Product Review: Lipsticks We Love

I used to hate makeup. From time to time I’d clumsily fiddle with shadows (ehn, being honest I still do), and lipstick was a zero-times-a-year thing. Aside from mascara and some powder or foundation for my sometimes-troubled skin, I stayed away from the stuff. Alexandra, meanwhile, was a pro—whipping together a perfect, colorful, sexy face in a flash. This is what made writing the makeup chapter so daunting: she was nervous about giving up her tried and trusted kit, and I was nervous about building one.

One time, I was given a makeup lesson as a birthday present (best gift ever, by the way) and I learned a thing or two about a thing or two. Still, I reserved my smoky-eye trick for nights out, and when the sassy makeup artist tried to get me to pick a lipstick, I looked at her like she had six heads. But writing about makeup means trying makeup, and lots of it. And so I did.

I’m pale with dark blonde hair which means that makeup screams on my face. Not a bad thing—we like bold makeup—but daunting, sure. Still, better I play with naturals than lead-contaminated mainstreams, right?

Last week, we discovered Living Nature out of NZ. Holy wow what a line. Besides the truly clean ingredients and the potent natural actives, Living Nature also makes great lipsticks—one of which is among my new favorites. It’s called Summer Rain, and the nets kind of ruin the color, but trust me, it’s a nice one. It’s bright blueish-pink, and I’m wearing it right now. In the daytime!

Other lipsticks I love are W3LL People’s peony-pink and true-red lip and cheek sticks, RMS’s lip-2-cheek in any color it comes in, Lip Ink in Rose for a long-lasting nontoxic stain (again, the color on the site doesn’t = the color on my lips, just FYI), and Vapour Beauty’s Torch (technically a blush, but that’s the great thing about naturals—they multitask).

Our book lists many more we love in all categories of makeup.

Do you wear lipstick? Does it scare you? Which ones do you wear?

14 Responses to “Product Review: Lipsticks We Love”
  1. Leia says:

    After trying to clean up my beauty regimen as a new year’s resolution, I’ve found lip stuff to be the most difficult to find a product I love. I am absolutely in love with Fresh’s Sugar Rose and Sugar Plum, and it’s almost clean minus that pesky Prop Glycol stuff (I’ve been meaning to email them regarding it, asking and praying that it’s one of the few naturally derived). I also love Tarte’s natural lip stain, the red (Lust) is perfect, and Enchanting is a gorgeous warm rose. According to your book’s ‘cheat sheet’, it’s clean. Have you heard anything about it?

    BTW, I loooovvveee your book!

  2. Siobhan says:

    Um no, but lip stains are among our favorite things in the world, so definitely worth a try! Prop glycol is indeed pesky but like we say in the book, it’s not the biggest jerk at the party.

  3. Natalia says:

    i recently read about your brazilian blowout experience and since i had never heard of it before i wanted to see what that was and this was the page i found so i wanted to know what you thought about this site. everythimg is hyde free.

  4. Siobhan says:

    Yeah we’ve heard that too. We have to say, we’re a little skeptical and would want to know exactly what is being used if not formaldehyde, and then we’d want to look very closely at those ingredients. We were on Doctor Radio last week with the derm Doris Day and she said the formaldehyde-free ones still use some chemically related substance—that’s what makes the hair so sleek.

  5. Rachelle Meyer says:

    My sister in law recommended your book and I was truly shocked when I read it. Thank you for all the work that went into it! I am now trying to clean up all the kids products as well as mine. The one place I am struggling with is make up. I’m and American living in Australia and most of the products you recommend are not readily available here. I don’t want to waste a lot of money on things that just don’t work. I really like my make up and am just not willing to compromise. Any suggestions for Australian products that perform well?

  6. Avalon says:

    For lips, I love:

    -Revolution Organics Beauty Balm in Sunkissed for cheeks and lips (

    -100% Pure Cheek Tint in Cranberry for cheeks and lips – notice a trend! (

    -Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms in any color (

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