We've heard the horror stories about cosmetic companies using crushed beetle shells to color lipsticks, glosses and pencils (yes, the insect beetle), coal tars and more. Oh yes, my loves, they do. Google it. You'll see. Some question whether or not the coal tars used may be carcinogenic, others are put off by the possibility of lead being used in lip products, and still others of us simply just don't want to paint our precious puckers with anything even potentially questionable.
If you fall into one of those categories, or if, like me, you just prefer the thought of using a lip product with 100% pure ingredients - antioxidant rich natural fruit and vegetable pigments, no lead, no synthetic chemicals, no artificial fragrances or chemical preservatives - then this is a product you'll want to know more about. And what better time to celebrate a brand like 100% Pure and a product like Naked Berry Lip Pencil then during Earth month.
Ok, so here's my experience. The first thing I noticed upon removing the cap from the pencil was the fatness of the tip. This shouldn't be construed to mean it's too broad for use as a lip liner; it's easily used as such. However, the pencil is versatile enough to also be applied to the whole lip as a lipstick would be. The color of the berry pencil (more of a mauve-y berry than a plummy berry) is pleasing enough to the eye (as are all the shades the pencil comes in), but what do you think of when one says, "lip pencil"? I think of a dry coloring utensil one must almost drag across the lips, catching and "tripping" as it makes its way across a lip line, requiring the user to go back and fill in little areas where the pencil skipped. However, this is a pencil, this is a product actually of a different kind. These are very creamy and effortlessly glide across the lip, whether you're lining only the edge or coloring in the whole lip area. When used as a whole-lip color, the result is a matte appearance, yet hydrated in feel. Used as a lip liner, I can apply any of my favorite lipsticks (yes, even the ones with crushed beetle shells) or swipe a gloss and enjoy how easily the liner blends and fuses with my other favorites. What's more, as a liner it keeps other colors and products from feathering and bleeding outside the lip.
100% Pure confidently lists the ingredient content of their products in entirety. Their lip pencils contain these ingredients, and only these ingredients: Jojoba Oil, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Coconut Stearic Acid, Vitamin E (Tocopherol), Rosehip Oil, May contain all or some of the following fruit pigments : Cherry, Cocoa, Strawberry, Plum, Blueberry, Blackberry, Peach, Apricot, Tomato, Pomegranate, Acai, Raspberry, Chokeberry and Cranberry, Rice Strach Powder.
You got a problem using any of those on your lips? I didn't think so.
So, how would I rate 100% Pure Naked Berry Lip Pencil, five stars being the highest rating?
The color payoff is fantastic, the application is smooth and creamy, the size is substantial, at $15 each they are very reasonably priced and the ingredients used are, well, appreciated. What more do we need to share? Oh, how about where to purchase them. Allow me to introduce you to Green 4 Your Soul. If you're new to them, though enjoy a shopping experience where all the product offerings are eco-friendly, green, and cruelty-free, you'll adore this niche little store.
Green 4 Your Soul shoppers benefit from their staff’s exhaustive research and testing of every product they carry. They are committed to providing their clients with the safest and highest quality organic and natural products on the market. Shoppers will find a full disclosure policy shown on their site, which lists all ingredients for each product carried in order that we might make informed purchasing decisions. Add to that excellent, personalized customer service as this is an operation intent on pleasing their clients. Check 'em out.