Like many women I love makeup, and lipstick is my absolute favorite. However, a quick google search on this particular product might make you want to kiss it good bye. The FDA does not regulate cosmetics, many lipsticks contain dangerous ingredients such as lead and heavy minerals, and by some accounts we swallow between three to seven POUNDS of lipstick in our life time (realistically it’s probably much less, but holy!). Luckily there are more and more natural and even organic products. But how well do these products work? I tested a few out and share my thoughts below.
Burt’s Bees Lipstick
Color: 14 available. Tested: 532 Russet River; 502 Suede Splash
Key Claims: 8 hour wear, 100% natural, smooth satin finish.
Packaging: Recyclable. Made of 100% #5 plastic and 60% PCR content.
Featured Ingredients: Beeswax, Moringa Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil and Vitamin E.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: Not rated.
The trial: This product has a light delightful smell and goes on smooth. I loved both of the colors I tried out, they were very natural, vivid and super long lasting. The packaging is interesting and unlike any I’ve seen before. I found my lips dried slightly with repeated wear, but I have the same reaction to Burt’s Bee lip balm; overall a great product.
Vapor Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick
Color: 26 available. Tested: 401 Tempt.
Key Claims: Industry’s healthiest lipstick, full coverage, cruelty free, made with wind power, no nano particles, no irradiation.
Packaging: Blue and silver skinny tube. Inner and outer packaging recyclable.
Featured ingredients: Castor seed oil, beeswax, Jojoba seed oil.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4
The trial: This product has a light, pleasant smell and taste. The shape of the lipstick itself is squared, but is thin enough to apply smoothly. My lips felt great wearing this product and after. The shade I chose is the perfect my lips but better color for me. I was impressed that the color was true to the swatches on the website, it looks the same on as in the tube and lasts and lasts. I would definitely buy more of this product and would try more of the awesome colors.
Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick
Color: 25 available. Tested: Margi and Liz.
Key Claims: Vegan/Gluten free, cruelty free, moisturizing, antioxidant protection, vivid pigments and luscious flavors.
Packaging: Gold tube.
Featured ingredients: Triiosterayl citrate, mooring oil, avocado and sunflower seed oils, coffee seed extract, blackberry and pomegranate extracts.
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 3 (tested color not found but all available colors have this rating).
The trial: Both of the products I tried had a pleasant fruity smell/taste, probably due to the blackberry and pomegranate extracts. The colors were both bright (much more so than they looked online) but were long lasting and had a great feel.
Color: 11 available. Tested: 05 Almond
Key Claims: German personal care product, many certified organically grown ingredients, eaves out the synthetic preservatives, colors, and petrochemical derivatives, no animal testing, deliciously silky and soft texture.
Packaging: Gold and clear tube
Featured ingredients: vegetable oils, waxes, natural Vitamin E
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 4 (tested color not found but all available colors have this rating)
The trial: While this product had a slightly mineral smell, it didn’t have an off-putting taste. I really liked how this product went on, and the color was super wearable with a shiny finish.
Color: 15 available (in the lip conditioner). Tested: 365 Bang Bang
Key Claims: Certified organic ingredients, best selling red
Packaging: gold tube
Featured ingredients: Castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil, beeswax, candelilla wax, fruit oils
EWG Skin Deep Rating: 2 (tested color not found, but the one available for Ilia’s lipstick had this rating)
The trial: While this is a lip conditioner not a lipstick, I wanted to include it in the trial as it is highly pigmented and this color is fairly well known. I really liked the sheer color and it feels delightful on the lips both while wearing it and it leaves your lips soft and comfortable, though the mineral smell/taste did bother me a little bit.
The Bottom Line: There are lots of great natural lipsticks out there, and the few I tried hold up against mainstream lipsticks I’ve used. If I had to choose, I think the Vapor Organic Beauty Siren Lipstick was my favorite but I liked all of them. While it should be noted that natural lipsticks are not perfect and some still contain ingredients that may cause concern, they may be a safer option. When choosing a lipstick whether mainstream or natural check the ingredients, make use of tools like the EWG Skin Deep Data Base and like anything please use in moderation.