Avon Ultra Color Bold Lipsticks | Big & Daring Mascara

As far as Avon lipsticks go, they always had a nice variety – do you remember Pout Cream, Twinkle Pink, Red 2000 – classic Avon lipstick shades. Lipsticks and I always had a love/hate affair but these latest lipsticks blew me away! Avon Ultra Color Bold Lipsticks are as fab as they can get – out of five shades, how many do you think passed my personal little test? Oh, don’t forget about Avon Big & Daring Mascara – impressions are waiting for you at the end of the post. Back in January I reviewed Ultra Colour Absolute Lipsticks which were very much popular and for a good reason – moisturizing, balm-like and with a likeable hint of tint. Much of this range’s appeal fell upon their pink packaging. Although indeed very eye-catching, I must say that I prefer the black casing of the Ultra Color Bold collection. These look more grown up to me and more sophisticated, elegant. As for the difference between the pink and black – new range packs more pigmentation punch which is really impressive in my eyes. We’ve had months and months of light & sheer feel during Summer and I don’t know about you but I’m more than ready to embrace opulent colors and opaque finishes. Out of five shades I’ll showcase, a total of three completely and utterly stole my heart! We’re talking about a borderline obsession and those three shades are already incorporated in my beauty bag. The rest two shades? First is pretty but doesn’t exactly share the amazing texture my top three have and the coloring isn’t a part of my personal style. Final color is something I find to be a very risque color. I cannot see many pulling that off but it’s always welcome to see new and bold additions to the color range. As the name ‘ultra color bold’ suggests.

Po pitanju ruzeva za usne iz Avona, sjecam se da su oduvijek imali lijep izbor nijansi – sjecate li se Pout Cream, Twinkle Pink, Red 2000 – klasicnih nijansi Avon ruzeva? Ja ih se sjecam jos od srednje skole (sto je bilo prije nekih  devet godina…*davno*). Ruzevi i ja smo oduvijek imali kompleksan odnos no linija koju cu vam upravo predstaviti me zaista odusevila! Avon Ultra Color Bold ruzevi za usne su uistinu fantasticni – od ukupno pet nijansi koje posjedujem, sta mislite koliko ih je proslo na mom malom testu? I da, ne smijemo zaboraviti na Avon Big & Daring maskaru – utisci glede ove maskare vas cekaju na kraju posta. Sredinom mjeseca januara ove godine sam recenzirala Ultra Colour Absolute ruzeve koji su stekli zavidnu popularnost. Itekako opravdano – jako su hidratantni, njezni poput balzama za usne i uz dasak boje. Jedna od stvari zbog koje su bili i jos uvijek jesu atraktivni jeste ruzicasto pakovanje. Iako nesumnjivo privlacno, moram priznati da mi se vise dopada crno pakovanje Ultra Color Bold ruzeva (Kampanja 13/ 7,90KM). Djeluju mi ozbiljnije, sofisticirano i elegantno. Po pitanju razlike izmedju ove dvije linije ruzeva za usne, crno pakovanje krije ipak znacajniju pigmentaciju koja me impresionirala. Mjesecima smo tokom ljeta bile orjentisane na lagane teksture i poluprozirni finish. Ne znam za vas ali ja sam itekako spremna za raskosne boje i potpunu prekrivnost. Od pet nijansi koje sam testirala, tri su u potpunosti preuzele moj neseser (i usne)! Sta je sa preostale dvije nijanse? Jedna je lijepa no ne dijeli krasnu teksturu zbog koje sam zavoljela svoja tri favorita a i nijansa se ne uklapa u moj stil. Druga je prilicno neobican i hrabar odabir. Tesko da mogu zamisliti je u svakodnevnoj reziji no ipak mi je drago sto se dijapazon boja prosiruje svakom novom kolekcijom. Bas kako naziv ‘ izuzetno hrabre boje’ i sugerise.

Let us start with the first outcast, Starbust Pink.This shade could be described as a satin baby pink with blue undertones and no shimmer. It doesn’t look as ‘barbie-like’ in the bullet but when you apply it on the lips you do get a strong 60s vibe. It has a creamy texture but on my lips it does feel a bit chalky so the only way I can wear it is after I pat it into my lips. These lipsticks have a very faint scent which reminds me of fruity gummy bears. Don’t ask how I pulled out (or where from ) that scent comparison. My first favorite shade is Coral Burst. Not as true to its name but very good for me as I’m not the biggest fan of coral shades. This is more of an orangey-red with a pretty strong orange, warm (almost brisk-like) undertone. Very creamy, comfortable on the lips to the point you don’t even notice tiny golden shimmer running through it. Second favorite of mine is Extreme Mauve. Not a surprise as I do love my mauves. This is my favorite kind – a plummy but not too purple-y mauve without shimmer and insanely creamy. I do pick up extremely teensy silver shimmer flecks on strong sunlight but never on my lips. Third favorite is a classic, Holywood siren red called Ruby Shock. What a red lipstick! Again, my favorite kind which is cherry red (you get a blue, teeth whitening undertone) and absolutely stunning. No shimmer, just pure color. Finally, we have the odd one out which is the Max Mocha shade. Now, I’d understand having a bronzey, warm toned brown in a lipstick range but – a cool toned sheeny brown? Aside my color preference, the texture of this one comes out as a bit blotchy on my lips. Who knows, maybe we do have fans of this hue somewhere out there?


