If you have been reading Set to Glow for a while; you will be aware of my love for natural products. I use natural shampoo & conditioner, natural deodorant, 5 free/vegan/cruelty-free nail polish, natural lip balm & Burt's Bees lipsticks, natural hand cream and hand soap. I also use natural cleaning products around the house. Although I love all these things, there are a few things that I love that I can't replace with natural products. However; since I received some Luk Nip Nourish in beautiful new packaging, I set myself a challenge. To compare natural and toxin-free products with the original formulas that I love and felt like I couldn't get rid of. So which one wins my heart? Read on to find out...
The first product I never thought I would replace with a natural product was toothpaste. After having trouble with dermatitis around my mouth, I replaced my fluoride toothpaste with Red Seal Natural Toothpaste. As long as you brush with something abrasive properly, the medium you use and its ingredients doesn’t really matter. So fluoride isn’t really necessary for cleaning your teeth. Before writing a post on natural deodorant, I used regular anti-perspirant roll on deodorant. It was harder to make the switch to a natural deodorant. Antiperspirant doesn’t prevent you from sweating altogether — it reduces sweat by 20 to 30 percent depending on the strength — and even if our bodies absorb a very small amount of aluminum from antiperspirants, there’s no scientific evidence that it increases breast-cancer risk. However, I still think that reducing the amount of chemicals you use is a great idea. So I tried a good natural deodorant and didn't really notice that I smelt more. Only that I sweat a bit more.
I am really into changing my standard products into cruelty free or natural products where I can. Of course changing everything isn't possible for me because of my sensitive skin. Home hair dye has eluded me so far. My hair dresser uses a naturally derived hair dye I am pretty sure when I visit the salon. The only one I have found with rave reviews takes 24 hours to mix and 3-4 hours to develop on your scalp. Unfortunately I don't have that time to just sit around, so out goes the natural hair dye idea. In my post Interesting Perfume Formats: Options for Sensitive Skins and Noses I tried natural perfume. That was a great success! I don't use natural products on my face. I use basic perfume free products, some with natural actives like glycolic and vitamin C.
When I did my mascara review for 2017 I didn't include any natural mascaras. A lot of my readers loved my in depth review of lots of mascaras with different price points. A few pointed out that they would love me to review natural and toxic free mascara formulas. I admit I have a psychological block when it comes to natural mascara. I think that a natural mascara can't possibly be as good as an original formula one. Maybe it is because I would rather not give up my favourite mascara, They're Real! Lengthening Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics. I really had a block about using natural deodorant too - so never say never right?
I love my Tom Ford Lipstick. I love the formulas, the fact that the brand is a luxury and the pigments are just amazing. I really enjoyed using and reviewing the Burt's Bees Natural Satin Lipsticks. I found their colour range to be quite good but I still felt that an original formula lipstick company had more of a range in colours. While I liked using the Burt's Bees the Beeswax, Moringa Oil, Raspberry Seed Oil, and Vitamin E little sticks of goodness didn't win my heart over my favourite Tom Ford lipsticks.
With the mascara review and the Burt's Bees lipsticks in mind I decided to put my favourite They're Real! Lengthening Mascara up against 3INA Paraben Free The Volume Mascara and PUR Fully Charged Mascara. PUR is cruelty free, paraben free, SLS and mineral oil free. The gorgeous gift I received from Luk Beautifood, the Luk Lip Nourish lipsticks, would go up a similar formula by another one of my favourite lipstick brands, two MAC Lustre Lipsticks.
100% Natural, Toxin Free Lipstick vs MAC Lustre Lipstick
Luk Beautifood has a message that is close to my heart. Luk believes that nourishing your whole body with healthy food is central to cultivating your natural beauty. Food contains active nutrients like antioxidants, vitamins and anti-inflammatories that are essential for our skin, body and mind to operate at optimum levels. We all know how eating healthy food and feeling good on the inside shows on the outside. So Luk have taken this knowledge and applied it to help create simple, beautiful, multipurpose beauty products from active foods without using synthetic or toxic ingredients to nourish your skin from the outside in. Luk Lip Nourish lipsticks are 100% natural, toxin free and cruelty free lipsticks. They've just repackaged their lovely range in a new look outer box and a new lipstick casing with superior winding and magnetic closure technology. Luk Beautifood is an Australian company launched by Cindy Luken, Cindy is an accomplished entrepreneur, food scientist, product designer, chef and former biscuit baker (Luken & May).
