Last week I was sent this wee parcel, and got especially excited to see that it has been sent all the way from New Zealand. I felt a pang of homesickness as I haven’t been back in over a year.
New Zealand has to be the most pristine, naturally beautiful country in the world (but as a Kiwi myself, ofcourse I’m biased!). It is therefore very exciting to get introduced to Antipodes, a natural beauty brand based on organic ingredients derived from New Zealand.
Antipodes is a genuine ‘green beauty’ brand that is proudly conceptualized and created in New Zealand. Certified vegetarian, Antipodes is designed for eco-conscious world citizens. Click here for more information on the Antipodes brand ethos.
The Antipodes Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks
New Zealand Summers
As New Zealand falls in the Southern hemisphere of the globe, we have our seasons switched the other way round. The peak summer months are December, January and February.
No white Christmas down under, Santa comes in jandals! But what we do have is a spectacular summer with gorgeous natural blooms. Taking inspiration from this season, Antipodes has created three new shades to their existing 12 lipstick bestsellers.
“Golden Bay Nectar, Dragon Fruit Pink and Dusky Sound Pink are all fashion forward colours that will lift your mood as well as your outfit” – Elizabeth Barbalich, CEO and Founder, Antipodes.
Color your lips with the pinks and oranges of a New Zealand summer
These three striking new shades celebrate the spectacular natural beauty of New Zealand:
- Golden Bay Nectar: a warm, bare shade with hints of peach and honey, a classic nude paying tribute to sun-drenched afternoons on the beaches of Golden Bay (set on at the peak of New Zealand’s South Island).
- Dragon Fruit Pink: This vivid pink is inspired by the fantastical summer fruit that flourishes in Southeast Asia, as well as New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty.
- Dusky Sound Pink: this subtle, vintage pink draws inspiration from rose sunsets that reflect over Dusky Sound in Fiordland National Park (New Zealand).
What makes the Antipodes Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks ‘Healthy’?
The Antipodes Moisture Boost Natural Lipsticks are so very different from your regular lipsticks. For one, they are so healthy you can almost eat them!
Here’s a scary thought:
“Over a lifetime a woman may ingest as much as three kilograms of lipstick, either absorbed through the lips or while eating or drinking.”
Featuring some of nature’s finest superfoods, the Antipodes Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks are loaded with lip-loving ingredients that have been derived from natural origin with low-levels of FDA approved color pigments for added vibrancy.
- Nutrient-rich avocado oil
- Healing calendula oil
- Hydrating evening primrose oil and argan oil
- Antibacterial beeswax
- Deeply moisturizing shea butter and jojoba oil
- Added vitamin E for extra lip nourishment
The entire range is certified vegetarian by the UK Vegetarian Society, the world’s most respected vegetarian organisation.
These lipsticks come in very vibrantly colorful cardboard boxes that are in sync with the lipstick color each holds. I love how each box comes with a cute quote explaining the shade.
Best of all, these boxes are fully recyclable and are made from 100% biodegradable cardboard derived from sustainable forests.
The lipstick casings are of a sleek, black matte finish and I love how the trademarked “you could almost eat me” is inscribed on the glossy inside as the lipstick rolls out.
The top of the lipstick cover features a modernesque sketch of a New Zealand bird, an ode to the scenic beauty of the brand’s country of origin.
Tezzy’s Experience of the Antipodes Moisture-Boost Natural Lipsticks
I am a huge fan of natural, organic beauty and have been pretty successful at incorporating this into my daily skincare regime.
However, when it comes to makeup, natural beauty has been an epic fail for me. For one, I have never come across a good quality lipstick that claims to be ‘natural’ and also fulfill my need for high color pigmentation.
I was therefore thrilled with these beauties from Antipodes! The color pigmentation for a makeup product that also happens to be certified organic is absolutely amazing! Have a look at the swatches below:
Antipodes labels these as ‘matte with a hint of shine’. To me, the finish is a cusp between velvet and satin.
Unlike most of my matte lipsticks, these really do feel moisturizing on the lips, albeit a little heavy. It feels like a highly moisturizing lip salve, but with a far deeper color payoff.
The color stay is also pretty remarkable for a ‘natural’ lipstick. It lasts me through a quick breakfast and ample cups of tea and chugs of water, but calls for touch-ups after particularly greasy lunches (lol! don’t ask!).
Of the three summer shades, my favorite is the very vivid Dragon Fruit Pink. It perks up my lips with pretty pinkness, makes my teeth look brighter and wearing a bright lippie like this means I can keep the rest of my lipstick to a bare minimum.
The Dusky Sound Pink is a lovely neutral that would look great with a smokey eye and deep, sultry contouring.
The Golden Bay Nectar is a tad too subtle on my complexion, and barely shows up at all even in a swatch. This one is better suited for fairer skin as an everyday nude.
5 Reasons You NEED to try the Antipodes Moisture Boost Natural Lipsticks:
- High-quality natural lipsticks, loaded with lip-loving superfoods.
- One-swipe, highly pigmented color.
- Highly moisturizing and creamy.
- Scent-free, certified vegetarian, uses FDA-approved color pigments.
- ‘Green Beauty’, keeps both the environment and the end-users in mind.
Where to Buy Antipodes Products:
In New Zealand & Australia, Antipodes products are stocked by Hardy’s Health Stores, Health 2000, Farmers, Green Cross Health (Unichem, Life Pharmacies), David Jones, Myers, selected Malouf pharmacies and selected Priceline stores.
In the UAE, Antipodes products can be bought from leading 11 of the Neal’s Yard Remedies stores across the Emirates.
For more information on the Antipodes range, visit their website antipodesnature.com