ILIA Beauty Lip Colors
I love the Ilia illuminators, as you can read in this review. But, I was nervous about the lip products, which contain small amounts of synthetic colors (like Red 7, a.k.a. CI 15850). Years of horrendous pre-clean lip color experiences make me extremely cautious about what I put on my lips, which seem to be the most sensitive of all my sensitive skin.
The reviews out there looked great, and the color spectrum was so tempting – but should I chance it? I noticed Ilia incorporates some lovely oils into their formulas, like jojoba, sunflower seed, and rosehip. Thus, my mind was soothed, and, as it turns out, so were my lips. I am fully obsessed with Ilia.
First, Ilia packaging is sensational. It’s beautiful and functional. I always think of beauty as a multi-sensory experience, and packaging that looks and feels stylish makes a difference in my mood as I go about my beauty routine. Second, the texture and finish are spot on. All the lip products I’ve tried are creamy and matte-ish rather than shiny. Perfect. After all, you can always apply a gloss on top if you like shine. Third, they stay on. At the end of one day, I was all, “what the heck is this color on my toothbrush handle?” It was the lip conditioner I’d put on many hours earlier and totally forgotten about. And finally, the taste is quite neutral, just the slightest hint of vanilla in the conditioners.
Lip Conditioners: When I try lip products, I line them up on the counter and gently take each one off with coconut oil before I try the next one. No matter how careful I am, my skin is so sensitive to the friction that if I try even a few colors my lips end up irritated. I usually have to put on a fancy oil afterward and leave my lips alone for a while. When I first tried Ilia, I ended with a lip conditioner, and decided to just leave it on. Shortly thereafter I noticed I had no irritation at all. That’s when I became a true believer. The lip conditioners are supposed to be more sheer than the lipsticks, but my faves are highly pigmented. Desert Angel is nude-ish with a bit of lilac, kicking the butt of anything in the pink-nude realm. These Days is described as a nude with a hint of bronze. I love it, and the description and the pic on the site don’t do it justice. Both Desert Angel and These Days are balmy, have a slight (and I mean slight) bit of shimmer, and are subtle on my pale olive skin. They are limited edition and I love them so much, I bought an extra tube of each!
Lipstick: Described on the site as violent violet, Inkpot is unique in the natural lipcolor world. If you have any sort of green in your eyes, you need to try something a little purple on your lips. My eyes are hazel, and look light brown in indoor light, but a pop of Inkpot makes the green stand out. My preferred way to wear it is applied in a couple layers, blot, and put a balm over it. It makes a gorgeous stain that stays pretty even after it fades in a few hours. It’s quite moisturizing on its own, but a balm over or under is a good thing if you have drier lips. Femme Fatale is a deep blend of berry and burgundy, also with great performance. I’m going to be wearing the heck out of this one come fall.
Lipstick Crayons: These have really cool packaging, like a very thick twist-up lip liner. It has some of the precision of a liner, but with more moisture. It draws a thick line so it’s easy to use as a full lip color too (use over a balm for this purpose). Come Undone is a great nude, and Dress You Up is a beautiful mauve. I’m having fun experimenting, using them as bases and liners for the other products. There’s really not a bad combo, but I especially like Come Undone with These Days.
This brand has been featured many times on NMDL, and has appeared in scads of morning routines. Now I know why! Have you tried Ilia yet? C’mon, all the kids are doing it.