite liked this one again today and am very impressed by how well it wears too.

Have you tried any of the H&M beauty range?

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 339 | H&M Lip Collection Lip Gloss in Shade, Chestnut

I think one of my favourite things about my challenge so far, has been those moments where a lipstick has completely surprised me. Given that I’ve tried and worn 338 lippies already this year, it doesn’t often happen anymore, but today it did!

As it’s Christmas, a lot of brands have been releasing lipstick sets and I came across this one from H&M the other day. I’ve never tried any H&M beauty products before now, but as the shades in the set looked so nice, I decided to buy it and put them to the test.

In all honesty, I didn’t have very high hopes for this at all, but I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised for many reasons.

The gloss texture is rich and creamy, with an almost vinyl-like feel to it that is lovely and smooth. It is thick but very blendable, and also has a gorgeous caramel scent which I loved.

The shade itself is a gorgeous warm rose shade with incredible pigment, and I loved how good the colour pay off was too. When I applied it, it didn’t drag or pull the colour underneath, and I loved the smooth finish of it too.

It takes a lot for me to like a lip gloss so you can imagine my surprise at really loving this one today. While it’s not the most hydrating lippy, it wasn’t drying, and my lips felt soft all day while I wore it.

There are five mini lipsticks in the set and after today’s experience, I can’t wait to try the rest. The paler shades may not have as good a pigment, but as always, I’ll keep you posted when I try them out!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 165 | Penneys PS… Lipstick &Gloss Lip Duo in Shade Brave

Today I opted for another lipstick and gloss duo from Penneys in a gorgeous, rich berry shade called Brave. Usually this colour would remind me of Autumn, but today I wanted something with a rich tone and this was the perfect choice.

I’ve worn these lip duos several times throughout the challenge so far in both strong and light colours, but today’s shade is by far the boldest shade and therefore I had high hopes for both the pigment and the finish.

The lipstick itself isn’t particularly moisturising, so don’t be expecting much when it comes to that, but the consistency is  lovely and smooth and applies so easily on to the lips if you do try it.

However, on the plus side, the pigment is just gorgeous and the colour is very buildable too. In fact it’s so bold and buildable, I’m really not sure it needs the gloss element because I found today that when I applied the gloss over the lipstick, it kind of dragged the colour a bit underneath.

Before gloss
After gloss

I do find that the lasting power isn’t great so you will have to apply it several times throughout the day, but given this is a budget lippy, I don’t think that’s really an issue.

I was lucky enough to be sent this lippy from the lovely ladies in Penneys to try out, and I adore the shade, but I’m just not sure if I would purchase it in the future.

Having said that, if they had the lipstick part as a stand alone lippy shade in their matte formula, I’m pretty sure I’d wear it all the time because it is just gorge!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 149 | DuWop Venom Gloss in Shade Lantana 

You may recall me wearing three different DuWop mini lipsticks over the past few months, and although I really liked one of the shades, Plum, I wasn’t a massive fan of the lipstick in general.

The minis were part of a trio set I bought, and when I got them, I was also sent one of their venom lip glosses as a free gift with purchase to try out in a bubblegum pink shade called Lantana.

Given my feelings on the lipsticks, I didn’t have high hopes for the gloss so was very pleasantly surprised to find that I actually really liked it! 

The gloss itself was thick and creamy in texture, and gave a lovely high shine coverage to the lips. The pigment was also very good for a sheer finish gloss, and I definitely got a great pop of colour when I applied it which I really liked.

The shade as I mentioned above, is a bubblegum pink so not really my usual kind of shade, but the sheer finish made it quite soft and not too pink. Not only did it look like bubblegum, but it smelled exactly like bubblegum too which I thought might become bit overpowering or sickly throughout the day, but it didn’t at all, and I actually found it quite fun to wear because of that!

All-in-all, I’m really glad this gloss surprised me and I think it’s a great budget gloss option that brings a little something fun with it!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 116 | Rimmel Oh My Gloss Lipgloss in Shade 500, Ooh La La

I have tried many Rimmel lipsticks over the years, but for some reason, hadn’t tried their Oh My Gloss lipgloss until today. 

I spotted this when I was out doing some shopping last week and loved the look of the deep red shade, so of course, decided to buy it and try it out for my challenge.

