*Press sample included
Eco Minerals is a cruelty free and vegan Australian brand that hails from Byron Bay. They recently launched new Eco Lipsticks which are packaged in a fully recyclable aluminium tube. The Eco Minerals Eco Lipsticks has 6 shades, one which Eco Minerals kindly sent me, and then I went in store to get swatches of all the others, where I picked up another shade to test out for you too. I am a big fa of the brand as they are dedicated to creating products that are more environmentally friendly. You may have seen me mention Eco Minerals in my Eco Beauty blog post as they make my favourite mineral foundation that comes in a refillable jar, so you don’t create more waste when you finish the product. I have a full review on the Eco Minerals Perfection Foundation, with swatches, if you want to read it.
The Eco Minerals Eco Lipsticks are cruelty free, vegan and palm oil free lipsticks. Eco Minerals have stated that they are trialling the lipsticks, so I assume that means that if they don’t sell well, or customers give feedback that they don’t like them, then the lipsticks will be discontinued. I follow Eco Minerals on all social media, but I didn’t actually know about this product launch until I saw them on the Biome website (affiliate link). As soon as I saw them, I reached out to the brand to see if I could review the lipsticks. Eco Minerals then kindly sent me Byron Bliss to try. I then went into a Melbourne stockist and got swatches of all the shades, and picked up Desert Rose, so I could compare the formula of different colours in the range.
I am terrible at describing the colour of products, so I asked the brand for a description of each shade, and I’ll add on to what they have said. The brand describes Byron Bliss as a sweet and pretty rose pink and Splendour as a fun, gorgeous raspberry tone. I find Byron Bliss to be quite a bright pink, not at all muted like pinks from other brands can be, and Splendour is a deep raspberry, with hints of plum, it’s by far the darkest shade in the line up. The brand describes Desert Rose as a delightful strawberry pink, which it is, but it does have more orange than other strawberry lipstick shades. Byron Sunrise is described as gorgeous peachy nude and Endless Summer as a classic apricot nude. These two shades are very similar, really too similar to be in such a small shade range. Both are warm nude shades, but Byron Sunrise is slightly more orange. I however don’t use warm nude lipsticks, so the slight difference may be welcomed by those who do. I would really like a pink toned nude, in line with the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk colour, as that is the sort of shade that I get the most use out of. The Biome website describes all the shades as having a ‘subtle shimmer finish’ but I wouldn’t describe it like that, to me they just have a slight lipstick sheen, there’s definitely no visible shimmer or glitter in them.
The Eco Minerals Eco Lipsticks come packaged in plain aluminium tubes with caps and have the Eco Minerals branding and product information on a sticker on the base of the lipstick. To recycle the aluminium tubes, remove any residual lipstick product and remove the stickers, then the tube and cap can go in your recycling bin. I would love to see the tubes being reused in some way, but I think it would be really difficult for a small company to be able to ship out just the lipstick without a tube and ensure it reaches the destination in tact. The aluminium tubes work just like any other lipstick tube, with a twist up function. The packaging is hard so it will leave an indent on the lipstick if you bump it, so just remember to wind it all the way down before putting the cap back on (as you would do with any lipstick).
The Eco Minerals Eco Lipsticks are made with Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, Candelilla Wax, Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E, to make them moisturising and nourishing on the lips. I haven’t tried lipsticks with this sort of texture before. I found them really difficult to swatch on my arm as the waxes in the lipstick make it tug on the skin, leaving the swatches looking uneven. If I had just swatched the lipstick on my arm in store, then I probably would have walked away and not ever tired them, but I’m glad that didn’t happen. The Eco Lipsticks can tug slightly on the lips upon application, but it provides opaque and even coverage very quickly. If you prefer to apply lipstick with a lip brush, they apply well that way too. They are very light on the lips, they just feel like I’m wearing a lip balm. My lips can be very dry, but this formula covers that up really well. After a couple of hours of wear, the slight sheen dulls down, but the formula still feels the same on the lips. The colour is very long lasting, and there’s only a little bit of transfer of colour onto drinking glasses. I would reapply after 4 or 5 hours, but it fades evenly, so it still looks good without reapplication. They’re easy to remove with cleanser at the end of the day, and don’t stain my skin like some lipsticks can.
If the colour straight out of the bullet is too bright for your liking, then you can dab over you lips with a tissue after application, and that dulls the colour down. I have done this to make the colours easier for me to wear, and it has worked well. This application method does take some of the shine away, so the lipstick looks matte, but they are still comfortable to wear. I would really like to get Splendour to see how that looks by applying it this way.
As I said earlier, the Eco Minerals Eco Lipstick formula is unlike anything I’ve tried before. The application makes it seem like these lipsticks will be really matte and drying, but they’re not at all. They are lightweight and have a slight sheen, whilst also being very long lasting. I am the sort of person who would prefer comfort over longevity, so many of my lip products aren’t long wearing, but the Eco Lipsticks provide the best of both worlds. I really hope they bring out a light pink nude, as I would wear that sort of colour all the time. Eco Minerals also kindly sent me their Light Mineral Concealer with the Byron Bliss Lipstick. The concealer is too dark for me, but I’m happy to do a review and swatches on it if that interests you, just let me know in the comments. One of Eco Minerals’ other more recent releases, is their makeup brush cleaner. I love a good brush cleaner, so if you have tried it, I would love to know what you think about it. If you want to try anything from Eco Minerals, including the Eco Lipsticks, you can purchase them from the Eco Minerals Website, Biome Website (affiliate link) or Nourished Life (affiliate link). I am trying to review more eco friendly beauty products, so if there is an eco friendly product you want reviewed, let me know. You can sign up to email updates to get all my new blog posts sent to your inbox and see what I’m up to on social media – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Are you interested in the Eco Minerals Eco Lipsticks? Which of the colours is your favourite?