Lip color and care: Essence lipstick & Dizao Organics lipbalm
As a rule, I’m all about gloriously tacky colors and piling up on the eye makeup, while being very conservative and dull with lip products. For a self-confessed lover of makeup, I actually don’t have many lip color products (four at last count, if you’re curious), and half of those are soft nudey pinks.
But one fine evening in a beauty shop, I ran into this pretty plum lipstick by Essence that decided to just jump into my basket. I think the last time I wore a color this dark was when I was a 20-year-old with goth leanings (the goth leanings stayed, the twenties left a good long while ago), and never again since.
And, as these type of hues are rather difficult to pull off if your lips are anything short of perfect, balm is indispensable… my all-time favorite is one by Benecos, but sometimes it plays hard to get… in fact, I think my usual one has been discontinued, or at least I haven’t seen it in the places where I usually find this brand (wieso, Benecos?). So I decided to try this replenishing lipbalm from Dizao Organics.
Essence lipstick “good vibes only”, from the “Life Is a Festival” collection
I don’t know how the other products from the limited edition Essence launched for spring 2017 are, but if they’re all like this lipstick, I’d go back and snap up something else from this collection. In any case, this lipstick has all I require from an inexpensive beauty brand, and then some:
- It stays put for hours without becoming patchy, bleeding outside the lips (it does get on my horsey buck teeth though… oh, well, have to stay vigilant with that), or fading too much; it can withstand my coffee-guzzling habits the entire morning without losing much. It won’t survive a meal, but all things considered, this seems like pretty respectable staying power… if you plan to wear it for an evening out or dinner, count on having to reapply after eating (and check your smile right after).
- It is very pigmented and high-coverage, with a creamy consistency that doesn’t dry out my lips, or is uncomfortable to wear.
- I LOVE this color! I was surprised at how much I like how I look with it: it’s a cool-toned plummy hue, and even though it’s quite dark and deep, I find it surprisingly easy to wear, despite its “silent movie vamp” vibe.
- It’s berry-scented… silly, but I adore scented lip products, and this one is pleasant and subtle.
My rating for Essence’s “good vibes only” lipstick: 4.5 points; it’s not an “everyday” lipstick for me (although once autumn is here, who knows… ), but I’m surprised at how easily I reach for this lipstick, considering my attachment to MLBB nude hues.
Dizao Organics Sea buckthorn 95% Organic Nourishing Replenishing Lip Balm
I could say much about this lipbalm, but I think one word sums it up well: this lipbalm was LOVE.
And I say “was”, because despite how much I liked it, and how I’d love to try more from this brand, I have the impression that it’s not going to be… I did a quick googling to find other outlets where I could buy this (since I won’t be going back to the shop where I got this one), and wherever I looked it read “out of stock” again and again… even the brand’s official website. Then I looked up their IG, which hasn’t been updated since January, and their FB page, which is no longer available, and went: hmm…
To sum up, it looks to me like Dizao Organics is either pulling out this range of lip products, or it is outright pulling out of the market… what a shame. For those of you who don’t know the brand, this is an US firm that specializes in products made with a large proportion of botanic and organic-certified ingredients.
Generally, I have the impression (possibly inaccurate, since I’m not terribly au courant on the green beauty sphere) that brands with this concept tend to offer a fairly limited range, understandable, since there’s only so far you can go if you decide not to use certain ingredients.
However, that’s not the case with Dizao Organics, at least where balms are concerned: between regular balms for lip care and nourishment and color balms, they created a variety of products that other brands would do well to take a page from… however, it looks like I’m not going to be able to try any of them. 😭
Dizao Organics lipbalm – the deets
- I love the consistency of this lipbalm: it spreads and coats the lips very nicely, and remains for hours, even when drinking lots of liquids; it even lingers somewhat after eating.
- The package says that the star ingredient of this balm is sea buckthorn oil, considered a good source of antioxidants and nutrients for the skin… but as you can see in the INCI list, it appears well down the middle of it… still, with all the rich, nourishing oils in the formula it’d be pretty remarkable if it didn’t do its job of repairing and conditioning the lips, star ingredient or no.
- Naturally, this balm is best for dry or chapped lips with a tendency to crack, like mine, so anyone who doesn’t have this problem would probably find it a tad heavy, particularly in summer. If you don’t care for rich, emollient balms or feeling a “layer” on your lips, this wouldn’t be a good pick.
- It has a very slight citrusy aroma, that can only be felt when applying, and fades immediately. I’m not keen on citrus oils in skincare products, but since this one is for indoor use only, and I always apply SPF all over to go out, I’m not too concerned either.
Would I buy this Dizao Organics lipbalm again?
Well, yes, if I ever find it, and it doesn’t seem as though that’s likely… I’m loving this product and using it quite often, so it gets the 5 full points from me. It figures, I’m not having much luck with lipbalms lately… soon as I fall in love with one, it disappears from the face of the earth… hmph.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.
And last, an official unveiling…
From the moment the idea of this blog took hold in my head, I wanted for the design to have something of the famous Loch Ness monster, because I love the myth of Nessie and the stories typically attributed to the sightings…
Like the one about the creature being a plesiosaurus or something like it, that managed to elude extinction… it kinda saddens me that this one isn’t true, because I love dinosaurs; it would be amazing if such a thing was still alive somewhere in the world, and I could see it… Or the traditional Celtic myth of the kelpie, a spirit of streams and lakes capable of adopting different forms… normally that of a horse (a rather malevolent one, according to many tales), or of a beautiful young woman, the favorite theme of turn-of-the-century artists.
Well, at first it could not be, because of my nonexistent Adobe Illustrator skills… 🙄 until the author of the blog Dreaming Graphics published an invitation for bloggers, offering free elements of design for their sites, or as an alternative, printed stationery elements (also tempting, as I adore stationery). Anyhow, I sent in my request for a header with my favorite cryptid, and now I have it, so I’m happy…
… and while we’re at it, go check out the projects of Dreaming Graphics created for this offer for other bloggers! Also available in their blog: downloadable elements and tuts (in Spanish, though) for stationery and design projects.