As part of my effort to make a switch in not only what I put IN my body, but what I put ON my body, I am exploring options for natural, organic, and more earth-friendly cosmetic options.
I had a chance to review some of the LUSH makeup in their Color Supplement and Emotional Brilliance lines and overall it was very positive. There are some things you should be aware of, so here’s an overview of the items I tested and what I found out about them.
LUSH Vegan Foundation Review
First I tried the face color, the Light Pink base color from their Color Essentials line. The $16.95 price point is very reasonable for larger size you get, and the nearly 100% natural ingredients. LUSH products are handmade with care, and this foundation, like many of their products, is vegan. I love that the first ingredient is Rose infusion – you can’t get better-for-your-skin than that.
As you hear in the video it has a very smooth and creamy application, but dried light and unnoticeable on the skin. You could blend it with your favorite SPF moisturizer, or go over it with a powder on warm days to help prevent shine. A must in Oklahoma summers for sure. I like the coverage because I could layer a little extra over my pregnancy spot discoloration without it being too heavy or greasy like some other tinted moisturizers I’ve tried in the past.
I would wear this alone in the winter when my skin is a little drier and with a powder in the summer when my skin is more oily. If you are used to heavier foundation you would want to use this as your moisturizer or base and add something on top, because it’s not as heavy as a cream foundation. However, for me and my personal taste, I like the natural-but-best-of-myself look.
LUSH Eye Color Review
LUSH eye and lip color comes out of their Emotional Brilliance line, which is a ton of fun because each color has a personality or character trait for the name. Makes morning makeup fun. 🙂 The eye colors I tested were Quietly Motivated – an eye liner, and two of their shadow colors, Focus and Sophisticated. $18.95 retail price.
As with the foundation, all the products in the Emotional Brilliance line are vegan and are made with natural or safe ingredients. The first ingredient is Rose infusion and other ingredients include almond oil and jojoba oil which is part of the reason why these shadows blend in so smoothly. Yes, even the eye-liner is creamy and blendable which is, to me, a pro but to others could be a con if you are messy in applying it. You can rub it off or smear it before it has a chance to dry if you aren’t careful.
You’re working with natural oils in these makeup colors, so give them a chance to dry before smearing them if you want brighter, more vibrant colors. Notice how rich and vibrant the silvery Focus color is when applied? If I blended it less, it would stay darker, so you really have a lot of control over the color. I blend it a lot more so it’s just a light highlighting to add brightness and shimmer to my eye.
In this photo, I used only the eye-shadow colors as I described in the video – Focus as the highlight, Sophisticated as the lid, and Quietly Motivated as the liner AND blended as the accent color.
LUSH Lip Color Review
I tested two colors from the LUSH lip color selections from their Emotional Brilliance line. What I realized putting together this post is that I was already wearing the Perspective lip color because I put it on during the eye-shadow video. Whoops! You can see that the Perspective is a more natural color and actually in tone very similar to my natural color, so it’s perfect for when I want a natural look. The price is $18.95 each, but you get a pretty big container – I’m interested to see how long it lasts.
But I love a bold lip. I adore how vibrant and saturated the color is for the Decisive color. It’s not a true primary red; it is a berry-red color, which is nice for summer or daytime bold colors. I love how much color it gives you – one layer and POW! Hello, color!
The lipstick feels creamy when it goes on, and you’ll want to be careful not to smear it while it’s still drying. As with the eye-shadows, the natural oils in the lip color can take a few minutes to dry. I would give it a full 10-15 minutes to dry before eating or drinking something warm. However, once the oils are absorbed in, the color is more like a stain and lasts for hours. That’s not an exaggeration – I ran errands for hours and had lunch and when I put on a chapstick over it still had that “new shiny” look. It’s not naturally shiny without a balm or lip glossy-something over the top but I always wear something like that anyway.
Overall I was extremely pleased with the LUSH cosmetics. The price points are reasonable for the quality and amount of product you get. The colors were beautiful and vibrant. And everything is made with natural or safe ingredients, is vegan, and packaged in earth-friendly packaging (including shipping materials).
Disclosure – I received these cosmetics to test and review for the Untrained Housewife audience. I will be ordering additional lip and eye colors in the future. All early-morning-rambles, photography, and opinions are 100% honest and my own.