Monday, September 17, 2018

Favorite Eco-Luxe & Cruelty-Free Lipsticks and Lip Glosses | Review and Swatches

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Now that the summer is coming to a close, the Makeup Wars Team has reconvened, and our first feature of the season is a selection of our fall favorites. As I pondered my many choices, I decided upon featuring my favorite eco-luxe and cruelty-free lipsticks and lip glosses. I have been wanting to do a feature highlighting eco-friendly lip products filled with healthy ingredients because I have tried to minimize the number of chemicals that I absorb into my system, and since lipsticks are directly ingested, this is a really great place to start.
If you love high quality indie lipsticks that boast gorgeous colors, enviable pigmentation and chic minimalist bullets, then you definitely need to try the *Kosås Cosmetics Weightless Lip Color formula ($28.00 for 0.014 oz. each from Kosas Cosmetics, Neiman Marcus, Credo Beauty, Revolve, The Detox Market, Bloomingdale'sB-GlowingViolet Grey and Shen Beauty): This beautifully edited collection of 8 lipsticks is everything that you need for a well-rounded lipstick wardrobe, but they mix so well that blending them offers infinite color possibilities for the artist at heart. This Los Angeles based company uses healthy and nourishing ingredients that treat and moisturize the lips without sacrificing wear-time or intense pigmentation. 

According to Kosås Cosmetics,

Kosås makes beauty products for thoughtful and refined women. We believe that color cosmetics can be simple. We’re inspired by the natural beauty we see in every woman — and celebrate it with pigments that complement all skin tones and ingredients that enhance the natural features of the face. We expect our products to perform, because we are for women whose lives are rich and full and who want to look like their best self for all the precious moments in life — at meetings, on dates, at dinner parties, on picnics, on planes and everywhere in between.

Kosås lip colors are made by hand, blending science and art to produce super natural performance color, with smooth finishes, even textures, and balanced hues. Kosås is made with love in Los Angeles, CA by founder, mother, and cosmetic connoisseur, Sheena Yaitanes.

Kosås is a concise collection of perfect reds, plums, brights, nudes, and roses. Colors are buildable, from sheer stains to full coverage, and have a non-drying matte finish. Ingredients are hydrating with skin-smoothing properties and natural scent—all in a clean, elegant package.
Kosås Weightless Lip Colors are beautiful highly pigmented lipsticks that glide across the lips effortlessly, deposit color evenly, and do not settle into lip lines. Furthermore, the formula boasts the perfect amount of cushion, is weightless as the name suggests, and it is ultra nourishing and hydrating. This formula is so comfortable on the lips that it feels more like a nourishing lip balm than a lipstick, but with the wear-time of a lipstick. I get at least four hours of wear-time from a single application, and I find that it is resilient enough to withstand a light meal and beverages. These lipsticks can be sheered out for a fresh wash of color, or built-up for maximum impact and opacity. Unlike many lipstick ranges, each of the Kosås Cosmetics Weightless Lip Colors is consistent in performance, wear-time and quality.
Fringe is described as, "This hydrating, wearable brick red is the perfect mix of red and brown hues, infused with organic oils and botanical extracts. Full of earthy tones and a semi-matte finish, Fringe provides a buildable, handmade formula with long lasting comfort." Fringe is a lovely and intense brown-tinged red that is earthy and infinitely wearable.

Darkroom is described as, "Named after the beautiful red light that takes over a darkroom when the lights are turned off, this romantic, semi-matte Bordeaux and plum blend provides a wearable, luxurious dark lip that isn’t intimidating. Universally flattering and buildable, Darkroom provides a comfortably creamy finish." Darkroom is the perfect on trend vampy berry, and it is breathtakingly beautiful.

Electra is described as, "Inspired by the iconic Parisian rouge, this classic red provides a hydrating formula filled with botanically-infused pigments. Along with long lasting pigmentation and a scientifically-driven handmade formula, Electra provides a wearable and buildable high impact finish."  Electra is a gorgeous, vibrant, rich, bright blue-based classic red. It is a definite must-have red!

Thrillest is described as an, "eclectically vibrant poppy red" that features the "perfect hint of orange. Finishing with a hydrating, featherweight infusion, Thrillest is a buildable, wearable formula in a universally flattering tone." Thrillest is a bright, orange-based red that is ultra-pigmented and vibrant.
Left to Right: Fringe, Darkroom, Electra and Thrillest
Rosewater is described as, "Mirroring the color of rosewater, this dusty pink is lightweight and sheer, with an ultra hydrating, plumping finish. Rosewater enhances the natural color of your lips with a youthful, cool pink tone and provides comfortable, long lasting results." Rosewater is the perfect mauve-kissed pinky-nude that is a magnificent go-to lip color.

Undone is described as, "Providing a full impact brown and pink tone, this fully saturated shade was our first lip color. Undone’s enriching nude delivers a warm, hydrating finish, and long lasting results, leaving lips with a semi-matte color and velvety finish." Undone is a stunning rosewood nude that is neutral and ultra flattering.

Stardust is described as a, "warm, intergalactic shade" that is a "sheer nude with hints of pink and brown." This is a gorgeous peachy pink nude that is perfect for everyday wear, and it can be dressed up or dressed down with ease.

