I love lipsticks, they can be the perfect centre piece of any look. However, although there are many of them out there, most of them don’t last very long and some of them feel drying on the lips.
I’ve recently tried the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm as a lip balm and absolutely loved it! The ingredients are nourishing for the skin and it feels amazingly moisturising on the lips. Not to mention that it is actually cheaper than a lip balm, per gram of product!
If you missed this post check out: Cheaper and Better Than Your Lip Balm? Check out the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm In-Depth Review and Ingredient Analysis
As a result, I’ve become curious about the Oryza lip products in general and specifically about their lipsticks. Are they as good and skin nourishing as their lip balm and are they worth your time and money?
Let’s find out.
The brand is still at its beginning and so it only has 5 lipstick colours in the UK and at least 1 extra that I know of as a limited edition in the US.
The colour range then is not very exhaustive, but the brand will likely expand it as it grows, and time goes on. The colours offered at the moment are all around the nude range, lighter nudes to darker nudes, brown and pink nudes, so at least there is a nude to suit most skin tones.
At the moment, the five UK available colours are:
- ARWA – A warm mocha nude with pink undertones.
- FINO – A cherry blossom candy pink for a playful nude.
- TOPAZ – A vanilla peach bright nude.
- JAPONICA – A bright nude for an invisible neutral look.
- LIDO – A dusky pink nude for a natural fresh blushed look.
Sadly, my favourite colour of them all called OPUS (a wine-red with purple hints) is a US and Canada Ipsy bag exclusive. However, Oryza was very kind to send it to me and I am absolutely obsessed. I love a good wine-red lipstick, it’s the type of colour that will stand out and compliment you (no matter of your skin tone) and everyone will ask you what lipstick you are wearing. It is my precious and I really hope they will bring it to the UK in a few months time. It can’t be a lifetime exclusive please Oryza!
The good news is that Oryza has shown a good colour selection and I’m very hopeful that even more amazing ones will come soon. A strong red with blue undertones next please!
Texture and Finish
These lipsticks have a velvet and satin finish. They glide on the lips effortlessly and they last for a while. They are not sticky but rather feel very lightweight, you might even forget that you are wearing a lipstick.
They feel hydrating on application, partly because of how easily they glide on but also due to some of the ingredients contained. See ingredients section. If you feel that you need a slightly more moisturising feeling, especially during the cold drying winters, add a little Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm on top or below the lipstick. Works wonders!
Tip: You can use the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm before the lipstick when you want the lipstick colour to be a little less intense. Adjust and play!
The only drawback I found were the colours Arwa and Fino that are a little patchy, not due to colour distribution but rather if you have texture on your lips, they will sit around and emphasise that texture. This is true for almost all light coloured lipsticks from any brand though and the best solution is to remove any dead skin or texture from your lips before applying.
I know I’ve said this a couple of times now but the Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm is perfect for this and one of my ride-or-die lip products for my very dry lips.
Smell and Taste?
The lipsticks have a very subtle floral type of scent which is pleasant. However, it is so subtle that you won’t smell it unless you literally place the lipstick close to your nose.
I personally like that, makeup or skincare for that matter, really doesn’t need to be strongly or at all scented.
I always include a taste category but please don’t eat your lipsticks. The category is here simply because practically whether you want to or not, it’s not uncommon to lick your lips or somehow taste the lipstick off your lips while you eat or drink something.
These lipsticks don’t taste of anything.
Like with any lipsticks, these also transfer upon contact, while drinking or eating. However, the lips never look bare, the colour just slightly fades away which is a major advantage. Just re-apply as needed.
The Oryza lipsticks retail for £15.95, for 3.8g, from the brand’s website.
The size and price are typical and directly compared to higher-end lipsticks, like for example, the Urban Decay or MAC. Do they compare to them though? Absolutely. Urban Decay and MAC are of course absolutely superior to colour range however, the Oryza lipsticks last almost as long as them.
To see the range or buy the lipsticks click here.
The Oryza lipsticks come in a simple but elegant white outer packaging with silver writing.
The actual lipstick bullet packaging is also a matte white with reflective silver writing and while it is very simple, I find it extremely elegant. I love how these lipsticks look! They look and feel expensive but they are also very durable and light to travel with.
The only drawback is figuring out which colour name is each lipstick as the writing at the base of the bullet packaging is tiny. However, this is not something that is specific to Oryza, many brands do this, but they often include the colour as a background too (on the base sticker where the name is), which might help at least roughly distinguish one colour from another.
Practicality of use – user experience
These lipsticks are very easy to use and glide on effortlessly. They are very lightweight and I have actually forgotten many times that I am wearing a lipstick.
