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Ever since I received my first Karen Murrell lipstick in a Bellabox a few years ago, I’ve been continuously adding to my collection and I think it’s about time I mention the range on my blog.
Karen Murrell, is a natural ingredient-based cosmetics company heralding from New Zealand. Karen started making her own lipsticks from natural, sustainably sourced and responsible ingredients and packaging that would be on par or even better than some of the mainstream lipstick brands. Her formulas are rich in pigment, emollient and boast the addition of candelilla and avocado oil, sweet orange and cinnamon, while her recyclable and biodegradable packaging is made from sustainably sourced paper printed with vegetable-based dyes. Ingredients are cruelty-free and the products are never tested on animals. She has a dedication to providing consumers with a responsible and natural lipstick solution that would perform, condition the lips during wear and be better for our environment.
Karen Murrell has recently expanded her lipstick collection to now include a range of matching lip liners to some of her most popular shades, so what better time than now to share the collection with you all!
The Lipsticks ($30)
Karen Murrell has 20 lipsticks included in the range starting from a moisturising balm through to flattering nudes, dreamy pinks and seductive reds. Whatever skin tone you are, you’ll find a shade for you because her shade range is versatile and stunning!
I just love that the packaging is biodegradable and recyclable, made from Polylactic Acid that is sourced from a renewable supply of corn starch. Anything to help us looking and feeling pretty whilst reducing the environmental waste-burden of cosmetics is a massive tick in my books.
The formula is emollient and creamy, but it doesn’t compromise on colour. None of these shades were particularly sheer on my lips although I did have to swipe a few times to reach full opacity. The finish is, in my mind, towards the satin end of the spectrum although they could probably be described as demi-matte as well. Although made with cinnamon (the scent of these lipsticks are just divine if you love cinnamon), these lipsticks actually don’t have a sensation like lip plumpers containing cinnamon.
The Lip Liners
The presentation of these liners are beautiful. I love the black shafts and rose gold embossing. They also have a lip brush at the other end just in case you want to blend the lip liner in. As with the lipsticks, these are creamy. But they do have a little pull to them during application. However they aren’t crumbly or flaky and last for yonks! I can easily wear these alone as a lip colour if I want a budge-proof day, or with a gloss to up the shine factor.
The formula is made from naturally-derived ingredients again and features carnauba wax from the Brazilian palm tree, jojoba seed oil, candelilla along with Vitamin E.
I’m featuring 5 of the shades in this post for the matching liners and lipsticks:
Cordovan Natural – This is a universal nude shade featuring notes of burnt cinnamon and warm peach. A truly beautiful shade that I’ve been wearing more than any other of her shades
Camellia Morning – A dusky cerise pink, which is quite muted and very feminine. This is such a beautiful shade for Spring and Summer for a happy pop of pink to your lips. I wore this for the Melbourne Cup spring racing carnival and got a fair few compliments on the day!
Violet Mousse – True to the name, this shade is mauve-nude and is one of the best sellers in her collection. She describes this as the ‘little black dress of lipsticks’ and it’s definitely an essential shade.
Coral Dawn – I looove coral shades because I think they are so flattering on everyone I’ve seen them on. This colour is literally a sunset on your lips, so warm and inviting and something that can be worn all year round with ease.
True Love – This lipstick is a special one. As her 20th shade, Karen has packaged this in a unique gold cannister and it was created to honour the love she felt when she wore her first red lipstick. The perfect blue-based red and one of the most flattering reds I’ve ever worn.
I just couldn’t write this post without sharing some swatches. Get ready for some serious lipstick envy. These shades are just beautiful.
That completes this post!
Have you tried any Karen Murrell before? What’s your favourite shade? Or if you haven’t tried them before, what shade from the swatches is your favourite?
* These products were sent to me to trial and I am under no obligation to post about these products. All opinions expressed and material presented is genuine and my own.