Zapocnimo sa prvom nijansom koja nije usla u moje top tri, Starbust Pink. Lako bih je mogla opisati kao ruzicastu koja asocira na zvakace gume, plavog podtona i satenskog finisa (ne sadrzi shimmer). U pakovanju ne djeluje isuvise neprirodno no kada je nanesete na usne, dobijete intenzivan look u stilu 60tih godina. Kremaste je teksture no na usnama moram priznati da je pomalo suha te je jedini nacin da nosim ovu nijansu taj da je utapkam prstima u usne. Ovi ruzevi imaju blag miris koji me podsjeca na gumene bombonice vocnih okusa. Moj prvi favorit je nijansa Coral Burst. Nije bas vjerna personifikacija naziva sto je dobro za mene posto nisam velika ljubiteljica koralnih nijansi. Ovdje se vise radi o crveno-narandzastoj boji koja je dosta izrazajnog toplog, narandzastog podtona (skoro boje cigle). Jako je kremasta, ugodna na usnama i zaista je sitni zlatni shimmer koji sadrzi neprimjetan. Druga nijansa koja mi se jako dopala je Extreme Mauve. Mislim da nije iznenadjenje posto volim sljivaste nijanse a ova je bas po mom ukusu – ne sadrzi isuvise ljubicaste, nema shimmer i izuzetno je kremaste teksture. Na jarkom svjetlu kao da razaznajem skoro pa mikroskopski sitan srebrni shimmer no uopste nije vidljiv na usnama. Treci favorit je holivudsko crvana nijansa, istinski klasik. Ruby Shock je jedan upecatljiv ruz za usne. Meni najdraza crvena, ‘karmin’ ili tresnja crvena nijansa (plavog podtona) koja je prekrasna. Nema shimmera, rijec je o cistom pigmentu. Napokon, imamo najneobicniji ruz koji se krije pod nazivom Max Mocha. Shvatila bih da se radi o bronzanoj, toploj nijansi kakaa posto poznajem dame koje vole takve ruzeve ali smedja hladnog podtona? Na stranu cinjenica da ovo nije moj tip ruza, tekstura mu je blago neravnomjernog nanosenja. Tko zna, mozda medju vama postoje ljubiteljice ovog ruza?

All in all, I’m wearing three out of five so that’s not as bad. Fourth will be thrown in if I wish a bit of 60s flare while the brown lipstick will unfortunately sit on its own, aside from my favorites. As a lipstick range, Ultra Color Bold Lipsticks deliver in their claim to bring some insane pigmentation in a variety of colors. Definitely I fine the reddish and plummy shades worth ordering from your Avon lady – even with your eyes closed. All three favorites of mine are very nourishing and soften lips during wear. Finally, we have the Avon Big & Daring Mascara in Black which has one of the most effective and impressive packaging I’ve ever seen in the mascara world. It’s all about the elliptical, chubby shape, interesting font and diamond red adorned top. It makes a wonderful present and a lasting impression, that’s for sure. The brush is quite big, chubby and slightly curved. I find that bristles can lead to a clumpy application as tips aren’t sharp – they’re of the same width through their entire length. Thinner tips I think would perform better. As for the mascara texture itself, I do appreciate that it doesn’t flake and has a decent longevity. However, such a wonderful presentation and extreme volume claims leave a lot to be desired. I only got a decent everyday, natural lash with this mascara. Is it me? My lashes are very thin and long so I’m craving volume but an extreme impact never was delivered in my case. If you’ve tried and tested this mascara, I’d love to hear from you. I’m hoping I’ll find a reason why this mascara never impressed me in your feedback.


Sve u svemu, nosive su u mom slucaju tri nijanse od pet sto i nije los prosjek (dvije su ipak prilicno ekstremne). Cetvrta ce biti ponekada ubacena kada pozelim dasak 60tih no smedji ruz ce, nazalost, ostati neiskoristen. Uopsteno, Ultra Color Bold ruzevi za usne kao kolekcija zaista pruzaju nevjerovatnu pigmentaciju u sirokom spektru boja. Licno bih vam preporucila crvene ili sljivaste nijanse koje bih cak i na slijepo narucila posto sam do te mjere njima impresionirana. Moji favoriti su njegujuci i omeksavaju usne. Naposlijetku, imamo Avon Big & Daring maskaru u nijansi Black (Kampanja 13/ 8,90KM) koja ima jedno od najefektnijih, najzanimljivijih pakovanja koje sam do sada vidjela u svijetu maskara. Elipticnog je, debeljuskastog oblika, ukrasena interesantnim slovima i cep je pri vrhu ukrasen detaljem u obliku baklave, crvene boje. Mislim da je samo pakovanje dosta efektno i ova maskara bi bila u svakom slucaju impresivan poklon. Cetkica je prilicno velika, bucmasta i blago zakrivljena. Same dlacice/cekinje su iste debljine cijelom duzinom sto smatram da je razlog zbog kojeg se nekada javljaju sitne grudvice. Ukoliko bi vrhovi bili blago stanjeni, vjerujem da bi se takvo nesto izbjeglo. Po pitanju same teksture maskare, prilicno je solidna posto se ne trusi i trajnost je zadovoljavajuca. Ipak, moram priznati da sam pored takve prezentacije, tako lijepog dizajna ocekivala da i volumen koji tvrdi da pruza bude impresivan. Moje trepavice su dobile lijep efekat za svakodnevno nosenje i prirodan efekat. Mozda su moje tanke i duge trepavice ‘krivci’ no u svakom slucaju volumen je nesto za cime zude a u ovom slucaju nije bio toliko izrazen. Zanima me da li ste vi isprobale ovu maskaru i ukoliko jeste, javite mi kakvi su vasi dojmovi.

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