Royal is described as a "sophisticated berry" that is "infused with botanical oils and an ultra-moisturizing finish. Enriched with a buildable, high-impact formula, Royal is a highly wearable color that elevates any look and provides long lasting, comfortable results." It is a perfect mid-tone berry that is a less intense variant of Darkroom, and therefore an easy-to-wear daily shade.
Left to Right: Rosewater, Undone, Stardust and Royal

Kosås Does Not Contain: Parabens, Pthalates, BHA/BHT, Chemical preservatives, Mineral Oil. Propylene Glycol, Polyethylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, “Fragrance”, Petrolatum, Vitamin A, retinoids, or retinoid derivatives. *All products are gluten, egg, nut, soy and cruelty free.
Key Ingredients and attributes:
  • Green Tea, Rosehip, and Grape Seed Oils: Powerful antioxidants that heal cells and fight free radicals to reverse environmental damage. Mango and Shea butters: Heal, moisturize and protect lips, while preventing formation of fine lines. Sweet Orange Oil: A collagen-booster with a luxurious, uplifting scent.
  • Free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. 
Full Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (derived from coconut oil), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelila Wax), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Octyldodecanol, Lanolin Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract [and] Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract [and] Helianthus Anuus (Sunflower) Extract [and] Tocopherols, Microcrystalline Wax, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Rosa Muschata (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Vanillin, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Ethylhexylglycerine, Caprylyl Glycol. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 22 Lake (CI 45380), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Manganese Violet (CI 777742), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Carmine (CI 75470).
When I first sought to use more eco-friendly luxury green beauty brands, rather than so many chemical-laden makeup and skincare products, I began researching healthy eco-luxe makeup that I could feel really good about using. When I discovered Axiology, and their lovely luxury lipsticks and lip crayons, I was smitten. Their products are organic, vegan, and cruelty-free. Their lipsticks come in matte, satin and shimmer finishes, and therefore there is something for everyone.

According to Ericka Rodriguez, Axiology Beauty Founder and CEO:

I wanted a remarkably gorgeous lip line that completely redefines luxury cosmetics—that’s why the beauty of our line is only matched by the ethical standards that have crafted it. Axiology is for the eco-conscious and modern trendsetter: the mavens who’ll settle for nothing less than sky-high-quality, uncompromising integrity, and lips that pop with sublime color.
About Axiology,

Flawlessly ethical and fiercely gorgeous, Axiology is love-infused luxury lipstick. Their profits help save endangered orangutans, a Balinese women's collective produces the recycled packaging, and the sublime lip collection is crafted from just 10 organic, vegan, and cruelty-free ingredients - representing a commitment to heart-centered cosmetics.
AXIOLOGY Natural Lipstick in The Goodness ($30.00 for 0.14 oz. from Sephora, Revolve and Credo Beauty): is a gorgeous glittering cool pink with lavender undertones and a silky-smooth satin finish. It has a rich and creamy texture, that is emollient, and it glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly, and it neither feathers, nor does it settle into lip lines. The wonderfully nourishing skincare ingredients moisturize the lips, leaving them soft, supple and hydrated. It's the perfect cool icy lavender-kissed pink that is stunning on cool-toned pale to medium complexions. There is no detectable taste or scent, and I get several hours of wear-time before needing to reapply.

AXIOLOGY Natural Lipstick in Identity ($30.00 for 0.14 oz. from SephoraRevolve and Credo Beauty): is blush pink with a silvery sheen and a very flattering shimmer finish. Like The Goodness, it has a rich and creamy texture, that is emollient, and it glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly, and it neither feathers, nor does it settle into lip lines. Likewise, the wonderfully nourishing skincare ingredients moisturize the lips, leaving them soft, supple and hydrated. Additionally, there is no detectable taste or scent, and I get several hours of wear-time before needing to reapply.

According to AXIOLOGY,

A lipstick with a vibrant pigment payoff and a semi-gloss finish to keep lips replenished. With a rich, creamy luster that conditions your lips, Axiology’s Natural Lipsticks are known for their deeply healing properties and spectrum of colors. The fusion of ultra-hydrating ingredients like organic avocado oil and organic coconut oil soften the deepest layers of your lips. Unparalleled in purity, these exquisite shades are crafted with just 10 ingredients.

Available in 17 shades: 9 matte shades, 6 satin shades and 2 shimmer shades.
Left to Right: AXIOLOGY Natural Lipstick in The Goodness and Natural Lipstick in Identity.

Ingredients: Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Organic Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Natural Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed, May Contain: Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Mica. Made without: Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.
AXIOLOGY Natural Lip Crayon in Enchant ($26.00 for 0.12 oz. from SephoraRevolve and Credo Beauty): is a stunning matte boysenberry that can be used as a lipstick or a lip liner, and it boasts a delectable buttery texture. It is not a dry matte, but instead it is moisturizing and very comfortable on the lips. This wonderful twist-up chubby lip crayon glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly and is ultra-pigmented with richly saturated, long-lasting color. I get about 7 hours of wear-time from a single application, and when it does begin to fade, it does so evenly leaving behind a gorgeous stain. Furthermore, there is no detectable scent or flavor to this lip crayon.

