Neek is a vegan and natural range based in Australia that was founded by Angelique, her nickname as a child was Neek, because for a toddler Angelique is a bit of a mouthful. Angelique also had an allergy to parabens, so she started exploring making her own products and so Neek was born. The range is a relatively small one, but it has some skincare and a range of natural and vegan lipsticks.
I was sent three shades of the lipsticks to review and I was instantly drawn to the bamboo outer packaging, it says on the Neek website that they use recycled packaging which is wonderful and the look of the products makes them standout from anything else in my collection.
Although Neek calls these lipsticks, I found them to be more of a lip tint, more pigmented than a tinted balm but offering a sheerer wash of colour than you would from a lipstick. I don’t say that as a negative at all, the finish is very pretty on the lips and the application fool proof, so perfect for everyday.
I was sent three shades; Shine on – Is a clear balm/gloss, perfect over the top of other shades or just to add some moisture. This is the new look version which has a pink bullet. I was also sent two of the new lipstick shades. Mystify – Is a brown with a slight pink undertone, it has a nineties retro feel to it but is actually a lot more wearable than it looks in the bullet thanks to the finish. I must admit when I first received it I didn’t think I would be able to wear it all, so I am pleased to be proven wrong. Kiss me Kiss me – Is a bright fuchsia pink which really perks up the complexion. It is a fun colour, but again wearable thanks to the sheer finish.
The lipsticks can be built up a little bit by adding several layers, but I prefer to wear them as a sheer wash of colour. The formula is smooth once on the lips but can feel a little waxy straight out of the bullet. I think this is because of the vegan formula, vegan waxes like candelila can feel a little grainy. The ingredients list is full of nourishing and healthy plant oils such as avocado and jojoba, so they do nourish the lips as well as adding colour.
Although I love the packaging, I don’t really trust it to stay shut in my handbag, as you don’t get that satisfying click you get with other lipsticks. I find popping them in a small compartment where they didn’t have much room to move solved that issue for me, so it isn’t a major problem at all.
The lipsticks cost £15.99 on the Neek website or they are available at Love Lula* for £15. Although I enjoyed them I do find the price a little high for what you are getting, that said they are in line with a lot of other natural and organic lip products and I haven’t seen many vegan lipsticks that are less expensive than that. So that is personal preference.
Overall I liked the quality ingredients, fun colours and ethos that Neek has. Have you tried these lipsticks? Do you have a favourite?