The base of this gloss is Argan Oil which is in incredibly moisturising and so good for the skin, so naturally I expected the formula to reflect that. And let me tell you, it really did.

Usually I wouldn’t describe glosses as particularly moisturising but this was, and what’s more, it kept my lips feeling soft and smooth all day which I was really pleasantly surprised by.

Of course being a gloss, I did have to reapply it more than once throughout the day, but not as often as I thought I would so that was a major plus for me. Plus, there was none of the dreaded stickiness that you sometimes get with lip gloss. Hooray!

The pigment is fairly good for a sheer gloss finish, although I was expecting it to be a warm red as it looked to have a slight orange undertone in the tube. However, when I applied it, it actually had more of a pink than orange undertone which isn’t usually the tone of red that I’m drawn to.

Overall, I really enjoyed wearing this today and am really impressed by both the formula and texture. It is super smooth, very easy to wear, and the shade is lovely too.

Another good lippy from Rimmel!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 101 | Max Factor Colour Elixir Lip Gloss in Shade 25, Enchanting Coral

I haven’t worn any Max Factor products in a very long time, since my teenage years in fact, but I noticed this gorgeous coral gloss in Boots a few weeks back and couldn’t resist buying it and adding it to my challenge list.

As you can see from the photos, the shade is a rich salmon pink, and on a sunny day, is a gorgeous shade to wear to brighten up any makeup look – or so I thought. As so often happens with lipstick or lip gloss, the colour looked opaque when I first opened it, but on application, it’s actually a very sheer gloss with only a hint of colour. Noooo!

I was so disappointed with the pigment, I even applied several layers to try build it up, but it just wasn’t having much of an impact at all. Now, in fairness to the product, when I looked online, it does say that the shades range from subtle to bold, and this is obviously one of the subtle shades.

The formula itself is quite smooth which I liked, but didn’t have any real moisturising effect and definitely wasn’t hydrating. I found myself applying this over and over again throughout the day, hoping for a better result each time, and just not getting it.

It was nice to wear (while it lasted), and I liked that the gloss finish was high shine without being sticky. But that’s where the positives end for me with this I’m afraid.

Maybe it’s not that it’s bad, it’s just that the pigment was so disappointing after looking so lovely in the tube.

You win some, you lose some as the saying goes. As always, it was nice to try something different, but I won’t be buying this one again.

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 88 | Catrice Lip Cushion in Shade 020, Better Make A Mauve

If you caught my post from Day 56, you will already have heard me talking about these new lip cushion gloss finish lippies from Catrice which I’m loving.

When they released this range earlier this year, I was so excited to give them a try and was not let down at all.

The finish is high gloss which you would expect to be sticky, but thankfully it’s not. It has a thick, rich formula which coats the lips leaving them feeling smooth and of course, glossy!

Although the cushion applicator is very easy to use, I don’t think this shade gives as much of an impact as the first one I tried, but is still nice for a neutral lip kind of day.

I really like the formula, and it’s a very handy lippy to have when you’re running around the place, but I kind of wish it was just a little more pigmented than it is.

What do you think about cushion lipsticks? Have you tried this range yet? The Coraline’s Crush shade from Day 56’s post is just gorgeous!

Sorcha 💋

Simply Lippy Challenge Day 82 | NYX Butter Gloss in Shade 08, Apple Strudle 

As many of you may know, NYX is a brand that I really like. I’m always so impressed by their products, and their vinyl liquid eyeliner is one of my holy grail products.

I’ve always loved their lipsticks, but until today, had never tried their Butter Gloss, but as always, was excited to try it out.

The first thing that drew me to this lipstick when I bought it was the shade,a gorgeous peach shade called, Apple Strudle. I mean just look how pretty it is! Exactly the kind of shade that I love wearing, especially at this time of year.

The tone is perfect for a Spring day, and the finish is a very creamy gloss which makes the colour buildable even though it is slightly sheer. There is enough pigment to give a tint of colour, and is the perfect shade for everyday wear, especially for a more neutral makeup look.

Once again I’m super impressed by NYX and I really like this. I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite in terms of formula because it does have a slight stickiness, but I really like the shade and would definitely wear it again.

Sorcha 💋