According to AXIOLOGY,

A conditioning lip crayon with a vibrant pigment payoff and a matte finish to keep lips replenished.
With a buttery-matte base that loads your lips with moisture, Axiology’s Natural Lip Crayons are known for their long-lasting pigments and spectrum of colors. The fusion of ultra-hydrating ingredients like organic avocado oil and moringa oil organic soften the deepest layers of your lips. Unparalleled in purity, these six exquisite shades are crafted with just 10 ingredients for the sophisticated and eco-conscious lipstick connoisseur.

Available in 7 gorgeous shades.
Ingredients: Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Oil, Organic Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Organic Moringa Oleifera (Moringa) Oil, Natural Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Oil, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Extract, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Seed Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil. May Contain: Iron Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Manganese Violet, Mica, French Pink Clay. Made without: Parabens, Sulfates and Phthalates.
Left to Right: AXIOLOGY Natural Lipsticks in The Goodness and Identity and AXIOLOGY Natural Lip Crayon in Enchant. Note the luminosity!
As you already know, I have a serious penchant for nude pink lipsticks, and KJAER WEIS Lipstick in Honor ($56.00 for 0.15oz. from Barneys New York, Spring, Net-A-Porter, Cos Bar, Revolve, Bazar, Cult Beauty, Credo Beauty and The Detox Market): truly makes my heart go pitter-patter.

Finding the perfect nude pink lipstick is, without question, a considerable feat. Many nudes have a tendency to make the wearer look more like the queen of the zombie apocalypse, rather than chic and retro. As luck would have it, nude pinks are my Achilles heel, and as such I have tested and swatched many before finding a few against which all others are compared. My latest favorite covet-worthy nude pink is KJAER WEIS Lipstick in Honor, and not only is it a stunning ultra-luxe lipstick, but it is also a green beauty brand that uses high quality natural ingredients, and doesn't use petroleum, parabens, artificial fragrance or petrochemical emulsifiers.

While I seldom spend much time dwelling on product packaging, because I am generally more concerned about what's inside, I have to say that this impressive sculptural lipstick tube is a weighty metal masterpiece. In fact, the only lipstick tube that is in its category, of chic minimalist design, is the Guerlain Rouge G lipstick tubes.
According to Kjaer Weis,

Simple but not plain. Beautiful but always genuine. We love when things are done right, made right, and are built to last. In clothes we buy, in the food we eat, we are now able to be conscious about the products we use without having to compromise for quality. So why not beauty? Kjaer Weis is leading the movement with high-performing, luxury makeup that is, as everything should be, organic and sustainable.
KJAER WEIS Lipstick in Honor is described by Kirsten Kjaer Weis as a, "well-balanced nude with pink undertones"– which is an apt assessment. Kjaer Weis suggests that this is best for pale to medium complexions, and that it was inspired by “the coy innocence of 60’s starlets like Brigitte Bardot and Jean Seberg...." It is, in my opinion, unmitigated nude pink perfection. 

KJAER WEIS Lipstick in Honor is an ultra-pigmented lipstick with "a rich, semi-matte, velvet finish" that lends itself to full opaque coverage. The initial texture in the tube is a little drier than some lipsticks, but akin to certain matte formulas. However, this ingenious formula is activated by the warmth of the skin, and it melts into the lips beautifully. Honor glides across the lips without incident, deposits color evenly, and it neither settles into lip lines, nor does it migrate. It is very hydrating thanks to ingredients such as shea butter and jojoba oil, and the waxes, such as beeswax,  account for its long wear-time. This lipstick formula has the right amount of cushion for comfortable wear, and while it has a light aroma in the tube there is no detectable taste.

  • A nude well-balanced with pink undertones, Honor works best with pale to medium dark skin tones
  • A rich, semi-matte, velvet finish more opaque than Kjaer Weis Lip Tints
  • Moisturizing, organic ingredients like shea butter and jojoba oil are activated with the warmth of your lips, keeping them smooth and drenched in color
  • NO artificial ingredients, such as petroleum, parabens, artificial fragrance, petrochemical emulsifiers
  • NOT tested on animals
  • Gluten FREE
  • This product is not vegan
As with all Kjaer Weis products, this lipstick is refillable.
Ingredients: Honor: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)*, Mica, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Rosa Rubiginosa (Rose Hip) Seed Oil*, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil*, Gardenia Florida Fruit Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Gallic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Limonene, Dextrin, Citral, Benzyl Alcohol, Ci 75470 (Carmine), Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide). *Organically grown.
*Jane Iredale PureMoist Lipstick in Susan, Lisa and Karen ($25.00 for .1 oz. from Jane Iredale,  Neiman MarcusCitrine Natural Beauty BarSoft SurroundingsBeauty Expert and StrawberryNet): The formula is smooth, creamy and it glides across the lips effortlessly while depositing color evenly. I have two colors, Abigail and Cindy, and both have the perfect amount of cushion for comfortable wear. I get about 3-4 hours of wear before needing to apply, and while there is some transfer to the glass or mug when I drink, it is minimal. They have the emollience of a tinted lip balm, but the staying power of a lipstick. Furthermore, neither shade migrates, nor do they settle into lip lines. They have a wonderful fruity smell and light taste, but I find that it very quickly.

