Elate Cosmetics have an entire cosmetics range based on sustainability and conscious living. Most of their range is housed in bamboo and their refillable Pro Palette looks like a much better choice than a Z palette, but for now I’ll be reviewing their crème lipsticks!
While the company has no organic certification overall, they do claim their ingredients are about 90% organic. I’m not sure if that refers to a particular product or the entire range. They do choose fair trade ingredients if organic aren’t available.
These lipsticks expire after 12 months after opening and they cost $22.00 USD for 5g. Australians can buy them for $34.95 AUD.
I’m a huge fan of the bamboo packaging to begin with and the engraving adds a nice touch. The bullet clicks shut securely too, so that’s always good for peace of mind if you’re throwing it in your bag.
The vanilla absolute oil is a touch too strong for my nose but luckily it does fade away. Most of the shades are a light to medium opacity on first swipe, but they can be layered. I found that all of these feel much balmier than a satin matte lipstick, think Nudus or Kjaer Weis. I like that they leave that feeling of moisturisation even after the colour is gone. Not all of these are opaque lipsticks though, so keep reading to find out which ones apply sheer.
Plenty, Warrior, Grace, Blaze, Vivacious & Tantric
Their description is pretty spot on. It’s a medium coral that leans more on the orange side. It applies lightly at first but you can build it to what you see here, which gives it quite a glossy finish. This one I can imagine wouldn’t last too long, as once it wears out there’s not much colour left behind.
I wouldn’t call this a soft red, it’s quite a bold! It also wears a little burgandy on me I think. If you don’t like micro shimmer in your lipsticks, then I’d steer clear of this one. It helps the formula to stain but that also has it’s downsides at the end of the day.
Grace swatches with a super strong, deep pink undertone on me. It’s very bright and completely opaque from the first swipe.
Blaze is one that starts off as sheer and can be layered to a medium-full opacity. It’s also one of the glossier colours. I love these oranges with a touch of red.
While they say this is a soft, dark berry, with plum undertones, it’s more of a tinted lip balm. The first wash is completely sheer and only builds to a light-medium opacity. I’m surprised I like this as much as I do though. I’m not normally one for purple but this is so wearable and would be perfect for any time of the day.
These deep burgandys are always hard to formulate, but I don’t think the balmy texture helps. Applying it to full coverage was hard and I think it would work much better if you applied one layer, blotted and then reapplied more. This would likely be the best way to combat the patchiness. This leaves a slight stain as well, nothing compared to what I’m used to since I’ve tried plenty of these darker colours.
I love how clean these ingredients are, as well as the companies’ commitment to creating cosmetics with sustainability in mind. The only slight drawback for me is of course the scent. I can definitely see past that for the colours I like and my favourite is the least likely out of the bunch! Vivacious is a beautiful colour, because of the formula. I probably wouldn’t like it if it were opaque, but then I guess if you were buying this based on that desire, you’d be disappointed.
Hopefully you can use my swatches to make up your own mind before you commit to a full size, otherwise you can always buy samples from The Green Jungle!