I was lucky enough to win a Karen Murrell Lipstick in a MindFood magazine competition. I wasn’t sure what colour I was going to get, but when the feminine looking box arrived, it contained a full-sized 4g lipstick bullet in “Poppy Passion” (#17).
The lipstick bullet is encased in a cylindrical matte black plastic tube. The only part that’s shiny is the part under the lid and on the outside, there’s a little band where the lid meets the base. There’s also a little white writing around the base of the tube that reads “nothing nasty touches my lips”. Karen Murrell lipsticks are not tested on animals, they are designed in New Zealand and manufactured in Australia.
The sticker on the base of the tube reflects the pretty pink colour of the lipstick within and there’s an expiry date and date of manufacture printed under the lipstick name. You may want to check the dates if you’re purchasing a Karen Murrell lipstick, as it’s better if you can buy it closer to the manufacture date, as it’ll give you more time to use it. Karen Murrell lipsticks also contain all natural products which will begin to deteriorate after a certain period of time. Effectively, the lipsticks are good for two years. Most lipsticks need to be replaced after 1 to 2 years, although if their smell changes or they start to smell rancid, throw them away.
Poppy Passion is a bright, vibrant, fuchsia pink that glides on with a velvety smooth consistency. The formula of the lipstick is long-lasting and creamy which feels very nourishing on my lips, although I have read that many people find Karen Murrell’s lipsticks to be drying. I didn’t experience this. Maybe it’s because I always apply lip balm to my lips before applying my make-up and then remove the lip balm at the end, before I apply my lipliner and lipstick. I always do this, as it moisturises my lips and helps get rid of any dry, flaky skin before I do my lipstick.
Poppy Passion contains both Sweet Orange oil and Cinnamon Oil (as well as a range of other ingredients, which are listed on Karen Murrell’s website), so the lipstick does have an unusual scent of orange and cinnamon that tends to linger for a very long time. I can’t say that I’m a fan of the smell, I find it quite overpowering!
One thing that I found weird about this lipstick was that the very first time I used it, I had to really layer the lipstick on to see the colour. I actually thought that it may have been a sheer lipstick and even swatched it on the back of my hand to see if there was any colour coming off the bullet! The second time I used it (the next day), all I needed was three swipes across my bottom lip for perfect opaque colour. It was very strange and almost as if the lipstick had been packaged with some kind of ‘seal’ on it that had to be broken before the lipstick showed it’s true colour.