Shades Shown:
  • Susan is described as a soft cool pink.
  • Lisa is described as a creamy rose beige.
  • Karen is described as a creamy matte fig red, but I find it to have less of a matte finish and more of a low-sheen finish instead.
According to Jane Iredale,

Vivid pigments blend with nourishing natural oils and superfruit extracts for petal‐soft lips that feel, look and taste amazing.
  • The proven soothing properties of Moringa Oil saturate the lips with Vitamins A & C, while Coffee Seed Extract infuses with even more antioxidant protection.
  • Orange Peel Wax, plus ultra moisturizing Avocado and Sunflower Seed Oils, protect the delicate lip area and give a luxurious,conditioned and quenched feeling to the lips.
  • The organic Pomegranate and Blackberry Fruit Extracts are unique, luscious flavors that stimulate the senses.
  • Available in 25 colors. 
Ingredients: Triisostearyl Citrate, Olus Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Jojoba Esters, Moringa Oil/Hydrogenated Moringa Oil Esters, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850) (Aka 202). Vegan and Gluten-Free.
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sugarcane and Cava ($26.00 for 0.15 oz. from Sephora): I am a huge fan of Bite Beauty, and my ever growing collection features many of my most reached-for lipsticks, lip glosses and lip crayons.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Sugarcane, described as a pale pink, is more of a nude pink in my estimation. It is an ultra-pigmented creamy lipstick that glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly and neither feathers, nor migrates. Furthermore, it is long-wearing, it has the perfect amount of cushion for comfortable wear, and it feels weightless on the lips. The Amuse Bouche formula, which has a light sheen, effectively coats the lips with its wonderfully moisturizing ingredients that are food grade, and therefore safe to digest. This lovely lipstick has a light fruity flavor and aroma, but it does fade quickly.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Cava, described as a lilac beige, is a beautiful nude grey lilac that is surprisingly flattering. It glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly and it doesn't settle into lip lines. It is weightless, comfortable on the lips and long-wearing. It has a pretty sheen, and it is filled with moisturizing food-grade ingredients.

According to Bite Beauty,

A collection of high-impact lipsticks in dimensional shades that have been handcrafted to deliver extreme moisture, soft texture, and creamy wear.

Swipe on bold, creamy lip color with Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche. Created and crafted by hand, Bite’s small batch, low-heat process preserves a balanced blend of lip-quenching nutrients, vitamins, and omega oils that are essential for achieving healthy-looking lips. Made with 12 edible oils and triple milled pigments, this lipstick provides saturated lip color with weightless coverage and a citrus flavor made from fresh pressed fruit.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Glyceryl Rosinate*, Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil**, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Triisostearyl Citrate*, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil**, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil**, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Cera (Wax)*, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Hydrogenated Castor Oil*, Flavor (Aroma), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax*, Polyglyceryin-3*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract**, Silk Powder*, Pearl Powder*, Glyceryl Oleate*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables*, Trans-Resveratrol*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil**, Almond (Prunus Dulcis) Oil**, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil**, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil**, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil**, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil**, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil**, Siraitia Grosvenorii (Monk Fruit) Extract*. +/- May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*, Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 27 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742)*.* Natural ** Organic.
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Champagne ($26.00 for 0.52 oz. from Sephora): This is a super thick. rich and non-sticky lip mask that deeply moisturizes and soothes dry lips. It can be used at bedtime, but can also be used during the day in lieu of a lip gloss. Champagne, which is described as a rose gold pearl, has a beautiful glossy finish with the perfect amount of pearl for a luminous sheen. It clings to the lips, is long-wearing, and it boasts the perfect amount of cushion for comfortable wear. It is available in 5 shades (including clear).

According to Bite Beauty,

Experience #everydayagave for succulent lips. Bite Beauty’s intensive nightly recovery lip mask is handcrafted with agave nectar and jojoba oil. Rich and nourishing, it envelops lips in emollient ingredients to help hydrate and improve the texture of lips so they’re healthier-looking, soothed, and softer.
Directions: Apply at bedtime and wear throughout the day for a powerful boost in hydration and shine.

Left to Right: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Sugarcane Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche in Cava and Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask in Champagne.
Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:
• Resveratrol: Acts as an antioxidant equivalent to 15 glasses of red wine.
• Jojoba Oil: Hydrates and heals skin.

Ingredients: Trans-Resveratrol, Lanolin (Pharma Grade), Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Butyrospermum, Parkii (Shea) Butter, Glyceryl Rosinate, Organic Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave) Nectar, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Flavor, Vanillin, Siraitia Grosvernori (Monk Fruit), Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract, Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Trans-resveratrol, Vitis Vinefera (Grape) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, and Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, +/- May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470).
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon ($24.00 for 0.05 oz. from Sephora): is a wonderful multitasking crayon that can be used as a lip liner or as a lipstick. It can be worn alone or under your favorite lipsticks and lip glosses. While the formula is described as matte, it is neither flat nor drying. Instead the formula is lightly moisturizing, and has a light sheen. Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayons glide across the lips effortlessly, deposit color evenly, and they neither feather, nor bleed. They are long-wearing, very comfortable on the lips, and they are ultra-pigmented.

The two shades that I am featuring here are Cava and Pastille. The former is a stunning lilac beige that is a wonderful cool-leaning nude. The latter is a dusty mauve rose. These lovely lip crayons have a light fruity flavor and aroma, but the scent is not long lasting.

