I think my love for Lush has been well established at this point. I’ve only found a handful of products that I didn’t love immediately and I kind of love that they’re so eco-conscious. When they introducted their Naked Shower Gels I thought the idea was really cool, and less plastic ending up in landfills is always a good idea. The problem with these is that, since there’s no packaging, they dissolve really quickly if you leave them in the shower. I’m sure that Lush has come up with a solution to this problem, but doesn’t that defeat the purpose of not having packaging? I feel like it might. I wonder the same thing about their shampoo bars and other “naked” products.
So now they’re about to release a naked stick foundation that they’re calling the Slap Stick. I think the name is pretty funny and I’m generally a fan of solid/stick foundations, so that’s cool. It’s also vegan, cruelty free and comes in 40 shades with warm, cool and neutral undertones. Great. Sounds like something the world needs.
I have some problems with it: firstly, foundation is generally sort of… sticky. If these don’t have packaging, what’s going to keep them clean and free of dirt, dust, pet hair, whatever? How are we supposed to travel with them? How long will they really last without being in some kind of packaging? They’re dipped in peelable wax so there’s something to hold on to while applying it, and Lush has said they’ll supply a recycled and recyclable cardboard box. Doesn’t that, again, defeat the purpose of not having packaging?
My second problem is that this product is full of oil. According to Cosmopolitan, the Slap Sticks will have 45% coconut oil and argan oil (they don’t say how much). Coconut oil is known to clog pores, but that’s not mentioned in the marketing for this product. They just emphasize the skin softening properties. I know that I’d have puberty level breakouts within minutes of putting this on my face, and I’m betting most people would. This is why most face products are oil free, except for cleansers that stay on for about 30 seconds.
Third, these are limited edition and only available in the UK. WTF Lush? Just because I don’t want them doesn’t mean other people don’t.
Last, and the thing that’s tied for the biggest reason why I wouldn’t purchase this product, is that Lush’s makeup is generally really poorly reviewed. Their bath and body products are amazing, as we all know, and I’ve really enjoyed all of the lip products I’ve tried, but the internet is rife with middling to bad reviews about their other makeup products. One of my favorite ones is from RachhLoves, because I adore her and think she’s funny. Lush has discontinued a lot of the products she tried, and really the only stuff that’s still available is the stuff she didn’t like, like the skin tints and mascara. They’re just not products I think would be beneficial to purchase.
So what do you think about Slap Sticks? Would you put this on your face?
Edit: Apparently these are also available in Australia but only online. I haven’t found where else they’re being offered but it definitely isn’t in the US at the moment.