Review / Lippy Girl Vegocentric Lipstick in Schmoopy

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Lippy Girl Vegocentric Vegan Lipstick in Schmoopy
I’ve been vegan for over a year now, but veganizing my makeup products has still been a work in progress. Cutting out certain animal products is a breeze but one of my biggest struggles has been lipsticks as so many of them seem to contain carmine and beeswax, so when I was offered the opportunity to try one of Lippy Girl’s Vegocentric Vegan Lipsticks I was excited to test out a deliberately (rather than accidentally) vegan lipstick.

The Vegocentric lipsticks come in a variety of different shades that are mostly on the natural side, with a couple of bolder pinks, reds and even a couple of purples too. Having been on the lookout for some good natural-coloured lip products to counterbalance my heavily dark and bold collection, I chose to try Schmoopy*, a matte, dusky pink that’s also one of their most popular shades. The name is apparently a reference to something I’m not familiar with, but it amuses me nonetheless (I’m a huge sucker for silly-sounding product names).

The packaging is simple but effective – black with the pink Lippy Girl logo – and it feels weighty and well-made. The lid is fully secure and doesn’t slip off throughout the day if I keep it in a bag or pocket, and the tube is also 100% recyclable aluminium, which is a big bonus!

Lippy Girl Vegocentric Vegan Lipstick in Schmoopy

Schmoopy is on the cooler-toned but still relatively neutral side of things, and is very much a ‘my lips but better’ colour for me. On my lips, it’s near perfectly natural-looking, but is opaque and matte enough to pull together my makeup and make me look a little bit more polished with minimal effort. The consistency is pretty much the same as any other matte lipstick, but because it’s made of shea butter and seed oils it has a slightly softer and more moisturising texture as opposed to feeling drying on the lips, and yet doesn’t have the slicker, balm-y feel that some moisturising lipsticks have. It feels exactly how it should – like a lipstick! It’s also applies opaque enough that you only need a couple of swipes and – bam – you’re good to go.

I rarely wear actual lipsticks these days, because they don’t guarantee the same longevity as matte liquid lipsticks and of course, the Vegocentric lipsticks won’t be able to compete with say, Colourpop Ultra Mattes, in that respect. But, having said that, I do enjoy wearing natural shades of traditional lipsticks as they’re so easy to apply (vs. liquid lipsticks with applicators that can go drastically wrong with shaky hands) and if they’re a natural colour that wears away well, then they’re still minimal effort and suit me just fine for certain occasions. Schmoopy is one of those lipsticks – it lasts for a good 2-3 hours but when it fades, it does so in a natural, flattering way and can be touched up with just another quick, no-fuss application. This is a lipstick I’ve taken to keeping in my handbag with me for those days when I want to wear a lipstick and have that put-together feeling, but can’t really be bothered with the commitment involved in wearing any of my liquid lipsticks.

Lippy Girl Vegocentric Vegan Lipstick in Schmoopy Swatch

The only real downside to this product is one that they warn you about on the website – because the Vegocentric lipsticks are made with a shea butter base, they’re much softer than a lot of other brands, and are therefore more prone to breakage. In spite of following their recommendations of only twisting the tube up a tiny bit, one morning when I popped the cap off the entire stick of product flew straight out of the tube! It was easily fixed and I’ve continued to use it since but it’s definitely something you’ll want to be aware of when using this lipstick.

If you’re in the market for a good natural, vegan lipstick in a lovely, subtle shade that still adds a touch of finesse to your looks, Schmoopy would be a great addition to your makeup bag and is only £12.50 from Botanical Brands.  If you don’t fancy nudes or pinks though, the Vegocentric lipsticks also come in a few different red, peach, coral and purple options (Abraca-bam in particular looks wonderfully witchy and right up my street too!) and they also have some in pearlized finishes if matte lipsticks aren’t your jam.

What vegan lipsticks would you recommend?

* This review is not sponsored and has not been paid for, however the product was sent to me free of charge. All views and opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment

  1. This lipstick looks so dreamy! The shade is exactly what I need to be investing in for work - I very rarely stray from my matte liquid lipsticks but during winter they leave my lips an absolute mess. I'll be adding this to my payday list!



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