Isa’s Restoratives Lilac Rouge

Lip Gloss

We've been looking for a rose-tinted creamy product for our lips/cheeks for awhile now (maybe it was Elin's influence, with all that 'creamier the better' talk, or Gucci's healthy-looking girls at Rag & Bone), but much like the heroines of pretty much every rom-com ever, we just hadn't found the 'right one.' To be fair, our standards were a little high: there were some that looked awesome on our lips, but seemed destined to clog our pores if applied anywhere north of the mouth. There were some that seemed fine for both, except for the color (too orange), texture (too thick), feel, what have you. We almost gave up on the whole charade, sticking to our powders and pinching our cheeks like the pioneers (does anyone actually do this?). Then, last weekend, Alessandra happened across an art market called Ilan Dei in Venice, CA, and a product that seemed to answer all our prayers (it was, as irony would have it, from a Brooklyn-based herbalist. Of course): Isa's Restoratives Lilac Rouge in Crimson. The refreshingly easy to read/pronounce organic ingredients are all listed on the back: macadamia and avocado oils infused with Alkanet root, filtered beeswax and lilac fragrance. That's it. Best part? The salve is doing your skin good as it's making you look good (if this is a burgeoning theme, we don't hate it)—it rubs on a rose-colored sheen not unlike one's post-exercise cheeks (which is, after all, what your blush is supposed to mimic). And guess what? On lips, it's just as pretty.

The other best part? It smells like LILACS.

P.S. If you're using a brush for your salves and creams, don't forget Tom Pecheux's advice: even with products this natural, always go synthetic.

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  • VotreAmie

    Gotta get my mitts on this pronto!!!!!

  • Guest

    I'd love to see it on someone! It sounds perfect but looks very purple. I'm afraid I (&other pale people) might look more like I got in a street fight than I just got back from a nice jog.

    • ITGAlessandra

      I promise, it's more rosy/red than anything! I would never let you smear purple all over your face (unless, of course, that's what you wanted).

  • Janine

    Finally. I've been whining since Laura Mercier's French Lips disappeared into the sunset (will it ever come back?). This is my very favorite lip look: leftover opsicle lips. Is it more sheer creamy or sheer stain-y?

    Thank you thank you!

    • ITGAlessandra

      Hi Janine! It's more sheer stain-y. No cream at all, really.

  • Coline

    I'm concerned that putting an oil and beeswax combo on my face would clog my pores. It does look pretty though...

  • Jennifer Monforton

    This looks absolutely gorgeous! Glad you've found your perfect match :)


  • ROKderm

    My favorite color! have to have it!
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  • MyLuciteDreams

    This looks gorgeous! I love my creamy formula for a dewy look. Makeup that is good for you too is a plus! Love the packaging too

  • Chic-a

    ooh, this looks like what i've been after - a natural version of benetint but balmy. just ordered it! thanks :-)

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    This looks gorgeous!