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Thursday, 5 June 2014

Collection Mardi Gras Collection

Collection Mardi Gras Collection review swatch photo

There's a lot of focus on Brazil inspired shades this Summer, I'm not surprised considering it’s the World Cup. So pretty much every brand is coming out with acidic tropical brights to compliment the excitement and vibrancy of Rio. Collection is launching a six piece Mardi Gras collection in June to coincide.

The three nail colours are white, teal green with a little shimmer and a mid tone yellow. Opaque in two coats and retailing for a mere £1.99. The brushes are alright, thick and chubby so they coat the nail in one stroke - just not the best quality as the bristles lengths are a bit hit and miss.

To be honest I think this collection from Collection is a bit naff. The colours are boring and uninspiring and I expected a little more from them. While I kinda see the Mardi Gras theme in the nail shades they’ve picked. They are just too safe and obvious going with the Brazilian Flag colours, when Mardi Gras is all about colour and excitement. I just feel like its a bit of a safe colour palette. I really like the yellow shade, but the other two are just a bit blah when they could have picked such peppier, brighter and fun shades. Don’t get me wrong the formula and the price point is fine, I’m just underwhelmed by the colour choice considering the theme. The Collection Mardi Gras collection also contains a bunch of lip balms which also are a bit boring. Just plain old lip balms in tacky clear packaging - Think Maybelline Baby Lips. I need to stop being so harsh as are fine - just like I said… boring.

Corr this has been a bit of a mean review from me. Like I said there is really nothing wrong with the products or the formulations - I just think it could be so much better. I just felt like it was a brand cashing in on a beauty trend (seriously brace yourself for all things Brazil!) without really thinking about making it work as a collection overall. Gosh how many times have I said collection in this post!


  1. I entirely agree with your review! I hate the clear plastic packaging (reason why I never even bothered trying out Baby Lips), and the colours are quite boring (white for Mardi Gras, really?)

  2. I won't tell my dear Babylips that thé Lily Melrose doesn't like them haha.

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  3. I see an advert for pineapple flavoured mineral water the other day, that they've somehow managed to tie into Brazil/The World cup!

    I wouldn't mind trying the lipbalms out of curiosity but the packaging looks a little cheap...

  4. I totally agree, it all does look a bit boring to be honest...

    Ciara x | Ciara Pocket

  5. I completely agree, it all looks so tacky xx
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  6. Shame the collection is a little naff! Concept is there but quality not so much!

  7. They're a great price, but I agree they are a bit boring on the colours. The packaging isn't really my cup of tea either x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  8. I completely agree with you. I don't mind the shades, but when I think Brazil and Mardi Gras, I definitely think much brighter, punchier colours. They've played it way to safe, and I'm not even sure I'd wear any of the shades except the white!

    And the lip products are just ones that I wouldn't glance twice at never mind crack into my basket.

  9. Yeah I agree. Isn't collection aimed more at tweens anyway? So I'm sure they'll sell fine due to their cheap price point and 'safe' products. I'll be skipping this one though!


  10. Completely agree, could have been more adventurous and I've always hated the BabyLips packaging!

  11. The price is on point your right - nail varnish for under £2 is too tempting - but i agree it all looks a bit mehh and try hard to fit with Rio. Oh well, better luck with the next Brazil range !
    Lauren x
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  12. not a fan of the colours x

  13. It doesn't look all that boring & for the price, packaging is expected look cheap but I agree that they could have done more with the concept

  14. awesome!!! so fun!


  15. Fun colors!! I finally tried some Collection products definitely keen to get more, they're super decent quality for the price <3

    Bonnie |

  16. I agree - this collection struck me as a bit tacky and underwhelming when I first saw it.
    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

  17. They're now giving away the lip balms free with any purchase over £3.99 so I ended up picking one up alongside my trusted concealer, and they really are bad!
    I personally quite like Babylips, the flavours are nice, the packaging is fun and at least you get a little shimmer/colour with them. These however just remind me of the awful makeup you'd get sellotaped to tween magazines when I was about 8! Not nice.

  18. I like the look of the yellow nail varnish, i want to try an opaque yellow nail varnish instead of using either a neon yellow or a pastel yellow all the time. Can anyone recommend any besides the one from Collection?


  19. These remind me of something you would get out of Mizz back in the day. Not pretty.

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