Living Nature is a certified natural skin care and cosmetics company from New Zealand and an inaugural supporter member of Breast Cancer Network.
Whilst I've tried products from the range before, I wasn't familiar with the makeup line so I was intrigued when I heard that the company had launched "Precious by Lorraine Downes" lipstick in support of the Breast Cancer Network New Zealand.
Living Nature Precious Lipstick contains only natural ingredients and is lead-free. The lipstick was instigated by Lorraine Downes, Living Nature's Global Brand Ambassador and New Zealand's only Miss Universe. Lorraine explained the inspiration behind the lipstick, "I believe all women are precious to their families. As a mother, wife, sister, aunty, I do my utmost to educate women to remove the unnecessary toxic load on their bodies. Lending my name and voice to this cause emphasises that all women should regard themselves as precious by taking great care with their choices."
The lipstick isn't at all worthy- it's presented in a black cardboard box which details the ingredients, eco friendly credentials and charity initiative information. I also appreciated the inclusion of a "best before" date printed on the box. The opening to the box has a cute detailing which reads "smile".
The lipstick itself is presented in a matte black rubberised tube, much like NARS packaging except that the tube is round instead of squared.
Living Nature lipstick production is in small manufacturing runs with lipsticks hand poured and individually flamed to a perfect finish.
The lipstick has an old fashioned lipstick scent. Personally, I'd have preferred something more indulgent such as a vanilla fragrance but I appreciate that strong scents aren't to everyone's liking. It feels creamy to apply and comfortable to wear. My favourite aspect of the lipstick, & probably the most important part, is the colour. I love the idea of wearing nude lipsticks because they're so versatile and can look chic for day, whilst being the perfect accompaniment to a rock chic smokey eye for nights out. However, thanks to my pale complexion I struggle to find a nude lipstick which doesn't make me look ill so I was pleased to note that thanks to the pink tones in the Living Nature Precious lipstick, the colour was flattering and easy to wear. It has a satin finish.
Living Nature Precious Lipstick costs £18 for 4g product, with $1 being donated to the Breast Cancer Network New Zealand. The charity works to educate, inform and support those affected by cancer.