Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Ilia Lipsticks

  I wanted to write about another lovely brand called Ilia. It is a relatively new and small brand of natural and organic lipsticks. Ilia’s founder, Sasha Plavsic, wanted to create a natural lip colour line with a modern twist. Having worked in London, New York and California along different fashion brands in Branding and Marketing, Sasha wanted to focus on creating as natural lip care as possible. And so, after a long and careful process of creating the lip sticks, packaging (recycled aluminum!) and branding, Ilia lip care was born!

  I tried an Ilia lipstick when I was on a hunt for the perfect red lipstick. And found it in… Bang Bang by Ilia. The colour is bright red when you open the tube, but when you apply it is actually quite sheer. If you want more depth of colour, then just apply another layer. I liked that best: you can wear it as a conditioning balm with a hint of colour, but upon further application it transforms into a perfect lipstick. The texture is super-soft and smooth, conditioning and smells delicious too! In fact probably the only downside of it was it made me hungry, as it smelled so good! The lipstick stayed on for ages as well, no need for frequent re-application. All in all, I can definitely say it ticks all the boxes: colour, texture, and long wear!
  Now, the ingredients list. The lipsticks are 85% organic, the rest is mineral colour. There is some synthetic colour (except for in Nobody’s Baby), but it is less than 0.3%. I think I can live with that! They are packed full of wonderful oils such as jojoba, seed oil, sesame oil, pomegranate seed extract among others!

  INGREDIENTS (85% ORGANIC): Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Organic Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Organic Beeswax (Cera Alba), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Organic Sesamum Indicum (Seasame) Seed Oil, Organic Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Pomegranate (Punica Granatum) Seed Extract, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Ducil (Orange) Fruit Oil, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dixoide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140.

  The lipsticks come in 6 beautiful colours to complement any complexion:
  • Nobody’s Baby (nude)
  • Dizzy (soft melon)
  • Blossom Lady (muted pink)
  • Bang Bang (classic red)
  • Shell Shock (bold coral)
  • Arabian Knights (deep berry)

  Further information at


  1. That's awesome they have a nude color. I'm obsessed with nude lipstick and it's almost impossible to find from natural brands!

  2. Yes I think all their colours are wonderful, have you tried the nude one yet? Hope you like it!!

  3. I think its great that you can either wear the lipstick as a tinted lip balm or lip conditioner that gives a sheer wash of color or a full out lip stain with a few more swipes of the lipstick. I find that with certain shades I like to play them up or play them down so that would work out perfect for me. Xo, Audreiana from
    True Beauty By Nature

  4. Yes that's the fantastic thing about these, and the colours are beautiful too. I think my favourite is Arabian Knights, its so unusual.
    Thanks for visiting!!