Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in Exotic Island – Review

This evening I’m bringing you a review that I have been so excited to write-up (and FYI this is my first ever lip gloss review!) I’ve only owned this lip gloss 2 weeks but it certainly feels like a lot longer! I’ve used it quite a lot and it’s already one of my favourite go to products.

I’m talking about one of Tanya Burr’s lip glosses, which launched back late February this year, as well as nail polishes by Tanya Burr too.

For a while the lip glosses and nail polishes were only available to purchase from Feel Unique, but at the start of April they were launched in Superdrug, which I was super excited about! I knew just days after their launch in Superdrug that I would be going shopping for my boyfriends birthday and I decided I would treat myself to one of her lip glosses, which one however, I wasn’t 100% sure on!

There are 12 shades to choose from, Smile, Dream, Sparkle, Champagne Toast, First Date, Just Peachy, Afternoon Tea, Chic, Picnic In The Park, Aurora, Exotic Island, Let’s Travel The World, Heart Skipped A Beat and Vampire Kiss.

In this review I’m going to be reviewing the shade I opted for, as well as the collection as a whole, as I have a few things I want to say about it.

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I opted for Exotic Island, a gorgeous dark pink, sort of like a raspberry shade and the shade itself reminds me of my MAC lipstick Daddy’s Little Girl, which came out with the Archie’s Girls Collection. You can check out the review for that here, but that shade was classed as “mid-tone pink violet” which is probably what the shade is for Exotic Island.

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The packaging for this lip gloss is simple but really lovely and delicate, something anyone would be pleased to pull out of their handbag. It’s a clear tube, which shows off the lip gloss shade perfectly and has a black lid, which has a cute little pink heart on the top, which just adds to the girlyness of the product as a whole. Also the writing on the gloss itself is written in Tanya Burr’s own handwriting, which I thought was a nice touch and made it feel that little bit more personal.

The packaging that Feel Unique buyers got for this was a cardboard packet with a picture of Tanya Burr on it, however if you purchase the lip glosses from Superdrug,  you just get the lip gloss of your choice in a wrapper, so you’ll know no one has opened it… Unless they’ve ripped it apart to try and swatch.

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The gloss itself is really pigmented as well as non sticky, which everyone looks for in a lip gloss nowhere days so when I applied this to my lips for the first time, I was nothing but disappointed! Pigmentation wise I’m not sure if this can be said for ALL of the shades from the collection, as a couple of weeks after purchasing Exotic Island I swatched another shade from the collection when I popped into Superdrug in Milton Keynes and it was more of a light pink than the red that it looks like in the tube. SO if you are able to swatch, make sure to.

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The applicator for this lip gloss is a flat and long doe foot applicator, which I’m always happy with using. However this applicator is better than the usual doe foot as it’s longer and wider, meaning if you have fuller lips that you’ll be able to apply it quicker and possibly more even, if you have thin lips… I don’t know if there would be an issue or not, but really I don’t see why not!

A little of this gloss goes a long way and I find myself quickly applying it before I head to work, as well as during my shifts as it’s just such a lovely gloss to wear! I don’t know if it contains any conditioning properties but it certainly feels like it does! I wear this as my lazy lip gloss a majority of the time, but that being said I have worn this for some evenings out with friends as it’s just lovely to wear and it lasts ages in my opinion.

As if it couldn’t get any better, this lip gloss also has a gorgeous scent to it! It smells like sweeties, boiled sweeties you would get from your grandparents as a child. Which sweets however, I haven’t got a clue! The nice smell just means it tastes nice too, so you can’t go wrong with this and as it isn’t an overpowering sweet smell, more of a subtle smell, ladies out there who hate scented lip products needn’t worry as this won’t make you gag!

Overall I’m really happy with this lip gloss and I would like to own another one, maybe two lip glosses from the collection! Two I have my eye on are Afternoon Tea and Vampire Kiss. Whether or not I’ll pick them up, who knows (but it’s more than likely!).

Here you are, a few pictures of me wearing the product to see how it shows up on my complexion (FYI I’m yellow toned).

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Okay now onto the things I wish to talk about with the collection as a whole. There are some good and some bad things I’ll be mentioning.

Pros:

  • The collection is huge and with a shade that will suit anyone, with any skin tone.
  • These are affordable and now that they’re available to buy in Superdrug that’s just great!
  • The gloss itself is gorgeous in so many ways! The pigmentation, the doe foot applicator, how it isn’t sticky and finally how it smells lovely, but of course this is all mentioned above in more detail.

Cons:

  • Although the collection has a shade that will suit anyone with any skin tone, there are quite a few shades similar to others in the collection, but personally this doesn’t bother me. However I know some whom it has bothered.
  • When I went into Superdrug to first check these out, there weren’t any testers which was a pain as for all I knew I could have picked up Exotic Island expecting it to be a bright purple shade and be solely disappointed that it isn’t. However for me this isn’t the case, but if I hadn’t of tested one of the shades out that someone had opened previous to me, I would have been very annoyed to discover that the shade was NOTHING like it was in the tube when I arrived home with it… As personally I wouldn’t have wanted it. But this is just a personal preference and for all I know Superdrug could be getting testers out now!

So overall the pros weigh the cons but even if the cons outweighed the pros it wouldn’t be a bad thing as this collection is amazing!

Tanya Burr has created the perfect drug store lip gloss for the normal lady. All we want is a range of shades of lip gloss that will smell good, last ages, have good pigmentation and be affordable. This is Tanya Burr’s first collection and I really hope she teams up with Eye Candy again to create another as it would be amazing.

You can buy your Tanya Burr lip glosses at £6.99 each from:

Feel Unique

Superdrug (both in-store and online)

Cloud 10 Beauty

Pom Shop LTD

Have you checked out the lip glosses by Tanya Burr? If so, do you like them? Any you own or have on your wish list? Let me know in the comments down below!

I apologise that this post is up so late at night, I’ve been pretty busy all day and have only just had time to get this post finished off and published on my blog.

Until next time, take care all and I hope your weeks have started off well.

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