Lipstick is my favorite form of makeup. It’s immediately transformative. It can change my mood as well as my look.
So of course, I was excited when I got a chance to try out three new shades from Ilia, a brand that makes lipsticks made from a high percentage of organic ingredients and bio-active botanicals. Anything that’s on my lips, I end up ingesting so when I can, I like to use a lipstick with natural and organic ingredients.
I received three new lipstick shades from Ilia that launched on September 8.
The theme for the lipsticks was taken from one of my favorite classic novels, Dracula! The book is fun to read, definitely creepy. I think I’ve seen every movie version of Dracula to date starting with the old Bella Lugosi movie to the uber-creepy Nosferatu to Francis Ford Coppola’s lush Bram Stoker’s Dracula from the 1990s. I’m definitely a Dracula devotee. So I enjoyed the fact that the three new lipsticks were named for Dracula characters:
- Madame Mina: a limited edition nude mauve
- The Brides: a limited edition warm nude
- Lucy’s Party: blood red, of course! In fact, I’m wearing it right now!
The three lipstick shades are very flattering. As I mentioned, I’m wearing Lucy’s Party, and this oxblood red shade is perfect for fall and for the holidays to come.
The lipsticks, made with 72% organic ingredients, contain a moisturizing blend of cocoa butter and sesame oil as well as rose hip oil known for anti-aging antioxidants vitamins A and C. Yet, the lipsticks are as light as a feather on the lips.
The lipstick bullets have a nice point that allow it to go on easily and cleanly, and they do not feather. I’m always relieved when I don’t need to search for a lipliner. The lipsticks are buildable, and I prefer a couple of swipes of the two neutrals to get fuller coverage. On the other hand, Lucy’s Party, the blood red shape, gives me just about full coverage with one swipe. The finish is demi-matte.
I’ve been enjoying Madame Mina and The Brides primarily for everyday and casual occasions, and Lucy’s Party for when I want to amp things up. I was surprised to find that the lipsticks don’t transfer. I’d call them medium-wearing lipsticks giving me a few hours before I need to apply.
Ilia Lipsticks – there are 15 permanent lipstick shades including new Lucy’s Party as well as the two new limited edition shades for fall – are priced at $26. They’re available on the Ilia website, Sephora, Bella Cuore online, Credo Beauty online, Harvey Nichols, Net-A-Porter, and other select retailers worldwide.
The Ilia brand started in Canada in 2011 with Lip Conditioners but the company is now based in Los Angeles and has enlarged their product offerings to 40 but with a continued emphasis on lip care. No wonder my lips feel so good wearing this light-as-a-feather lipstick! The brand is certified with the Leaping Bunny and the products and ingredient are not tested on animals.
Ilia’s regular collection below