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If you are unfamiliar with LUSH, they are a UK based company that produces fun and fresh products. I have to note however that many people confuse fresh with natural. Although most of the ingredients they use are natural, LUSH products are not completely natural, and almost always contain a few synthetic ingredients. You can easily check this on their website – every product has a list of ingredients, where the ones in bold green are natural, and the ones in black are (safe) synthetics.
I’ve been obsessed with LUSH products for a long time, and almost always get a few products from their limited-edition holiday lines. Their products are fun and quite innovative. This time around I picked up only two lip products from their Halloween line, the Black Rose Naked lip scrub and Naked lip tint with the same name.
Naked lip scrub in Black Rose
This product looks so lovely on the website, with a cute little flower design etched into the solid block of sugar scrub, but in reality, it’s a bit knocked around. It still looks cute, and I just had to get it. Black color makes it very suited for Halloween. If you pick it up in stores, make sure to put it into one of the little cardboard boxes, it’s great for transport and storage.
This product is made to gently scrub all the dead skin, while nourishing lips with rich oils and butters. It’s pretty much like any other lip scrub, except in a solid form. It has a lovely fruity scent, that isn’t too strong.
Ingredients: Castor Sugar (Sucrose), Murumuru Butter (Astrocaryum Murumuru), Illipe Butter (Shorea stenoptera), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Sicilian Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Spearmint Oil (Mentha Spicata), Ylang Ylang Oil (Cananga odorata), Charcoal (Charcoal Powder), Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Benzyl Benzoate, Flavor (Fragrance), Tin Oxide (Tin oxide), Iron Oxides *Occurs naturally in essential oils
The best way to use it is to rub the whole bar, dry, directly over slightly moist lips, then put it down and gently rub the sugar that remained on the lips some more. I actually find it quite gritty, and not that gentle, but it leaves my lips extra smooth and ready for any lipstick that I want to use afterwards. The scrub leaves a slightly greasy residue, like a lip balm, but I still have to apply a lip balm after it.
Naked lip tint in Black Rose
This is another product I picked up just because it looked so pretty. In this case the design stayed mostly intact, but again make sure to put it into one of the little cardboard boxes for transport and storage, especially because this tint colors anything it touches, including fingers, and in one unfortunate accident, my sofa.
This is one of those lip products that looks so scary to apply, but it transforms into a beautiful color once on the lips. I expected it to be more like a tinted lip balm, but it’s actually a true tint, almost a stain.
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
This product can be applied directly or with a brush, and because of it rounded shape it’s surprisingly easy to apply directly. However, since it stains my fingers I decided it’s better to use a brush. I found the product to be not as moisturizing as a balm, but not drying either. It catches to dry spots a bit, and there is a bit of a weird color difference on the inside of my lips, as if it develops differently there, but overall color is not bad. It’s a bit brighter than I expected, going towards magenta.
Staying power is quite good. It transfers, but not as much as cream lipsticks, and lasts through water and snacks, but not through a lunch. I consider it quite long-lasting for what type of product it is, and this size will last FOREVER. This is how it looks on my lips:
I actually liked both of these product, with the scrub being my favorite. I actually prefer this lip scrub over loose ones. There is another black rose lip tint, packaged in a classic lip balm tube, and this would probably make it a better product, easier to apply and bring along. I just wanted to try the naked version because it looks beautiful, knowing that I would probably like the other version better, and now that I’ve tried it I highly recommend the lip balm version instead.
Black Rose Naked lip scrub retails for $6.95, Naked lip tint for $9.95 and Black Rose lip tint (lip balm packaging) for $10.95. The one dollar difference between the naked and the packaged lip tint is really worth it! These are limited edition products, and only available until Halloween, so if you like them be sure to pick them up soon.
Did you get any limited edition LUSH products this year? Which ones you loved, which ones not so much? Is there anything you wanted to try, but you’re not sure if it’s going to work for you?