Review of ILIA’s Spring 2012 Lipstick Line

Ohhhh man ILIA, you have done it again. I fell in love with Bang Bang and the other tinted lip conditioners, and now I have fallen in love with your lipsticks!

As soon as I heard ILIA was coming out with new products, I felt like a kid who just found out she’s going to Disneyland. For this post, I will be reviewing 5 of the new lipsticks, but my next post will be on 4 the multi-sticks (sneak preview: I also love them!). Today I will review: Neon Angel, Wild Child, Femme Fatale, Funnel of Love, and In My Room.

But first, the swatches. I have all of them both inside and outside, and then I have Bang Bang on the end for reference.

Ilia lipstick swatches spring 2012

So as you can see, these are all beautiful colors!

The main thing I noticed was how much more pigmented the new lipsticks are compared to the tinted lip conditioners. Bang Bang on the end looks to be just a little more pigmented than In My Room, which is a muted pink while Bang Bang is red. It’s really just the difference in pigmentation.

Funnel of Love really is a beautiful nude. I’m not usually a fan of nudes because they can be brown, but Funnel of Love is almost a peachy color. It reminds me of the color of my natural lips, with perhaps a bit more punch. I think this could be flattering to almost everyone.

In My Room is similar to Funnel of Love but is more pink. This reminds me of Blossom Lady but with more color, but I can’t say for certain because I no longer have any remaining sample of Blossom Lady – I used it all! Overall, it’s a beautiful muted pink that, similar to Funnel of Love, I think could work on anyone. I think if I had to choose for a muted color, I may go with this one compared to Funnel of Love just because the slight pinkiness gives some color to my (pale!) face.

Now for Neon Angel. Well, they weren’t kidding for the neon part! As you can see above, this is one.bright.lipstick. It was too bright for me to wear, but I wish I could have the courage to wear this. It is a really fun, bright neon pink. It is SURE to bring attention. It’s also very pigmented, so a little bit goes a long way. It stained my finger when I swiped the sample to put it on my lips! It’s that pigmented.

Wild Child, similar to Neon Angel, is pretty bright. Although instead of being a bright pink, it’s a bright fire engine red. It’s also a fun color and super pigmented (it stained my finger a bit too). It’s a little more of an orangey red than some of other reds I have (including Bang Bang) but it actually doesn’t look super orangey on my lips. It’s a warm (bright) red, without being too orangey.

Now, for my favorite. I saved the best for last :o) Bang Bang was my favorite red. And then I met Femme Fatale. I have always searched for that perfect dark red. But I found them to either be too berry (purple) or too brick (brown). And then I tried Femme Fatale. It really is the perfect blend of berry and brick. Some have called it a brick red, but I’ve tried some brick reds that are very orange/brown. This isn’t at all. It has just enough berry in it to neutralize any sort of brown or orange tones without looking purple. Once I swiped this on my lips, I literally thought – the color I’ve been searching for! It’s SO beautiful. Now, I don’t know if I can totally replace it with Bang Bang because it is darker and not suitable for every occasion, but this is one I’m buying (waiting for those Earth Day sales!) as soon as I can. It’s gorgeous.

As for the finish of all of these, they aren’t quite as moisturizing as the tinted lip conditioners, but I wouldn’t call them drying either. They do seem to still have a somewhat glossy finish (which you can see in the pictures). For the texture, they remind me of the Au Naturale lipsticks where you put it on, and then it seems to sink into your lips. It would be very easy (and fun!) to experiment with different lip glosses after these have sunk in.

What’s amazing though is these colors LAST. They last way longer than the tinted lip conditioners. I put on Femme Fatale, then waited about 30 minutes, ate, then drank some tea, then waited another 30 minutes and it was still on my lips! Now, I will admit, it was a little faded, but not much. That is impressive for eating and drinking, organic lipstick or not. After using these a couple of times, I really do consider these more of a lip stain. Especially Neon Angel, Wild Child and Femme Fatale. I didn’t have quite the same staining effect with Funnel of Love and In My Room, but that could be because they are so close to my natural lip color I couldn’t tell the difference.

Now for the ingredients:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Triisostearyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch *, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Sage (Salvia Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol.

For reference, the original tinted lip conditioners are below:

Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax (Cera Alba), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Sesamum Indicum (Seasame) Seed Oil, Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Seed Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Ducil (Orange) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil.

So you can see the new lipsticks offer the same great ingredients as the original tinted lip conditioners, but do vary slightly. Sesame seed oil is higher on the list, which tends to be a drier oil than jojoba. They also included sunflower which is on the lighter side of oils (compared to something heavy like olive oil or cocoa butter). I could feel this in the application of them, they didn’t seem as moisturizing and smooth/oily as the tinted lip conditioners. An interesting inclusion is tapioca starch. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that in lipsticks before. I use that for gluten free baking, but it can be in lipstick too – who knew!

I really love ILIA’s lipsticks – ILIA has yet to disappoint!

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  1. Your review was very helpful! I’ve been searching all over the internet for opinions on Ilia’s new line, as I am debating whether to try Funnel Of Love or In My Room. Your swatches and descriptions helped me decide. I can’t wait to try them! Thanks!

  2. Really great colors. Love all the ymmu natural ingredients.

  3. If my lips are generally a bit dry should I buy the lip conditioners instead? Oh but I love these colors so much!! > < are these lipsticks good for casual wear? Ex.) school :) also which colour do u think works well on Asians??? O . O

    • If your lips are a bit dry I would stick with the lip conditioners. It’s hard to say what color may be best for you, I would recommend getting samples from Spirit Beauty Lounge!

  4. Blossom Lady will always be my fave, but it’s fun to see these swatches. Nice work!

  5. Those colours look great and thanks for the tip about Spirit Lounge.

  6. I recently received my first Ilia lipstick in In My Room and I have to say I’m not sure what to think…reading all the reviews I had very high expectations…I was surprised with the application…I have to swatch in over a couple of times to get an even application…the grainy texture is something I’m use to with some natural lipsticks but the application is what surprised me…no one really mentions that. Funny thing is that while applying it (it feels dry going on) over time my lips feel more moisturized! Curious on how you feel about applying In My Room? :)

    • Dry and grainy? That doesn’t sound like Ilia at ALL. Mine are always super smooth and moisturizing. I would send them an email – sounds like you got a bad lipstick!

  7. Wild Child and Funnel of Love are nice shades :D

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