Lily Lolo Lip Gloss

Is Lily Lolo Lipgloss the new Kylie Cosmetics?

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Classic. That is what comes to mind when you open Lily Lolo’s package for their lip gloss. Cruelty free and approved by the leaping bunny program, we bought the “English Rose” and “Damson Dusk” colors to see what all the hype was about.

Sheer and light, the lipgloss goes on like velvet. Pleasantly lacking any teenybopper scent most have come to associate with high-quality lip  glosses, it’s not sticky seems to give the illusion of plumpness a few minutes into the wear.

At $16, we were a little startled to find minor cracking in the formula of our English Rose gloss, but passed off as a minor packaging malfunction. Overall, this gloss seems to be for those who enjoy enhancing natural beauty. Our glosses weren’t heavily pigmented, therefore it allows your pout to be accentuated. It seems as if we’re making a fast love connection, and is sure to be staple in our makeup bags as the minimalist makeup trend continues…

We’ve outlined a few of the ingredients that make you look twice (ingredients listed at the bottom of the page):

Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891) – An ingredient in sunscreen, titanium dioxide is a 1-3 on EWG Skin Deep Cosmetic Data Base‘s list. The biggest draw here is that it scores a “moderate” under health concerns (cancer). Yet, if you (like most women) put on sunscreen every day to protect your skin, you’re probably posing no more of a health risk when putting on Lily Lolo’s lip gloss.

Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499) – An inorganic compound made from synthetically prepared iron oxides, it’s used to enhance/contribute color in makeup products. According to the FDA, the small amounts of iron oxides in makeup is so small that it “doesn’t pose a risk to human health“.

Carmine (CI 75470) – Derived from an insect that is used as a more natural alternative for red food dye. This is used in food products as well. If you’re interested in seeing how the dye is made, check out this video from the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science.

Ricinus Communis Seed Oil – More commonly known as castor seed oil, an abstract in the National Center for Biotechnology Information cites the FDA as saying it is “generally recognized as safe and effective”.

Oleic/Linolic/Linolenic Polyglyceryl – Scoring the lowest score, 1, on EWG’s website, it’s used as a binder and emulsifying (helps combine water and fat) agent. Polyglyceryl  essentially means many glyceryl (glycerine-an emulsifyer that you can even buy at your local drug store) which is bonded with fatty acids (such as lauric or oleic).

Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate – An emulsifier with the E number E444 (codes for substances permitted to be used as food additives in Europe – usually a good sign as Europe is stricter than the US when it comes to food and cosmetics). Considered safe by the FDA, it’s common to find this ingredient in sports drinks and alcohol; so it’s safe to say that applying this ingredient to your lips isn’t a big deal.

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Ingredients: Gluten free, Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Oleic/Linolic/Linolenic Polyglyceryl, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Sucrose Acetate Isobutyrate, Cera Alba (beeswax), Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Mica, Aroma, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine.

Isabelle Kitze

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