I don't think I've mentioned before how much I love Ilia Beauty's packaging; such elegant and simple tubes, and even better - they're recycled aluminum. And, of course, they make a pretty little collection. I liked Ink Pot, one of their lipsticks, and was hopeful for their tinted lip conditioner.
full ingredients list can be found here).
|Wearing These Days on its own, applied at...lipstick strength? (A few passes).|
|MAC Living Legend (matte, LE) applied over Ilia Beauty These Days. I love this combination! Living Legend on its own is a little severe (especially when I'm pale), but it's a "wearable" vamp when softened with These Days.|
However, I will mention that the lipstick bullet broke off at the base the first time I tried to apply it. I'm pretty careful, and the bullet isn't overly soft, so I'm not sure if it's just a result of it being delivered on a hot summer day - I didn't try it on the same day, and our house has AC. I managed to firmly press the bullet back into the plastic base within the tube, but it's a little banged up and smashed from pressing into the rim when I tried to apply it; the bullet wobbles now and occasionally needs to be pressed back in. A shame, but I'm hopeful that it's not a common issue, as I haven't read or heard any other complaints about it. Just...be careful and don't destroy your beauty! Ha!
These Days is $26 and can be purchased on Ilia Beauty's website here. I appreciate that it actually delivers on the "lip conditioner" promises; many "tinted" lip treatments can't be distinguished from lipsticks, but this one does seem to have an extra oomph in texture and feel. They have a version with sunscreen now - totally eying that up, since they were successful with this!