A confession, dearest bloggo readers: I’ve never been very good at classic lipsticks. I once suffered the same impediment with liquid eyeliner until, finally, I committed to it in my late twenties (and allowed the black kohl pencil to be wrenched from my ever-less-youthful grasp).
I was a teenager of the 90s, and I wasn’t raised on proper lipstick; it was all vaseline (back in the days when the smallest tub was industrial sized for babies’ bottoms) and free clear glosses on the cover of Just Seventeen. I remember a bold Chanel red that sat austerely and elegantly on my Mum’s dressing table. It all seemed a bit too grown up for me.
I’ve therefore long been a fan of tinted balms or gently-shaded lip tints. I steered clear of dark or bold colours due to my feeble upper lip, that sits thinly between a plump lower lip and a well-defined cupid’s bow. I’ve always failed at over-lining, and gravitate towards more natural beiges and pinks.
I was rather pleased to see, then, that PHB Ethical Beauty were asking bloggers to review their pure organic lipstick in raspberry, a shade I felt would push my cowardly boundaries just a little, and allow me the opportunity to see how long it would keep my lips moisturised (as I do tend to reach for the ‘balm on an average day).
The raspberry is a sweetshop-lovely shade of pink, with a subtle shimmer, an almost imperceptible frostiness, not too bold. Starting out with clean, smooth lips is the route to a successful lipstick experience, and I enjoy using either my Lush bubblegum lip scrub, or my elf lip exfoliator.
I was impressed with the lasting moisturisation; I did use a lip primer, which may have helped, but as someone who continues to harbour a huge crush on tinted-balms I was very pleased with its staying power. I topped up in the afternoon, but since I usually top up my powder in the early afternoon on most days, that seemed very reasonable to me.
As I’ve gushed before, PHB’s products are pretty darn natural, and entirely vegan. I’ve never yet met a product of theirs I haven’t been happy with, from eyebrow brushes to moisturiser for my contrary, combination skin. Not the cheapest, my friends, but if you have the ££ or would like to treat yourself, I would highly recommend giving their products a whirl.
Disclaimer: I got this lipstick for NUTHIN’ but I’ve been completely honest and also brave you guyz since I am not Very Good at lipsticks.