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In the summer, I’m all about sheer pinks and bright corals. In the winter, I reach for deep red lipsticks. Maybe I’m inspired by the holidays or because it’s snowing and I want to channel Snow White. In the past, I used mainstream lipsticks with ingredients that I didn’t know were toxic for me‚ÄĒcheck the Think Dirty app to see how clean your lipsticks are. It’s important for me to switch over to safe, nontoxic lipsticks since they go on on the lips and are easily ingested.
This year, I went a bit nuts at Detox Market and stocked up on safe versions of red lipsticks. Here are the 5 I’m using this season.
Kjaer Weis is a luxury makeup brand using ingredients that are Certified Natural or Certified Organic. Made in Italy, the products are free of¬†parabens, silicones, petrochemical emulsifiers and synthetic fragrances. They champion sustainability, so you can buy any of their products only once in their luxe metal casing and replace it with a refill once you run out. I really like the lipstick packaging. It’s thicker and more weighted than other lipstick tubes, even from the mainstream luxury brands. Other people will definitely take notice and ask you about it when you pull it out of your purse.
I can’t decide which of the two colours I own I like more. “KW Red,” a shade inspired by the brand’s own red packaging, is a retro matte red. I’m wearing it top right in the photo. It reminds of my old Mac Ruby Woo, although I like the KW formula more. Even though it’s a matte lipstick, it glides on with ease.
“Adore” is a deeper, old Hollywood red (worn on bottom right). It has a rich, velvet finish. These two shades would probably be flattering on most skin tones. Sometimes, I like to mix the two shades together.
I’m a big fan, so I’ll be stocking up on more shades in the near future. I’d add “Empower,” a hot pink, to my collection next.
Ilia Lipstick in “Femme Fatale”
Ilia is a very accessible ethical green beauty brand that you can even find at Sephora. The “Femme Fatale” lipstick is a deep brick red. It might look similar to KW’s Adore, but the texture is different. They say it’s a satin finish. I find it creamy and moisturizing. Application is a little messier, but I like to dab lipstick on with my ring finger.
In general, I don’t use lipliners or lip brushes. Too much work. I dab on the lipstick to give it a stained effect, and if I want more colour, I simply apply another layer. To get a sheerer stained look, this formula is perfect for that since it’s so creamy.
Alima Pure Natural Lip Tint in “Dahlia”
Their buttery lip tint is what I use in the day now instead of chapstick. It’s the perfect lipstick to apply without a mirror. I got “Dahlia,” a dark plum in the tube that applies sheer, as you can see. I also want this product in more colours, like “Blackberry,” an even darker plum.
Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick in “Tempest”
Vapour Organic Beauty‘s Siren lipsticks are 100% natural, 70% organic, and 30% minerals and essential oils. “Tempest” is a medium red with burnt orange undertones. ¬†(Update: They no longer make this lipstick!) Vapour describes it as a “feisty coral with depth and intensity.” I consider this shade the winter version of a coral lipstick.
The formula is as moisturizing as Alima Pure’s lip tints but with more colour. It’s a more “casual” red lipstick.
With so many great green beauty brands offering high-quality makeup with nourishing ingredients, I don’t see why anyone wouldn’t switch over. If you’re used to high end makeup price points, these are comparable. Not to mention you’re getting peace of mind that you’re not ingesting anything questionable.
Ilia Lipstick in “Femme Fatale” | ¬†2. Vapour Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick in “Tempest” | 3. Kjaer Weis Lipstick in “KW Red” | 4. Kjaer Weis Lipstick in “Adore” | 5. Alima Pure Natural Lip Tint in “Dahlia”
Let me know your favourite nontoxic red lipsticks in the comments below.
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