New from Origins: Blooming Lipstick & Sheer Lip Balm
Not going to lie, some beauty releases excite me a little bit more than others, and I just about jumped out of my chair when I received the package with the new lipsticks and tinted lip balms from Origins. I mean, their skincare has a cult following for a reason, but branching out into other product categories is always a bold move. I was really hoping that the new Blooming Bold lipsticks & Blooming Sheer lip balms turn out to be good, and thankfully Origins didn’t disappoint!
Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick swatches (L to R): 05 Sweeter Than Honey, 08 Dusky Rose, 21 Wild Flower, 15 Va Va Violet, 23 Merlot Moonflower.
At this time Origins Blooming Bold Lipstick ($20) is available in 24 shades. I didn’t get to test all of them, but the five I did try gave me a pretty good idea how well this new formulation performs on the lips. From the description, I sort of expected these lipsticks to be moisturizing and maybe a little slippery, but they were creamy and fully opaque in one swipe. They feel like gliding a stick of butter on the lips, but without the greasiness. The pigment density is impressive as well – I found myself needing only a couple of quick swipes to achieve the perfect level of coverage. Longevity is in line with other opaque department store lipsticks, like NARS Audacious or Bite Amuse Bouche, so about 4-6 hours with minimal signs of fading if you are careful.
Origins Blooming Sheer Lip Balm swatches (L to R): 01 Nude Nectar, 02 Pink Blossom, 03 Honey Blush, 06 Fuchsia Fields, 07 Sweet Iris, 08 Night Bloom, 04 Coral Daisy, 05 Totally Tulip.
Origins Blooming Sheer Lip Balm ($20) currently only comes in 8 shades, but there’s enough variety so the range doesn’t seem limited at all. Unlike the lipsticks, this formula feels more nourishing and balm-like. I love using these tinted balms when I need to run some errands [especially in the winter] because they protect my lips from the elements and add a subtle hint of color. The wear time is above average for a sheer balm: on me these last about 3 hours before I need to touch up. Normally, sheer lipsticks wear off after 1 or 2 hours, even if I don’t eat or drink anything.
I like what they did with the packaging design as well. Each lipstick and lip balm has a nice bronze metallic base and the caps feature a pretty floral pattern that matches the color inside, which is very convenient because you know right away what shade it is.
Both Blooming Bold lipsticks and Blooming Sheer lip balms are made with reclaimed flower waxes [which is a byproduct of perfume production] and do not contain mineral oil, petrolatum, or parabens. Each tube is infused with parts of 12 flowers, including crushed petals, repurposed waxes, natural essential oils, and even real cruelty-free honey. Origins created a formula that delivers beautiful color and skin care benefits to keep the lips hydrated, conditioned and smooth for many hours.