ILIA Beauty, a “green beauty” brand, has steadily become one of my favorites these past few months. After first trying out the Multi-Stick and the mascara, I have somehow accumulated five of their tinted lip conditioners, three lipsticks, and a lip crayon. I don’t know how that happened either.
Because I purchased them so quickly, I don’t think I have been able to really speak about them, besides the standard “I like ’em!” This isn’t really going to be a full-length review on every single one of them (mostly because I’m not in the mood to wax poetic), rather a sort of overview of each of the items I have managed to try.
First, I’ll talk about the mascara (not pictured). Somehow, I picked up Shadow of a Doubt, which is a brown mascara… which I don’t normally go for. However, this one is a great mascara, besides its tendency to clump together in the tube. I wore this a lot when I went to the States, favoring it over two others I had.
The Multi-Stick, which I got in All of Me, is supposedly good for the cheeks, lips, and eyes, though I mostly just use it for the cheeks. It’s a great shade and formula—a constant companion on flights (I went on a few…) when I need a quick look after alighting the plane.
The Lip Crayon, I have in Dress You Up, which is a really pretty shade. The lip crayons are OK—nothing too extraordinary, but definitely a good formula if you—for some reason—were looking for another lip crayon to try.
Next up: the lipsticks! I have three shades: Funnel of Love, which has been a favorite natural nude, Femme Fatale, a pretty muted red, and Ink Pot, which is a color that I wouldn’t usually get—violet. I love the formulation of the lipsticks: just enough pigmentation with smooth application, a beautiful selection of colors, and a semi-matte finish.
Last, but not the least: the tinted lip conditioners. These are sheer lip products designed to provide sheer (but buildable!) color, as well as to condition the lips. Let me tell you straight up, these are extremely slippy, especially the lighter colors, which presents a conundrum when you want to layer it on to build opacity. Crimson & Clover is not as slippy, but it is also the brightest shade I own. Dizzy is a bright melon that I surprisingly enjoy a lot, and Shell Shock is a beautiful pink that brightens up the face in an instant. Blossomy Lady is probably my least favorite, just because the color doesn’t really suit my skin tone, and I haven’t really used Bang Bang much, but it’s a great gateway to a red lip.
So far, I have been extremely pleased with the brand (obviously) and am looking to try out more… when I run out of other products. Which will probably be never. Because I hoard them like the apocalypse is ringing in tomorrow. In which case, I’d be super happy with this handful of ILIA products, something I doubt I would be thinking about during the apocalypse, but there you go.
The price point isn’t that scary, if you’re looking at more luxe options for green beauty (ahem, Kjaer Weis, ahem) and the colors are so fun—something that’s uncommon with a lot of green beauty brands.