I have loved Lily Lolo ever since I discovered their Berry Crush lipstick at Halloween last year. It was the most gorgeous deep red shade and suited me perfectly. Since then, I’ve tried two more lipsticks as well as four mineral eyeshadows, a lip gloss & eyeliner so it’s safe to say it’s a brand I like!
Last month, they re-branded all of their packaging and their already beautiful cosmetics were even more appealing. The monochrome pattern and logo were so chic and sophisticated and I was very impressed. I was offered to try out some of their products and I jumped at the chance because it was a brand I love. I was sent the Mineral Eyeliner Pencil* in Black. Rachel from All Natural Aspirations has already recommended their eyeliner pencil so I was eager to try it out and I have to say I am very impressed. The colour is very pigmented, it glides on easily and the formula was so smooth so it didn’t drag at all like I have found with other brands. I use it as eyeliner on my top lashline and then smudge it out with a brush and it stays put for ages and works well as an intense smokey eye!
I was also sent the Lip Gloss* in English Rose. It’s not at all sticky and is a lovely pale pink shade. It smells absolutely gorgeous, like chocolate, so I quickly had a look at the ingredients to see what ingredient had the chocolatey smell and I was a bit shocked to see carmine. For those who don’t know what this is, it’s a pigment extracted from beetles by killing them through putting them in boiling water, direct sunlight or from the heat from an oven. The female cochineal are the ones who have carmine taken from them, (especially pregnant ones too) as the part of the body with the most carmine is the abdomen where they house eggs. They separate the abdomens and fertilized eggs & ground them up and cook them to get the maximum amount of colour. I know that they’re just beetles, and if you saw one in your living room you would quickly want it out, but the whole process just makes me feel sick!
Whilst I’m blogging about Lily Lolo I thought I would show you the eyeshadows I have as I haven’t blogged about them yet. I bought Miami Taupe, Mudpie and Black Sand. I bought Miami Taupe and Mudpie to use as eyeshadows and then Black Sand to see if I could use it on my eyebrows. Unfortunately, it’s slightly too dark and pigmented and makes me look like I have a scouse brow if I’m not careful but it’s a gorgeous colour for eyeliner! Miami Taupe is a pale, shimmered shade that looks gorgeous on it’s own for a bit of colour. The Mudpie shade is a matte finish and works pretty well as a crease shade. Sometimes I use this on the outer corner with Miami Taupe and then I use Black Sand over the top if I’m going for a darker, smokey eye. Ana from Ana Goes Green also kindly sent me the Witchypoo shade a while ago which is a very pigmented matte black. It is so smooth and works a dream as eyeliner.
I still like Lily Lolo as a brand, especially their mineral eyeshadows I just wish they could find an alternative to carmine.
Sarah from Sugarpuffish has written this post about carmine free brands as it is also found in blushers etc. The lovely girls over at Call it Vanity have also written this post about pigments in cosmetics which is very useful when deciding what is good/bad for you!
What do you think about carmine? Does it put you off using a brand if they use carmine?