Lipsticks are definitely the beauty product I’m most drawn to.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m terrible at hoarding them. It doesn’t matter how many shades I already love; there’s always another one that catches my eye and I’ll find a way to justify buying it (‘The undertone is different, I swear!’ Anyone else?)
But on this occasion it wasn’t the colour that got my attention first, but the brand.
Lippy Girl is a cruelty-free, vegan brand. They make their lipsticks with natural, organic oils and waxes and natural mineral pigments. They’re also adamant animal testing is a no-go, which is what I like to hear!
I was very kindly sent some Lippy Girl Vegocentric lipsticks to review and chose the shades Ski Bunny* (v) and Surf Betty* (v). In this post I’ll take you through step by step as I try them out.
Lots of natural ingredients that I actually know the names of, including:
- Certified organic castor seed oil
- Jojoba seed oil
- Carnauba wax
- Shea butter
Both lipsticks look a little different to the swatches on the website. Ski Bunny looks like a medium rose pink on the website but is a lighter nude pink in person. I’m a fan of these kind of shades so this didn’t bother me too much, although I don’t really need another nude-pink lipstick (the undertone has to be different, remember?!) It’s a pretty everyday shade though.
Surf Betty looks like a mauve-tinged brown on the website but is more like a bronze colour in person. Maybe Surf Betty would suit other skintones better, but it looks like I’ve taken inspiration from a pair of tan tights when I wear it. Not a fan.
Lippy Girl promise that their lipsticks are super pigmented. They didn’t blow me away, but they’re pretty good all the same — you don’t have to work too hard to get the colour to show up.
You need to reapply after eating (the colour fades unevenly). I’ve also noticed that the lipstick transfers easily to glasses when you’re drinking. Otherwise, the colour it lasts a solid four hours or so if you’re going about your day-to-day life.
Formula and Finish
The lipsticks feel creamy and comfortable on the lips, and they apply smoothly. They cling to dry patches quite noticeably (this may be because Ski Bunny and Surf Betty are quite pale shades) so you need to use a scrub and some lip balm before application.
The finish is quite difficult to pin down — it’s not quite satin but not quite matte either. Demi-matte, maybe? Either way, I’m into it.
Black aluminium with the Lippy Girl logo. Doesn’t look or feel cheap. The light pink box looks sophisticated and is easy to find in the depths of a make-up bag.
£12.50 each for 5g of product.
In a nutshell:
- Good things: Smooth application; suitable for vegans; pretty, eco-friendly packaging
- Not-so-good things: Cling to dry patches; shades swatches on website aren’t always true to life
Have you tried anything from Lippy Girl before? What are your favourite cruelty-free lipsticks? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!