Last week I took a proper look at some make up products that fall into the natural and organic category. I was impressed with what I found with products being a long way from the low pigment pieces of the past (as if liking your make up free of nasties means you barely want it to show!).
Most impressive of the selection I have is the Ilia Lipstick – you get a proper, comfortable whack of pigment (the shade is Strike It Up – red with blue undertones) and it behaves pretty much like any other lipstick in terms of coverage and last. The difference is though that it’s made with 85% certified organic, bioactive botanicals including jojoba oil, cocoa butter & Vitamin E, with none of usual ‘nasties’. It’s £22.
I also liked the Ilia Gloss in Love Buzz (next to the Stike It Up Swatch) – very sheer and gentle on the lip, with decent last for a gloss (not Bobbi in staying power). It’s £20.
Vapour Elixir Plumping Gloss (next along in the swatch) in Bitten, I didn’t get along quite so well with. The colour didn’t come out terribly evenly in the wear – it seems like there isn’t enough pigment to give it a saturated look but too much to be entirely sheer. I didn’t really see any plumping, but if you like a ‘water-weight’ gloss and don’t mind re-applying, then the fact that it’s 70% Certified Organic Ingredients & 30% Minerals and Vitamins might over-ride the flaws. I also think I have a very dark colour – I imagine more neutral shades might perform better. It’s £18.
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Finally, I tried the Tata Harper Volumising Lip & Cheek Tint and it’s the only product I actively disliked. Like many lip and cheek products, it does neither particularly well – and I don’t think that’s an ‘organic’ issue. Despite the ingredients of Green Tea Seed Oil, Sacha Inchi Oil, Acai Fruit Oil and Spanish Lavender Extract I found it rather dry. However, I’ve tried Tata Harper skin care and didn’t get along with that either so maybe it’s just one of those ‘not for me’ brands. I find Tata Harper incredibly expensive, too. The Lip & Cheek Tint is £28.
It’s pretty clear that we’re a million miles these days from natural ingredient make up of old – there’s nothing to stop you from swapping out all the non-natural ingredients in your make up and not compromising on how it looks. There are a few compromises to be made (longevity, for one) but I guess it depends on how committed you feel to detoxing your make up bag. All the products here are from a selection at BeingContent.com – I rarely come across a site that so many people rave about!
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