The brand doesn’t specify a specific skin type for this lipstick range, it’s very rare for brands to do so for lipsticks anyways! Nevertheless, I’d say that these lipsticks are appropriate for all skin types especially since they are not heavy or drying. If you need extra moisturisation try the amazing Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm on top or below the lipstick.
There are also no skin type specific ingredients.
Here’s what the brand says about this lipstick range:
“The Velvet Ribbon lipstick range has a weightless, velvet and satin finish that envelops the lips in a ‘velvet ribbon’ of long-lasting colour. Our ‘glide on’ formula makes for perfect coverage every time; while our versatile and exciting pigment technology ensures the range can quickly adapt to trend.”
These lipsticks last for 12M.
These lipsticks feel moisturising, especially the colour Lido, and last for a long time. They fade away when eating or drinking but like with any lipstick, you can easily re-apply them.
They all feel lightweight and kind to the lips.
The Oryza lipsticks have a very simple formulation that ensures their stability over time. This is not nessecarily a negative, especially since the lipsticks work well and feel nice and moisturising on the lips. However, it is slightly dissapointing that they do not contain the brand’s core ingredient “Oryza” and other ingredients that are almost standard for lipticks these days such as vitamin E.
On the other hand, the US and Canada limited edition colour OPUS has a slightly more complex formulation which does actually include Oryza, vitamin E and other ingredient goodies.
Overall, these are not the most nourishing lipsticks out there but they work well and look nice and do not contain any ingredients of any concern.
To keep this article shorter, I am only mentioning ingredients that have a nourishing effect on the lip’s skin in the ingredient positives list below and ignoring any compounds present only for formulation purposes or colourants. Also note that the ingredients taken in consideration for these categories are the ones found in the commercial lipsticks that you can buy (the simpler formulation) and not the ones found in the limited edition. If you wish to see the difference between the two scroll down to the full ingredients section.
To avoid confusion please note that at the moment of writting the ingredients listed on the packaging of these products and online are quite different. In this article I am using the ingredient list that was provided to me by the brand itself.
- Ethylhexyl Palmitate – Skin moisturiser.
- Tridecyl Trimelliate – Skin conditioner.
- Cera Alba (Beeswax) – Skin conditioner that can be particularly beneficial to dry skin as it can create a barrier and lock water in (=humectant). Can also be a source of vitamin A. Check out: Vitamin A in skin care – Is it worth it?
- Polydimethylsiloxane – A skin conditioner that can protect the skin by creating a barrier which can also in turn hold water in (=humectant). It has a smooth and silky feel and can even temporarily fill in lines to create a more plump look.
- Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate – Skin conditioner.
- Mineral Oil – Skin conditioner. Check out: Mineral oil in cosmetics – is it worth seeking out?and Is mineral oil in cosmetics safe?
- Aroma (flavor) – This is a general term describing ingredients that would give the product an aroma or flavour. This doesn’t meant that the product is safe to eat! It is essentially a fragrance. Aromas or flavours do not add anything nutritious to the skin, infact some ingredients under these labels could cause irritation. I personally do not like the anonymity of this label and I also don’t think that it is a nessecary ingredient. There are other ingredients that could mask an off-taste.
Ingredients that can cause irritation:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in the commercial Oryza Beauty lipsticks have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Ethylhexyl Palmitate, PE Wax, Ceresin Wax, Aroma (Flavour).
Full list of ingredients of the commercial Oryza Beauty lipsticks:
Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tridecyl Trimelliate, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Microcrystalline Wax, Polydimethylsiloxane, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, PE Wax, Mineral Oil, Ceresin Wax, Aroma (Flavor). May Contain : +/- [CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 27 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 17200 (Red 33 Lake)].
Full list of ingredients of the limited edition lipstick OPUS:
Ricinus Communis Seed Oil, Candelilla Cera, Oleyl Alcohol, Ci 77891 Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Cetyl Alcohol, Polyisobutene, Phenyl Trimethicone, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Silica Silylate, CI 77492 Iron Hydroxide Oxide, Cera Microcristallina, Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Lanolin, Cera Alba, CI 77499 Triiron Tetraoxide, CI 77491 Diiron Trioxide, Oleyl Acetate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Pelargonium, Graveolens Oil, Oryza Sativa Germ Oil, Ci 15850, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aqua.
I really love the Oryza lipsticks especially how hydrating the colour Lido feels and the actual masterpiece of a colour, Opus. The colours Fino and Arwa are a little too light for my very pale complexion but I can imagine they will look gorgeous on the right skin tones.
These might not be the most nourishing lipsticks out there but they do not contain any negative ingredients which is rare and they also somehow still manage to last long, look good and feel lightweight and effortless. I am really looking forward to more colours coming out!
I recommend these lipsticks and make sure to get yourself some Oryza Dewy Glow Skin Beauty Balm too!
I’d like to thank Oryza Beauty for sending me these lipsticks for free to review.
Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you?
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