A couple of weeks ago I went to the launch of Neal’s Yard Organic Colour With Care Cosmetics. On the one hand, I can see quite why they are such a cosmetic feat; it’s the only cosmetics range with a collection certified organic by the Soil Association. However, my heart sank a little when I saw how utterly boring they were. They look like the kind of apologetic organic products that I’d hoped we’d seen the back of. What I’d envisaged for this range was something sleek and exciting – something off the predictable organic track – but, no. Four meek little colours (Sage, Barley, Camelia and Truffle) in plain little pots. And, they’re loose powders, too – something I find very hard to work with because of the intevitable drop. However challenging and difficult it was to produce eye colours that are 11% organic and 88% natural minerals, I really feel it was barely worth the effort.
On the other hand, the NYR Colour Lip Glosses are an absolute joy. At a minimum of 87% organic, the shades range from a natural Nude to more pink and red tones. They’re good little glosses too, with just the right amount of shine and ‘stick’, and the shades are all nicely sheer in a very wearable way. Possibly the best thing about them is the sweet orange peel ingredient that gives them a very orangey taste and scent – so much more preferable than the usual mint or cheap vanilla.
One of the main points about the Colour With Care range is the Care aspect; including White Tea and Vitamin E and nourishing oils so that skin is actively ‘cared for’ whilst you’re wearing it is a very positive point. But, with the mineral eye shadows coming in at only 11% organic, I think they should have found a way to make the colours more exciting, the packaging more vivacious and enticing even if it meant taking the organic content down.
The eye shades are £10.75 and the Lip Gloss is £9. There are also three eye liners – the range launches in September.