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Absolution Le Rouge Théâtre No. 08

Absolution Cosmetics
Le Rouge Théâtre No. 08
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issue ten : the icons & iconoclasts

We couldn’t possibly do an issue about icons and iconoclasts and not include the most iconic representation of makeup of all time; a classic red lipstick. Of the #untaintedalternatives on the market, very few compare Absolution’s Le Rouge Théâtre… or as us pro’s more commonly refer to it, No. 8. This iconic, show-stopping red was designed by makeup maestro Christophe Dunchaud and produced by the iconoclastic beauty brand Absolution (which, if you’re an avid reader of UNTAINTED, will know all about!). The finish is a semi-matte emboldened red with a velvety finish. It is an absolute staple in my professional makeup kit, as I know it is in many other conscious beauty makeup artists for its universal appeal and timeless colour. Whether I am creating a vintage-inspired or to create a modern, editorial look, No.8 is always close by.

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This classic red is the untainted alternative to the iconic Ruby Woo by MAC…a slight blue undertone, with a dense colour payoff that elevates any mood, except without the overly drying finish of Ruby Woo. What sets No.8 apart is that is filled with a cocktail of nourishing natural (91%) and organic (58%) waxes and botanical oils that moisturise and care for the lips while packing an undeniable colour punch. Of course, as with any “true-red,” not all the pigments are from a natural source – as this vibrant red is not available in nature unless they chose to use carmine – which is an animal-derived ingredient we prefer not to see in our beauty products. So if lakes (even in very small quantities) is something you’re not prepared to compromise on, sadly this isn’t the ‘red‘ for you.

Absolutions lipsticks are formulated without parabens, phthalates, silicones, PEG, synthetic fragrances, mineral oils or GMO ingredients and this one is no exception. While lipstick bullet casings are notoriously complex to recycle, due to their various components, Absolution is committed to the most sustainable, wasteless currently packaging available – with a drive to continually improve as fast as packaging and ingredient innovation allows.

As with all our recommendations, please shop responsibly. Every product, untainted or otherwise, has a footprint. If you have a red lipstick you love but are interested in an untainted alternative, finish what you already have and then replace with better.

Tips

Apply directly from the bullet onto your lips to help warm the natural waxes and disperse the lipstick evenly. Don’t forget to blot, set with some translucent silica powder and reapply for a long-lasting hold.

Ingredients

RICINUS COMMUNIS SEED OIL/ RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL*, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, CERA ALBA/ BEESWAX*, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA/ COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX*, C10-18 TRIGLYCERIDES, HYDROXYSTEARIC ACID, BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII BUTTER/ BUTYROSPERMUM PARKII (SHEA BUTTER)*, SILICA, HECTORITE, HELIANTHUS ANNUUS SEED OIL/ HELIANTHUS ANNUUS (SUNFLOWER) SEED OIL*, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS OIL/ PRUNUS AMYGDALUS DULCIS (SWEET ALMOND) OIL*, STEARIC ACID, PARFUM/ FRAGRANCE, TOCOPHEROL, PALMITIC ACID, AQUA/WATER, ALCOHOL, CENTELLA ASIATICA LEAF EXTRACT, CITRONELLOL**, GERANIOL**, LINALOOL** MAY CONTAIN (+/-) : CI 77891/ TITANIUM DIOXIDE, CI 77491/ IRON OXIDES, CI 15850/ RED 7 LAKE, CI 77492/ IRON OXIDES, CI 77742/ MANGANESE VIOLET, CI 77499/ IRON OXIDES, CI 15850/ RED 7, CI 42090/ BLUE 1 LAKE, CI 15850/ RED 6, CI 45410/ RED 27 LAKE, CI 19140/ YELLOW 5 LAKE

*Ingredients from organic farming

**Made using organic ingredients

◊Natural constituents of essential oils

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