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Karen Murrell Natural Lipsticks – review and swatches

Having been overseas for the past wee while I hadn’t heard of Karen Murrell skincare and makeup, so was intrigued when the gorgeously packaged Karen Murrell lipsticks arrived in my post-box.

Karen Murrell lippies are  ‘vegetarian lipsticks’- the range has no animal based materials or testing and even the packaging is eco-friendly, with 100% recyclable and renewable boxes made from NZ trees, and canisters that compost and return to mother earth within 100 days once they’re buried!

These are the four new shades of Karen Murrell natural ‘vegetarian’ lipsticks and they are just lovely! Two in particular jumped out for me; Karen Murrell Fuchsia Shock lipstick and Karen Murrell Coral Dawn lipstick.

Karen Murrell vegetarian Fuchsia Shock lipstick

Karen Murrell vegetarian Fuchsia Shock lipstick

Karen Murrell Fuchsia Shock lipstick is  a gorgeous bright fuchsia lipstick, very similar in colour to MAC Forever Love! lipstick.

Karen Murrell Fuchsia Shock lipstick swatch

Karen Murrell Fuchsia Shock lipstick swatch

As well as a gorgeous highly pigmented colours, all of the Karen Murrell lipsticks have a gorgeous cinammon-fresh fragrance and a really smooth no-drag consistency.

Karen Murrell lipsticks on - L: Fuchsia Shock and R: Coral Dawn

Karen Murrell lipsticks on - L: Fuchsia Shock and R: Coral Dawn

Karen Murrell Coral Dawn is a beautiful bright red-orange lipstick.

Karen Murrell Coral Dawn lipstick swatch

Karen Murrell Coral Dawn lipstick swatch

In real-life it’s a bit brighter than it looks in the pictures, but it isn’t as highly pigmented as some lipsticks, so doesn’t give as full coverage, as for example my Rimmel Kate Moss Coral lipstick.

Karen Murrell Coral Dawn lipstick

Karen Murrell Coral Dawn lipstick

The two other new Karen Murrell lipstick colours are more subtle than these two, a soft sandy beige called Sand Storm and a pale carnation pink called (appropriately!) Carnation Mist.

Karen Murrell Carnation Mist lipstick

Karen Murrell Carnation Mist lipstick

Karen Murrell Carnation Mist lipstick is a perfect natural pink for my colouring it’s so pretty!

Karen Murrell Carnation Mist lipstick swatch

Karen Murrell Carnation Mist lipstick swatch

I wore my Karen Murrell lippie for the whole day on Sunday (I chose Fuchsia Shock) and the texture is beautifully creamy and not at all drying, it’s felt like wearing a lip balm all day!

Karen Murrell lipstick: L: Carnation Mist lipstick and R: Sandstorm lipstick

Karen Murrell lipstick: L: Carnation Mist lipstick and R: Sandstorm lipstick

Karen Murrell Sandstorm lipstick is my least favourite, purely because the colour just does absolutely nothing for me! You can see in the pic above I look so ridiculously washed out with it on! I think it would look lovely on those ladies lucky enough to have a darker complexion, however!

Karen Murrell Sand Storm lipstick swatch

Karen Murrell Sand Storm lipstick swatch

Karen Murrell natural lipsticks cost $29.95 and are available at selected pharmacies and health food stores across New Zealand.

Karen Murrell Sand Storm lipstick

Karen Murrell Sand Storm lipstick

For more information or to locate your nearest stockist, pop over to the Karen Murrell site.