Let’s look at the trend – and at the mind-blowingly rich palette of cacao colours. With actual, beautiful, delicious beans of course. And two lovely BDIH-certified lipsticks.
So the Nineties are back again and with them: the cacao-tinted pout.
If you’re pale like me, chances are that dark brown lipsticks make you look a bit harsh – I sure do look like a goth chocoholic –, while picking complex “mauve-y, taupe-y” colours feels quite a bit like cheating. Amirite?
Editorial brown lipstick picks for light and fair skin usually end up with glosses and sheer lipsticks (peppered with those patronising, fakeducating headlines in the likes of “Learn How To Choose The Right Shade For You” or “10 Trends You Mustn’t Miss This Winter”). And I do love me some coverage! Also, I want a shade of brown, not some taupe, and certainly not terracotta, dark orange, or this year’s in-colour “marsala”, a reddish, warm brown that, by the way, has the ability to drain all colour from my face.
I also want a lipstick without conflict ingredients, as vegan as possible, and certified organic – free from toxins. Other assets: creamy texture, opaque coverage, shiny or glossy finish. I have picked Benecos: a BDIH (Cosmos) organic certified brand.
And now let’s marvel at the many shades of brown that occur naturally in the raw cacao beans that look almost pink, in the raw cacao powder, and in pure chocolate:
Benecos Natural Lipstick:
Swatches & Review
Ingredients: RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL*, LANOLIN, BUXUS CHINENSIS (JOJOBA) SEED OIL*, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CANDELILLA CERA, COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX / CERA CARNAUBA*, BEESWAX / CERA ALBA*, PARFUM (ESSENTIAL OILS), LIMONENE, TOCOPHEROL, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, MALTODEXTRIN, ASCORBYL PALMITATE, ROSMARINUS OFFICINALIS EXTRACT*, LINALOOL, BENZYL BENZOATE (+/- (MAY CONTAIN) MICA, ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), CARMINE (CI 75470), TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491), (CI 77492), (CI 77499), TALC, SILICA, MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742)). Benecos Natural Lipstick in ‘Toffee’, a neutral medium brown with a subtlest hint of plum:Benecos Natural Lipstick in ‘Cream’, a soft beige-brown:(Look at them beans! Look at da chocolate! Don’t you just LOVE how the two lipsticks and the different chocolates create a perfect colour harmony?!)
Different light conditions will make the colours look more or less pure. The two colours are best described as delicious – think cacao beans, milk chocolate, cinnamon latte; the texture is subtly scented (with essential oils), ultra-smooth, maybe a touch too creamy, but actually very pleasant on the lips. Here the lipstick is applied straight from the bullet with no brush or lip liner to show how the formula glides (a bit too much, it can get a bit uneven):Here’s a swatch on paper as well – there is no shimmer but the texture is softly glossy:Bottom line:
PRO: a decent, real organic lipstick with a beautiful colour range, creamy and hydrating texture, great value for money. The BDIH certification is the safest bet in the moment for avoiding conflict palm oil based ingredients. Hydrating formula with natural oils and waxes.
CON: wouldn’t hurt to have a fully vegan version.