Luk Beautifood Lipsticks’ beautiful packaging matches their special treatment of lips by making them moisturized, nourished, soft and with a subtle color perfect for day-wear.
Luk Beautifood is an Australian brand, created by Cindy Luken, a nutritionist and a cook who, one day, while chopping onions and tomatoes in her kitchen, chopped up an all natural lipsticks along the way. And these lippies found their way to me about a year and a half ago, waiting to be tested and reviewed for you, my dear readers. Today is the day.
So, the first thing I could not help but notice when I opened the package, which traversed half of the world, is the unique, perky, happy packaging of these lipsticks – each lipstick is individually wrapped in colorful and cheerful cloths. Inside the cloths are lipsticks in elegant slimsticks – so far, the story of Luk Beautifood Lipsticks says Cindy put a lot of thought and creativity into her brand, but what about the lipsticks themselves?
I know I’ve been saying these are lipsticks, but the truth is, they are more of a tinted lip balms; or maybe – somewhere between tinted lip balms and lipsticks, as they are not as pigmented as lipsticks usually are. The Luk Beautifood lippies come in 8 different shades (and 8 different smelling and tasting varieties); I picked Rose Lime, Chai Shimmer and Pink Juniper.
The Luk Beautifood lipsticks each have their own scent and taste; the base formulation is the same for all lipsticks, while each has its own source of scent and taste found in various essential oils and extracts.
Rose Lime has a gentle scent of lime and grapefruit, and it’s also my favorite color – a bit of a mauvish rose color, with a subtle hint of brown; it’s sheer and truly evens out the tone.
Chai Shimmer has a scent perfect for Winter and the Christmas Holidays – it’s cinnamon galore! The color is light copper-ish with a non-overpowering shimmer. The color of Chai Shimmer is not as pronounced as the other two.
Pink Juniper has a sweet orangy and berry scent; the color is dusty, vintage rose and is the most pigmented of the three. I actually alternate between Rose Lime and Pink Juniper as to which is prettier.
The application of Luk Beautifood lip nourish balms is incredible – they softly glide on the lips, evenly, without being sticky – the formulations must have been beaten into oblivion. It’s a treat applying these tinted lip balms, as they feel so gentle and soft.
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So, how about the ingredients? As mentioned before, all the lipsticks have the same base ingredients, while each of the lipsticks has a few unique ones, in order to give them a different scent (and colors, of course).
Ingredients: Avocado (Persea americana) Oil, Castor (Ricinus communis) Oil, Sesame (Sesamum indicum) Oil, Candelilla (Eupohorbia Certifera) Wax, Jojoba Esters, Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera) Wax, Isopropyl Jojobate, Jojoba Alcohol, Beeswax (Cera Alba), Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, Corn Starch, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Tocopherol , Lecithin, Juniper Berry (Juniperus communis) Oil, Sweet Orange (Citrus sinensis) Oil, Grapefruit Pink (Citrus paradise) Oil, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica, Iron Oxide (CI 77491)
Avocado oil is an antioxidant. providing nourishment. It is rich in fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, D, E. Castor oil is a thick oil, with high fat content. As a water binding agent, ideal for very dry skin, perfect for use in lip balms. Sesame oil is an emollient with skin-softening properties. Cocoa Butter an emollient is high in Vitamin E. It promotes collagen production and is great for dry skin.
Carnauba wax, Candelilla wax and Beeswax are emollients, thickeners, film-forming and viscosity increasing agents. Corn Starch is a thickener and absorbent, used instead of talc. Tocopherol is Vitamin E, an antioxidant. Lecithin is an emulsifier.
Several of the Luk Beautifood lippies contain Grapefruit Pink (Citrus paradise) Oil; given how bad Grapefruit seed extract is, the moment I saw Citrus paradise, a red alarm went off. But no worries, the Luk Beautifood lippies contain grapefruit oil, not extract.
Potentially problematic ingredients? None.
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My final word?
In short – I’m glad that Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish balms found their way to me. The packaging is beautiful and creative, the lipsticks (or tinted lip balms) contain all the ingredients beneficial for the lips: hydrating, softening, nourishing as well as antioxidants. The application could not be easier – soft and smooth, giving an even tone of the colors. The lipsticks are not very pigmented, nor are they promising to be, yet they still give a subtle and elegant color to the lips. If you’re not into that plastic theatrical look (and I sure hope you’re not), and prefer, especially during the day, an elegant and even minimal makeup look, then I can not recommend the Luk Beautifood tinted lip balms enough. I would really recommend these tinted lip balms to teenage ladies – the tinted lip balms are natural in more ways than one – from the ingredients to the way they look on the lips.
The price? 25 Australian Dollars which is around €18; it may be a bit more than what I’d usually pay for a tinted lip balm, but the packaging, ingredients and the finish these tinted lip balms give the lips – all in all, I think they are worth it and I really recommend them! I’ve got a few more on my wish list – and if you’re unsure which color to pick, you can get the samples for all of them.
So, tell me, my lovely readers, have you heard about Luk Beautifood tinted lip balms? Anyone tried them yet?
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For more information on Luk Beautifood, please visit their dedicated brand page.
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Luk Beautifood Tinted Lip Balms have been provided to Nature of Europe by Luk Beautifood for the purpose of an honest review. Special thanks to Cindy for her kind and warm correspondence and for understanding as to why this review wasn’t published sooner. Thanks go to Kylie as well.
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