According to Bite Beauty,

A collection of lip crayons in timeless matte shades that provide superior hydration. Bite Beauty's latest breakthrough formula boasts a collection of beautiful nudes, striking reds, and deep burgundies with a matte yet moist texture. The secret is the moisture-locking power of orange peel wax along with the antioxidant properties of resveratrol. Each gorgeous shade is water-resistant and long wearing.
Top to Bottom: Cava is a lilac beige, and Pastille is a mauve rose.
Cava Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil**, Simmondsia Chinesis (Jojoba) Cera (Wax)*, Silica*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter**, Cera Alba (Beeswax)**, Polyhydroxystearic Acid*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax*, Coco-Caprylate*, Carnauba) Wax**, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax*, Hydrogenated Castor Oil*, Flavor, MICA*, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax*, Polyglyceryin-3*, Tocopherol*, Trans-Resveratrol*, HELIANTHUS Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract**, Siraitia Grosvenoril (Monk Fruit) Extract*+/- May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*, Blue 1 Lake (Ci 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985), Red 40 Lake (Ci 16035), Red 6 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Manganese Violet (Ci 77742)*, Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360). *Natural, **Organic

Pastille Ingredients: Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Acacia Decurrens Wax, Jojoba Wax, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Polyglyceryin-3, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax, Coco-Caprylate, Copernicia Cerifera (Xarnauba) Wax, Natural Flavor, Tocopherol, Trans-Resveratrol, Vitis Vinefera (Grape) Vine Extract, Siraitia Grosvenorii (Monk Fruit Concentrate). May Contain: Mica (CI 77019, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 7492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), FD&C Blue No. 1 (CI 42090), FD&C Yellow No. 5 (CI 19140), FD&C Yellow No. 7 (CI 15985), FD&C Red No. 40 (CI 16035), D&C Red 6 (CI 15850), D&C Red 7 (CI 15850), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).
As previously noted, when the limited edition Bite Beauty French Press Lip Glosses ($22.00 for .15 oz. from Sephora): launched I almost bought a few sight-unseen, but instead waited to see them in person at Sephora. There were a couple of shades that appealed to me, but I wanted to try the formula first, and I chose the one color to which I had a very strong visceral reaction– which was Flat White.
Bite Beauty French Press Lip Gloss in Flat White, which is described as a creamy pale pink, is a milky pale nude peachy pink with a shiny cream finish. It is not fully opaque, but more of a semi-opaque shade. It glides across the lips effortlessly, deposits color evenly and without streaks, and it is somewhat buildable. It can be sheered out, and while it applies evenly, I do find that it has a tendency to slightly settle into lip lines as do many colors in this family. I often apply this over a lip liner or lipstick, and there is never any settling in lip lines when worn this way. That said, I often wear it alone, and I do not find it prohibitively streaky– plus this is my most-worn color family, and therefore I reach for this gloss often.

The texture is lightweight, smooth and just the slightest bit tacky without being unpleasant, and it clings to the lips with tenacity and is longer wearing than many lip glosses. I tend to get between 3-4 hours of wear from each application, and I find the formula lightly hydrating and comfortable on this lips. The French Press Lip Glosses each have a distinct coffee scent that may bother people who do not care for scented lip products, but the scent fades soon upon application.

Given my penchant for nude pinks and lip glosses, this is a great fit for me. Furthermore, Bite Beauty lip products are cruelty-free and filled with healthy ingredients, therefore this was a sensible purchase for me.
According to Bite Beauty,

A limited-edition collection of coffee-inspired lip glosses that serves up indulgently creamy shine in warm, java hues.

Fuel up your lip look. This caffeinated collection of lip glosses creates a buzz with coffee-colored, creamy shine. Powered by rich, hydrating coffee butters and arabica cold press coffee oil, each comfortable, cushiony gloss glides on with an addictive, sweet mocha flavor. The warmed-up java hues range from milky nudes to bold browns with full-on color to satisfy every coffee craving.

Like all Bite Beauty products, French Press Lip Gloss is handcrafted by Bite in Toronto, and is made with natural ingredients. The creamy shine is so indulgent, it will become your new favorite lip habit. Go ahead, make yours a double.

Bite Beauty does not contain parabens, phthalates, sulfates, or petrochemicals. Bite is cruelty-free and Leaping Bunny certified.
Select Ingredients and Their Attributes:
 Coffee Butter Extract: Provides antioxidant benefits, supports natural hydration, and provides creamy texture.
• Arabica Cold Press Coffee Oil: Provides antioxidant benefits, and supports natural hydration.
• Caffeine: Provides antioxidant benefits.
Ingredients: Polyglyceryl-2 Isostearate/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer*/**, Hydroxystearic/Linolenic/Linoleic Polyglycerides*, Tricaprylin*, Glyceryl Rosinate*, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*/**, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract*, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil*, Disteardimonium Hectorite*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*/**, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*/**, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*/**, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*/**, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Fruit Extract*, Triethyl Citrate*, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax*, Silica*, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride*, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Stem Extract*, Tocopherol*, Phospholipids*, Aroma (Flavor)*, Resveratrol*, Gardenia Tahitensis Flower Extract*, Momordica Grosvenorii Fruit Extract*, Caffeine*, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil*, Cylindrotheca Fusiformis Extract*, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract*/**, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract*, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract*. May Contain (+/-): Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163)*, Manganese Violet (Ci 77742), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)*, Carmine (Ci 75470)*. *Natural.
Available Shades Left to Right: Flat White, Vanilla Latte, Dirty Chai, Salted Caramel, French Press and Black Coffee.
I purchased RMS Lip Shine in Sublime and RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure because they were so beautiful that I simply could not resist them, and If you have yet to indulge in RMS Beauty, then these are definitely worthy contenders for your consideration. They are both housed in sturdy little glass pots with chic metal lids that fit snugly. The aesthetic of the packaging is an exercise in elegant minimalism, and these little pots are small enough to carry in your pocket or handbag.

