Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: Ecco Bella FlowerColor Lipstick

I've recently heard that FD&C dyes are from coal tar, and some people recommend avoiding them. I like to play it on the safe side, so I was shocked to discover just how many "natural" brands use FD&C dyes, particularly as a replacement for carmine in vegan lipsticks. It seems it can be tough to get certain shades of red and pink without either carmine or FD&C dyes, but a few companies have managed this feat. One such line? Ecco Bella's FlowerColor Lipstick.

  • Over 10 vegan shades
  • Gentle formula
  • Gluten-free/no FD&C dyes
  • Sleek black packaging
  • Smooth application
  • Not all colors are vegan
Wearing Merlot
This line currently offers 17 shades, and 11 of them are vegan. While I'd love to see an entirely vegan line, I was glad to see that Ecco Bella makes a good effort to clearly label the non-vegan shades. (At the time of this posting, Pink Rose, Mauve Rose, Claret Rose, Tuscany Rose, REDvelation and Napa Grape contained carmine.) I tried the vegan shade Merlot, which appeared as a deep crimson on the website, but is actually a beautiful purple-red, or mulberry shade. It glided on smoothly, and almost seemed to look better on its own, as opposed to with lip liner. The shade was highly-pigmented but applied in a sheer wash of color. The formula was creamy, but I wouldn't mind if it were even creamier.

These lipsticks are pretty gentle, rating a low 3 on the EWG Skin Deep database. All are gluten-free, and Ecco Bella also notes that they don't include petroleum or fragrances. I was glad to see that there are no FD&C dyes, which can be hard to find even in a natural lipstick. If you're looking for a lipstick that has vegan options and no FD&C dyes, check out Ecco Bella's selection.

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Product Ratings (out of 5)


NOTE: Not all shades are vegan.

Disclosure notice: This product was sent to me free of charge by the manufacturer for review. No additional compensation was accepted and the opinions are my own. Please verify any claims with the manufacturer, especially if you have any allergies or concerns.

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