I knew, that I knew, that I knew, that if RMS made us wait so long for lipsticks, they were going to be good. In fact, I am going to start with saying that the RMS Beauty Wild With Desire Lipsticks* are *not* just another “natural” lipstick. The formula is on point. The colors are saturated, feel virtually weightless, and super-comfortable on the lips. They don’t slip around and bleed, and the ingredients are as “clean” as they get. I had the chance to swatch them all and test them out for a couple of weeks before sharing how they apply and wear, and I am also going to respond to a few questions that were sent to me via social media. I tried to cover everything that you may want to know about them, but if you have additional questions, please leave a comment below and I’ll get back with you as soon as I can.
As with all RMS Beauty products, this formula is one of the “cleanest” on the market. Ingredient quality and safety are one of the brand’s priorities, which is why all of their products are gmo-free, soy-free, nano-free, and all products except one (the volumizing mascara) are also gluten-free. In complete RMS Beauty style, a clear and honest statement about the lipstick ingredients can be found on their website :
In the “Wild with Desire” lipstick line there is also FDA approved, food-grade, synthetic color in “Rebound”, “Russian Roulette”, “Pretty Vacant”, “RMS Red”, “Rapture”, “Jezebel”, “Vogue Rose”, “Sweet Nothing” and “Dressed Up Red” lip liner. There is an extremely small amount used as there is no substitute for the color intensity (mostly with red) that we desired for this line high impact color.
If your goal is to avoid all synthetic pigments, please choose from any of the other products in the rms beauty line. As science advances, we will continue to reformulate until we find a natural source for those color.
Though I am not a purist (I don’t mind synthetic ingredients in cosmetics as long as they are safe and eco-friendly), I appreciate RMS’ transparency, integrity and the desire to make something better. This is reflected in their products, which are high-performing cosmetics with the purest formulas possible.
The lipstick formula is infused with the RMS Beauty Oil, which is full of antioxidants and vitamins that make this formula beneficial, comfortable for long-wearing and helpful to prevent dryness. This is the full list of ingredients:
*Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Cera Alba (Beeswax)(Cire d’abeille), Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Kaolin, *Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax) (Cire de candelilla), Hydrogenated Castor Oil, *Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax) (Cire de carnauba), *Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Tocopherol, Isostearyl Palmitate, *Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, *Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, *Hypericum Perforatum Extract, *Equisetum Arvense Extract, *Calendula Officinalis Extract, *Hemidesmus Indicus Root Extract, *Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Leaf Extract, *Withania Somnifera Root Powder, *Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Leaf Extract, *Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Lecithin, Propanediol, Pentylene glycol, *Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Wax, Propylene Carbonate, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, **Mauritia Flexuosa (Buriti) Fruit Oil. May Contain [-/+]: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 28 (CI 45410), Mica, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 (CI 15850), Red 40 (CI 16035), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Yellow 6 (CI 15985).
Please note that these lipsticks are cruelty-free (not tested on animals), but not vegan because they contain beeswax.
The collection includes 10 shades, including a couple nudes, pinks, and reds. Color-wise, the shades are all beautiful and the color payoff is incredible for each one of them. None of these lipstick is sheer, though you can blot your lips with a paper towel for a slightly softer look, like a stain. This is the list of shades and RMS’s color descriptions:
- Brain Teaser – a medium pink brown
- Breathless – a blush nude
- Vogue Rose – a rose tone coral
- Pretty Vacant – a vivacious pink
- Sweet Nothing – an electric mauve
- Jezebel – a blackberry red
- RMS Red – an orange red.
- Rebound – a ruby red
- Rapture – a brick red
- Russian Roulette – a deep berry
The arm swatches below, from left to right, are in the same order as listed above: Brain Teaser, Breathless, Vogue Rose, Pretty Vacant, Sweet Nothing, Jezebel, RMS Red, Rebound, Rapture, Russian Roulette.
The finish is pretty much consistent with the entire line. All the lipsticks have a satin/matte finish, so they look matte but not chalky/dry, nor slightly shiny/glossy. I love it and find it beautiful, classy and easy to wear and pair with different makeup looks, whether you prefer super-simple or full-on glam.
Thumbs-up for the packaging as well. They come in a beautiful, sleek-looking silver tube that clicks when you close it. Simple, elegant and sturdy.
What I love about them:
- holy pigment!–these lipsticks offer full-coverage in one swipe
- lightweight, comfortable texture (uncommon with highly pigmented lipsticks)
- they aren’t slippery and stay put
- ingredient quality
What I don’t love about them:
- limited shade range. I know what you’re thinking–ten shades are a solid number of choices–and I love all the reds and berry shades, but I was really hoping that Brain Teaser contained a bit more pink in it to be my perfect everyday nude. Thankfully, I had more luck with the nude RMS lip liners (spoiler: AMAZING), and my next post (tomorrow) will be all about them. Also, RMS Beauty will expand the lipstick collection in February/March (EDIT: the new shades have launched, and they are fabulous! I will update this post with new swatches asap. I find that Magic Hour is exactly what I hoped Breathless would be–pale nude, but leaning more pink).
- I find that the darkest shade (Russian Roulette) is a bit more challenging to work with than the rest of the colors. Like I said above, I found that patting the color on, rather than swiping, gives me a better application and a more even result.
Questions I was asked via social media:
What’s the red lip color you were wearing the other day on Insta when you mentioned that it was a new RMS red?
- It was the Dressed Up Red lip liner.
How do the RMS Beauty lipsticks compare to the Kjaer Weis ones? Which ones do you prefer?
- The formula is entirely different. I prefer the formula of the RMS Beauty lipsticks. With a few of the Kjaer Weis lipsticks I experienced a change in the formula over the course of time and they started to look a bit “gritty”. Some of you told me that it was a problem from the moment that you opened it, so I am not sure if it’s a quality issue (bad batch) or a formula issue. It hasn’t happened with all the colors I have. I can still apply them with a lip brush, and they look great on the lips, but it’s a bit disappointing, considering how expensive they are.
I hope you enjoy the video. Many of you asked me if I could do videos like this for all the green beauty brands, and I am going to try to do it with as many as possible. With all the editing I get to fit them in a fairly short video, but the actual filming is very time-consuming. I’ll try to film as many as I can.
So tell me, what do you think about this lipstick collection?? Any colors you think you’s love? Have a you tried any of them already? Let me know. You can find them all at The Detox Market here for$28 each (make sure to take advantage of the Detox Points and sample program!). Leave a comment under the video and let me know which shade has caught your attention ;)