Their healthy makeup lacks harsh chemical ingredients, and they actually nourish the skin. You can wear all of their products with confidence, and you don't have to be concerned about ingesting multi-syllabic chemicals when wearing any of their lip products.
About RMS Beauty,

RMS Beauty is dedicated to transforming the way women use makeup, and it's about more than simply using organic ingredients. In fact, that's only the first step in creating a product that's not only non-toxic, but that actually heals and nourishes skin. It all comes down to chemistry: when a raw material is processed for use in cosmetics or other beauty products, it typically undergoes a lengthy process...the majority of ingredients used for natural cosmetics are refined, bleached, deodorized, clarified, fractionated and heated to high temperatures. But this means they are not pure natural ingredients anymore – they are now equivalent to man-made chemicals.Complicating matters more, the processes strip away almost all of the nutrients that make natural ingredients beneficial to skin. Today's cosmetics and skincare lines are full of mono-nutrients and mono-nutrients do not interact. Only real nutrients interact… anything alive interacts.

This is where RMS Beauty breaks away from the pack of natural cosmetics. RMS Beauty products are formulated with raw, food grade and organic ingredients in their natural state, allowing their living, healing attributes to penetrate and rejuvenate the skin. In their purest form, enzymes, vitamins, antioxidants and their healing properties remain fully intact, encouraging amazing potential for anti-aging effects. RMS Beauty has also taken extreme care in the use of minimal heat in the manufacturing process of this product in order to keep all nutrients and healing properties alive. All RMS Beauty products are free of harmful chemicals, synthetic preservatives, synthetic vitamins, and genetically altered ingredients (GMO) etc. RMS Beauty is full of healing nutrients – nutrients that work synergistically with the skin, and are in harmony with nature and our environment.
RMS Lip Shine ($25.00 for 0.20 oz. from RMS, SephoraCredo BeautyNordstromBloomingdale'sThe Detox MarketShen BeautyNet-A-PorterAnthropologieDermstore and Birchbox): RMS Lip Shine in Sublime is a gorgeous light to mid-tone blue-based pink shade that offers a lovely light wash of luminous color with a gorgeous sheen. It is thoroughly non-sticky, has the perfect amount of cushion that lends itself to exceedingly comfortable wear, and it is quite moisturizing. It offers all of the perks of a beautiful lip gloss with all of the benefits of a high quality nourishing lip balm that just so happens to be loaded with skincare ingredients. It has no discernible fragrance, but only the very faintest aroma from the natural ingredients.

According to RMS Beauty,

Purity made simple. A touch of shine on your lips is now both sensuous and nourishing. This colorful, fountain of youth for lips contains buriti oil, which is rich in nutrients. Due to its natural fatty acids, vitamin A and C properties, these lip shines provide extracellular antioxidant protection. Combined with nourishing organic oils and pure mineral pigments, this exotic formula is highly emollient and visibly hydrating. These are sure to become your newest healthy addiction.

Available Shades:
Sublime (Shown): A bright and modern fuchsia pink shade.
Content: A richly-pigmented classic berry red.
Sacred: The most perfect innocent red with a gentle hint of pink.
Bloom: A sheer, youthful petal-pink with the most subtle hint of shimmer.
Moment: A neutral caramel brown, created for Gisele. Great for neutralizing the pink in the lips.
Honest: A nude, dusty rose.
Trance: A tawny plum brown with shine.

Directions: Add a touch of this light, non-sticky shine to the lips alone or on top of any rms beauty lip2Cheek colors for added sheen. Gorgeous on the cheeks when used as a light blush.

Ingredients: *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Buriti (Mauritia Flexuosa) Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, *Cera Alba (Beeswax), Centella Asiatica Extract, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) Non-GMO, may contain: [+/- Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891 and Mica CI 77019]. *CERTIFIED ORGANIC
RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure ($36.00 for 0.17 oz. from SephoraCredo BeautyNordstromViolet GreyBloomingdale'sb-glowingCult BeautyThe Detox MarketShen BeautyAnthropologieNet-A-PorterBluemercuryMadewellDermstore and Birchbox): RMS Lip2Cheek in Demure is a richly pigmented mid-tone neutral nude-leaning pink that can be used on the lips and cheeks. The pigmentation is quite concentrated with this formula, and a little goes a long way, therefore I would recommend starting with a small amount and building up if more opacity is desired. It is non-sticky, offers a lovely sheen and it neither feathers nor bleeds on the lips, and it doesn't settle into fine line or pores on the cheeks. There is no discernible fragrance, but like the RMS Lip Shine one can detect the faintest aroma from the natural ingredients.