What do I love about MAC Lustre Lipstick?
True lipstick fans will probably hate me for saying this, but I love MAC Lustre Lipsticks because they are lipsticks for people who don't wear lipstick every day. I love wearing full pigment lipsticks like Tom Ford and YSL with a top coat for staying power when I go out for a lovely dinner. However for everyday wear I love MAC Lustre Lipstick because it is sheer and moisturising. I also like that it sort of sets a bit after a while and you don't leave your entire colour on a glass. That said they are not really that pigmented and they don't have staying power. So I guess in a sense they could be called tinted balms. These Lustre Lipsticks are the perfect formulas to go up against the Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish Sheer Lipstick. I bought two MAC Lustre shades (Plumful and Politely Pink) to match the Pink Juniper and Cherry Plum Luk shades I was given.
Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish Sheer Lipstick - 100% Natural, Toxin Free
Lip Nourish is made with a potent mix of nutrient active ingredients like avocado, sesame oils, beeswax & lecithin and citrus rich in vitamin C to neutralise free radicals. These are natural substitutes for many of the usual ingredients in lip balms and lipsticks. In fact I love the citrus sort of scent I smell when I open the tube. And I love the magnetic closure technology; I should stop opening and closing them but I can't seem to stop... The formula melts quite easily when it touches the warmth your lips and the Pink Juniper is a really great everyday office shade with a bit of sparkle. At $29.95AUD they won't break the bank and I feel like this is a great price for a product that is 100% natural. I don't find them sticky at all. Like the MAC Lustre, Luk Lip Nourish Sheer Lipstick is not a true lipstick, nor a chapstick..its almost a cross between chapstick and lipgloss but with a nice pigment.
Do I prefer 100% Natural, Toxin Free Lipstick/Lip Tint to my Favourite MAC Lustre?
Both ranges have 12 colours and both the Luk and the MAC lipsticks have a nice scent. The MAC Lustre is one that brings back memories though; of when I was younger. I find the MAC Lustre easier to build colour with and I find it less greasy than the Luk Lip Nourish. HOWEVER Luk Lip Nourish is more moisturising. Both are quite sheer and while I think MAC lipsticks are more of a lipstick that Luk Lip Nourish Sheer Lipsticks, I think both have their merits. Basically, I love all that the Luk brand stands for and if I run out of MAC Lustre I would happily continue using Luk Lip Nourish Sheer Lipstick.
Cruelty free, Paraben Free, SLS and Mineral oil Free Mascara vs They're Real! Lengthening Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics
3INA, pronounced MINA, launched in February 2016 to rave reviews in London’s Coventry Garden. Following on for this success, 3INA has launched in Athens and Milan. The brand entered Australia with a store opening in Melbourne Central followed by one in Southland. They have also just started to be stocked in Myer, Sydney. The brand was started by Pablo Rivera and Mark Eve and they are planning for rapid expansion with over 300 stores to open over the next 3 years. 3INA offers professional grade European-made cosmetics at an accessible price tag. They have new products launching every four weeks, are cruelty free and densely pigmented with a huge range of colour choice. I had seen the brand a lot on Instagram last year and I love their logo and brand activation. Being in design for my day job; I pay quite a lot of attention to these sorts of things. As an Australian, there are only so many things you can buy online from overseas when new international brands launch. I put the logo and the brand promise in the back of my mind for later, and was pleasantly surprised when I saw their stand in Myer in the city!
PUR Cosmetics is also stocked in Myer in Sydney CBD in a smaller nook at the back of the store. They are 100% against animal testing, are cruelty-free, eco-conscious in their packaging, and responsible in their ingredient sourcing. When you visit their website you are confronted with icons to let you know they are paraben free, gluten free, alcohol free, talc free, BPA free and vegan friendly. PUR seem to sit in a similar category to BareMinerals because much of their products are mineral based. They also infuse skin care benefits in all of their beauty products. Most of their products include ingredients like retinol (anti-aging), Shea Butter (hydration), SPF (sun protection), Vitamin C (brightening) and antioxidants. I picked their mascara up to review for this post because of all of the attributes listed above. I also really loved the name of the mascara - Fully Charged. Apparently it is an anti-aging mascara that has a magnetic polymer matrix which wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define for long-lasting performance. I must admit I look at this and see a whole lot of marketing jargon, so we’ll see what I think of the formula.
