10 of the best natural lipsticks
There's been some argument over the actual amount you'd ingest in a lifetime, but if you are a regular wearer of lipstick, there's no doubt some of it ends up being consumed when you eat, drink or lick your lips.
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For that reason, there's been a strong move away from some ingredients traditionally used in lipstick formulations. Again there are common arguments for and against certain inclusions like preservatives and pigments. For example, many popular brands still have traces of lead in their lippies, and the USA's FDA insists the trace amounts aren't enough to cause harm, but many consumers are turning to more plant-based formulations to avoid these items.
If seeking out cleaner cosmetics is on your agenda, or you just want a really great lipstick, all the options below will serve you well.
Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon, $18
The ease of application makes these a clear winner: Burt's Bees Lip Crayons glide on beautifully and leave lips looking lush and hydrated. They come in both matte and gloss versions, and contain shea butter and jojoba oil.
Karen Murrell Natural Lipstick, $32
Karen Murrell has absolutely nailed the natural formula of her lipsticks, we're so proud she's a Kiwi too! The intensity of pigment is what we love most, oh and the range of colours, that get regularly updated. Another thing we look for is transparency in formulation: all of Karen Murrell's ingredients are clearly listed on her website - so you can make an informed decision, unlike many big beauty brands.
RMS Beauty Lipstick, $48
Not just natural, RMS states it uses "raw, food grade, organic, wildcrafted and natural ingredients". The US brand has been a hit with makeup opsessives, particularly its creamy luminizers, but the RMS Wild With Desire lipsticks are definitely worth checking out too.
Jane Iredale Triple Luxe Long Lasting Naturally Moist Lipstick, $64
Mineral makeup with skincare benefits is what Jane Iredale has become known for and the same is true of its lipsticks, which boast an extensive 'free-from' list as well as reliable product stability, something that can vary with natural formulations. Hard to find online, head to skin specialists like About Face to shop.
Living Nature Pure Passion Lipstick, $33
If you've been to the Bay of Islands you've likely driven past the big black barn that is Living Nature's HQ, where the Kiwi brand still makes the majority of its products. Containing many organic ingredients, Living Nature lipsticks protect and nourish your lips with a beautiful range of hues.
Nude By Nature Creamy Matte Lipstick, $28.95
One of the most easily accessible brands, Australia's Nude By Nature has expanded its cosmetic offering in a big way over the last 2-3 years. The newest arrivals are these creamy matte lipsticks that come in mostly subtle, flattering shades.
Dr. Hauschka Sheer Lipstick, $45
Launched in 1935 in Germany, Dr. Hauschka's natural plant-based formulations have long been proven to nourish and gently care for skin. Translated into cosmetics, that means you get great products with thoughtful formulations that work well. If you aren't a fan of a statement pout, these sheer lipsticks are just the thing for a hint of tint.
Inika Organic Lipstick Crayon, $39
Another crayon that makes application a breeze, popular organic brand Inika is making a push to extend its ethically-sourced botanical and mineral range of cosmetics into new areas.
Antipodes lipstick, $37
With names plucked from iconic New Zealand landscapes, Antipodes 'Healthy' lipsticks have become popular with locals as well as international visitors.
LUK Beautifood Lip Nourish, $33
Verging on a tinted balm, Beautifood's Lip Nourish colours are another great option if you prefer a more understated lip look.
* Which natural lip products work well for you?