• Thu, Dec 27 2012

4 Awesome All Natural Red Lipsticks For New Year’s Eve

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Red lipstick is my thing. As I’ve gotten older, it’s become my go-to beauty staple, the product I can throw on for any occasion and feel confident, classic, and beautiful. But I’m also increasingly cautious when buying beauty products: Many cosmetics, including lipstick, contain lead and other less-than-desirable ingredients like phthalates, plasticizers…even gluten or animal byproducts. So what’s a red lip lover to do? Especially with a fancy New Year’s Eve night out coming up?

I was kind of skeptical that I’d be able to find an awesome red lipstick made from natural ingredients that performed like my MAC and NARS faves. However, using myself as a guinea pig (trying lipstick, truly a hard day of work), I discovered several terrific reds made from natural ingredients.

(I applied all of these without lip liner, primer or any other kind of makeup or lip product. Also, please excuse my silly and awkward self-portraits.)

zosimosgarnetZosimos Botanicals’ Garnet, $20

A classic bright red lipstick manufactured in a totally vegan formula.

What’s in it: organic castor oil, organic cocoa butter, sesame oil, castor wax, macadamia nut oil, mica, avocado oil, avocado butter, candelilla wax (see website for full list)

How I liked it: This one took a few layers to get a good red lip going, but felt light while it was on. It lasted for a few hours while I ate and drank. I found it really moisturizing. My lips felt moisturized even after the color (which is very matte) had faded.

BITE Beauty’s Zivoli, $24

BITE Beauty’s lip products are made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates or synthetic fragrances or dyes. Zivoli is a brick red.bitebeautyzivoli

What’s in it: beeswax, jojoba oil, rebiana sweetener, shea butter, castor seed oil (see website for full list)

How I liked it: This is a dark rich red in the container, but looks very bright and classic while it’s on. It has a bit of a shine to it, which I liked. Zivoli tastes a little bit sweet when it goes on, which was kind of a pleasant surprise, but it seemed to fade pretty quickly on the lip. After a few hours, it’s more of a lip stain rather than a lipstick.

bitebeautytanninBITE Beauty’s Tannin, $24

BITE Beauty’s lip products are made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates or synthetic fragrances or dyes. Tannin is a poppy red.

What’s in it: beeswax, jojoba oil, rebiana sweetener, shea butter, castor seed oil (see website for full list)

How I liked it: Tannin, like Zivoli, looks a lot darker in the lipstick container than it actually does on the lip. It goes on pretty heavy, almost maroon, but fades quite a bit when you blot it. It also looks a lot darker in person than it does in this photo. I liked it because it feels moisturizing and light on the lip, but like Zivoli it fades quickly.

Jane Iredale’s Nicole, $20janeiredalenicolelipstick

What’s in it: Castor seed oil, beeswax, carnuaba wax, grape seed extract (see website for full list)

How I liked it: This is a very sheer color, almost a tint rather than a full-on lipstick. On the lips, it feels like a lip balm rather than a traditional lipstick. I put on a few layers to build up the color and it looked good, but subtle.

The winner? It’s a toss up between Zivoli and Garnet. Garnet’s a great every day red, but I loved the high-impact of Zivoli, despite having to reapply it a lot. Both of the BITE Beauty products exceeded my expectations for an all-natural lip product, in terms of color impact.

I’d also like to give a shout out to Tarte Glamazon in Fierce, one of my favorite all-natural red lipsticks that took a tumble down the backseat of my friend’s car and was never seen again, so could not make an appearance in this lipstick test.

Photos: Carrie Murphy

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  • Lisa(r)

    This isn’t a lipstick, but I like Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Rose. For a person who wears little makeup but sometimes wants a pop of reddishness on special occasions, this works just fine– and the flavor reminds me of Twizzlers!

    • http://blisstree.com/ Carrie Murphy

      Lisa, I’ll have to try it. Thanks for the rec!