Lately I've been happy to discover some really great natural and organically sourced makeup alternatives and I'm happy to introduce you today to yet another one. With all the news stories of environmental degradation and animal cruelty out there, we as consumers should try to seek more ethical, or at least honest, companies to fulfill our daily wants and needs. I'm not a total tree-hugger, but if I can have the choice to purchase something that's better for the environment and for my skin, then it's a bit of a no-brainer isn't it?
Da Lish Cosmetics is a Canadian skincare and makeup company that seeks to be that viable alternative to artificial, big corp cosmetics brands. The company began less than 10 years ago, when founder Melanie Cruickshank began cooking up her own cosmetics in her kitchen and distributing them to friends and family. Her products became so popular, that soon she had to expand and Da Lish was born.
Having grown up on a farm, it was important to Cruickshank to know what was in her makeup. All Da Lish products are manufactured in Canada and without the use of phthalates, parabens, petrochemicals, GMOs, gluten and sulfates. Da Lish is available primarily online at the moment, and only in physical stores across BC, Nova Scotia and Ontario.
I recently got introduced to Da Lish when I visited the Lynn Steven boutique in Vancouver's historic Gastown neighborhood. If you haven't been to Lynn Steven before, then you simply must. It's one of my favourite stores in Vancouver as it's always filled to the brim with beautiful clothes, jewelry and beauty products, many of which are organic or contain natural ingredients.
As part of my visit to Lynn Steven, I got a complimentary tube of the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm. This multi-use balm can be used as both a lip and cheek pigment and comes in a variety of shades:
- Dusty Rose, for fair to medium skin
- Coral, for all skin tones
- Bubble Gum Pink, for all skin tones
- Bronzer, for contouring
- Deep Plum, for all skin tones
75% of the ingredients in the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm are naturally sourced and contain antioxidants to help skin maintain its youthful glow.
It's always fun to peek into ingredients for makeup that doubles as skincare, so let's dive right in! The primary ingredients in the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm are:
- Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil - a rich, natural emollient
- Caprylic/capric triglycerides - a common emollient
- Copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax - gives this balm its waxy, solid texture
- Cetyl alcohol - an emulsifier with emollient properties. Can be derived from natural or petrochemical sources, so I'm assuming the former in this case!
Other ingredients of note are cetyl palmitate (moisturizer), beeswax, sunflower seed oil (moisturizer) and rosemary leaf extract (antioxidant).
Price & Packaging
A single 5.75 ml tube of the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm costs around $15. I like how the packaging is transparent so you can see how much product you have left as well as what color it is. The size of the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm is much closer to that of a lip balm, has a twist-up dispenser and is a skinny oval shape that fits well to the lips, but not so much for the cheeks.
Pigmentation & Texture as a Blush
The shade I received to try was Bubble Gum Pink, which is a fun medium pink with rosy undertones. It's the perfect shade for my medium skin tone as it matches the natural flush of my cheeks and lips.
With all its emollients, I thought the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm would be quite soft and balmy, but it's actually harder than I thought it would be. I guess the carnauba and beeswax really come through in this product as it felt more waxy than anything.
As a cheek color, I found the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm a little tricky to apply. The hardness of the balm made the color apply a bit streaky, although I found that it blended pretty nicely with my fingers once it warmed up. I definitely would apply this product last because if you apply it to skin that has freshly applied foundation, then you're likely to rub your foundation right off. That's one reason why I don't like creamy or stick blushes as much as I'm always paranoid about them disrupting my foundation. Alternately, you could use your fingers or a cream blush brush to dab color onto your cheeks and then gently blend it out, but I found this method to take longer to apply.
Once on, the color of the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm seems very bright, but I think that might be due to my rubbing my skin to blend it out. The end result is that the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm fades down to a very subtle, pinky glow. These photos definitely don't do it justice as you can't tell it's there at all, but trust me it is! If you want a finish that's truly subtle and as close to a "rosy from within" glow as I've ever been able to get, than this is the blush for you.
Pigmentation & Texture as a Lipstick
Since stick blushes aren't really my thing, I actually preferred the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm as a lipstick. The term MLBB (My Lips But Better) is way overused, but I can't think of any term that describes the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm better. It really does brighten up my lips and makes them a gorgeous summery pink with a slight pearlescent shimmer thanks to its light-reflecting pigments. While I love how it looks on me, the color is semi-sheer so it might look differently depending on your natural lip color (for reference, mine are kinda like a dusty rose).
The one thing I really didn't like about using the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm as a lipstick was that it has that chalky texture that seems to exist in all lip/cheek sticks I've ever tried, so it settles into lines like crazy. If you apply this with your fingers to bare lips, then top it with gloss or balm, it looks a little better, but if you have dry or flaky lips, don't even bother!
With the hot weather, my skin's been oilier than normal so it breaks down this product that much faster. I seem to get only a few hours wear time out of the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm as a blush and less that as a lip color.
Buy - although I'm not a fan of lip/cheek products and therefore wouldn't likely purchase this one again, I think it's a great product for what it is and very affordable. I love the shade Bubble Gum Pink and the pigmentation and wear of the Da Lish Lip/Cheek Balm is on par to much more expensive, similar products.