21 October 2016

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Hughes Mini Set

Hi everyone! It's been so long since I blogged but October so far has been a VERY busy and not going to lie very stressful month! I'm definitely feeling the pressure now of being a recent graduate and a '20 something' year old who has no clue what they want to do with their life. Every time someone asks me what I'm doing now I've finished university I feel like it stresses you out more and more each time and you literally feel like you're about to scream at them to shut up even though they are just being nice! Thankfully I'm going on holiday in a couple of weeks so I'm hoping that will cheer me up and also getting back into blogging should hopefully take my mind off things! That being said it makes me so happy seeing all the gift sets being released around this time of year and it inspires me so much to try new products to post on my blog. For ages I've seen the liquid lipsticks by theBalm which are called Meet Matt(e) Hughes but I'd never got round to trying them, however I saw Debenhams had a set of six of the liquid lipsticks in a gift set in mini size so I thought I'd buy it and see how the colours were and how the formulas performed. 


I felt like the shade range in this was perfect for me as they aren't too bold, there is a red shade and a slightly berry toned shade however they aren't too full on which usually puts me off. I have to admit matte finishes really aren't my favourite, however I love theBalm and I felt like this set had such pretty shades and I do love a gift set so I wanted to try them anyway and maybe see if it turned my head more towards a matte finish.



One of my biggest issues with this set is that it is such poor value for money, which I really didn't take into consideration at the time of buying which is my own fault however it really is disappointing how little product you get when you look at the price. From Debenhams this set retails at £25, however you only get 1.2ml of product in each mini, so that totals 7.2ml of product. In comparison a single full size liquid lipstick is 7.2ml for £13.50. So you're paying almost double the price of a standard liquid lipstick for the same amount of product which I think is so ridiculous. I do love trying a range of shades but I feel like this set is such poor value for money you may as well just buy one full size, or two full size products which would be almost the same price as this set anyway. 


Left to right: Charming, Sincere, Committed, Doting, Dedicated, Loyal

Despite the issues with the price of this set and the amount of product you receive I still had high hopes for the formula and the shades because when I swatched them I thought they looked so pretty and basically were some of my ideal shades especially for this time of year. They also swatched very pigmented and didn't seem too drying, however when I actually wore them on the lips they were so disappointing. They felt very 'gloopy' and messy to apply and once applied I pursed my lips together they actually started to crack and flake off. As well as that the smell of the product put me off so much, it was very minty but very sickly as well and I already don't like the smell of mint so it wasn't for me at all unfortunately.

I hate feeling like I'm coming on here and having a whinge but this product really was a disappointment for me especially as I have only had good experiences with theBalm before, it is a shame because the actual shade range is pretty and I usually love gift sets where you can try a range of colours from a product you have never used before but the value for money and the actual performance of these were just too poor so I definitely would not recommend. Let me know if you've seen any good Christmas gift sets out already in the comments!
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  1. Oh no, these don't sound great which is a real shame because the colours are gorgeous! xx

    Beautylymin| Kat Von D Contour Palette & brush Giveaway

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  2. It's a shame about these considering their eye shadows are so good!

    Georgia | The Weekend Attic

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    1. I know I had much higher hopes for them!x

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  3. Committed looks like a gorgeous shade, however I can already tell how 'gloopy' they are from the swatches.
    Aleeha xXx
    http://www.halesaaw.com/

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    1. It was really pretty, shame about the formula!xx

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  4. Oh no, the formula doesn't sound great and your right about value for money too! The shade Committed does looks beautiful though! I've got my eye on a Smashbox lip set!

    Danielle's Beauty Blog

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    1. I've heard such good things about the Smashbox liquid lipsticks!x

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  5. Its a shame about the formula. I'm glad I haven't picked it up and I guess I will give it a pass x

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  6. Lovely colours, Charming is such a fab colour. Surprised about the formula xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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  7. I love the shade range but the formula doesn't sound appealing at all! Paying double the price just for a greater range of shades is ridiculous.

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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    1. Exactly I don't know how they can justify the price!x

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  8. Oh wow, shame that you didn't have a good experience with these. I have Committed and it's one of the most comfortable formula to wear for me.

    Reflection of Sanity | b·liv Skincare Set Giveaway

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    1. I wish I'd liked them but I really didn't x

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  9. Such a cute set, its a shame they were disappointing! x
    A Blushing Beauty Blog x

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  10. The set looks fab but such a shame the products didn't perform. I wonder if they messed up on the formula with this set, since their liquid lipsticks usually get raving reviews x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. That's why I was expecting to like them because they always get good reviews but I was so disappointed!x

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  11. Ah, what a pity this set disappointed you - especially as you weren't too pleased with the price to begin with. You're right about the shade swatches being completely gorgeous though!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

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    1. I know the colours are so pretty, shame about the formula!x

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  12. What a shame! The swatches look so lovely, so it must have been really disappointing when that didn't translate on the lips. x

    Kate Louise Blogs / Lingerie Giveaway

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  13. Too bad about the formula of these, the shades look stunning! Loyal is gorgeous! x

    Yiota
    PinkDaisyLoves

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  14. Usually I'd say buying a mini set is such a good idea to test out if your going to like something but considering how little you got and texture, it's such a shame as the colours look beautiful!

    Musings & More

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    1. Exactly I usually love mini sets but this one wasn't good at all!x

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  15. such a shame that these didnt work out for you, The Balm usually has such good products!

    http://claresloves.blogspot.com/

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    1. I know I've always loved their other products that I've tried!x

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  16. Committed is such a beautiful shade!

    Tia | The 10am Blog

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    1. I wish I liked the formula because it's so pretty!x

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  17. It's a shame the formula didn't work out for you as I personally love these! I already have Charming and Committed so probably wouldn't pick up the set but Sincere looks right up my street

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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    1. I wish I had liked them because the shades are so nice!xx

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  18. Oh no what a shame! The shades look lovely, but I'll definitely give them a miss! xx

    Gemma • Miss Makeup Magpie ❤️

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  19. I have one theBalm meet matte liquid lipstick mini and I love it! It's such a great formula and such great pigment. I would love to get more!! This looks like a great set.

    www.thinkingofmakeup.com

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    1. The pigment is good I just didn't like the formula x

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  20. I don't own many things from thebalm expect for their Mary Lou manizer highlighter. The shades are pretty so it's a shame it was so disappointing for you.

    Face to Curls | http://facetocurls.com

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    1. I love Mary Lou Manizer it's one of my favourites!x

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    1. They are pretty just wish the formula was better x

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  22. The shades are so gorgeous! Just a shame that the formula isn't that good :( I also can't believe you get the same amount of product from all 6 mini's that you can get in one full size one. Xx
    ♡ itsjessiejane ♡

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    1. I know it's such bad value for money!x

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  23. Too bad it didn't turn out that well..the shades looked pretty nice. Great review!
    Omnivogues

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  24. Ah, I saw these and got really excited but then I read your review and booooo, I can't believe they'd put something out gloopy and flakey, what a shame you wasted you money on them Lauren :(

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

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    1. I know I'm so annoyed haha nothing worse than feeling like you've wasted your money!x

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  25. Such a shame these didn't perform well:(

    Emily xo
    www.emilynewstead.blogspot.co.uk

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  26. Thank you so much for your honest review! I love TheBalm and haven't found any of their products to be disappointing so far, but these lippies sound so poor, especially considering the price! :( The colours look lovely but the formula just seems awful! x

    Kay
    http://www.shoesandglitter.com/

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    1. I know it's annoying because I usually love theBalm!x

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