My Favourite Ethical Lipsticks
Seeing as my go-to makeup product is a lipstick, it was only right I kicked off my blog with one of my favourite brand discoveries of 2017 – Shanghai Suzy. Totally vegan, cruelty-free, made locally (right here in Melbourne!) and using certified sustainable ingredients – what's not to love!?
Firstly can we all appreciate the packaging!? I’m a sucker for simple, minimal and ease – these lippies come in such a sleek, black case that clicks open from the bottom.
In terms of colour, as I mentioned and as you can see below, they are gorgeous – below are the colours: Miss Celine, Miss Tanielle and Miss Kitty (left to right and then top to bottom). So I’ve chosen to write about these three because of their versatility. Miss Celine, a gorgeous dusty rose is perfect for everyday and I find I barely have to touch up – I’m not worrying about it every second because even if it’s not looking perfect anymore, it’s natural enough to blend in with my natural lip colour. Miss Tanielle is a ‘desert rose’ nude with pink undertones. Perfect for a slightly different neutral, and having tested this on a few friends with different eye colours – I feel confident saying it looks good on anyone! Miss Kitty is a beautifully deep berry plum, and while this is a bolder shade, I think it’s such a gorgeous colour for those wanting to branch out into a bolder lip without having to be fussed with a lip liner or unsure about colour - I reckon this one works with lots of different outfits and day to night transitions.
Now let's talk pigment. It is just soooo good. I’ve shown you two of the whipped matte formulas (Miss Kitty and Miss Tanielle) and a satine luxe formula (Miss Celine). I love both for different reasons; matte tends to be much longer lasting, and unlike other ones I’ve tried these ones don’t really dry your lips out to the point of needing to pack on the pawpaw the next day. It probably helps that this range has shea butter and jojoba oil in it – super moisturising ingredients.
The Satine has that lovely shine factor that I love for a more glowy look, but I do find this one doesn’t last as well over a meal. Having said that, in a natural colour, I didn’t really find I needed to touch up that much anyway, because the formula is such a natural one and glides on like a dream. You know how some lipsticks have that weird cracking thing or leave that weird little rim of colour on your lips? Yeah these don’t do that!!! Another bonus – they smell delish. Not sickly sweet, six-year-old-bubblegum kinda way, nor that terrible waxy smell some others can have – a simple, nice, strawberry-ish smell.
So as you can see, it ticks all my boxes: affordable and ethical, without compromising on pigment or formula. Have you tried Shanghai Suzy before? Or have you got some other brands I could test out? Let me know in the comments!