Remember when I mentioned a new mystery nude lipstick in my November Favorites? Today I am revealing more about it (finally, I know). It is the Zuii Organic Flora Lipstick* that I discovered while browsing Pinterest. The swatches caught my attention immediately because (A) there were quite a few lovely nude shades (and you know I love a good nude lip), and (B) these lipsticks were labeled as certified organic.
I picked the shades Brown Sugar, Nude, Clay, and Natural. While it is not difficult to find great nude shades like these at a MAC counter, there are not many options among the green brands, so I was very excited about these lipsticks. The formula is very good. The texture is creamy and the finish is matte, (completely free of shimmer and of shine). They are quite pigmented, but not drying, however I do prefer to wear a little lip balm underneath for more moisture, (at least during this time of the year that is colder and more dry).
In the first image the shades are, in order from L to R:
Brown Sugar is a pinky-nude with a hint of brown. It’s the perfect shade for a toned down lip, with a slightly cool tone. I find that it works well to neutralize lips if I am wearing a strong eye look (smokey eye or a graphic liner). It is probably too pale for deeper skin tones, but light-to-medium skin tones should be able to pull if off.
Nude is a very pretty shade. It looks like a 60s’ pale, peachy-pink lip. The shade reminds me of the OCC Lip Tar in Hush and MAC Hue, without the shiny finish.
Clay is a peachy shade. Similar to Ilia Beauty Funnel Of Love.
Natural is similar to Brown Sugar, but has more of a brown tone to it. It is slightly less pigmented than the others, and on my lips it does not look brown at all. It is the one I am wearing in the photo (please excuse my silly expression, but taking photos of myself while being sick & sleepy was quite challenging).
The packaging of the Flora Lipstick is very old school and reminds me of the classic Revlon lipstick tube, but it does not feel flimsy like drugstore packagings. As for the ingredients, Zuii Organic Flora Lipsticks are certified organic by many organizations in Australia (where the company is based), and also internationally (BDIH, COSMOS, Cruelty-free).
helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil* ricinus communis (castor) oil* simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil* copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax* cera alba (natural beeswax)* pelargonium graveolens (geranium) flower oil* cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) oil* citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil* rosa damascena (rose) flower oil* aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) powder* euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax caprylic/capric triglycerides sorbitan olivate d alpha tocopherol ascorbyl palmitate. may contain (+/-) ci 77019 mica ci 77891 (titanium dioxide) ci 75470 (carmine) ci 77742 (manganese violet) ci 77491 ci 77492 ci 77499 (iron oxides)
* certified organic ingredients
I love the range of shades that Zuii Organic created and I am already planning to pick up more in the future. I have my eye on Sheer Peach, Mandarin, and Pink Flesh. Some of these shades may be available on Amazon, but the complete collection is available at ZuiiOrganic. They retail for about $26, depending on where you purchase them.
The first image in the background is from the book by Jemma Kidd, “Makeup Secrets”, available at Amazon, (lovely book for makeup lovers!)