Wednesday, December 1, 2010

REVIEW: Cancer Council Australia Lipsticks with SPF 30

It's December (how fast does time race by?!?!) - and that means its officially summer here in Australia - except the weather is anything but summer in Sydney. I woke up to the sound of raindrops and the temperature is currently sitting at 19 degrees. To be honest, I am not really complaining since I get to sleep in for an extra 2 hours (as I am on my annual leave to study for my CFA paper on Sunday) and laze around in my sweatshirt, not so good for studying though cos my bed is constantly calling out for me for a little snuggle under the sheets. I should be studying now as I type this blog post away - clearly I am good with my priorities. 

ANYWAYS, back to the topic of SUMMER. ( I am pretty good in digressing, ain't I?) Summer means spending most of your free time under the sun, tanning yourself to get that gorgeous sunkissed tan. 
While we all enjoy tanning ourselves ( yours truly is one of them), we should not ignore the fact that Australia has one of the highest skin cancer rates in the world. Each year, over 1850 Australians will die from skin cancer and at least 2 in 3 Australians will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. [source

This is why when Roberta from Cancer Council Australia contacted me a month ago to help spreadthe slip, slop, slap, seek and slide message with my readers, I agreed straight away. She even offered to send me a few Cancer Council's SPF30+ beauty products ( to be exact - tinted moisturizers and lipsticks) for trials and review purposes. 

REMEMBER: Everyone in Australia is at risk of developing skin cancer due to high levels of UV radiation throughout the year. 

I will go into further details about the tinted moisturizer when I review them, but today's review is going to be on the lipsticks. =) Simply because I am a lipstick junkie =P

The Cancer Council Australia Lipstick range is pretty small with only 8 shades available. 

According to Cancer Council VIC,  "our lipsticks are one of a small number of SPF30+ lipstick ranges on the market (most lipsticks on the market have a minimum sun protection factor rating of SPF15+). Our lipsticks also have a built-in moisturiser."

Let's take a look at the swatches for the 3 shades that I was sent before going into a detailed review:

L - R: Bougainvillea, Soft Pink, Aztec Berry



WITH flash
Its more of a nude than pink to me and I am sure many of you agree with me. The actual shade is slightly darker than the pictures. Soft pink will be THE one for you, if you're looking for something nude but doesn't wash you out. 

WITH flash
Bougainvillea is a bright pink colour, which is a big tick in my books. The swatches are quite true to the actual colour for Bougainvillea. This is a pretty bold and bright colour and probably explains why I seldom wear it to work. Low key, kids! 

WITH flash
Also a bold coloured lipstick, Aztec Berry is slightly darker and less attention-catching. This is the lipstick you should carry around in your make up pouch to add a dash of colour if you decided to go out after work. It's not too OTT eye-catching but will definitely brighten up your look. This is what I did for Nuffnang Christmas Party. =) 

Now, moving on to the review:

PRODUCT (5/5):
As you can probably tell from the photos above already, these lipsticks are definitely the MOST moisturizing lipsticks I have ever owned. I kid you not. It feels incredibly smooth and glides on your lips easily. It feels like a coloured lip balm to me. The colours are pretty pigmented too (I have only swatched once on my hand swatch) and they last for a good few hours. As for the smell, these lipsticks are not scented and it doesn't have a distinct "typical lipstick smell" (if you know what I am talking about). 

PRICE (4/5):
Pricing at RRP of $14.95, I would say that this is pretty decent for Australian standard. A Rimmel Lipstick costs around $10 here and approximately $17 for a Maybelline Colour Sensational Lipstick. I mean com'on, its SUPER moisturizing and it has SPF 30. =)

Being a sucker for pretty packaging (which is probably 90% of the female population out there), there's really nothing much to shout about the packaging besides "simple and plain". It's just a plain silver casing with the Cancer Council Australia logo printed on it. The name of the lip colour is not even engraved on the casing but a sticker on the casing. But it doesn't bother me of course - I mean pretty packaging scores extra brownie points but at the end of the day, the product still matter the most.

Not any time soon but I will if I am not placing a lipstick ban on myself due to the overwhelming lipstick collection I own at the moment. 

You can either purchase these lipsticks ONLINE *click* OR check out the Cancer Council Australia stockists at the following suburbs all across Australia:

  • NSWRouse Hill ,Penrith,Kotara, Warringah Mall, Brookvale, Hornsby, Chatswood, Bondi, Miranda
  • QLD: Fortitude Valley 
  • VIC: Carlton
  • SA: Adelaide
  • WA: Subiaco
  • NT: Wanguri
I am sorry but I don't know the exact location of the Cancer Council Australia shops. Try googling it or somethingg =) 

Are any of you actually aware of the beauty products (with high SPFs) offered by The Cancer Council Australia? 
( I most certainly don't until Roberta contacted me! Jojoba from My MakeUp Reviews did a review on these products not too long ago. )

If you are, have you tried any of their products?

DISCLAIMER:  These lipsticks are sent to be for trial and review purposes. I am not getting paid for this review neither am I affiliated with them. All opinions stated here are 100% honest. 



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Pop Champagne said...

I've been only buying cosmetics with SPF in it too, just because you never know! better to be safe than get skin cancer. Those lip stick colors look fab on you btw

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