I am not a professional when it comes to wearing lipsticks. I eat and drink things almost constantly, smudge it accidentally by touching my face and sometimes even downright miss half of my lip surface area when trying to apply it. This inability to master the in’s and out’s of wearing lipstick has resulted in a collection of colors that is quite small, and is limited almost exclusively to cheap drugstore brands, which are nice colors but nothing special when it really comes down to it. A few weeks ago, I read an article about one of my all-time favorite musicians, Dessa, an incredible rapper from my own city of Minneapolis. The article mainly focused on music of a re-release of one of Dessa’s old albums, but a small snippet at the end mentioned that she now had her own lipstick color that she got to design herself at a local cosmetics company in Minneapolis. The Elixery Cosmetic House is a locally owned company that specializes in original, vegan and cruelty free cosmetics, including lipsticks, body care products and essential oils. Despite my lack of passion for lipcolor, I was intrigued at the prospect of owning a lipstick that was designed by none other than the *gasp* Dessa Darling of Minneapolis. I had to have one.
After searching around on their website, I soon learned of an upcoming event where their products would be featured: The No-Coast Craft-o-Rama 2014 hosted in the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis. I alerted the troops (read: roommates) and we all bundled up and headed off to the event, excited to see what guilty pleasures it would hold in store.
I quickly sought out the Elixery booth and informed the saleswoman that I wanted the lipstick. She was very friendly, and I soon learned that she was the owner of the Elixery, and she had a chemistry and biology background. It was very refreshing to hear her story of how she had started the company, first working as a microbiologist and then branching out to start her very own cosmetics line, fulfilling a dream that she had since she was seven years old. As a soon-to-be graduating senior with a biology degree, sometimes I feel like my passions do not always line up with my field of study, but people like her really remind me that no matter what you go into, you can use the skills that you’ve gained to fulfill passions or expand on a hobby and turn it into a career.
Ok, enough blabbling. Here is the actual product review of The Elixery’s “Dessa Remixed”.
Criteria 1: Packaging
The gold-colored metal casing of the lipstick is one of the novelties that made the experience of purchasing a lipstick that much more special. It feels vintage compared to all the other lipsticks in my (rather limited) collection. It is a sturdy design without being too that I will pay more attention to take care of, and it is a unique piece amongst all my other lipsticks in identical plastic cases. I love the feel of it and the imprint of “Elixery” around the perimeter.
Criteria 2: Color
Looking past my bias from being obsessed with the lipstick solely because it is from the “Dessa” line, I sincerely do love the color of this lipstick. It is a rich red pigment with some purple undertones that not only compliment most skin tones, but also work really well for winter. For me, I have to pair it with a more natural eye-makeup scheme to prevent my face from looking gaudy and overdone.
Criteria 3: Application ease and resilience
The application of the beautiful, perfectly sculpted color stick was intimidating at first, but once I got over the initial anxiety I had about putting it on, it glided on with ease. So far, this lipstick has stayed on well even through drinking some wine and eating, but it is not a lip stain, which is a good thing.
Overall, I love this lipstick. I love the color and I love that I am not only reppin’ one of my favorite rappers, but I am also supporting a local business run by a dedicated and inspiring woman. Props to the Elixery.
Get your “Dessa Remixed” lipstick here!