Alae and I are known for our lipstick tendencies, and between us we've built up quite a collection. The Body Shop isn't usually the first place we think of when we've decided to go on new lipstick adventures. Smelly stuff, lotions, shower gel, shampoo, yes, but make up? Not so much. We usually head to MAC or Bobbi Brown for our beauty fix, but the time comes to broaden your lippie horizons when every other woman on your Instagram is also hashtag #rubywoo. So when we heard that The Body Shop have just launched a new collection of 24 Colour Crush lipsticks to replace their old Colourglides, we thought we'd give them a shot at winning a spot in the make up bag.
The collection is split into three colour families- reds, pinks and nudes- so the lovely team at Body Shop sent us one of each to try out. We took 301 Red Hot Raspberry, 240 Damson in Distress and 325 Darling Blush for a spin while we were on set this week styling Fuse ODG's new music video to see if they'd survive a day of sweaty outfit changes, bright lights, and flying clothes.
We're so glad we did because as well as packing some serious colour, these lipsticks are creamy soft, have the glide of a good lip balm, and the staying power of a good man. You can thank the Namibian Eudafano Women's Co-operative for that luscious moisture, as the lipsticks are coated in their silky marula oil. I usually like my marula oil in the form of Amarula, alchoholic and drinkable, so if I was going to drizzle it over anything I'd rather it was over a good vanilla ice cream. But it does work a treat on these lipsticks, and for these women who have managed to turn a traditional Nambian art form of producing marula oil- extracting the kernels from ripe marula fruit and then cold pressing it to extract the oil- into a thriving business. The whole co-operative is owned and run entirely by women in a community where women struggle to earn an income, so The Body Shop's 'Beauty With Heart' values really do make an impact on the 1750 women involved.
I particularly like the 325 Darling Blush nude as finding a good nude can be quite an adventure. As with 'nude' tights, or 'nude' underwear, there seem to be limited options for what brown people actually look like nude. This one was perfect for me, and although it had a bit of a pearly sheen which I usually hate in a lipstick, it's subtle enough to not look like I'm still 15 wearing my new glittery lip gloss at break time.
Upsides: Fairtrade ingredients, really soft and moisturising texture, great range of colours for all skin tones, and at £10 cheerfully cheap (ish).
Downsides: The packaging is not as sophisticated as I'd usually go for but with upsides like these, who cares.
Are you already a big fan of The Body Shop's make up? What are your Body Shop hero products?
Author: Kiran Yoliswa is co-founder of SBA. When she's not debating the politics and economics of Africa as a postgrad student at SOAS, or trying out Body Shop lipsticks, she is travelling the world looking for her next burrito.