22 September 2018

Black Rose Naked Lip Tint

This year, I have decided that I am going to step away from make up and take the more natural approach to my face. While I have never been somebody that has plastered their face with a lot of products anyway, I decided that my skin would be much better off without a permanent mask of various ingredients smudged across it. As I continue my journey into self acceptance, I also need to recognise that no amount of make up will make me feel as beautiful as I will do if I have that inner love in place. This may be a heavy introduction to this review, but there is a reason why I have delved so deeply. 

Back in September of last year, Lush sent me a wonderful package featuring many of the naked lip tints and lip scrubs that were coming out for Halloween and Christmas. As the same time, the Lush Kitchen had recently bombarded us with a tonne of new innovations that I was desperately trying to experience and write about. Then Lush go and release all of their seasonal ranges online, and I found myself with a good 50 products that I needed to test and review. In addition, I spent the first six months of the year travelling full time so didn't have any opportunities to write a single word. This is why, half way through 2018, I have only just finally been able to sit down and complete my review.

Black Rose was one of three brand new naked lip tints to appear across the Halloween and Christmas ranges last year. Sporting a beautiful design, this cute little invention almost looked too good to use. However, it didn't take me long to apply for the first time and wear it on my initial flight to Indonesia at the end of December.

While it looks black from the naked eye, this lip tint is actually more of a dark purple colour - which is a good thing in my eyes as I have rather a pale complexion, and darker colours have never done anything but make my face looked drained and myself look tired, even when I'm not. 

To use this, Lush recommend that you either apply this directly to your lips and then use the movement of your mouth to apply across your whole lips, as you would a lipstick - or you can opt to use a make up brush if you’re worried about more even coverage. I found that applying it directly was far easier and less fiddly then trying to find a brush around my house, and while it took a few seconds to get used to the shape of this, I found it really easy to apply - without accidentally drawing on my face or applying too much.

Furthermore, all of Lush's naked lip tints are rather pigmented in colour, so it only takes a matter of seconds for these beauties to decorate your hands. This wouldn't be such a problem if the product then washed off easily. However, after staining my fingers whilst using Sugar Plum Fairy, I found that it took me almost three days for the colour to completely disappear from my skin.

Made using a base of Kalahari melon oil and jojoba oil, this lip tint is super moisturising - perhaps even more so than my beloved Bamboozled. After using Black Rose Naked Lip Scrub beforehand, my lips felt plump and well-moisturised after applying this, and I couldn’t help but marvel at how wonderfully smooth and supple my lips continued to be throughout the day. I didn’t need to apply any lip balm at all, which was a good thing as the product wouldn’t have stayed on as long as it did, if I’d done so.

As with the other naked lip tints, I found that I could wear this out for a good 4 hours before I felt the need to pop into the bathroom and top up the colour. In this time, the lip tint doesn't fade all that much at all, but reapplying another layer just gives the colour a little extra boost. What I will say is that this product doesn’t set by itself, so you do need to be aware that if you use this by itself, it will come off when you eat or wipe a finger across your lips. Maybe this is something that's expected of a lip tint (I wouldn't have the faintest idea!) but I found this a little annoying, and was constantly aware that I could smudge the colour all over my face or clothes. 

While it’s not necessarily important when it comes to lip tints, but Black Rose also offered a sweet, liquorice scent as well when you're applying the product. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to smell this once it’s been applied, so in the great scheme of things having this pleasant aroma is not particularly conducive to how the product works. However, it's a nice bonus that links it in well with the lip scrub of the same scent.

Overall, I would definitely use this again, and have saved it in my make up bag for those occasions when I feel the need to wear a bold colour. While mine will easily last a good twenty million years because of how little I'll use it, someone who uses this regularly can easily expect a good couple of years worth of usage. The disc barely shrinks after multiple uses, and the colour is so compact that you need very little to begin with. While I wouldn't buy this again, this is only because the one I have will be with me for a very long time. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Kalahari Melon Oil (Citrullus lanatus), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Candelilla Wax (Euphorbia cerifera), Organic Castor Oil (Ricinus communis), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Orange Peel Wax (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis) (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Wax), Sunflower Wax (Helianthus Annuus Seed Wax), Rose Wax (Rosa damascena), Sicilian Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Spearmint Oil (Mentha spicata), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Cetearyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, Flavor (Fragrance), Iron Oxides, Red 27 *Occurs naturally in essential oils

Vegan?: Yes.

2017 Price: £6.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2017.

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