Lipstick is not my thing. I don’t know why, but I have just never been a fan. The clean beauty market is not lacking in beautiful lipsticks or reviews for them. But trying to find a good, green beauty lip gloss review has proven a bit difficult. I am not going to lie, I have been missing my Neutrogena Moisture Smooth color stick. It goes on so smooth and glossy with just enough color. EWG rates it a “4” as it contains ingredients to avoid such as petrolatum, synthetic colors and dyes, cetyl lactate, and lactic acid. I knew it had to go. As the Neutrogena Color Stick retails for around $8.49, my goal was to choose a product under $20. Often times, it can be a bit more expensive to switch to safer cosmetics but trust me, it is worth it.
The first thing I tried was Pacifica Enlightened Gloss in the shade “Beach Kiss”. It retails for around $10, so the cost difference wasn’t too extreme. It was easy to find because my local Earth Fare sells it. Although it does not have an EWG rating, Think Dirty rates it between a “0”-”3”. It contains none of the unsafe ingredients found in the Neutrogena product. All of Pacifica’s products are 100% vegan and cruelty free. It is a lovely, thick, but not overly sticky, gloss that provides shine with a hint of color. I picked this shade because I like a pinky nude lip color, whether it is just alone or something to layer. I use it for both. It is a natural color that would flatter many skin tones. You can find it at your local Earth Fare or order it from Amazon or Ulta.
The next gloss I tried is the 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Gloss: Sugar Plum Sheer. It retails for $19 so a little bit more expensive, but completely worth it. The ingredients are amazing as the color and flavor comes only from fruit extracts. Think Dirty rates it a “0”, making it very safe. Your lips are naturally softened from Vitamin E, grapeseed oil and shea butter. The color is shiny pink with a hint of shimmer. It is another awesome gloss that is great for layering. Because of its sheer nature, it would flatter many skin tones. 100% Pure is an organic, cruelty free company. Although you have to order from their website, they offer 100% Free Shipping on 100percentpure.com and free returns.
Because I was looking to replace a lip crayon, it was only natural I try a few. Because Burt’s Bees is so readily available, it was the first one I tried in the shade “Carolina Coast”. It retails for $9 so very comparable to the Neutrogena product. Neither EWG or Think Dirty rate this one. However, a quick scan through the ingredients finds it primarily contains oils, butters and waxes. (EWG or a google search is a great place to look up specific ingredients.) It may contain carmine which is non- toxic but it comes from a bug. So, if you are looking for cruelty free, this probably wouldn’t be the product for you. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if this color was going to work for me as it looks almost pinky purple but, happily, it looks much better on. It is more of a mauve pink shade that adapts to the color of your lips. The only issue I have, is that it is more drying than I expected. To remedy that, I use the Pacifica Enlightened Gloss over it for that pinky nude color I prefer. It seems almost every retail store carries Burt’s Bees today, just look for it on the make-up aisle. Or, order it on Amazon for fast shipping.
The next lip crayon I tried was the Jane Iredale Playon lip crayon in the shade “Yummy”. It retails for $18 so a little bit more expensive. Again, EWG and Think Dirty don’t have ratings on this one. It does contain some synthetic ingredients such as isopropyl lanolate, myristyl lactate, polybutene, among others. Jane Iredale’s products are however, certified cruelty free. The shade “Yummy” is considered a creamy sheer peach. I was hoping for a nude color but this is definitely more peachy. It did not work on my more neutral pale color. If you order it from their website, you can exchange it within 30 days for a different color. I ordered mine using Amazon, however. I really liked the texture of it in comparison to the Burt’s Bees crayon. It is much more moisturizing. Because of all the synthetic ingredients though, I don’t think I will reorder this product.
Tinted lip balms are something I keep going back to. Traditionally they are easy to apply, moisturizing, and offer a simple, natural color. Root Pretty’s Pretty Balm in the shade “Ballet” is the first one I tried. A couple months back, they offered a coupon to try it for free and of course I took advantage. They usually retail for $8 and have such clean natural ingredients. They are not yet rated by EWG or Think Dirty but they primarily contain natural oils and are organic, gluten free and vegan. The color “Ballet” is very light with almost a metallic pink look to it. I love this product and it is the perfect size for sticking in my purse. They would make awesome stocking stuffers. Hint Hint! I love how moisturizing they feel. Click HERE for 10% off your first purchase from the Root Pretty site. They also have amazing eye shadows that I will be reviewing in an upcoming blog post.
Alima Pure Lip Tint in the shade “Petal” is the last lip product I tried. It retails for $14 making it a little more expensive than some, but still under my $20 cut off for this comparison. It is a tinted lip balm that has buildable color and is very moisturizing. The shade, “Petal” is considered a soft pink, but I find it a more nude color that is very flattering. The ingredients are very clean, containing mostly butters and oils and is scented with peppermint essential oil. It is rated a “3” from Think Dirty and a “2” from EWG. It does contain Carmine as the Burt’s Bees do as well so that is something to be aware of. Purchase from their website as they offer free shipping on orders over $30.