According to RMS Beauty,

Our lip2cheek is a unique formula that combines hydration and protection with abundant mineral color for a beautiful, natural finish on both lips and cheeks.

The lip2cheek colors are the result of over 20 years experience applying makeup to some of the world's most beautiful faces. Created with nourishing organic ingredients, each unique shade can vary from a youthful sheer to a more densely colored stain.

Available Shades:
Smile: A modern sheer coral/pink with a slight 50's feel.
Promise: A warm salmon-pink with a very subtle golden shimmer.
Spell: a modern nude dusty rose.
Modest: A fresh, rich berry pink color.
Illusive: A matte burnt rose hue with a hint of plum.
Demure (Shown): A soft pink rose with a hint of mauve that makes a statement.
Diabolique: A rich burgundy coloring and intense depth make this sultry shade a must for anyone feeling adventurous.
Beloved: A true red with just a hint of poppy to suit all skin tones. Gives cheeks a natural rosiness and stains lips with a desirable youthfulness.
Paradise: A Tropical muted coral with red undertones.

Directions: Apply sparingly with fingers or brush. Repeat application for a more intense color on lips or cheeks. For more shimmer or a slightly softer color, apply the living luminizer over any lip2cheek color. For best results on particularly dry lips, apply a light layer of the lip & skin balm before the lip2cheek. This product can also be used as an eye shadow but may not be suitable for all skin types as they will cause creasing in most cases due to the moisturizing oils.
Ingredients: *Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, *Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, *Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Cire d’abeille), *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, **Buriti (Mauritia Flexuosa) Oil, *Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Tocopherol(non-GMO), Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Propolis Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract , *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, May Contain: [+/-] Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica *CERTIFIED ORGANIC **WILDCRAFTED. Note: Smile, Beloved and Curious lip2cheek shades contain the following pigments: [+/- Red 30 CI 73360, Red 6 Lake CI 15850]
 Left to Right: RMS Lip Shine in Sublime and Lip2Cheek in Demure
Tata Harper Very Charming Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint ($39.00 for 4.5 g from Tata Harper, Space NKSephoraNordstromNet-A-PorterCult BeautyThe Detox MarketCredo Beauty,  goop, and Birchbox): This emollient lip and cheek tint offers buildable semi-opaque coverage, comfortable wear and superb hydration. It lightly plumps lips without any discomfort whatsoever, and leaves cheeks with a beautiful lit-from within glow with a perfect pink flush. There is a slight fruity scent in the glass pot, but there is no detectable taste once on the lips.

According to Tata Harper,

Delivers the perfect pop of color and a plump, youthful look to lips and cheeks. This smooth, easily buildable tint delivers the perfect pop of natural color to lips and a blush to cheeks while moisturizing and helping to minimize the look of fine lines, for skin that has the irresistible flush and voluminous look of youth.
Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit extract, Caprylic/Capric/Triglyceride, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis (castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax*, Titanium Dioxide, Olus/Vegetable Oil*, Mica, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Seed wax, Camellia sinensis (Green Tea) seed oil*, Palmitoyl Isoleucine, Euterpe oleracea (Acai) fruit oil*, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil*, Carmine, Octyldodecanol, Lavandula stoechas (Spanish Lavender) Extract, Arnica montana (Arnica) Extract*, Borago officinalis (Borage) Leaf Extract*, Medicago sativa (Alfalfa) Extract*, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract*, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil*, Sambucus Nigra Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Jojoba Esters, Alumina, Silica, Trihydroxystearin, Iron Oxides (C.I. 77492, C.I. 77491), Natural and Organic flavors *Ingredients from Organic farming.
*H is for Love Lip Glacé in Root & Berry ($24.00 for .17 oz from H is for Love,): This glossy balm, which is nourishing and ultra-moisturizing, leaves lips soft, silky smooth and supple. It is very emollient, but it clings to the lips without even the slightest hint of stickiness. It has the perfect amount of cushion for comfortable wear, and a single application lasts for several hours. The natural pigments, while intense in the pot and in my swatch, offer a juicy, light wash of red on the lips. There is a very light aroma that is primarily punctuated by the peppermint and vanilla oils, but it fades almost immediately. It is important to note that it is neither in the least bit overpowering, nor is it irritating to the lips– instead it is refreshing and comforting.

According to H is for Love,

Lip Glacé is a universally flattering rose-colored gloss. Its tint is derived from berries, roots and flowers and completely void of mica, iron oxides or mineral pigments. Highly regenerative sea buckthorn CO2 lends a touch of red clay color to the mix. Virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil creates a matte look in the pot, but once warmed by your lips it becomes glossy (glacé!)

Glacé is perfection if you seek a touch of femininity in a deeply hydrating gloss. Its effect is subtle, serving to enhance the natural look of the wearer and it can also layer beautifully over nearly any lipstick color.

Both stunning and discreet, Lip Glacé wears deliciously, imparting hints of peppermint, vanilla and berry but without being overpowering. Healthy, sexy lips – naturally.

