Ilia Lips

While I was attending my beauty regime – wiping the face with toner & slapping on some moisturizer, I felt a pain on the T-zone, an area above between the eyebrows.
Is this an omen of a painful pimple?! You know, one of those troublesome spots caused by pesky bacterial infection, which takes ages to clear and may even require a help of antibiotic.
Then, I remembered the incident which occurred a week ago that I banged my forehead fairly hard on the worktop while picking up a yarn from the floor. Horray, it won’t be a spot!
But what about a short-term memory lapse? Oh well, it comes from my mom’s side…

Recently, I have added another lipstick by Ilia to my collection.
The latest arrival is Funnel of Love.

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From left to right, Dizzy, Shell Shock, Funnel of Love and Balmy Days.
Dizzy & Shell Shock are tinted lip conditioners. Funnel of Love is a lipstick. And Balmy days is a lip balm.

My first Ilia was a tube of Shell Shock. I was pleasantly surprised by the vibrancy of the hue. And as a lip conditioner, it glided smoothly on the lips. The texture was moisturising and comfortable also.
The second one was Dizzy.
I was looking for something not pink nor beige. The colour was tangerine orange and less in your face than Shell Shock. I found it was versatile and natural.

Then, I was intrigued by Ilia lipsticks.
What is the difference between the lip conditioners and the lipstick?
I ordered a tube of Funnel of Love through Naturisimo.

To be 100% honest, I was rather disappointed with the lipstick.
First of all, it was not very moisturising. The texture, when it was glided on the lips, was similar to any “long-lasting” lipsticks on the market – very dry & mat.
The lips should be well-conditioned before the application, otherwise it wouldn’t roll on smoothly. My lips were in fairly good condition as I had been looking after them with a lip balms more than a few times a day. Yet, the lipstick didn’t feel comfortable on my lips.
Another thing I noticed was the appearance of my lips with the lipstick on.
The texture was caky. It accentuated the fine lines and it was not very attractive.
Unless the lips were very taut & plump, this lipstick would not be suitable, I thought.

The actual colour was beige pink which was close to my own lip colour.
Also, it was a very good match with a MAKE UP FOR EVER’s aqua lip liner #01.

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I decided to test the long-wearability of the lipstick by having a noodle lunch at Itsu, Lower Regent Street…

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After finishing a bowl of vegetable dumpling udon noodle soup, I checked my lips in the mirror.
Hmmm… Some lipstick seemed to have survived. So, I concluded that it performed reasonably well.

My verdict for Ilia’s lipstick  – not suitable for my lips.
I preferred the comfort of their tinted lip conditioners.
Next time, I may order Blossom Lady or In Paradise since they are similar to Funnel of Love colourwise.

I shall continue to buy Ilia products because they are made with up to 85% certified organic ingredients.
Especially, anything to do with lips, I would rather wear products less harmful since the ingredients inevitably enter into my system through my mouth.
I hope Ilia will expand from lipsticks and mascara to a broader product range in near future as I want to be truly beautiful inside out…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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