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This limited-edition lipstick was created for Dessa of the Doomtree collective with a charitable cause in mind.
Dessa wanted a matte red lip that didn't pull pink on her golden skin. At first glance, Dessa's skin tone appears pale, but her Puerto Rican ancestry shines through with golden undertones. Golden and yellow undertones, common in most women of color, often cause red lipsticks to look pink.
To create Dessa's signature color, The Elixery assembled a team that included Emmy® Award winning makeup artist Crist Ballas. In response to Dessa's dilemma, Ballas suggested a shade of red that was a departure from the traditional blue- or orange-based red, and instead envisioned a red with a yellow undertone.
The result...? A color that looks great on Dessa, but also manages to be universally flattering.
Dessa is a well known contributor to social justice, and her signature lipstick is no exception. To that end, Dessa will be donating 100% of her share of the proceeds (20% of the profits) to CARE.org, an organization that educates and empowers women. The sale of this lipstick will benefit CARE's POWER WITHIN program, which focuses on educating girls in the poorest developing countries. Through this program, CARE hopes to educate 10 million girls by 2015.
All Elixery lipstick is free of animal testing (cruelty free) and free of animal products (vegan.)
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Posted by Renate on February 26th, 2014
I coveted this particular hue for almost a year before I finally ordered it. Lipsticks I prefer to try on first , but I was intrigued by the story behind it and it's hard to find a true red. This shade of red is a rich, retro red that is very tasteful and glamorous. It's a matte lipstick but application is smooth. If you exfoliate your lips once or twice a week matte lipsticks wear better, for those who feel like it can look a bit chunky, by lack of better term. This will be my go to red (I have quite the collection of reds!) and am happy I finally own it. Super bonus points that this is a vegan product.
Posted by Alicia on January 16th, 2014
I love this shade! I received so many complements on this shade. I LOVE the fact that it is vegan and cruelty free. I would also love to purchase a dark scarlet red with a sheer finish (hint hint), lol.
Posted by Megan on November 8th, 2013
My absolute FAVORITE shade of lipstick I've ever found! Goes well with everything, looks great with my olive skin ( a very hard thing to do, I might add), and I get tons of compliments on it!
Only complaint is that it tends to get chunky (if that makes sense) if the stick is not wiped off regularly. But that's the only minor complaint in an otherwise flawless product!
Posted by Unknown on November 4th, 2013
I couldn't say anything different from everyone on this review feed. This is basically my go to lip color. It acts as both a pretty lip color and balm to be honest, it keeps my lips SO hydrated and the colors stays on all day!! I get so many compliments on it and it smells amazing too.
Posted by Rebecca on September 2nd, 2013
I could not recommend this lipstick more highly-this is a fabulous red lipstick. I was surprised it didn't bleed at such a deep hue. I love this colour and plan to purchase more of this lipstick shade before they discontinue it ( Hope they never do!).
Posted by KD on July 29th, 2013
Although the color isn't exactly what I thought it would be, it's beautiful and flattering. (I bought it over the internet, so I couldn't test the color beforehand.) The lipstick itself feels lovely going on and throughout the day.
Posted by Unknown on June 30th, 2013
The lipstick is of excellent quality, but the shade is far too orange on my olive skin. I was hoping for a deep red, and this was not it.
Posted by TJ on February 21st, 2013
Love this lipstick! It goes on incredibly smooth and the color is fabulous. I have to keep it hidden so my daughter doesn't steal it from me. I think I may have to buy her one for her birthday! I also love helping a female-owned local business.
Posted by Niecy on February 21st, 2013
I went to the Honeycomb Salon in Mpls for the first time, Great Staff! I called ahead to make sure it was in stock, since I was coming from West Saint Paul. Very pleasant receptionist helped me. When I put on this lipstick on I was amazed. I am a fair skinned African American and this shade is perfect for me. I recently discovered Dessa and Doom tree's music and I am a hug Fan. Thank you Dessa, Crist and Elixery. Go CARE!
Posted by Susan Zdon/CorAzoN on February 13th, 2013
I did not see this in person before I ordered. I loved the packaging and the marketing. The product is good. I wish the lipstick were a little smoother.
The color is luscious! I will order more products.
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