Karen Murrell's self-named product line is a product line that has obtained ECOCERT certification for organic ingredients. Karen draws her inspiration from the natural beauty of her native New Zealand.
I was pleased to receive Karen’s elegant presentation box, which contained four lipsticks, a lip conditioner, and her skin and body care products. The outer boxes for the products are made of recycled paperboard and feature romantic, sensuous illustrations.
Over and over, I write that I am not a purist when it comes to cosmetics ingredients. When I try natural or organic cosmetics, I want to find out if they perform as well as conventional products. More often than not, I am disappointed.
When, however, I had read in Thread (NZ), that Karen Murrell lipsticks compare favorably with MAC in look and feel, I took notice.
Karen Murrell lipsticks. Credit: Thread (NZ)
I've said it before, I'll say it again: makeup-wise, there's nothing as glamorous as opaque lipstick with a creamy to demi-matte finish. And Karen's lipsticks have great color payoff. They compare favorably with other lipsticks, such as those from Australian Poppy King.
Here are swatches of Karen's first lipstick collection:
|Karen Murrell - the first lipstick collection|
Colors (L to R) are:
- Cordovan Natural (nude)
- Pink Starlet
- Red Shimmer – not as shimmery as the name might suggest, but that’s a plus: real reds should not be shimmery
- Violet Mousse
Watch out for an upcoming feature on Karen's latest lipstick shades: Coral Dawn, Carnation Mist, Sandstorm, and Fuchsia Shock.