How I replicated a $30 natural lipstick for less than $2 at home
I popped into my local Whole Foods to pick up dinner and swung by the make up area to check out any new products.
A pretty lipstick color caught my eye. I looked at the price tag: $30 USD!! I checked the ingredients for diamonds. No diamonds there. The packaging and ingredients were nothing special and I know the cost of making a lipstick. So it was nothing more than a pricing strategy.
Still, I bought it. I wanted to see if I could make my own lipstick at home in the same color with my OMG Lipstick kit for a fraction of the cost.
Let's see how my first try at color copy formulation went....
The store bought color is a dark, bright rose. When I tried it on at home I was disappointed. The color didn't look the same as in the store! This happens to me all the time! It was a bit too peachy pink. I was hoping for a bit more of a jewel tone.
So, in making my color, I wanted to create the color it looked like in the store. From the OMG kit, I chose the purple liquid color and the pink mica.
Melting 1 tsp of the lipstick base in the silicone melter bowl, I added two scoops of purple liquid. The I added in 3 scoops of pink mica powder. I tested it on my wrist next to the store bought color.
It was close, but my lipstick color was a bit darker than I wanted it be be. So I added 2 scoops of red liquid and one scoop of coral mica. Perfect! I will call it Ruby Amethyst.
Here is the recipe, ingredients are from the Craft Lipstick OMG kit:
- 1 tsp natural lipstick base
- 2 scoops purple liquid
- 2 scoops red liquid
- 2 scoops pink mica powder
- 1 scoop coral mica powder
So how does the cost breakdown work? With the OMG kit, the cost to make each lipstick is $5 ($49.99 divided by 10 lipsticks). As I have already purchased it and have the mold, I now just buy more mica and lipstick base. So that makes the price to make each lipstick is less than $2.
Hmmm....what color can I copy next?