Ingredients: Castor bean oil*, Olive oil*, Coconut oil*, Beeswax, Mixed tocopherols (Non-GMO Vitamin E), Alkanet root*, Elder Berries*, Calendula*, Bilberries*, Hibiscus*, Essential oils of: Peppermint*, Sea buckthorn CO2*, Vanilla ‘Total’ CO2*, Rosemary antioxidant CO2*
H is for Love Lip Glacé in Root & Berry swatch
*Clove + Hallow Lip Glaze in Angelic ($15.00 for oz. from Clove + Hallow and Clove + Hallow Amazon Page): I have always been a gloss girl, and Clove + Hallow Lip Glaze is just my kind of gloss! It is lightweight, non-sticky, it offers a gorgeous luminous shine, it boasts beautiful pigmentation and it is very comfortable on the lips. Furthermore, it is hydrating, it is filled with healthy ingredients, has no discernible flavor or fragrance, and Angelic is the perfect my lips, but better mauve.
According to Clove + Hallow,

Formulated with natural olive oil, jojoba oil and shea butter, our PETA-certified cruelty-free and vegan Lip Glaze offers inspired color and a dazzling finish without stickiness.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Silica, Euphorbia, Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Tocopherol *Organic Ingredient; May Contain: Titanium Dioxide Ci 77891, Iron Oxides Ci 77491, Iron Oxide Ci 77492, Iron Oxide Ci 77499, Red 7 Lake Ci 15850, Yellow 5 Lake Ci 19140, Red 27 Lake Ci 45410. 99% Natural, 64% Organic.
Overall Assessment: I absolutely love all of these wonderful lip products, and feel good about wearing them. This is proof positive that you can find gorgeous and healthy alternatives to the chemical-laden luxury brands on the market. If you haven't tried any of these brands, I highly recommend them.

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  1. Bite Beauty Sugarcane needs to be mine. Because I need another lipstick, right now.

    1. Sugarcane is a real beauty, I highly recommend it! It is a perfect shade for you, Erika!

  2. I'm thrilled to see Clove+Hallow, it's also in my list for this post. I like Axiology too, both the lippies and crayon

    1. I really like this, and ned to get the full size in this and the color that you reviewed recently! Axiology is great, I agree!

  3. What are you trying to do to me? I now have about 30 new lipsticks on my wishlist!!! LOL

  4. So many beauties, where to begin?! I was unfamiliar with Kosas Cosmetics, but there are at least 5 shades that would suit me perfectly! This is a brand I must try. I wish I could wear the Kjaer Weis pink nude shade that you featured because it is the perfect 1960s retro shade. I also am unfamiliar with Clove & Hallow, and the shade Angelic is right up my alley. In your swatch photo, there are 2 swatches - the lower one is so beautifully pigmented - is that 2 swipes??

    1. I know what you mean, I really love all of these! Kosas Lipsticks are really worth trying, and you could wear so many of them!!! Is this Kjaer Weis shade too pale for your liking? Clove + Hallow is definitely worthy of your consideration as well! The top swatch is sheered out and the button is two passes.

    2. Thank you, Helen! Unfortunately, your shade of Kjaer Weis is one that I adore, but it's too light for me. When I went to the Kjaer Weis event here in MA, your shade wasn't among the offerings - maybe it's a spring/summer shade.

    3. You are so welcome, Allison! I hope that doesn't mean that she is discontinuing this shade! If so I will have to buy a refill! I think that the color would be pretty on you, but it is definitely far more pale than the shades that you tend to wear.

  5. This post is LOADED up with things I need to try! OMG.

    1. Haha! I am glad that you like what you see, Brooke! I love all of these so much!

  6. You are such a tease. I want so many of the products you shared. I'd love to buy a Kjaer Weiss and that shade looks perfect for me. My purse lipstick is Axiology since I absolutely love it. I'm going to need more now that you've done this to me!

    1. LOL! These are definitely some of my very favorite lippies! Yes, that Kjaer Weis shade is perfect for you, and it is definitely one of my VERY favorite lipsticks of all time! I agree with you about Axiology, their lipsticks and lip crayons are wonderful!

  7. These are all great picks! I'm a big fan of Bite Beauty. Those RMS ones look interesting too!

    1. Thanks, Jen. I am a big fan of Bite Beauty as well! It's very dangerous that there Lip Lab is right around the corner from me! I really like RMS, and these are both really good!

  8. Yassss... I'm loving these. I will take one of each Bite Beauty and put it on my list.

    1. Thank you, me too Honey! These Bite Beauty lippies are AMAZING!

  9. I love the Jane Iredale PureMoist lipsticks and Bite Beauty too. There are so many brands to love here!

    1. Me too on both counts! Both make such lovely lipsticks! These are definitely among my favorite lip products these days!

  10. I see you and I have very similar taste in campy shades! I literally want ALL the darker colors!

    1. Yes we do, and these vampy shades are really lovely in every possible way! I highly recommend them!

  11. What a beautiful selection of lip colors for the new season! I have been curious about RMS for years, what products from the brand would you recommend to try first?

    1. Thank you, I really love all of them, and highly recommend all of these products. I don't have a lot from RMS– just these two, a cream highlighter and a concealer/foundation. I think that trying either of these two products would be a good place to start. If you want more of a gloss, then the RMS Lip Shine is the way to go, but if you want a more opaque lipstick-like experience, then the RMS Lip2Cheek formula will be a better fit. They also have some new lovely lipsticks, and while I have played with them at the counter, I haven't purchased one yet.


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