Confession time. When I learned that one of my ANFGB brands was going to be Axiology Beauty, I was a little taken aback. It’s not that I wasn’t excited to discover a new brand or that the products didn’t look decidedly gorgeous. The problem was that I am not exactly a lipstick person. Sure, I love makeup, but as you can probably tell by this blog, this love takes a second seat to my obsession with skincare. And though I love the iconic sexiness of a slick tube of lipstick and fully appreciate the seductive power of a strong, red lip, I often feel that lipstick ages me. To make matters worse, my features are fairly strong and, coupled with my dark coloring, my beloved red lipstick can make me look (and I quote my mother here) “like a prostitute”. Still, although 9 times out of ten I will go for a smoky eye rather than a bold lip, I think lipstick is incredibly fun and, thanks to green beauty, I managed to amass an arsenal of gorgeous and flattering colors. Of course, this meant that these new lipsticks had an even bigger hurdle to overcome: I hardly ever wear lipstick and when I do, I am spoiled for choice. Or so I thought…
The first thing that struck me about Axiology lipsticks was their packaging. The cool triangular outer packaging in textured paper houses a sleek, matte gold tube and the lipstick pops out by pressing on the bottom. It’s original, sexy and functional – no more lipstick tops popping off in the bottom of a purse. What? Does that only happen to me? Whatever, my purses are really, really messy. The formula on these lipsticks is also on point: they are vegan, completely clean and full of nourishing oils like avocado, castor, coconut and grape seed, as well as mango butter and a few other fab ingredients. With all that, it’s no surprise that they feel super gentle and very hydrating on the lips.
When I checked out the colors, however, my heart sank a little. All of the shades had a fair amount of shimmer and I do NOT like shimmery lipstick. Gloss, sure! But I always felt that in lipstick it reads a little old lady-ish. You guys. I was so, so wrong.
The three colors I have are Fundamental (a dark, orange-leaning red), Intrinsic (a gold nude) and Noble (a shimmery pink). I figured that there might be a chance that Noble would look good on me and boy, did it! Although it looks like a bright-pink in photographs, it’s actually a very soft, natural-looking pink; the classic “your lips, but better” color. My mother who pretty much hates me in all lipstick and is most likely the source of my lippie shyness (I should probably address this in therapy) oohed and aahed for a few minutes before telling me that I should make sure to repurchase it when it runs out. Now, you must understand: these days my family basically threatens to disown me whenever I buy any beauty product, so this isn’t just big. It’s huge.
Intrinsic is pure Ursula Andress: sexy, gilded/bronzy with a Swinging 60s beach babe vibe. It’s absolutely perfect with a tan and would suit a variety of complexions, though I don’t quite agree with the description on the Axiology website that says it would “look naturally beautiful on everyone”. Although it looked sexy and summer-perfect on me, it made my mother look like a zombie. By the way, I posted a picture of me in Intrinsic on Instagram if you fancy seeing it in action.
As for Fundamental, I worried that it might be too dark/orangey to suit my skin tone, but lo! the Englishman absolutely loved it. As for me, I adore its slight 90s vibe and think that for my skin tone it’s the perfect alternative to a classic red: still strong and bold, but not quite as “hey there, sailor!” I feel like it does make my lips look a tiny bit thinner, but that’s really a dark lipstick issue, rather than one inherent to this particular color and I think most people who don’t have my hangups about lipstick wouldn’t even notice it.
It’s funny, but writing about these lipsticks actually makes want to put them on. They are just that lovely. I think they might just turn me into a girl who always has a tube of lipstick in her purse. Oh and by the way, if your tastes lean towards the edgy and the gothy, Axiology is, as far as I know, the only green brand to make blue, black, and purple lipsticks. My clubkid teenage self is absolutely swooning.
I bet you want to know more about the super-cool and totally brilliant woman behind this awesomeness, right? Well, you’re in luck! I was able to ask a few questions of the fabulous Ericka Rodriguez and her answers are just as great as you’d expect. So here, without further ado, is Ericka.