I was very excited to hear that Zao Makeup was now available in the UK and Ireland as they were suggested to me as I'm currently on a quest to clean up my make up bag, Zao is naturally derived with organic ingredients and sustainable bamboo packaging which I'm in love with. The Packaging is also great because it can be re used. I was sent a sample Zao's Matte Lipstick in Dark Red (£14.95 or Refill £9.99)
B E N E F I T S
Regenerating and moisturising, pomegranate extract provides an excellent level of moisture, it is also a good aid in cell regeneration and fighting against free radicals, which are responsible for tissue ageing. it also increases the synthesis of collagen, it fights the formation of fine lines on lips.
Cocoa butter protects the skin from aggressive external influences. It helps maintain moisture levels as it slows water loss from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin surface.
Silver a Natural preservative
These micro-particles of pure silver are antiseptic (especially on skin and mucous membranes) and antibacterial as well, preserving the product and protecting the skin.
Castor oil is a very rich substance (one of the richest in fatty acids) that penetrates the skin quickly while providing nutrition and moisturising without leaving a greasy feeling but rather a silky one (you can find detailed benefits here)
Dark Red is more of a brown colour, (very reminiscent of Mac's Tabla) and though it is matte the lipstick goes on velvety smooth due to all the active moisturising ingredients, the colour pay off is quite good for a natural lipstick (I often find they don't have the brightest of hues) it's quite sheer but it is also buildable. Dark Red is a great every day lip colour as it is subtle and will be my Natural replacement for my trusty Tabla! Zao does have foundation shades for darker skin tones though it is limited at the moment the Compact Foundation in Chocolate is one of the darkest I've seen from from a natural cosmetics line so hopefully more shades will be added soon!
I N G R E D I E N T S
ricinus communis seed oil [ricinus communis (castor) seed oil]*, cera alba [beeswax]*, hydrogenated olive oil stearyl esters, sunflower oil decyl esters, prunus armeniaca kernel extract, lauryl pca, butyrospermum parkii butter [butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter]*, olea europaea fruit oil [olea europaea (olive) fruit oil]*, glycine soja oil [glycine soja (soybean) oil]*, theobroma cacao seed butter [theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter]*, triticum vulgare germ oil [triticum vulgare (wheat) germ oil]*, myristoylpullulan, prunus amygdalus dulcis oil [prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil]*, simmondsia chinensis seed oil [simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil]*, elaeis guineensis butter [elaeis guineensis (palm) butter]*, punica granatum fruit extract [punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract]*, aqua [water], CI 77820 [silver], citrus paradisi fruit extract [citrus paradisi (grapefruit) fruit extract], alcohol denat., maltodextrin, parfum [fragrance], linalool, limonene. MAY CONTAIN +/-: CI 77891 [titanium dioxide], CI 77491 [iron oxides], CI 77492 [iron oxides], CI 77499 [iron oxides], CI 77019 [mica], alumina, sodium riboflavin phosphate, CI 77718 [talc], CI 77510 [ferric ferrocyanide], CI 77007 [ultramarines], CI 77742 [manganese violet].
*: ingredients from organic farming