There were claims floating around a few years ago about a study that showed women consume something like 3kgs/6lbs of lipstick in their lifetime.

I don't know how accurate that claim was, but considering the amount many women wear, it isn't surprising. You reapply a number of times during the day, and as you are wearing it on your lips, you are far more likely consume lipstick than any other product.

Many lipsticks contain a number of toxic ingredients such as parabens (endrocine disruption, allergies, immunotoxicity), FD&C colours (synthetic colours, believed to be carcinogenic), synthetic fragrance, and BHA (Cancer, ecotoxicology, endocrine disruption, allergies/immunotoxicity, organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), persistence and bioaccumulation) and heavy metals, just to name a few. 

Karen Murrell lipsticks contain only natural ingredients in rich, creamy formulas that nourish the lips and deliver high-impact colour.  

I don't really experiment much with different eye looks, but I do switch up my lipstick fairly often, so I'm always on the look out for new colours and brands.

Karen Murrell Lipstick in Racy Rata

I'm going to talk about the packaging first. It's always the first impression of a product, and I rate it almost equally with the contents. 

The Karen Murrell Lipsticks each come in a beautifully illustrated box (I almost don't want to throw it away). The lipstick itself is in a sleek, black tube (which I love) and feels of a lovely quality. Some lipstick bullets feel a bit flimsy, but I don't fear the cap coming off by accident in my purse with this at all.

All Karen Murrell Natural Lipsticks canisters are made from corn resin, so you can bury your canister in your backyard and it will start biodegrading into Mother Earth after 100 days. How amazing is that?! All packaging is made from 100 percent recyclable and renewable New Zealand and Australian trees, and printed using soya ink.

Formula & Colour

Karen Murrell say:

We’ve perfected a long-lasting lipstick made from natural ingredients that’s delicious to wear. With avocado oil, evening primrose oil, candelilla, carnauba wax, cinnamon and sweet orange your lips are treated with every application and the condition of your lips will improve the longer you wear our lipstick.

The lipstick is incredibly rich and creamy, and feels gorgeously hydrating to the lips. With bold colours I always apply, blot and repeat a few times to set, so I do end up with a matte finish, but the effect isn't at all drying. If I wanted extra moisture after doing this, I would apply a lip balm over the top. 

The colour builds up to opaque in just one layer, so if I don't want really intense colour, I don't need to worry about the extra application and lip balm. The lipstick in itself is nourishing enough even for me (I apply lip balm every couple of hours throughout the day if I'm not wearing another lip product, no matter the weather). 

Racy Rata is a highly pigmented, bright magenta berry hue. 
I was expecting it to be a slightly more muted berry shade - perhaps with more of a wine undertone, but the colour is gorgeous nonetheless. It has a slight blue undertone, but as always, shades reflect differently on different skin tones.

Finish & Wear Time

Racy Rata is a really lovely bold shade, with an almost velvety appearance. You can simply press it into your lips to create an all-day stain, or applied in 2-3 layers it has a beautiful, slightly glossy finish.

It isn't too glossy, as I find the creamier the formula, the more likely it is to slip around. 
If you like a super glossy finish, you will need a lip gloss over the top, but it certainly isn't a matte or satin finish. 

This has a lasting hold that fades evenly - a quick reapplication every 2-3 hours keeps it looking perfect (even around eating and drinking), and if you apply as I do whenever I'm wearing bold lipsticks, or plan on eating (apply, blot, apply, blot and repeat), your lips will remain stained all day long.  

I will also add that it is tasteless. Some lipsticks have an slightly icky flavour, but this doesn't have any. And it smells divine! 


Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Esters, Isopropyl Jojobate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Alcohol, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Limonene, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cinnamal, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter (Shea) , Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Oil, Citrus Sinensis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Linalool, Eugenol, Tocopherol 

And may contain:

CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxide), CI 77492 (Iron Oxide), CI 77499 (Iron Oxide), CI 15850 (Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 27 Lake), CI 17200 (Red 33 Lake), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 45370 (Orange 5 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 77861 (Tin Oxide), Calcium Aluminium Borosilicate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Silica, Corn (Zea Mays) Starch

Karen Murrell Racy Rata Lipstick Swatch - 2 layers. As you can see the colour pigment is incredible.

As someone that changes up her lipstick colours often, I'm always hunting for new colours and brands, so I was super excited to discover Karen Murrell!

The packaging is chic, the colours and pigment are ah-mazing and the ingredients are about as good as you can get. Yes, I'm already curating a wish-list.

Megsy-Jane readers can receive an exclusive 20% off their entire Karen Murrell order with code megsyjane from now until Sunday April 3rd. Yipeee!

With 20 colours to choose from, deciding is going to be the hardest part. Violet Mousse is said to be the colour that looks good on everyone.

Other Look Details

RMS Beauty Tinted "Un" Powder in 0-1 all over (inc. eye lids) 
RMS Beauty Living Luminiser on cheek bones, inner corner of eyes and brow bone 

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