I have recently discovered Au Naturale, an organic makeup company that launched in November 2011. As I do with new companies I encounter, I tend to buy a lot to try everything :o) Au Naturale was no exception – and I have to say they are one of my favorite finds ever! I’m very pleased with the quality of their products and love that they use organic ingredients. I started e-mailing back and forth with the owners and really loved what they were about, so did an official “interview” which I will be posting after the reviews.
For the first post, I will be reviewing the lip products I tried: lipsticks in Primrose and Ruby and the lip gloss in Coral Bell.
With lipsticks, I find they can be more oily or more waxy. Oily tend to be more moisturizing but not necessarily have the best staying power while waxy tends to stay better but be more drying. Well, these have a waxy feel but are NOT drying. When I first tried them, I will fully admit I was disappointed because I thought my lips would end up being parched but thankfully it didn’t happen. These lipsticks are interesting in that they are kind of thick and waxy, but once on your lips they almost seem to sink in and you don’t feel like you have anything on! Just color. And the color really lasts too, I’m very impressed with the staying power.
I first picked up Ruby because I love red lipsticks. Ruby is described as “a sheer red with a hint of shimmer.” Well, I can’t quite say that is my experience. I would describe Ruby as an opaque red with orange tones and no shimmer. So quite a bit different, but not necessarily bad. Some people really love red lipsticks that have an orange base and can pull them off. Unfortunately, I am not one of those people. But if you are, then take a look at Ruby because it is a nice matte red lipstick.
I was then sent Primrose by the lovely ladies at Au Naturale, and this color is beautiful. Looking at it in the tube, it looks purple and I felt a little pang. Oh no – not a purple lipstick! But I tried it on and was instantly impressed. It’s not purple. Primrose is a beautiful pinky nude that is about one or two shades darker than my lips. It’s a very subtle but sophisticated color, like something I would wear to a fancy dinner party, or perhaps to an important meeting or presentation at work. It has a bit of shimmer, but just barely, it’s more of a matte finish. And I love the formula of this stuff. It seems to just sink in and I don’t feel like I have anything on, but then I’ll check myself in the mirror and see the color is still there and oh so pretty. It’s a little more sheer than Ruby, but that could also be because it’s overall lighter.
Here’s a picture of the two, Ruby on the left and Primrose on the right.
When I bought Ruby I also bought their lip gloss in Coral Bell. It is described as “semi-translucent pink gloss with subtle shimmer.” This is pretty accurate. I found it to be a medium pinky nude (kind of like the Primrose of lip gloss) with a little coral tinge, but what is really interesting about this color is the shimmer – it’s a silvery blue! It is such a cool contrast against the warm coral/pink, and very subtle. It’s not like you are wearing glitter, it reminds me of a duochrome nail polish almost. Layered on top of Primrose it really brightens up the color.
Below is a swatch of Primrose on the left with Coral Bell on the right. I really added a bunch of lip gloss to show the color, but worn it’s actually pretty sheer.
The texture is pretty thin and spreads well without being gloopy. The taste reminds me of Vapour’s lip glosses actually. I’m not sure how to describe it, a little orangey maybe? They don’t list any sort of flavoring on the ingredients, so who knows what I’m tasting. But it’s not bad, which is nice because I find I tend to taste lip glosses a lot more than lipsticks.
Here is a picture of my bare lips (left), lips with Primrose (center) and then Coral Bell on top (right). You can kind of see the silver/blue shimmer on my lower lip and on the right where the light hits it.
As for the staying power, it’s so-so. All natural lip glosses are tough in that I haven’t found one that really stays more than an hour or so. I’m fine with having a lip gloss that stays for an hour, but I know some people that could be a deal breaker and want something that lasts and lasts. Price to pay for natural ingredients I guess!
Which leads me to…. the ingredients! I love the ingredients for both of these!
Lipstick: organic castor oil; organic theobrama caco (cocoa) seed butter; limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil; wildcrafted euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax; organic sesamum indicum (sesame) oil; hydrogenated castor oil; organic persea gratissima (avocado) oil; persea gratissima (avocado) butter; organic macadamia ternifolia (macadamia) nut oil; iron oxides; mica; kaolin
Lipgloss: ricinucommunis (castor) oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, euphorbia anisyphilitica (candelilla) wax, butyrospermun parkii (shea) oil, brassica campestris/aleurites fordi oil copolymer, tocopherol (vitamin E), daucus cartoa (carrot) oil.
Both of these products use some seriously moisturizing ingredients. Meadowfoam, avocado and macadamia nut oil in the lipstick? No wonder my lips don’t turn dry! These are very high quality moisturizing oils.
As for the lip gloss, it also includes meadowfoam along with shea and apricot kernel oil. I’m a huge fan of apricot kernel oil and sometimes put it straight on my face when my skin is dry. I love that it’s in the lip gloss. Once again, great inclusion of high quality oils.
My only worry is that the lip gloss doesn’t contain any preservatives. Because this is a wand applicator, you are swiping the wand all over your lips then dunking it back into a container where it can sit and “brew.” Because the formula is all oil based, it won’t grow bacteria quite like something that has water, but I would probably try and use this relatively quickly (6 months or so?). This isn’t something I would use for years, as it could grow some stuff in there that I wouldn’t want to swipe all over my lips. Not to be a negative nilly over here, but I’m a little paranoid about bacteria (although in my defense taking a microbiology class will do that to you!). On the other hand though since lip glosses seem to always make their way into my mouth (because I’m always tasting them, I think I may subconsciously try to eat my lip glosses), I’m happy there are only natural, good-for-you ingredients and I don’t have to worry about eating preservatives.
All in all, I’m a big fan of Au Naturale’s lip products. They are definitely something I will want to try other colors in the future!
Next Review: Au Naturale Foundation, Finishing Powder and Bronzer