Nudus Lipstick Samples

These samples from Integrity Botanicals come in cute little flat discs with more product than you would think. Top, left: Nudus Just Like Jade Top, right: Nudus Dirty Diana Bottom: Nudus 27 Kisses

I had ordered these Integrity Botanicals samples a long time ago, but I’ve been using them for about six months now, using them in rotation with my other samples and full-tube lipsticks. I ordered from Integrity Botanicals, which lets you have three free samples included in every order.

Nudus is an Australian lipstick company with high standards I’ve been dying to try – its all-natural philosophy combined with their top-notch non-toxic ingredients and glowing reviews drew me in right away, but it’s the sexy packaging that sealed the deal.

I mean, these are seriously one of the most beautiful lipstick tubes – white and rectangular, with a nude woman on silvery part where the lip product comes out. Before I fork over $35 (yes, expensive, but worth it – hear me out), I wanted to sample some shades first.

I got Nudus Just Like Jade, described as a berry aubergine; 27 Kisses, Nudus’ signature best-seller, described as a creamy mid-tone mauve, which rumor has it looks good on everyone; and Dirty Diana, described as a deep bordeaux red.

Nudus’ Lip Euphoria formula has wonderful ingredients. Here’s the list for 27 Kisses, lifted straight from the Integrity Botanicals site:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil * , Cera Alba (Beeswax) * , Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Cera * , Tribehenin , Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter * , Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil * , Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil * , Tocopherol (Vitamin E) , Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil * , Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil * , Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil , Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil * , Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Seed Oil , Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil * , Fragrance * , May Contain -+ Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide) , Mica , May Contain CI 75470 (Carmine) , Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract , Melia Azadirchta Flower Extract , Amino-Esters-1 , Coccinia Indica , Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract , Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract , Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil , Ocimum Sanctum (Holy Basil) Leaf Extract , Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Extract , Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract , Corallina Officinalis (Coral Seaweed) Extract , Eclipta Prostrata Extract , Moringa Pterygosperma Oil , Melia Azadirachta Fruit/Seed Extract , Coccinia Indica Flower Extract , Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract.

Wow, these ingredients are impressive, and the lip-conditioning agents are felt as you put this lip formula across your lips.

Top left: Just Like Jade; Top Right: Dirty Diana, and Bottom: 27 KissesThe formula for all three is creamy, yet not too slippery, and a beautiful consistency. I’m in love with the formula! I also like the colors because they’re not your everyday shades in the conventional or green beauty world.

Of all three shades, I like Dirty Diana the best. The pigmentation is strong and looks terrific on my medium golden tan complexion. I’ll definitely be buying the artsy tube of Dirty Diana when my sample is done.

27 Kisses looks like a barely noticeable nude on me. I had to squint to see it. In fact, my husband didn’t think I was wearing any lipstick. For $35, someone better notice I’m wearing lipstick 🙂  27 Kisses is named thus as it’s the number one best-selling formula, and all the Lip Euphoria formulas are formulated with 27 active ingredients, including vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K.

Just Like Jade is another shade which was a bit disappointing to me. It barely registered on my complexion. Some ladies may like the “barely there” look, and I do too, sometimes, but again, not when it’s a 35-dollar lip product. It’s a soft, mauve-berry tone with a hint of dark lilac on me.The samples last at least seven times, as they are quite opaque in coverage. You don’t need to apply much. Sometimes I apply the shades with my trusty Ecotools lip brush, other times I apply the color with my finger and it looks a bit more like a stain for a different look.

The samples last at least seven times, as they are quite opaque in coverage. You don’t need to apply much. Sometimes I apply the shades with my trusty Ecotools lip brush, other times I apply the color with my finger and it looks a bit more like a stain for a different look.

I’ll swatch the shades next time so you can see them on my arm and lips. All in all, I love the company and its philosophy, and I’m intrigued to actually try the lipstick straight from the tube. It’s an altogether different experience when you apply it from the tube, but so far from the samples, the formula is amazing. As the formula is free from paraben,

As the formula is free from paraben, petro-chemicals, lanolin, hydrogenated oils, fd&c and lake dyes, gmo, pesticides and nanoparticles, this lip product is worth the hype and one of the cleanest beauty products you can find on the market. As it does contain cera alba, aka beeswax, it’s not vegan. The fragrance listed is from the essential oils.

I’m glad Integrity Botanicals provides these samples for us before you commit to buying a full tube.

These opinions are my own, I bought these samples with my own money, and I’m not affiliated with the Nudus company.

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)