I find I have different lipsticks for different moods, and different occasions. I love bold red lips for going out, and sparkly fun ones for at night, but sometimes you just want a nice classic, every day lipstick. Primitive Lipstick in Corsica is just that.
The color is a medium pinky color, but has a nudish type quality. I wouldn’t call this a nude though, it is too dark and too red/pink. But the color is understated, sort of like the color of my lips, but a bit darker. It really is the my-lips-but-better (MLBB) color. The official description says cool berry but I’ll be honest, I don’t see that at ALL. But that’s not to say I don’t like the color! Quite the opposite, I find this color to be very flexible because of its MLBB quality.
Left is my lips with no lipstick, middle with with Primitive Corisca and then on the right is with a bit of Marie Natie American Beauty lip gloss.
It’s a very interesting color that I feel you have to relate to other colors to really get an idea. The first time I swatched this I thought of Au Naturale’s Primrose, although Primrose is much lighter. I then thought, well perhaps it’s a darker red like Ilia’s Femme Fatale but then when you swatch that you realize that it is not nearly as red and more nude. So I put them all together so you can see.
Primrose is much more sheer, so I swiped multiple times so you can see the color. It’s a similar color to Corsica, but Corsica is a darker pink color.
Not only is the color really great because it is so versatile, but I like the formula. After you apply, it seems to sink into your lips leaving nice color. It doesn’t feel thick and waxy, or doesn’t feel super slick/oily like it’s going to rub off the first time you drink something. It leaves your lips moisturized with color that makes applying lip gloss over easy, if you wish.
The packaging is interesting, it is shorter than other lipsticks and oval rather than circular. Because it is smaller, it’s great for tossing in your pocket or clutch without taking up a bunch of room!
Now for the ingredients! (From Nature’s Basin website)
Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax, Palm Wax, Wheat Germ Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Vanilla Planifolia Extract, (may contain naturally derived minerals, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, mica, silica, carmine).
The amount of waxes and castor oil in it do give it the drier feel, but the wheat germ oil, shea butter and jojoba oil add to its moisturizing properties – why my lips never feel dry when I wear it! It does have vanilla extract, but I don’t notice any particular taste so it must be a very small amount.
Note to celiacs: This does also contain wheat germ oil. Gluten is the protein in wheat, so while this is an oil and shouldn’t have protein in it, if you are true celiac you could have a reaction to the wheat in this. Just wanted to point that out since the rest of my blog is gluten free!
Overall, this is a great lipstick. I have been keeping it at work and applying it before meetings to make me feel a little more fancy ;o) Great ingredients leave my lips moisturized and soft, definitely my lips but better!
Disclosure: This was provided to me by Nature’s Basin website to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I’m not compensated for anything I write.