From Los Angeles to London (and now Australia and NZ), British award-winning green beauty brand Lily Lolo is taking over the world! Cruelty-free, clean and ethically produced, it's become one of the most sought-after mineral makeup brands because of its flawless and skin-friendly application. And let's not forget its inclusivity! 90% of Lily Lolo’s range is vegan and its holy grail mineral foundation comes in no less than 20 shades. We stan.
And while there has been a flood of ‘clean’ makeup brands entering the market lately, it’s comforting to know that Lily Lolo has stood the test of time. Launching all the back in 2005 when the concept of makeup free of harsh chemicals, dyes, artificial fragrances and preservatives was barely a thing, its mineral makeup range became immediate best sellers because of one very simple thing: it looks BOMB on your skin! Since then, it’s expanded its range to include lipsticks, mascaras, eyeshadow palettes, blush, bronzers and BB creams. There’s a whole world of Lily Lolo for you to love.
Try the difference! Kanvas Beauty is expanding its stocked range of Lily Lolo every month. Let’s go through some of our favourite products below.
FIRST, THE BASICS: WHAT IS MINERAL MAKEUP FOUNDATION AND HOW DOES IT DIFFER TO NORMAL FOUNDATION?
The big selling point of Mineral Foundation is that it is usually cleaner and more ‘natural’ than conventional foundations. Generally made without questionable ingredients such as talc, mineral oils, alcohols and preservatives, they are a solid choice for the conscious consumer or for sensitive skin. Instead, mineral foundations use a formula composed of natural minerals such as mica, zinc and titanium oxide (the latter two also being popular physical UV filters) which are milled to a powder. Because Lily Lolo isn’t too finely milled to clog pores, it’s also one of the better foundations to opt for if you have breakout-prone skin. Of course, mineral foundations also come in cream and liquid formulas, so you can choose your preferred texture. We think Lily Lolo has an edge, however: some mineral formulas can feel a little crude. But despite being natural and not containing the usual ingredients that make for a smooth application, Lily Lolo’s range still produces an extremely high quality finish!
LILY LOLO MINERAL FOUNDATION: STARTING WITH THE ORIGINAL
When a vegan mineral foundation has been a bestseller since the day it dropped and has won too many awards to count, you know it's good! Lily Lolo's iconic Mineral Foundation creates a base that looks and feels like your best-ever skin. This high performance, water resistant and non-comedogenic SPF15 mineral foundation looks good on anyone (even blemish-prone skin). Finely-milled but not pore-clogging, it'll buff to a lightweight and beautifully real finish. Using the Kabuki Brush, you can control your level of coverage, which is what makes this product so versatile. Opt for a flawless finish on a night out, or just dust it in light circles for a more natural daytime look. Without any bronzer or highlighter on top, the finish is matte – but not cakey or powdery (hooray!).
Now, here’s our favourite thing about Lily Lolo Foundation: you don’t need to dread what your skin will look like the next morning. Hey, we’ve all been there! When you spend a night absolutely slaying in a full face of makeup, many of us (especially if you’re prone to breakouts) are largely resigned to getting a pimple (or few) the next day. Possibly because of its minimalist ingredients or ultra-light, breathable coverage, it won’t leave your skin in a revenge-seeking state. Makes sure you wash off your makeup with a good oil cleanser at the end of the day, of course, but sleep easy knowing Lily Lolo is very kind on skin.
LILY LOLO CREAM FOUNDATION: DEWY COVERAGE FOR DRY SKIN
If powder isn’t really your thing or if you have skin on the dry side, then you’re going to want to be wearing Lily Lolo’s Cream Foundation. We think it’s an excellent dupe for MAC’s Cream Compact Foundation, minus the potentially irritating ingredients like polyethylene. As with the rest of its cosmetics, Lily Lolo’s Cream Foundation is clean, vegan and cruelty-free. Infused with jojoba and argan oils, the nourishing formula slides over dry and sensitive skin to provide medium, buildable coverage with a radiant finish. You can apply it with a brush, fingers or sponge, and it is just as friendly to skin as the mineral powder version (forgot to wash my face and fell asleep still wearing it by mistake, can confirm!).
LILY LOLO BB CREAM: DEWY SKIN IN DRY CONDITIONS
Voted by Marie Claire as the best natural BB Cream on the market, Lily Lolo's BB Cream is particularly good because it’s silicone-free. While silicone is actually a harmless ingredient that can enhance the texture of a product, it doesn’t always suit oilier skin types because it can function as an occlusive. Hence, this vegan beauty balm won’t irritate sensitive or acne-prone skin. Packed with nourishing ingredients (such as vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and aloe), it’s great for light, soft coverage and finishes slightly dewy. Check out this honest and balanced Lily Lolo BB Cream review from The Styleshaker here. Our only gripe is that the shades – while dotted across a wide range, are still fairly limited at 5. Check out the Lily Lolo BB Cream swatches below.
