Natural Lipsticks Review

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The Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Stick is a hit with users for its natural feel and look, not to mention ingredients. This one is offered in 12 shades.

Chemical-free lipsticks typically are pricier than traditional lip products and less widely available, but natural lipsticks reviews indicate that determined consumers can find a few good budget options. The average price of natural or organic lipstick hovers around $20, which is more than double the price of our picks for the best cheap lipsticks, but we found one product that hits the mark with users and perches comfortably in our price zone: Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Stick (starting at $4.99, Amazon). Reviews also led us to Badger Lip Tint & Shimmer (starting at $5.39, Amazon). Reviewers like the organic formula and hydrating effect but are turned off by the smell and taste of this low-cost product. It repels enough users to sink its standing on our list.

Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Stick, a veteran player in the natural cosmetics market, claims legions of fans. Users of the Fig shade who posted natural lipsticks reviews at Drugstore.com rave about the color, saying it looks natural on their lips, has a pleasant rather than sticky feel, and isn't drying. Similarly enthusiastic comments at Amazon note the modest shimmer and subtle color, the hydrating effect, and the moderate staying power. Some reviewers report a slight tingle when applied, and while many seem OK with that, a few find it irksome but tolerate it in the service of the natural formula. Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Stick contains beeswax, sunflower and coconut oils, vitamin E, and peppermint flavor, and the current 12-color lineup bears names like Peony, Champagne, Rhubarb and Raisin; Cocoa has apparently been discontinued and scores of reviews posted at the company site are filled with pleas to bring it back.

Juice Beauty Purely Kissable Lip Color (starting at $16, Amazon) soars beyond the cheap price ceiling but merits a mention because of solid customer support. Natural lipsticks reviews posted at Birchbox and Ulta the welcome hydrating effect, natural flavor and scent, and nonirritating toxic-free formula. (Purely Kissable Lip Color is made with certified organic passion fruit, champagne grape seeds, acai and goji berries, shea and cocoa butters, and sunflower oil.) For good measure users applaud a container they say is eco-friendly. What some users aren't wild about is the single pinkish shade (supposedly a match for anyone -- but not really, grumble the disappointed) and the need for frequent reapplication.

Another cheap natural lipstick, Badger Lip Tint & Shimmer, wins only mild support in reviews at iHerb and Ulta. In the positive column, users check off attributes such as organic ingredients, natural-looking color once applied, adequate hydration, and two-in-one packaging with lip tint at one end and shimmer at the other. In the negative column reviewers note down off-putting smell and taste (like plain oatmeal, grouses one natural lipsticks review) and colors that aren't true to the marketing visuals. This Badger lip product contains 94 percent organic ingredients, including extra virgin olive oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, castor oil, aloe extract, rosemary, rosehip, and seabuckthorn, and comes in four shades -- Copper, Garnet, Red Jasper, and Rose Tourmaline.

Natural beauty products are still relatively new and mainly sold by specialized vendors. The USDA sets strict guidelines for use of the term "organic" in marketing materials, and these rules relate to the way in which the agricultural ingredients are produced, handled, and processed. Not surprisingly, lip products that satisfy these standards are few in number and relatively costly. So if you can't locate a lipstick bearing the USDA's organic imprimatur or blanch at the price, look for a lipstick that contains natural, non-chemical ingredients. There are several affordable choices, but be prepared to hunt around.

Tahirah Blanding

Tahirah Blanding is a blogger and freelance writer currently pursuing her graduate degree in professional communication. She spends her spare time browsing thrift shops in the local area. Tahirah enjoys a good deal, coupon cutting, and short stories.

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