Sunday, September 18, 2011

Jane Iredale Lipstick

Review of Jane Iredale compact; bronzer, blush, lipstick

Lipstick junkies unite! Whether it's lipstick, lip gloss, or lip plumper, you know who you are, and if anyone looks into your purse, they will know too! To lighten your load and control the chaos, keep an attractive bowl or jar by the door. When you come home, toss your lip color du jour in the jar just like people do with keys or spare change. When you grab a new color in the morning, it will be the only one in your bag. Can't choose just one color? Try our MultiLip or MultiGloss Kits. Thanks to Connie, our Program Development Manager for this fabulous tip!
Lipsticks in order:
1) Karen Murrell Red Shimmer
2) Karen Murrell Pink Starlet
3) Living Nature Morning Sun
4) Living Nature Laughter
5) Badger Lip Tint Opal Shimmer
6) Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer Raisin
7) Jane Iredale Lip Plumper Sydney
Is there really lead in lipstick?
Some of you may remember that years ago we all got emails talking about lead in lipstick and asking us to check for lead by rubbing the lipstick with a ring. It started off as a hoax email and then it turned out to be true. That was a hoax which wish was actually a hoax. As it turns out most lipsticks do in fact contain very small amounts of lead, which the manufacturers claim occurs naturally in some ingredients and is essential for the colour.
So is lead in your lipstick safe?
The cosmetic companies argue that the amount of lead is extremely small; too small to worry about, so the jury is really out on whether it's OK for us to be using lots of lipstick with teeny bits of lead in it. Other people, such as John O'Toole, CEO of Living Nature will argue that 'there is no safe amount of lead.' I'm not a scientist, so I cannot answer the question, but I do know that unfortunately lead builds up in the body over time and with so many fabulous natural options on offer, I’m happy to keep lead out of my lipstick. And it’s said that the average woman consumes a couple of kilos of lipstick in her lifetime, so I’d rather mine were made of edible ingredients.

Why is lead allowed?
Well, lead in lipsticks isn't allowed everywhere. The European Union bans lead in all lipsticks but unfortunately New Zealand has a little legal loophole that allows trace elements in cosmetics to go undisclosed. Australia requires that all ingredients be listed on cosmetics and a warning sign if it contains any lead at all. So it's a bit shitty that New Zealand doesn't help consumers make an informed decision. The other reality is, lead is in so many parts of the home. It’s in pre-1978 paint, pre-1976 toys and furniture, many painted toys and decorations, fishing sinkers, curtain weights and much more. However, if I can keep it out of my mouth I will.
I have never tried anything Jane Iredale until this lipstick. Being that the brand is not readily available, I have just never had much exposure to it. When I got this lipstick in my most recent beauty test tube, I was very excited to try it out. The packaging is not super exciting but also not boring or ugly, a plain shiny yellow gold tube embossed with Jane Iredale's name.
The formula is pretty good, not really drying but not moisturizing. I would have to say that it is not much better than most drugstore lipsticks that I have tried. That is, except for the fact that it is quite pigmented. Catherine is a nice brown, red. Brick would be an appropriate name for it. In full opacity, it is probably more appropriate for night on my NC20ish skin, but it can be sheered out quite easily. I am willing to postulate that it would look amazing on olivey skinned people.

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