I was telling myself it had been a productive weekend, until I remembered that none of the three-thousand-odd words I’ve written were for Hyacinth Girl and that I haven’t published a blog post for a couple of weeks. So, here I am on Sunday night at 10pm, listening to the ever-enthusiastic Steve1989 open military rations while I write a well-overdue post about Antipodes’ recently relaunched Moisture-Boost natural lipsticks.
Antipodes have had natural lipsticks in their range for years, but last month I was invited to their relaunch where they introduced the refreshed line with an extended range of colours, all named after New Zealand locations.
Their whole thing is that the lipsticks and their ingredients are so “healthy” that you could almost eat them. Annie made eating makeup almost look glamorous when she was at xoVain (RIP, they’ve relocated our content over to xoJane now and I bet that won’t live too long either) but I wouldn’t recommend it. Lipstick = wax = that awful feeling coating the inside of your mouth.
The distinction is kind of arbitrary—all lipsticks are safe enough to be consumed in small quantities because it’s inevitable, regardless of how natural their ingredients are, but if natural and organic is your schtick, these are fantastic lipsticks.
If natural and organic doesn’t mean much to you, these are still fantastic lipsticks. There are twelve shades that actually span a good spectrum from coral and orange through to hot pink, bold red and deep brown (Queenstown Hot Chocolate, not pictured in this post, is actually my favourite).
From left to right: Forest Berry Red, Oriental Bay Plum, and South Pacific Coral, swatched lightly then heavily.
I sometimes expect that natural makeup will be a bit insipid in pigmentation, but the Antipodes Moisture-Boost lipsticks can be built up to a decent amount of colour. Their glossy-balminess means you compromise a bit on longevity, but if you build up the colour you can get a bit of staining and force some good wear time out of it.
Antipodes Moisture-Boost lipsticks are $34 and you can get them from Farmers, pharmacies and anywhere else Antipodes is available (like those health food stores? Don’t ask me, I don’t go there). Antipodes is often on offer with a free gift so maybe wait until you can get one of their fantastic hand creams for free if you buy two lipsticks (you’ll want to!)
Please accept my apologies that I don’t have lip swatches in this post—I had the best of intentions and even had an outfit planned to match one of the lipsticks but I actually haven’t worn makeup in weeks and didn’t quite get it together enough to make today be the day I broke that streak.
Next time… powder cleansers? A Vitamin C explainer? No post for six months? Stay tuned to find out! (I have like eight posts half-drafted, I promise I’ll get more regular with posting!)