I'm a little late on the Natural Collection 'Moisture Shine' bandwagon but after I saw Hannah wearing Rose Petal, I had to try it myself. I also picked up Apple Blossom despite her disliking that one :) At £2 a pop I had nothing to lose if I didn't like it either :) On the top is Apple Blossom, and below Rose Petal. Just my type of shades!
They say: "High shine lipstick that gently moisturises the lips." And I have to agree. Rose Petal is more glossy than Apple Blossom, which turns a buffed matte shade shortly after applying on me. This isn't a complaint however, semi matte finishes are my favourites when it comes to lipsticks.
They claim to be fragrance free, but they do have that cheap waxy crayon type scent, but no big deal, I'd rather not pay for fragrance if I don't have too. The only other con in my opinion is the shape of the bullet, but again I'm picking faults for the sake of it. Did I mention these are £2?!
There are a whole bunch of other shades, and I will definately be looking closely at them next time I'm in Boots. These two genuinely rival MAC in terms of coverage and quality. Apple Blossom is just what I wanted MAC's Creme D'Nude to be! Here's a rather messy swatch:
Absolutley LOVE this! It's my new favourite lipstick and I plan on buying many backups and sending some to my US friends. Mmm, lovely!
As for Rose Petal, it's still a beautiful shade but I prefer Apple Blossom. In real life, this one is a LOT brighter on my lips, more of a statement shade, however the image below shows how it look on my lips indoors. As soon as I step outside into daylight though, it's like POW PINK LIPS:
Still beautiful however, still highly recommended and still on it's way to America also ;) For £2 you really cannot go wrong. A quick google serch brings up many more images of these two, on different skintones etc.
I bought the No7 Blend and Contour brush for £1.50 with my £5 off voucher. It's the #217 dupe a few people have mentioned. I wouldn't have paid full price for it as a) I already have a plethora of brushes, and b) Call me a snob but I tend to rather pay a few extra pounds for a high end brand. That said, it's a decent brush, blends well and would be a great addition to any ones kit - especially beginners or those who don't want to splash out on MAC etc. If anyone would like to see a full review on this one, comparing it to the #217 in detail let me know and I'll give it some more love over the next few days and get back to you!
As for L'Oreal Voluminous - "No Clumping?" - Hmm, big fat DISAGREE xo