Review & Swatches: Lily Lolo Filthy Rich Palette

Lily Lolo Filthy Rich Palette (Image courtesy of

My husband got me Lily Lolo’s Filthy Rich palette as a gift a few months back. He knew I had my eye on it for weeks, and he followed my links – I’d texted him previously – and purchased it at Petal & Post.

I chose the Filthy Rich palette because of the colors! I mean, look at these colors! Eight pretty fall colors –  silvery white, ivory, rich gold, copper, khaki, bronze, and mauve brown. A dark chocolate brown at the right before last completes smoky eye looks, shades dramatic creases, can be used with a small, thin brush for lining the eyes as well. Just think of the permutations of looks you can create with the Lily Lolo Filthy Rich palette. So many possibilities.

My skin is tan and I was afraid the Laid Bare palette wasn’t going to show up on me. I believe I was right, because the Filthy Rich shades, as colorful as they appear in their pans, show up like more natural shades on me – the way Laid Bare would probably look on paler skin.

Tiny, but mighty – easy to drop in my purse, and I may actually use up all my eye shadows!

As you can see for scale, I’m holding the palette between thumb and forefinger. I’ve always felt I wasted eye shadows before, and with this little palette I won’t feel wasteful and be able to actually finish all the eye shadows.

Treasure: Lily Lolo Filthy Rich Eye Palette in its natural element

Lauded for its mascara around the world, Lily Lolo is a mineral cosmetics company based in the UK known for its commitment to clean and cruelty-free ingredients. Aside from having earned the BUAV – better known as the Leaping Bunny – approval, Lily Lolo has a list of noxious ingredients it does not include in its line. Lily Lolo’s line is:

  • free of parabens
  • free of fragrances
  • free from harsh chemicals
  • free of bismuth
  • 90% vegan (10% includes carmine, lanolin and/or beeswax)
  • GMO free
  • free of fillers
Indoors, from left to right: Starry Eyed, Ivory Tower, Gold Rush, Ginger Nut, Ivy League, Brassed Off, I Should Cocoa, Truffle Shuffle

The shades have neat names as well – from right to left, from lighter to darker shades:

  1. Starry Eyed – satin, silvery white
  2. Ivory Tower – demi-matte, ivory
  3. Gold Rush – shimmer, bright gold
  4. Ginger Nut – shimmer, light copper
  5. Ivy League – shimmer, golden khaki
  6. Brassed Off – shimmer, browny bronze
  7. I Should Cocoa – matte, rich chocolate brown
  8. Truffle Shuffle – demi-matte, mauve brown
Outdoors, on a typical sunny day, from left to right: Starry Eyed, Ivory Tower, Gold Rush, Ginger Nut, Ivy League, Brassed Off, I Should Cocoa, Truffle Shuffle
Sleek and chic packaging – black with Lily Lolo’s name and clover-like logo
From left to right: Starry Eyed, Ivory Tower, Gold Rush, Ginger Nut, Ivy League, Brassed Off, I Should Cocoa, Truffle Shuffle

I wear Filthy Rich to work. I like to alternate between the shimmer and matte shades. Before I begin applying my makeup, if I want the colors to pop a bit more, I use Lily Lolo’s Prime Focus Eyelid Primer.

As you can see on the photo above, Gold Rush appears more faintly on my arm, but with the primer and a few layers, I achieve a nice golden shimmer on my lids for special occasions. On regular days I just apply once or twice for pop of gold shimmer for an everyday look.

The first two shades I use as a highlighter on the brow bone or alone on the whole eyelid for a quick awake look. On some days, I also apply these close to my tear ducts.

Then I put either one or two of the middle four shades on the lid and the last two shades in the crease. I already own a nice eyeliner from 100% Pure I really like, so I don’t use the last two as eyeliner, but I could. In fact, I could use all the shades as eye liners. Writing this makes me want to try.

The Filthy Rich palette includes a double-edged sponge tip black applicator, but I prefer to use my own brushes.

I’m grateful Lily Lolo provides pressed eye shadows. Pressed eye shadows are not common in the green/non-toxic beauty world. They are hard to find, and if you happen to come across one, very highly priced. One of my favorite things about Lily Lolo is also its affordability. The Filthy Rich palette, with its eight shades, costs $34 on the Lily Lolo US site.

However, I was able to find it on Petal & Post at $36.20 Canadian Dollars (CAD), which translates into $28.87 US dollars. Petal & Post also offers 10% off when you sign up for its newsletter and free shipping on orders over $75.

Although other of the flashy popular eye shadow palettes by NARS, Anastasia and MAC may have deeper pigments and ultra shine as per other reviews I’ve read, I’d choose Lily Lolo’s palette over the latter brands any day as it provides me with natural-looking, non-toxic eye makeup which lasts with deeper colors all day with the primer, and provides a more muted look without.

I like the Filthy Rich palette as it’s equally at home in the boardroom as at a nighttime gala. As it includes both shimmer and matte shades, I’m able to create multiple looks which look well with my tan skin, very dark hair and eyes.

My husband bought the Lily Lolo palette with his (our) own money and we weren’t compensated in any way. This review is independent and I’m not affiliated with the Lily Lolo brand.




