What is the first thing that comes in your mind when I say makeup? Lipstick! We all have dozens of lip products I’m sure… What features I look for? Natural ingredients is at the first place, cruelty free, it has to be comfortable, good lasting power and a nice range of shades that I can choose from. I find all those aspects in ILIA Beauty. The founder, Sasha Plasvic, launched her first collection of 6 lip conditioners in 2011. The philosophy is pretty simple and clever, each piece is filled with up to 85% certified organic bio-active botanicals to nourish and rejuvenate the skin, the minimal and sleek tube is made of recycled aluminum and the cardboard case is made of recycled paper as well. Their line has expanded so much in these years that you basically have everything that you need to do your makeup!
Back to lip products there are so many different finishes that you can choose from! I think you can’t go wrong with them… There are tinted lip conditioners (15 shades), lipsticks (15 shades), lipstick crayons (6 shades), lip glosses (6 shades) and of course a lip balm and an exfoliator. I’ve tried all the different finishes and I want to share with you my thoughts.
Let’s start with the gloss! I have the shade love buzz, a beautiful baby pink with a mild blue undertone, which can help you to make your teeth look wither… The applicator is a classic sponge one, very soft and precise. I love lip glosses! So easy to apply, goes with everything, keeps my lips moisturized and gives a nice glow. You can layer on top of a lipstick, it’s so pretty! The coverage is sheer and it lasts as any other lip gloss, maybe an hour. It is 100% natural and 65% organic.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Brassica Campestris, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Isostearyl Citrate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit*, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (orange) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Red 7 (CI 15850), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 28 (CI 45410). *certified organic
The second is the tinted lip conditioner in Kokomo. Sorry for the terrible conditions of the bullet but apparently it wasn’t stored high enough and my son decided to play with it a little bit… Anyway! This also has spf 15, which is great! Last spring they came out with this line specifically made with spf, there are two lip conditioners, a lip balm, a bb cream and a face powder. All the packages of this collection are white, not the usual silver color. The other tinted lip conditioners haven’t spf in them. I would say the color of Kokomo is a sort of “my lips but better”, pinky mauve with a warm undertone. The texture is very creamy and hydrating, with 2 layers you have a full color. The lasting power is maybe one to two hours but it’s so easy to reapply through the day. It is 100% natural and 85% organic.
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Coco-caprylate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Candelilla (Euphorbia Cerifera) Wax, Butyro-spermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Wax, Shorea Robusta Resin, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf*, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry), Passiflora Incarnata (Passionflower), Tocopherol, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide Ci77891, Iron Oxide (Ci77499, Ci77492, Ci77491), Red 7 Ci15850, Red 28 Ci45410, Yellow 5 Ci19140. *certified organic Non-nano Zinc Oxide 10%
The two lipstick colors that I have are Madam Mina and Femme Fatale. Madam Mina is part of the collection inpired by the movie “Bram Stocker’s Dracula” by Francis Ford Coppola. It’s a beautiful neutral mauve color and it’s the one that I wear most of the times. Femme Fatale is a deep burgundy, bloody red, definitely out of my comfort zone, but it’s so beautiful! I can easily wear it every day by tapping it on the lips and I love using it in that way. The lasting power is maybe around three to four hours, but I’ve noticed that Femme Fatale stains my lips so even when it’s all gone I still look ok, which is always great with darker shades. Of course you can mix them together to create your own shade. They are both very comfortable and hydrating, the finish i would say is a semi matte. They are 100% natural and 74% organic.
Madam Mina Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Triisostearyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch*, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Flax Seed*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil*, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf*, Tocopherol. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Black Oxide CI77499, Yellow Oxide CI77492, Red Oxide CI77491, Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140. *Certified Organic
Femme Fatale ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Triisostearyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch *, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Sage (Salvia Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140. * certified organic
Last lip product is the lipstick crayon and I have the shade dress you up. I find that this lasts me for the longest and also leaves lips with a veil of color once it’s gone. It’s a very pretty bright pink everyday color. It has a matte finish and it lasts 5 hours. The only side note is, if I have to be totally honest with you, that I was expecting more cool toned mauve color like the outer package shows. But I do really enjoy using it! It is 100% natural and 80% organic.
Ingredients: Heliantus Annus ( Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Trisosteatryl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera ( Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera( Carnauba) Wax*, Ricinus Comminus (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina ( Rose Hip) Fruit Oil*, Carica (Papaya) Seed Oil. May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Red 7 (CI15858), Iron Oxide (CI77499, CI77492, CI77491). *certified organic
As you may have noticed they don’t have any fragrance or essential oil added. Great right? They all smell very natural which i do really appreciate. Some swatches are coming for you!
Overall I’m so impressed with this brand and for sure I will try something more from their line. Have you tried Ilia Beauty? Thank you all for reading!