Base & Coverage, Make Up

Slapstick Solid Foundation

A while ago, Lush really started expanding their somewhat dated make-up range. The first thing to come out of this was their innovative solid foundations, called Slapsticks. I remember seeing these for the first time and honestly being in awe of them. There’s a whopping forty shades, separated into three undertones depending whether you are cool, warm or neutral. They’re also vegan, cruelty free (of course) and also zero-waste and naked, save for the black wax you use to hold the product and the cardboard packaging it comes in! How cool is that?!

Each Slapstick is an enriching, highly buildable blend of gentle ingredients and pigment to give a medium coverage and to make your complexion glow. They’re composed of 14% pigment and 45% Indonesian Coconut Oil. The Coconut Oil base means that the Slapsticks feel so soft and make for an easy application, as well as keeping your skin hydrated underneath. Jojoba Oil allows the product to sink into the skin nicely and blends beautifully with a quadruple threat of Candelilla, Sunflower, Rose and Orange Peel Waxes to help the colour and pigment last. Each solid foundation also contains rich Argan Oil and Oat Kernel Oil to rejuvenate, lock in moisture and really nourish the skin.

All these ingredients are super gentle even for sensitive skins and frankly I’ve never felt a more nourishing foundation. I’ve seen a couple of reviews where people have said that the Slapsticks aren’t good for people with oily skin as it leaves them feeling too greasy. Personally I’ve not had that issue but I don’t have oily skin, my suggestion would be to perhaps try one in store and see how you feel first.

Although they’re foundation, I’d argue that with just one layer, the Slapsticks feel a lot more like BB Cream than anything else, which is perfect for me as that’s what I’ve been using before. The great thing is, if you want more coverage, you can continue to apply layers until you’ve got the desired outcome, without it feeling cakey or too heavy, even with all the oils it contains. I apply mine straight on my face in smallish sections and then blend in with a general buffing brush, though you can use your fingertips or a sponge to suit your needs. It leaves a fairly dewy finish but you can easily mattify with the help of a powder.

As I mentioned already, there are 40 different shades, making the range one of the most inclusive out there. There are four families of the Slapstick shades: dark, medium dark, medium-light and light and within each family are 10 different shades numbered from the darkest shade (40) to the lightest (1). Each shade then has either the letter N, C or W to indicate your skin’s undertone, standing for warm, cool and neutral. The best way to find out your undertone is to look at the underside of your wrist. If the veins there are mostly blue or purple, you’ll lean towards cooler hues, while greens indicate a warmer tone. An even mix of both suggests you’re a neutral.

If you really aren’t sure and you’re definitely interested you can pop into one of the stores that currently carries the range such as Oxford Street or Liverpool Spa and a staff member there will be happy to help you match your shade. I currently use 8N as my skin is relatively light with neutral undertones, though when I’m slightly more tan I’ll use 9W or a mixture of both for a more sun-kissed finish.

I’m super impressed with my (now second) Slapstick. I had a few issues at first with it melting slightly in the hotter temperatures and applying way too much when I was getting used to it but now I use it almost every day (or at least whenever I wear make-up). The best thing about it is just how versatile it is, you can use it to contour, to conceal or for total coverage and obviously all this comes at no cost to the environment as even the wax seal is biodegradable. You can find and purchase the range here at the Lush UK website, I’m sure you won’t regret it.

Ingredients (Slapstick)

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Candelilla Wax, Glycerine, Organic Jojoba Oil, Silica, Sunflower Wax, Oat Kernel Oil, Orange Peel Wax, Rose Wax, Argan Oil, Talc, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Cetearyl Alcohol, CI77492, CI77491, C177499, Black Wax

Ingredients (Wax Seal)

Black Wax, Perfume, Rose Absolute, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellal, Geraniol, Linalool

Face Powders, Make Up

Emotional Brilliance Translucent Face Powder

Lush have recently been redesigning their entire make up range and we’re seeing solid foundations, naked highlighters, naked lipsticks and many more amazing and innovative products on offer whilst most of their previous make up products have been discontinued. However one thing that made the cut into the new range is Emotional Brilliance Face Powder. Emotional Brilliance was also the name of the core make up range that has now been phased out.

As a face powder, Emotional Brilliance is to be used after make up for a flawless finish. Saying that, it works just as well on your skin when you aren’t wearing make up and you can apply straight to the skin for a matte effect and to help even out the skin tone.

Emotional Brilliance is made up of Talc, Synthetic Mica and Tapioca Starch, and because of these powders’ absorbent properties, these are what gives you the smooth matte effect as they absorb the excess oils on the skin. Lush use Synthetic Mica in their products as opposed to natural mica because of concerns over child labour in its mining. Synthetic Mica is also purer and brighter than natural mica, and has a more uniform finish without any sharp edges making it perfect for use in make up products. A particular issue with the commercial use of talc is that it supposedly causes cancer, as well as the chances that it might be contaminated with asbestos. However Lush’s talc supplier uses a set of strict techniques to ensure that their talc is safe for cosmetic use.

Other than that, this mineral powder also contains Jojoba Oil, which is why you’ll find that Emotional Brilliance doesn’t seem at all drying for the skin. Jojoba Oil is very similar to the skin’s own sebum, allowing it to be readily absorbed into the skin without clogging the pores, and balances out the oil production also.

Although it’s translucent, Lush have ben called out for not being inclusive with this powder, so you’ll be pleased to know that they’ve recently released two extra powders for darker skin tones currently exclusive to the new Liverpool Spa store. Furthermore, you might not realise it, but the pot that Emotional Brilliance comes in can be traded in as part of Lush’s five black pot recycling scheme! So make sure you’re saving it for your free face mask!

I’m super impressed with this powder, I’ve been using it for a while now and it really suits my skin and looks great over the make up I wear. I know it’s slightly on the expensive side but you can always ask lush to give you a little sample so you can try it out for yourself!

Check it out here on the Lush UK website!


Talc, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tapioca Starch, Organic Jojoba Oil, Colour 77491, Colour 77499