When Olive Oil Lipstick by Ere Perez was recommended to me by a friend, I was so excited to try it on! I was struck by its colour: post box red with a hint of intriguing orange. The packaging was relatively simple, but the actual lipstick holder was a lovely metallic colour and had a sophisticated feel. It felt like something special. But there were many other positives about this natural lipstick and in this review, you will find out why exactly you should give it a try.
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About Ere Perez
Ere Perez was born in Mexico and is the founder of Ere Perez natural makeup and skincare (an Australian company). She is very passionate about her beauty range, only utilising specially selected minerals, oils, and plant extracts, many of which are suitable for vegans and all of which are cruelty-free.
Ingredients in Ere Perez Olive Oil Lipstick
Suitable for vegans, carbon-neutral and cruelty-free, this lipstick has the green credentials. If that isn’t enough, the packaging is also recyclable.
The two main ingredients are olive oil and cocoa butter.
- Olive oil reduces sun damage, guards against premature ageing, and hydrates the skin.
- Cocoa butter hydrates the skin and has a smooth, velvety quality.
Other ingredients are:
- Castor seed oil – contains fatty acids which moisturise the skin.
- Coco-caprylate/caprate – found in coconut, it can enter and heal the skin.
- Pentaerythrityl tetraisostearate – provides water-resistant qualities and adds gloss.
- Carnauba wax – increases the stamina of the product and is hypoallergenic.
- Octyldodecanol – helps to hold moisture.
- Candelilla wax – forms a barrier between the skin and the outside world, protecting the lips.
- Aluminium starch octenylsuccinate – has qualities that ensure a durable, easily applied, velvety texture.
- Hydrogenated castor oil – for moisturisation.
- Pentaerythrityl tetrabehenate – thickens the lipid content of the product and softens lips.
- Mica – Its light-reflecting qualities make this lipstick shimmer.
- Tocopheryl acetate – a form of vitamin E with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities.
Ere Perez Olive Oil Lipstick Review
Due to being glossy, this product is easy to apply. It is called Circus and is a fetching bright red, with orange elements. I feel the colour suits me, I can pull it off during the day, but would prefer to wear it on a night out. It has a gloss finish, owing to the cocoa butter and castor and olive oils.
The packaging is simple. A white, rectangular box with the: product name and brand, ingredients list, description of the product, green credentials, and distribution details.
Day 1 of testing Ere Perez Olive Oil Lipstick
- I apply at 4:36 pm!
- The lipstick is going strong at 5:50 pm until baby hands smudge it. So, I cheat and re-apply.
- I have a bath and forget it’s on. When I finish at half 7 it’s virtually gone. Not sure how, as I didn’t smudge it. I fall asleep though, so perhaps I remove it in my sleep??
Day 2 of testing
- Today I apply a lot earlier. At 08:15 am.
- I put coconut oil on first as a base/moisturiser.
- The Circus does not adhere well to this base, perhaps because it is ‘well-oiled’ already due to the olive oil.
The base application causes some lipstick ‘bleeding’ around the edges of the mouth. This can be avoided by:
- Dabbing instead of drawing it on
- Applying the middle section, then using your fingers, spread to the lip line
- Using a good lip liner
- The lipstick starts fading when I eat peaches and cream at 10.30 am.
- The middle section (as pictured above) fades after eating crackers at 11 am.
- After a late toothbrushing and shower at noon, a lot less lipstick was sticking to the lips!
- By 1:45 pm (as pictured below) there was still a nice colour present.
- But by 4.45 pm there was very little lipstick left and by 6 pm, Circus was completely gone.
Day 3 of testing
- I applied the Circus at 10 pm and left it on overnight. There was a nice tint left this morning.
- This is impressive as I ‘co-sleep’ with my child and am sure she touched my face, and I certainly did.
Ere Perez Olive oil Lipstick Vs Non-Natural Lipstick
The traditional lipstick has higher staying power than Circus; it fades more slowly when eating and kissing my baby’s head!
However, I prefer the colour of Circus, with its orange element and easier application.
- You can use moisturiser before applying, but this is not imperative; as the olive oil and cocoa butter work to moisturise your lips.
- A moisturiser base can add a pleasant sheen, however, too much makes adhesion difficult.
- An alternative to this is to add clear gloss to the middle of your bottom lip and spread it, being careful not to remove the lipstick.
- The lipstick glides on smoothly and doesn’t require much effort to apply.
- The tips to prevent ‘bleeding’ are also useful for application.
- Overall, Circus is a fine lipstick. Unfortunately, it does not have the stamina of traditional lipsticks.
- This should not dissuade you from purchasing, however, as the Circus colour and look is simply stunning. Post box red with a hint of orange. A real showstopper.
- At over £20, the price will set you back but is worthwhile for the lip equivalent of Eau de Parfum. Save this for special occasions or to jazz up an ordinary day.
- I wore this on the school run and felt people were thinking, “Who’s she trying to impress?!” But if you like the look, who cares what others think?
- There are certainly cheaper natural lipsticks e.g., Eco Verde’s Soul Tree range. However, many don’t have the impressive colour of this one and even less possess the top hydrating qualities.
|Easy to apply with great coverage (particularly impressive given I bite my lips).||Can bleed around the mouth; if the prevention measures from Day 2 aren’t adhered to.|
|A fantastic colour||Does not last long if you eat crackers…|
|Glides on with no problem.||Slightly shorter staying power than ‘traditional’ lipsticks; unless you’re asleep and/or don’t eat.|
Circus is an impressive colour and an impressive product. It stands up well to traditional lipsticks, only fading slightly earlier. It is better for your skin, owing to fewer nasty chemicals, but does cost more than its rivals.
7/10 for durability
9/10 for colour
6/10 for price
9/10 ‘Green Factor’
Poppy Victoria is a mother of two. She likes to pamper herself when she has the time!
She has used conventional beauty products all her life but is considering switching to green beauty products to be healthier and reduce her toxic load.