So both the PUR and the 3INA mascaras are not 100% natural I do admit; I purchased the best options I had in the CBD.
Why Do I love They're Real! Lengthening Mascara by Benefit Cosmetics
As I mentioned above, I have done a lot of reviews on different mascaras at different price points. I used to use a Lancôme mascara for ages and after my reviews I swapped between Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Wet Length & Volume Waterproof Mascara and the Japanese Dejavu Lash Knockout Extra Volume Mascara which was a lot cheaper in comparison. One of my colleagues recommended They're Real! Lengthening Mascara by Benefit and I gave it a go. I immediately liked it more than the Armani and I had run out of my Japanese favourite too. The formula is quite a wet formula, however it never transfers or smudges. It's not waterproof but water resistant, so it is still easy to remove. The packaging is easy to hold and I really love the brush; it has a little spiky bit on the end which means you can get your shorter lashes in the corner of your eye coated too. It never clumps and it seems to separate, lengthen and curl really well. The best bit about it is that it is odourless. Not like a few I have tried. It gives me a very black but natural look and so far I have had this mascara for nearly a year without me feeling like it has dried out or changed. Soon I will need to buy another - you can check out my post on skincare and cosmetic expiry dates if you need to know more!
PUR Fully Charged Mascara
This mascara is anti-aging mascara that includes a magnetic polymer matrix which wraps a positively charged elastic veil around each lash to instantly lift, separate and define for long-lasting performance. The actual product itself isn't really in an interesting casing although it is black soft matte touch which I do like the feel of. The lid of the casing opens quite well and the wand pulls out easily - I love the slight suction you get from a new mascara... The brush head is a standard shape, nothing out of the box, and there is no spiky bit on the end like the They're Real! I appreciated the brush a lot more after trying to use the 3INA The Volume Mascara too. The first thing I noticed about PUR Mascara is that it has a strong alcohol/clinical smell. I felt that the brush didn't come out of the casing as clean and tidy as the 3INA, there was more product on the end of the wand. Knowing that I shouldn't pump the product, I resisted the urge to wipe off the access. The wand was easier to use and the product went on easily, but it did clump more than both the 3INA The Volume Mascara and the They're Real! Lengthening Mascara. It curls and lengthens more than the 3INA though; however the lengthening more could be down to actually being able to get more product on your lashes. I am not sure I believe the positively charged elastic veil hype; I see instant lift but it the PUR mascara doesn't separate as well as the They're Real! mascara. I wouldn't be unhappy using PUR Fully Charged Mascara because it is cheaper than They're Real! Mascara ($29AUD vs $42AUD) however I still prefer They're Real!
3INA The Volume Mascara
The 3INA The Volume Mascara is in an uncoated white and black outer box and it's casing is also black. It is slightly shorter and wider than the PUR mascara and more tapered. It opens a lot more easily than the PUR and the wand brush is a lot thicker/wider and slightly shorter. It has a more elegant proportion if you ask me, but I was worried about the width of the brush... Turns out my worries had merit; although the formula went on easily and there was no clumping, I couldn’t actually coat my lashes properly because I couldn’t get to the full length without putting mascara on my upper lid. So minus points for that guys. I am actually not sure how anyone wouldn’t have problems. I tipped my head back and I tried using a small handheld mirror so I could see what I was doing with different angles. If they fixed the brush; they really have a winning product. It went on just as well as They’re Real! and was just as intense. It lengthens and separates; and although it didn’t curl as much, I think that attribute is sometimes down to what you want out of your mascara. The formula was really easy to remove too.
Do I Prefer Cruelty free, Paraben Free, SLS and Mineral oil Free Mascara?
If I could have the 3MINA formula for $13.95AUD in a casing with a better wand I would be really really happy! For now I am happy to use the PUR as it is a new mascara. I still love my They're Real! Lengthening Mascara by Benefit however I am wondering whether I am brand loyal now. Because really there was nothing really wrong with both cruelty free formulas... I guess my question to you all is do you have a favourite 100% natural mascara. I would love to give it a go!
Have you used Luk Lip Nourish before? Do you have a favourite MAC lipstick? What natural cosmetics do you rave about? Plus; please recommend an 100% natural mascara if you use one you like! Comment at the end of the post - I love hearing from you.
Both Luk Beautifood Lip Nourish Lipsticks were gifted to me by Luk Beautifood.