Today I decided to chronicle a cruel lesson I learnt when it comes to buying Christmas sets willy nilly. Christmas time is a pretty magical time because it means cherry season, gingerbread and kick-ass mini sets from all of your favourite makeup brands. Christmas ’15 saw some pretty nifty new sets so I decided to branch out and try some new items!
In comes the bareMinerals Marvellous Moxie “Love at First Kiss” lipstick set which looked like a really neat set of lipsticks. I haven’t weighed up the actual value vs a full sized lipstick but the appeal for me was trying 10 different shades of mini lipstick because it’s often a challenge for me to get through a full sized lipstick! I eagerly hopped in store at Mecca Cosmetica and swatched this set on my arm, they seemed to be pretty smooth and well pigmented so I took the set home.
I’d previously only tried a bareMinerals face powder and mascara, neither were particularly good or bad so the brand never stood out to me. I decided to give them more of a chance and try out this set but in hindsight, I really should’ve researched it more. Looking back, I don’t think I realised just how many “vanilla” shades there were in this set, more than half of the shades are made up of very dull nude/nude-pink colours which I don’t have a particular interest in. It could be good if you happen to be searching for a good MLBB (My Lips but Better) shade but I’m not, I’m all about the berry tones or deep pinky reds.
Anyway, as for the lipsticks themselves, there’s just nothing particularly special about them. The quality is on par with your basic Maybelline or Rimmel lipstick and there’s just no real benefit to these that a much cheaper lipstick couldn’t fulfill. The packaging is boring and standard, the shades are very attainable in other brands, the pigmentation is easily matched and even improved upon by many brands and the longevity is nothing worth calling home over. I don’t mean to sound like an absolute arsehole but there’s really nothing special about these, they’re overpriced and average at best.
Despite this, I decided to share some swatches to show you just how unspecial these shades really are, I didn’t swatch them all because most aren’t worth seeing. I’m not going to go into much depth about the performance of each shade because none of them perform much differently to how I’ve described them above.
Make your Move – A nude-pink shade
Get Ready – Another nude-pink shade but just a tad warmer toned
Live Large – Live large indeed with this rose pink lipstick, for those days when your nude pinks aren’t quite enough
Lead the Way – The most interesting shade in the set, this is that beautiful berry-purple on the box, pretty disappointing right? I’ve got NYX round lipsticks that are more impressive.
In Conclusion it should be pretty obvious how I feel on this but if it’s not clear, the rating below should be a good indicator. The full size versions of these lipsticks retail at $29AUD at Mecca but I’m not sure why someone would just want to throw their money away like that. I’ve learned to consider my Christmas sets more carefully and not just pick things up because it’s “great value” so I can thank bareMinerals for the lesson at least.
1 – Terrible, would not recommend at all
2 – Bad, did not work for me but may work for others, would not repurchase
3 – Average-decent, but unlikely to repurchase
4 – Good, worked well or showed some results, would recommend and may repurchase
5 – Excellent, would happily recommend to one and all, extremely likely to repurchase