On My Wish List: Lily Lolo Filthy Rich Eyeshadow Palette

Lily Lolo's new Filthy Rich eyeshadow palette - just in time for fall
Lily Lolo’s new Filthy Rich eyeshadow palette – just in time for fall

As far as non-toxic eyeshadows go, many people immediately think of colored powders in tiny jars and a bit of a mess as far as application goes. Although I do like the eyeshadow samples I’ve received from Pure Anada and Silk Naturals, I not-so-secretly prefer the ease and convenience of pressed. (On a side note, Pure Anada does offer pressed shades you can customize into your own palette, and Silk Naturals offers a pressing kit which is not for the faint-hearted.)

However, pressed natural, non-toxic eyeshadows are not as ubiquitous as non-toxic lipstick, and if you do happen to find them, many times prohibitively expensive (ahem, Kjaer Weiss), especially for a mother of three ready for a steady writing job.

After some research, you can imagine my joy when I discovered Lily Lolo’s eyeshadow palettes! Lily Lolo is a natural and non-toxic cosmetics company based in the UK.  I’ve been eyeing Laid Bare and Smoke & Mirrors since spring. At $34 for 8 little shadows, they’re a bargain, especially when you consider the quality of the ingredients. From the description:

“Organic botanicals, Pomegranate oil acts as an anti-oxidant while Manuka oil is anti-bacterial.  Silky and creamy consistency   Oil free, Non-drying, comfortable formula suitable for all skin types.  Non-comedogenic, allows skin to breathe easily.   Winner of the Green Beauty Bible Award.  Does not contain chemicals, bismuth, talc, or dyes (FD&C, Lake).   Vegan Friendly.  GMO-Free.  Gluten Free. Organic.  Preservative Free.  Fragrance Free.  8g”

This is quality stuff, gals.  I was game, but I couldn’t decide which palette to choose. I contacted Lily Lolo and I received a quick response.  Happily, the company was coming out with new palettes for the holidays.

Luckily, fall 2016 is here, and Lily Lolo features a brand new palette: Filthy Rich.  Oh my shadows, this palette is just what autumn ordered. Aptly named, it contains rich bronze, copper, sumptuous chocolate, and gold.

Compact enough to stick in your purse
Compact enough to stick in your purse

These colors are beautiful and versatile. I find this comparable to Laid Bare, only better for me, as my skin is medium-deep tan. I can see pulling these off for daytime as well as glamming it up for those fall and winter parties.  Some reviews claim these eyeshadows are not extremely pigmented, but Lily Lolo offers an eyelid primer to increase both wear time and depth of color.

Check out the swatches on a fair hand – gorgeous, no?

Lily Lolo Filthy Rich eyeshadow swatches
Lily Lolo Filthy Rich eyeshadow swatches


Clean Dozen: My Current Top 12 Nontoxic Beauty Brands

I’ve recently gotten into natural, non-toxic make-up -henceforth makeup for ease and convenience. In my quest for truly non-toxic products, I found natural means different ingredients to different people. Others are concerned about being cruelty-free – a worthy goal – but without caring much about the safety of beauty products for general health. Others are the opposite. Ideally, all beauty products would be cruelty-free and non-toxic, but until Monsanto gives up its hold on US agriculture and Trump’s hair looks great, we have to settle for sleuthing each and every product we encounter.

I also learned natural doesn’t mean products are going to be good for skin or not toxic for you. There are plenty of toxic, natural ingredients in nature – poisonwood oils anyone?

As a result of my research, I came across multiple brands I had never heard of. I also saw some familiar ones. Origins is not as non-toxic as I’d thought previously. This is a brand I’d been using for years, albeit sporadically as just recently, at the ripe old age of 39, I started using makeup regularly again. Why, you ask? Why the sudden interest in makeup when I wasn’t interested, since my first makeup experiences in early adolescence? (With the nasty smells and icky applications of the early nineties, that past interest died a quiet death.)

It all started when I received Origins trial skincare sets for my birthday. So exciting! I’d mentioned I loved Checks & Balances frothy face wash and I was only too glad to start using it again. It’s the best face wash I’ve ever used. It leaves my skin feeling clean, refreshed, not dry, and a little goes a long way. I bet that trial size is going to last me six months.

My Origins gift also includes Andrew Weil skincare products, which smell fine with essential oils, but stings my skin. After washing my face every day, I felt so clean and moisturized. There was this ball coming up soon and alas, my Origins makeup was too old. Off to get new makeup. The subject of my budget-conscious (hastily made) natural make-up choices is best left for another post.

This post is about the natural, non-toxic brands I was exposed to and I either ordered (first three) or I’m ordering samples from in the near future (the rest):

  1. Honeybee Gardens (ordered samples, currently using several lipstick colors, including Burlesque, and the mineral pressed foundation)
  2. Red Apple Lipstick (several sample shades, including Back To The Fuchsia, plus the Rallye Lip Balm)
  3. Pure Anada (ordered several liquid foundations and two lipstick colors, including the shade Sienna)
  4. Lily Lolo (haven’t ordered yet, but intrigued by company – and it’s British!)
  5. Alima Pure
  6. Pacifica
  7. Silk Naturals
  8. 100% Pure
  9. Axiology
  10. Zuzu Luxe (eyeing the eyeliner – see what I did there?)
  11. Nudus (Dirty Diana lipstick shade is to die for)
  12. Burt’s Bees (drugstore brand with an organic line and some good products)