Antipodes Lipstick review

Antipodes are a natural beauty brand that has been around for some time, well known for it’s effective products that offer great value for money. The brand comes from New Zealand and founder Elizabeth Barbalich uses the tag line “Scientifically validated skincare” to describe the brands natural led approach that focuses on achieving results.

Although the skincare range has been around for some time the brand has more recently started to expand in to make up with foundations and now colour cosmetics. When I saw the lipsticks range I was really curious to try them, the range features twelve shades in a selection of colours from berries, reds to nudes and brighter colours. Antipodes are marketing these as “so healthy you could eat them”, yes really, I did giggle at that one too.

Antipodes Lipstick – South Pacific Coral £19.99 for 4 grams*


I only have one shade to show you, South Pacific Coral which is a beautiful coral which leans more towards pink. The pigmentation is lovely, it glides on the lips and feels comfortable with a creamy finish, not too matte but also not shimmery which is a complaint I have about a lot of natural lipsticks. I knew once this one had arrived that I would want to try more and the other shades have gone firmly on the wish list, it’s really quite gorgeous.

South Pacific Coral is a really nice bright shade but at the same time remains wearable for someone like me who doesn’t usually go all out on colour. The ingredients include evening primrose oil and avocado oil, they are obviously mineral oil and paraben free but it should be noted that to achieve these shades they are using some synthetic pigments. They are registered with the vegetarian society but are not vegan as they are using beeswax in the formula (no carmine though!).

This is a beautiful natural lipstick with good ingredients, nice packaging and stay power on the lips. The shade range has something for everyone and the shade I tried was really flattering. Overall a big hit for me, the price tag is in line with other natural lipsticks. We do pay a premium for avoiding mineral oil unfortunately, but overall I feel it is worth it to support brands with excellent ingredients and ethics. 

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Ana Green

Written by Ana – A beauty industry professional who is passionate about product and helping people navigate the marketing hype in the beauty industry.