Fruit Pigmented Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick
I have the shade Sahara in the Fruit Pigmented Cocoa Butter Matte Lipstick ($30), which is a MLBB (my lips but better) shade for me -- a medium, neutral shade that pulls a bit pink against my warmer tone. This lipstick was a very pleasant surprise for me, because the formula is awesome -- creamy, highly pigmented, and comfortable to wear.
So far, this is my favorite matte lipstick from a green beauty brand. I love that 100% Pure uses fruit pigments in their products, and I also love the use of shea and cocoa butter in this lipstick. The formula is truly lovely, and the perfect balance between being moisturizing on the lips and super pigmented.
You can wear it all over the lips or sheared out, and it's beautiful. I definitely recommend this range of lipsticks, and I'm excited to try more shades!
The tube itself appears small but this is a full-size lipstick, and it contains the same amount of product as your typical bullet lipstick which is 4.5g.
Bamboo Blur Powder
The Bamboo Blur Powder ($41) by 100% Pure is a natural setting powder that's meant to "absorb excess oil, stamp out shine, and refract light for a soft, poreless finish." It has a matte finish and is meant for oilier skin types, and it's available in 4 shades -- tan, medium, light, and translucent.
I tried the translucent one and I love that its only ingredient is "bamboo silica". The tinted shades also contain fruit extracts from natural sources like apricot, cocoa bean, turmeric, or green tea.
100% Pure is the only brand I know of that uses fruit pigments to color their cosmetics instead of artificial dyes. Some brands even use cochineal insects to dye their color cosmetics using the red pigment they produce, known as carmine. 100% Pure found a clever and all-natural alternative that produces beautiful pigments while remaining vegan and all-natural.
Back to the key ingredient here -- bamboo silica.
"Silica is a naturally occurring mineral found in water, plant and animal sources. Rocks such as obsidian, granite, diorite, sandstone, feldspar, opal and quartz contain the most significant concentrations of silicate minerals. Plant sources provide much higher levels of silica than animal sources, and Bamboo possesses the richest amount of silica of any plant. In fact, Bamboo contains ten times the amount of silica than the more commonly known horsetail herb or stinging nettle."
Silica made from bamboo is a natural ingredient, like many ingredients used in setting powders. Talc is the most common one. Looking at Sephora's best-selling powders, I can see that Laura Mercier, Givenchy, Too Faced, and Fenty all use talc as a base.
BareMinerals uses corn starch as a base, which is also a natural ingredient, but it also contains several other ingredients. Many of these powders have a long list of ingredients, which may also include parabens and synthetic dyes.
So if you're looking for a powder made without talc, and without a long list of ingredients, this is a great option.
I've applied this powder on top of foundation on my t-zone, as my nose tends to get oily throughout the day. I also used it to set my under-eye area. It has a matte finish and does a great job at mattifying.
At the end of the day, I noticed that it prevented my foundation from "melting off" on my t-zone, and helped my makeup last all day. It's a great setting powder for anyone with oily or combination skin who is looking for a solution to help their foundation last longer.
I haven't had the chance to try it in hot weather yet, but I have high hopes.
Let's go over the claims. Did it absorb excess oil? Absolutely. Did it stamp out shine? Yes. Did it create a soft and poreless finish? Soft, yes. Poreless, I wouldn't say so. Overall, I love this powder and it's going to be a new staple, even though I'm more of a pressed-powder kind of person.
Love Goodly Box
The Love Goodly box is a bi-monthly cruelty-free and vegan subscription box that offers full-size products. The products range from beauty to wellness, and the total value of the items is $105+.
In the April/May box, I received the 2 full-size products reviewed above, plus a body lotion, teeth whitening tablets, $45 wine gift card, and a vegan snack! If you choose to get this box, you can select your shade of the 100% Pure lipstick. The price of the box is $34.95 with free shipping to the US.
The lovely owners of Love Goodly were gracious enough to give my readers a special coupon code for $7 off your first box, plus a free surprise gift for the second box! If you want the April/May box, you can click here to purchase it and enter the code LGXKITTY to take advantage of the discount.