HONOURABLE MENTION #1: LILY LOLO MASCARA
Coming soon to Kanvas Beauty, Lily Lolo’s award-winning Natural Mascara is considered an eco dupe for Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara. Defining and lengthening, it adds surprisingly decent volume without the major clump factor.
HONOURABLE MENTION #2: LILY LOLO EYESHADOW
Lily Lolo’s Mineral Eyeshadows, Pressed Shadows and Palettes come in a ‘UUUGE variety of colours to suit a whole range of looks an undertones. The pigments are great too – these aren’t the type of shades that fall flat on darker skin! Note that in the Mineral Eyeshadow range, all the shades are vegan except for Golden Lilac and Black Sand. In the Pressed Eyeshadow range, all are vegan with the exception of Peekaboo. Our favourite shade? Lily Lolo’s Pressed Eye Shadow in Buttered Up. It’s great on fairer tones as an eye-opener, or on darker tones at the corners.
HONOURABLE MENTION #3: LILY LOLO LIPSTICK
Rich, velvety and strongly pigmented, Lily Lolo’s Vegan Lipstick come in 10 versatile and flattering shades. If you’re looking for a more sheer kissed look, Lily Lolo offers a small Natural Lipstick range (containing beeswax) of 3 colours, which have a more satiny finish.
THE FAST FACTS
Q: Is Lily Lolo a good brand? A: Kanvas Beauty can certainly vouch for it – the fact that this clean beauty brand achieved cult status with its Mineral Foundation and remains a best-seller in the highly competitive Mineral Makeup market today means it’s doing more than a few things right. On a more personal level though, the answer to that question depends on how your skin responds. Our own experience suggests Lily Lolo is one of the best foundation brands for sensitive and congestion-prone skin that might not otherwise react well to more conventional brands.
Q: Where is Lily Lolo made? A: Lily Lolo is made in the UK, and was founded by British-based Vikki Khan. She actually got the tongue twisting name for the brand by naming it after her sisters, Lisa (Lily) and Lorraine (Lolo)!
Q: How to apply Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation? A: UseLily Lolo’s Super Kabuki Brush for a flawless application. And don't worry - the lockable sifter means no spills or mess! Before you start, ensure that moisturiser is fully absorbed into the skin. Because it’s a powder foundation, it’ll need a clean, dry palette for the most even application. Sprinkle a little foundation into the lid of your jar. Using your Super Kabuki brush, swirl into the minerals to pick up product and tap off excess. Starting where coverage is needed most, apply in circular, buffing motions. Continue applying in light layers until your desired coverage is achieved.
Q: How do you apply Lily Lolo Concealer? A: Lily Lolo’s Mineral Concealer is applied much in the same way as its Mineral Foundation, but just on the areas you want to highlight (i.e. under the eyes, on the browbone and the cheekbone).Applying concealer after rather than before your foundation will mean you will use less and it should produce a lighter, more natural finish. If your concealer is a little light, try shaking a little of your Mineral Foundation shade in and mixing. For a more precise application, use a concealer brush or sponge, shake off the excess and apply where needed in small circular motions.
Q: Is Lily Lolo really sustainable and all-natural? A: There’s no universal standard or definition of what’s considered ‘natural’ when it comes to cosmetics. However, Lily Lolo is ultra-clean in that it is free from parabens, sulfates, phthalates, PEGs, mineral oils, synthetic dyes, plastics, and any other harsh chemical you can think of. It also employs large concentrations of its featured natural ingredients (all of which are responsibly sourced). This means you can enjoy your Lily Lolo makeup with a clean conscience!
Q: Where can I buy Lily Lolo online in Australia and NZ? A: Now you already know the answer to that! And if you’re still not sure, keep scrolling😉
FIND LILY LOLO PRODUCTS ONLINE IN AUSTRALIA AT KANVAS BEAUTY
You can shop Lily Lolo Australia online right here on Kanvas Beauty! And stay tuned…Lily Lolo mascaras will soon be making their debut.
We ship Australia-wide, including all the major cities (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide and Canberra). Enjoy free standard shipping with any purchase over $50, and free express shipping with any order over $99. If you’re new to Kanvas Beauty, take an additional $20 off your first order with us (use code WELCOME20 at checkout).
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