The actual ingredients they DO contain are glorious- and make your lips feel divine. The main component is candelilla- which is a plant that grows in Northern Mexico. It produces a hard vegetable wax after it is processed, and is brilliant for use in lip products because of its firmness and glossiness. Add to that evening primrose oil- which we all know is amazingly moisturising, and castor oil- which is brilliant at holding pigmentation- and you have a PRETTY awesome lipstick.
So those are the main ingredients, but I've got to be honest and tell you my absolute FAVOURITE ingredients these guys contain are the cinnamon and sweet orange oils. Why? They make the lipsticks smell unbelievable, and after application, my lips feel nice and tingly- I can't really explain it properly but it feels GOOD! Cinnamon oil is frequently used in lip products to produce a plumping effect, and I am all for it.
There are 17 different shades to choose from- and the most annoying thing is that they are ALL so beautiful and wearable- it's virtually impossible to choose just one. Karen Murrell REALLY knows colour, I'm just so impressed by the shades and the high pigmentation. Add to that how good they feel on, how long they last (thank you, castor oil), AND the fact that they're NZ-made...well, it just doesn't get any better.
“I often get asked what inspires me to create my lipsticks. It’s so many things from literature, fashion, plant and animal life, music, and my (and other people’s) moods. In fact pretty much everything! Having the space to think creatively is vitally important. New Zealand and my travels around the world inspire me.”
“Flowers are an integral part of my life and I think that lipsticks are just like flowers. They have an instant feel good factor that will brighten anyone’s outfit."
Orchid Bloom is the sort of lipstick shade which would sort everyone on the planet- it'd be perfect for a gift. Everyone knows I love my neutral shades, and this is the perfect "like your lips but better" colour- a lovely mix of rose and warm brown tones. You could wear it with virtually any eye look, and it's definitely the one I reach for over and over.
I hesitated before choosing Poppy Passion because I do tend to shy away from bright shades, but I threw caution to the wind and I'm so glad I did! It's such a babe of a colour, a bright (but wearable) pink that brightens up my whole face. This shade is predicted to be the bestseller of the collection, so snap it up while you can, and thank me later with kitten pics.
Lavender Laughter is my new go-to shade if I decide to do a darker eye look, because its soft, lilac tones are the perfect match. I never really like to use nude shades because they wash me out too much, but this one delivers JUST enough colour to make my lips stand out- while letting my eye makeup take the centre stage. It's a near perfect dupe for Syrup, one of my favourite lip shades of all time- but feels nicer on!
The other two shades in the collection are ones I have yet to try are Camellia Morning and Peony Petal, and I can't wait to get them! You can rush out right now and buy them from brand name pharmacies and health stores (check here for exact stores- http://karenmurrell.com/stockists/) or you can purchase them via their online store here- http://karenmurrell.com/shop/. You're going to LOVE them, but be warned- once you have one, you'll want them all!
Don't forget to leave me a comment below telling me which Karen Murrell shade you'd like to try and why, because I may just have a treat for a lucky MUO! xxx