There’s certain products that I can’t wait to share. I don’t showcase much eye makeup on this site because so many of the products I’ve tried are disappointing, and who wants to read a bummer of an article?? But every once in a while, I find a product which stands out. A product that I’m bubbling over with excitement to share. This is one of those.
About the Eyeshadows
Lily Lolo is a British brand that makes quality, reasonably priced natural makeup. Their pressed eye shadows are what I wear on a daily basis.
There’s 19 shades, all which have sheer-to-medium pigmentation.
The final product is highly blendable, non-irritating & non-drying.
My shades are Take the Biscuit, Ivory Tower and I Should Cocoa.
These eyeshadows work best with a primer (Lily Lolo makes one!), but I happily use these without a primer.
Inside the Ingredients
Ingredients: mica, jojoba oil, argan oil, pomegranate seed oil, manuka oil, sodium hyaluronate, sea holly extract. May contain: silica, tin oxide, titanium dioxide, iron oxides, manganese violet, ultramarines, ferric ferrocyanide, chromium oxide. *All shades except Peekaboo are vegan.
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Sea holly is an interesting anti-aging ingredient. This particular sea holly, Eryngium Maritimum, is native to most European coastlines. It’s a pretty little thistle-looking plant with metallic blue flowers. There isn’t much independent information available on sea holly in cosmetics, but it is reported to have a regenerative effect on skin (thus the anti-aging designation).
Jojoba, argan, pomegranate seed oil and manuka oil are all gentle, nourishing ingredients well-known by green beauty aficionados. Manuka oil, in particular, has properties which are useful for makeup. It has strong anti-microbial properties (anti-bacterial and anti-fungal) and has an anti-inflammatory effect on skin. And pomegranate seed oil is a powerful antioxidant, which is a welcome addition to a product being applied on the delicate eye area. But don’t be scared by all these oils— the eyeshadows have the silky texture of a quality mainstream eyeshadow. They’ll never leave the eyelids greasy.
It’s worth mentioning what is not included in this formulation. Many eyeshadows unfortunately have talc as their primary ingredient. Talc is considered “possibly carcinogenic” when the powder is inhaled or applied to the genital area. In the late 1990s, Senator Edward Kennedy petitioned the FDA to include a cancer warning label on talc-containing products— which obviously hasn’t happened. In the case of Lily Lolo eyeshadow, and products made by other like-minded brands—what they leave out is just as important as what they include in their product.
Where to Purchase
Lily Lolo Pressed Eyeshadow singles are $14 each. Purchase them here.
Or go wild and get a palette for $34.
This product is part of my popular guide, Natural & Nontoxic Makeup: The 75 Best Products to Up Your Beauty Game.
*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
**Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.