Last month I picked up two of the W7 Mega Matte Lips in Poundland, which have been floating around on discounted website such as Fragrance Direct, Xtras and eBay for quite some time now. But at £1 each I couldn't say no to them any longer.
I enjoy a matte lip and I find these type of lip creams with doe foot applicators a lot more forgiving and comfortable to wear than a matte lipstick. There is now a wide range of lip creams available on the market with W7 (£1-£1.99) and Manhattan (Fragrance Direct 99p - here) being the lowest priced, then Bourjois (£8.49), Collection 2000 (£2.99) and Topshop (£7) being the high street offerings and then with the widest range you have NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams (£5.50).
So if you are in to matte lips but want a comfortable alternative to sometimes drying matte lipsticks then you definitely have quite a wide range to pick from.
When it comes to W7 I am forever on the fence with them, they are a bit of a nothing company but with some good high street priced products - nail polish, boxed blushers/bronzers, these matte lip creams. But then they fall down when it comes to powders, foundation, eye shadows etc. So if I do purchase from the brand it has to be cheap as it can be hit and miss.
Luckily these lip creams are a hit and now I'm kicking myself for not picking up the entire range. Like most matte lip creams on the market these glide on the lips like butter and then slowly turn matte (I would say more semi-matte) within 5 minutes whilst remaining comfortable to wear - no tight or dehydrated feeling. The wear I would say is similar to a hydrating or glossy finish lipstick in that it does wear off within a few hours but does stay even. As for the pigmentated these are pretty good, though a second coat cannot be applied, which I'm sure is down to the gild-on formula that contains bees wax. So it almost repels what is already on the lips so you can't build up the colour, though this isn't that necessary anyway.
You can purchase both Rose (shade 2) and Red (shade 1) along with the 3 other shades from Xtras for £1.99 each with free p&p here or you can try your local Poundland!
As you can see from the above comparison/swatches of the Collection Cream Puff Lip Cream in Cotton Candy and the W7 Mega Matte Lips in Rose these are pretty identical/the same product and I can confirm the scent and texture is the exact same as well... not to mention the packaging. My guess would also be that the Manhattan Lip Creams available on Fragrance Direct - 99p (link at the start of the post) are also the exact same product as well... as they will most likely be manufactured by the same company, which isn't such a rare thing at all.
So if you like the Collection 2000 Cream Puffs then it means you have a wider selection of shades to pick from, or if you want to try out some matte lip creams you can be assured that the cheaper priced versions are just the same quality.
Overall these are a good budget option if you like matte lip creams!
Labels: Review - Lips