Being completely honest here, I was drawn to this lipstick probably for the same reason you are drawn to this review. That one little word, “handmade,” intrigued me immensely. While I know it is distinctly possible to make your own lipstick, usually it isn’t quite in the consistency you could put in a tube. So to see a tubed model and knowing that handmade can be pretty synonymous with natural, I wanted to check it out.
SOZGE Handmade Matte Lipstick intrigued me enough to buy it with just its name, but how does it hold up as an actual product? I like handmade lipsticks, but I don’t have the time or want to put in the effort to doing it, though with sensitive lips, I probably should.
The first thing you should note is the colors. They are as bright as all get out, and with only six color choices, they might be a bit too bright for everyday use, but they certainly make a statement. However, the real thing you need to watch out for with handmade cosmetics is that the consistency and colors may vary. It isn’t mass produced with machinery, after all, so every tube will be different. In fact, the major complaint I’m seeing is the inconsistency. Some tubes glide on beautifully, some tubes are too dry, some tubes need a powder finish to stop it from bleeding, but it is actually cheap enough that the gamble as worth it.
As for the ingredients, it has a pretty short list of them and none of them are chemicals and it states that all of them are organic. It uses beeswax, jojoba oil, sweet almost oil, African shea butter, and it puts specific emphasis on using jasmine wax which gives it a slight spiced smell, but not overwhelmingly so. There is one thing that bothers me. All of those sound like great ways to get a certain consistency, but none of them sound like coloring agents. The product description states that is doesn’t use dyes, but… How is it colored? I went on the hunt, but I can’t find it. Apparently SOZGE doesn’t have a website and even CosDNA doesn’t have any data on it. While it didn’t irritate my lips, who knows what it uses to color it, because I sure don’t. This means it might irritate yours, but I have literally no data to work with.
So while it can be a great lipstick, this one can also be a gamble. Not only are your working with the fact that your tube might not have the same consistency or color as my tube, but we both have no idea what colors the lipstick itself and if it might irritate your sensitive lips. Are you a gambler, willing to put your lip sensitivities on this product? I’d say the odds are in your favor when compared to some other products, but if you want to roll the dice, that is up to you.