Green Beauty Switch: Jane Iredale Lip Stain (Alternative to Dior Lip Glow)

Anyone who has spent time with me has probably seen me pull out a tube of Dior Addict Lip Glow. The balm changes colour on your lips and you can easily apply it without a mirror. On me, it’s a bright but natural berry pink, perfect for the effortless look. It’s my go-to lip product: it moisturizes like a lip balm, adds just enough color, and it has SPF. What’s not to like?

Well, according to my Think Dirty app, Dior Addict Lip Glow has a dirty rating of 9 out of 10, 10 being the most toxic. The main culprit is Parfum (fragrance), which can be any combination of nearly 3000 fragrant ingredients. We don’t know whether these are synthetic or all-natural fragrances, and companies are not required to disclose that information.

I don’t trust Octinoxate, which is used as a sunscreen in the product, because of the risks and health concerns. I was mainly disturbed by Polyethylene. It’s a low hazard ingredient, but it’s basically non biodegradable plastic. I’ve been ingesting this stuff for the 8+ years I’ve been using Dior Lip Glow?

I told my friend, a lipstick aficionado, about the Think Dirty app, and she was also disgusted to learn all of her favourite lipsticks (MAC, Dior, YSL, etc.) contain toxic ingredients.

Time to find nontoxic alternatives. For my formerly beloved Dior Addict Lip Glow, the natural replacement I found is Jane Iredale’s Just Kissed Lip and Cheek Stain.

Why do these “mood” lipsticks change color on the lips? It’s not magic and the resulting color is basically the same bright berry pink that looks different on different skin tones. For most of these products, it’s due to an ingredient called Red 27 (not toxic, level 3/10), which is colorless when dissolved in a water base, and changes color when it comes in contact with moisture.

Jane Iredale uses a natural alternative, Triisostearyl Citrate, as explained on their website, “an amino acid, which balances the grapefruit, orange and lemon peel extracts facilitating the development of pigment based on the acid level of ones skin.”

Here’s their full ingredient list:

Triisostearyl Citrate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Wax, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, May Contain: Red 21 (CI 45380)(Aka 223), Orange 5 (CI 45370)(Aka 201)

It’s a natural product, although those looking to avoid palm oil should note that this lipstick does contain palm.

Now that I’ve found a green alternative, does it work as well?

I use “Forever Pink,” as a replacement to Dior Addict’s 001 Pink, their original color. Jane Iredale’s version does give a similar pink color, and the balm is more moisturizing.

The downside is that I find there to be a slight lingering “taste” to the Jane Iredale version, while there is nothing from the Dior, at least for me. There’s also no sunscreen, but an advantage to the Jane Iredale lipstick is that you can also use it as a cheek stain, which gives a nice, natural pink flush. I’ve yet to try “Forever Peach,” by Jane Iredale as an alternative to Dior’s “Coral” Lip Glow, but I expect that would work well too.

At $25 usd for 3g/.1oz, the Jane Iredale version costs less than Dior’s $33 usd for 3.52g/0.12g. Dior’s packaging is definitely cuter, but I’ll be using my plain Jane Iredale to avoid ingesting any more plastic.

Have you tried mood lipsticks? Let me know in the comments below.

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