Lipsticks and Formula Botanica

Just a quick little post about the fun afternoon I had with Karen, my Formula Botanica study buddy. We played around making lipsticks 💄💋 and I wanted to show you some pictures.

First off, Formula Botanica offers a monthly Lab session (no I don’t get commission on those if you sign up). Last month they did lipsticks, which has been a bit of a struggle for me until now. The Lab really cleared up some of those problems I had – like how to get vibrant colours.

My very first proper lipstick!

Today we used the formulation given by us by the Lab, though we did have to tweak it a little bit, to use the ingredients we had available. The colours are mica from Pure Nature.

From left to right: Amethyst, Juicy Pink, Shine Pink, Red Wine and Rose Gold (though that one is very dark)

Formula Botanica uses plant pigments, but there are both advantages and disadvantages in using plant pigments. Advantages are it’s all plant based, obviously. Disadvantages are smell and taste, but also you can’t get the shimmer and sparkle, plant pigments are always matt, and the most important issue is that they’re really difficult to source still. Hopefully with time that won’t be as much of a problem anymore.

That’s why we’re using mica. Mica are natural if they’re coloured using mineral oxides – similarly natural like cosmetic clays.

Look at those vibrant colours! From top to bottom: Rose Gold, Red Wine, Shine Pink, and Juicy Pink.

I was really surprised at how awesome these lipsticks are. The colours are vibrant and strong, and the formulation makes the lipsticks non-bleeding and long lasting, with a beautiful glide and feel to them.

I’m definitely going to experiment some more with them!

If you want to learn how to formulate your own skin care products, sign up for the FREE Masterclass by Formula Botanica*. This is the accredited school that I am studying with.

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