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First Impression: Free Spirits Cosmetics

Free Spirits Cosmetics is a line created by one of our very own, Leandra Simmons. #rep246 Currently the range consists of Matte Lipsticks and Lip Stains in a variety of colours.

I was tardy to the party to pick up these lip products and suffered the consequences. A lot of the shades I wanted to try are sold out and some have even been discontinued (R.I.P 'Rum Punch'). At this time, to my knowledge, Free Spirits Cosmetics is carried locally at Celebrity Spot in Bridgetown and Metal and Black and White Boutiques in Sheraton Mall.

Free Spirits Cosmetics -
As seen in Metal Boutique

Free Spirits Cosmetics Lip Stains -
As seen in Black and White Boutique

The staff at Celebrity Spot told me their stock sold out in a day.

I purchased the 'Lolapop' lipstick and 'Coral Reef' lip stain for myself and the 'Thug Life' lip stain for Katrina because she was interested in trying a black lippie. Online you can purchase the Free Spirits Cosmetics line via The Fashion Junkie LLC.

'Lolapop' is a grey toned lavender lipstick that actually surprised me. The formula, while labelled as matte, is not Ruby Woo-esque which I greatly appreciate. I found it looked fine on its own, i.e. the colour didn't have to be manipulated with a liner to suit my complexion. The consistency of the lipstick lasts about the average length and does not stain. There was a faint scent to the product that was neither offensive nor pleasant (almost like a fainter type of L'Oreal scent). The colour 'Lolapop' could be worn sheer or built up to your desired opacity without looking chalky.

Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Lolapop' -

Personally, the packaging isn't my favourite; but that's just a colour preference thing. The top of the tube is transparent so that the colour of the product is visible.

Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Lolapop' -
Free Spirits Cosmetics packaging -

I appreciated that the tube was secured in plastic wrapping which ensure that the product wasn't tampered with.

Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Lolapop' -
Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Lolapop' swatch -
That's three passes of the product

Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Lolapop' swatch -

Technically this isn't a first impression for 'Lolapop' because I wore it to dinner since taking these initial photos.

Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Lolapop' swatch -

After eating and drinking it was totally gone but that's nothing a lil reapplication couldn't sort out. The lipstick wore comfortably and there was no bleeding outside my lip lines. I really like the colour on me and can safely say I have nothing else like it.

I choose the 'Coral Reef' Lip Stain from the remaining stock in Black and White Boutique and I honestly don't know why. I'm not a fan of orange/coral lip products on myself. That's why me falling in love with Tom Ford's Paradisco is such a big deal. Anyho...

Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Coral Reef' Lip Stain -
Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Coral Reef' Lip Stain -

Like the lipsticks, the Lip Stains also come enclosed a plastic seal. The ones on the lip stains have the added benefit of listing the ingredients. 10 points!

Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Coral Reef' Lip Stain -
Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Coral Reef' Lip Stain swatch -
One pass of the product

Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Coral Reef' Lip Stain swatch -

I think the Lip Stains are the outstanding product of the Free Spirits line. They are pigmented and available in some fun colours which would be great for those that are daring or for photoshoots. The consistency of the product is very opaque. One dip into the tube covers your lips. The doe foot applicator makes the product easy to spread and it doesn't separate or pool on the corners of the mouth (obviously provided you haven't applied too much). Katrina said that 'Thug Life' was: "opaque with one swipe, there was no uncomfortable dryness and there was only minimal transfer even after eating and drinking".

I did add a bit of brown lip liner in the photo above because I didn't like the look of the colour alone. But I imagine someone with a deeper or olive complexion would love this. And for the little time that I had 'Coral Reef' on it left a stain. The lip stain had a minty scent which I didn't initially expect (Peppermint Oil is the fourth product on the ingredients list). It didn't cause any irritation to my lips nor did it linger after application.

Free Spirits Cosmetics 'Coral Reef' Lip Stain -

Ingredients: (The packaging of the lip stain has 'LL Cream' :/ ) Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopheryl Acetate, [+/- (May Contain): Polyester-3, Mica (CI77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 22 lake (CI 45380), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360), Red 35 Lake (CI 17200), Red 36 (CI 12085), Red 40 Lake (CI 16035), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Yellow 10 Lake (CI 47005)] Net Wt. 3.5 g (0.12 oz) Made in USA. 12 M.

The lipsticks cost $35BDS and the lip stains cost $30BDS locally or you can get them from The Fashion Junkie for $25USD plus shipping. When you consider that some L'Oreal products are getting up in that $30+ range I don't think that's a bad price to support a local entrepreneur. I do think that $25USD is madness though so I shall be patiently stalking the local stores for when they restock. I really want to try the 'Caribbean Spice' lipstick and I wouldn't mind a nude lip stain either. 

Have you tried anything from Free Spirits Cosmetics? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

***update*** May 21, 2016 The online boutique The Fashion Junkie seems to be closed. Please visit Free Spirits Cosmetics Instagram page to find out how you can get their products.

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