Bellàpierre Super Gloss
When I saw this lipgloss set from Bellàpierre, I had heard of the brand but hadn’t bought anything from them before, nor did I really know much about them. Reading the back of the pack, a quick skim through the ingredients I glanced at a few long chemical names I didn’t recognise (bad sign) but was won over by the shiny green sticker on the front declaring it as Winner of the Natural Health Magazine 2014 Beauty Awards – so I was a sucker and decided to impulse buy and try them out (£12.99 from TKMaxx, RRP £34.99). Recently I haven’t been that excited about lipgloss, and have instead been more interested in lipstick or mascara – but have enjoyed using these lipglosses. The ingredients list is rather interesting as you will read….
There are four small 5ml shimmery glosses in this set including Vanilla Pink (a coppery/toffee tone), Bubblegum (Barbie pink), Very Berry (a rich coral shade), and Raspberry (which is nothing like raspberry at all – but more of a dark vampy purple-red).
All of the shades are slightly sheer, though the colour of the supergloss is noticeable on the lips. I was able to build the colour intensity to some degree with a few applications, which is what you want from a lipgloss otherwise it’s just a lip salve!
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, CastorIsostearate Cera Alba (Beeswax) Succinate, Euphorbia Cerifera Cera (Candelilla Wax), Copernicia Cerifera Cera (Carnauba Wax), Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Macrocystis Pyrifera Extract, Prefum (Fragrance), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Silica, Aroma (Flavor), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phytosterol, Tin Oxide, May Contain:+/-[ CI 77091, (CI 77891), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499]
The pack stated that the glosses are “made with 100% natural ingredients”, so the only few that I was a little apprehensive about were ones without the common name in brackets. Turns out these lipglosses are not as ‘natural’ as promised!!
Commonly used as an emollient in place of lanolin and is a synthetic skin-conditioning agent. So basically not natural at all. As noted by BeautyBible.com “it’s a highly adulterated form of vegetable oil. Adipic acid – a main constituent of this ingredient – can be irritant to skin and eyes, as well as mucous membranes, depending on your vulnerability to sensitivity and the levels in a formulation”. Am I impressed? No.
CastorIsostearate Cera Alba (Beeswax) Succinate
Another ingredient that confused me. It is the reaction between caster seed oil and acids but has been reviewed by Paula’s Choice as safe with a ‘good’ rating.
Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate
A thickener derived from calcium and silicates. It is a bulking agent made from glass flakes, also used in the manufacture of glassware, and lightbulbs!! I think I shall be avoiding this in the future…
An additional skin-conditioning agent with a hazard rating of 0-1 on ewg.org but with noted high concern of skin-irritation.
A natural-occurring fatty acid, so not a substance to be too worried about. Ewg.org rated it a hazard score of 0 though the research and data available is limited, especially with regard to whether it may be bioccummulative.
An artifical surfactant, I could not find much data about the substance or any research highlighting it to be a high health concern.
Thankfully a natural ingredient, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide is a peptide with a ‘best’ rating from Paula’s Choice.
And lastly, after that long chemistry session, phytosterols are naturally occurring in plant derivatives and can be derived from vegetable oils. Apparently there are benefits of these phytosterols in the diet to help with cardiovascular health and reducing cholesterol.
The verdict: love with a hint of annoyance
I absolutely love these Bellàpierre Super Gloss lip glosses as being very smooth, lovely to put on and wear, but I am again annoyed by another company stating that they are natural when they are not. As quoted from organicconsumers.org; “The phrase “100% Natural” is, unfortunately, meaningless. Everything in existence, including all manmade substances and objects, is ultimately derived from natural sources” – and therefore companies can utilise this phrase in their marketing to deceive consumers into believing their products to be something they aren’t, by trying to be clever. I am also disappointed and confused that Natural Health Magazine awarded this product as their beauty awards winner!? – Also very misleading for the consumer.
I will continue to use the lipglosses as a compromise. I would like to be able to wear totally organic cosmetics all the time but there simply aren’t many out there that exist. To be optimistic, when compared with your regular Rimmel or Maybelline lipgloss, the ingredients aren’t as completely rubbish. I am however again reminded that I need to continue memorising the names of ingredients to avoid! The Bellàpierre Super Gloss shades are available at Amazon.