Review: Eliza Cosmetics | Vintage Inspired MakeupOctober 29, 2015
Red lipstick is my absolute beauty essential and I am not exaggerating if I say that I never leave my house without a bold red lip. I am always on the hunt for thé perfect red lipstick, and I really enjoy experimenting with all the different colors of red and brands.
When Tia, owner of the relatively new cosmetic brand Eliza Cosmetics contacted me with the question if I were willing to review a couple of her lipsticks, I happily said yes. Especially when she told me her cosmetics are vintage inspired ánd are made with healthy ingredients. Something I find very important.
The mission of Eliza Cosmetics is "to make products for women to enhance their natural beauty, without sacrificing their health." When Tia started researching the ingredients used in lipstick, she was appalled at the amount ingredients that were derived of petrochemicals (chemicals made from petroleum or natural gas), of which many cause cancer.
Tia started to experiment with natural products, although none of them had a great red. Some people told her to simply stop wearing red lipstick, but she knew there had to be a way around it. And there was: she found a pigment supplier online and started to experiment. Her brand was born.
Eliza Cosmetics also believes that there's a red for everyone, which is why the brand has so many lipsticks in different shades of red.
Old movie lover that I am, I really like the fact that the lipsticks are named after significant old Hollywood actresses. I decided to try out the Hedy lipstick (named after Hedy Lamarr) and the Theda lipstick (named after Theda Bara).
Now that Halloween is around the corner and I plan to dress up as silent movie star Theda Bara, this lipstick comes in handy. The color immediately throws you back to the 1920s known for its dark and heavy makeup colors.
The Theda is a beautiful, very dark red (almost aubergine) color and wears light on the lips; I hardly feel that I wear any lipstick - a big plus for me. Like the Hedy lipstick, the Theda has a delicate and subtle citrus smell. Because of the ingredients, my lips feel soft and well nourished while wearing the lipstick, but also afterwards. The lipstick is easily washed off when removing makeup, which is great, as some lipsticks leave you looking like the Joker.
A well-known problem many people face with dark lipstick, is that it's hard to apply and hard to cover your lips evenly, but the Theda covers the lips beautifully and is also easy to apply.
I had to give the Theda lipstick slightly more touch ups throughout the day than the Hedy Lipstick, but not annoyingly much.
Note: those with a carmine allergy: no worries, as Eliza Cosmetics also makes carmine-free lipsticks.