Lotus Herbals Pure Color lipstick : Review, swatches and FOTD

Hi everyone!

Today I’m reviewing one my favorite budget buys- Lotus Herbals pure color lipstick. Retailing at Rs 225 this lipstick is a great product for those on a budget and even otherwise.   I own 3 shades from this range –

Rosewood (natural brown with hint of pink, MLBB shade) , Pink Blush (warm rosy pink), Peach creme (peachy coral with brown undertone)

Price : Rs 225

Quantity : 4.2 g

Lotus herbals pure color lipstick 'Rosewood'

What the website says about the product : 

‘Pure Colors’ is a range of 12 exciting moisturizing lip colors in pinks and browns. There are 6 shades of each type. They have natural extracts of Jojoba and Aloe Vera. The unique product qualities are: – Uniform dispersion of pigments – Rich payoff – Smooth application

Active ingredients : 

JOJOBA – Jojoba helps promote healing of the skin. – Its antimicrobial properties in addition to the chemical composition that closely resembles skin’s natural sebum, makes it easy to absorb and non-allergic even in the most sensitive individual.


Packaging : It comes in a beige and gold packaging. The packaging is moderately sturdy though one of my pieces feels a little flimsy and has opened up during travelling though there was no damage to the lipstick. One end of the lipstick has a sticker with the shade name. Its a little inconvenient to find the right one when you have more than one lipstick of this range.

Lotus herbals pure color lipstick 'Rosewood'

Lotus herbals pure color lipstick 'Rosewood'

Lotus herbals pure color lipstick 'Rosewood'

Texture, Moisturization and Pigmentation : The texture is smooth and it glides easily on the lips. It is neither too ‘balmy’ nor too dry. Its just the right texture. Does not accentuate the dryness or fine lines of the lips, instead gives a moisturized look to the lips. Pigmentation is awesome- single swipe gives good color which can be built up in intensity in 3-4 swipes. It is quite moisturizing, makes lips soft and smooth. Very dry lips might not find it very comfortable though.

Lotus herbals pure color lipstick 'Rosewood' swatches

Lotus herbals pure color lipstick 'Rosewood'

See swatches and looks with Pink Blush and Peach creme HERE, HERE and HERE 

Lasting power : Lasts about 3-4 hours on me including meals. In fact, it lasts me more than other more expensive lipsticks I own. The color fades into an even tint after 2.5-3 hours. This is more than I’d expect from a lipstick priced at Rs 225! Does not settle into lines, smudge or bleed as time passes though can’t stay about the darker shades.

Shade selection : It has an impressive and complete shade selection- from pinks to peaches to lilacs to maroons and browns. It even has a gold and a greyish shade which could be great for layering.

PART 1 (following 2 pics)

TOP (l-r) :  642 Sheer fuchsia, 643 Hot Plum

MIDDLE (l-r ) : 644 Lilac Beauty, 665 Sassy Mocha, 690 Perky peach, 640 Carnation, 645 Orchid Kiss, 641 Rosewood

BOTTOM 1 : 667 Star glow

BOTTOM 2:  691 Peach creme

Lotus herbals pure color lipsticks swatches (PART 1)

Lotus herbals pure color lipsticks swatches PART 1 (in different lighting)

PART 2 :

TOP (l-r ) : 666 Nutty Brown, 685 Golden Dusk

BOTTOM (l-r) : 680 Caprice, 681 Lilac Breeze, 610 Crimson Red, 612 Red Rose, 668 Mod mauve, 613 Maroon Delight

Lotus herbals pure color lipsticks swatches

The GOOD about  Lotus Herbals pure color lipstick :

1. Like the beige and gold packaging.

2. The texture is smooth and soft- not to balmy but not dry either.

3. Good moisturization- makes my lips soft.

4. Pigmented is good- gives opaque and buildable coverage

5. Lasts comfortably on my lips for 3-4 hours including meals.

6. Contains Jojoba oil  and aloe vera as ingredients.

7. Wide shade selection- has a shade for everyone

8. Does not smudge or bleed or settle into fine lines.

9. Gives even tint on lips as it fades.

10. Has a mild pleasant fragrance.

11. Awesome quantity and quality at Rs 225!

12. 100% vegetarian.

The NOT-SO-GOOD about  Lotus Herbals pure color lipstick :

1. Packaging is not very sturdy and the color is hard to identify from outside- have to read labels to find the right shade.

2. Full list of ingredients is not mentioned.

3. Not very moisturizing, might not be very comfortable for dry lips.

This is how ‘Rosewood’ looks on me –

Lotus herbals pure color lipstick 'Rosewood'

Overall Verdict : Its a moisturizing, pigmented and smooth textured lip color priced very reasonably at Rs 225. The lasting power is quite decent : 3-4 hours including meals.  Does not settle into lines, feather or bleed though can’t say for darker shades. Fades evenly into a tint on the lips. Its not easy to identify shades from outside, the packaging could have been more user friendly and sturdier. Shade selection is very wide and covers all basic shades. Highly recommend this to everyone!

Rating : 4.5/5 (For reasons listed above)

Will I repurchase : Yes. I’m loving the shade ‘Rosewood’ these days and have my eyes on ‘Red Rose’

Posted on May 24, 2011, in Lips, Looks, Lotus Herbals, Product Reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 25 Comments.

  1. OMG Ankita. If you were in front of me I would give you a tight hug! Why? Because Lotus Herbals makeup is very difficult to find in Chennai. And the one shop that does have it, doesn’t have ‘testers’. They have only ‘spoilt’ or ‘defective’ pieces as testers. So some ‘testers’ don’t have the lid & some don’t have the bottom of the case (where the shade name is). Trying to swatch shades is a very messy affair. And the SA was just randomly grabbing a stray lid or a stray case bottom & fixing it on the lipsticks. So when I did find a couple of swatches that I liked, there was no way to know if the names on the case are correct or if they are of other shades. But I wrote down the names just in case.
    And since then, I have been surfing the net for swatches without much luck. But you’ve luckily swatched both shades that I had liked – 610, 612. So thanks to you, I can go ahead and buy the lipsticks. So a big thanks to you!

    PS I also have rosewood & it’s really natural for me too.

  2. I am loving glosses these days! I want a credit card. I love looking at swatches even if I don’t want to buy anything. Oh of all the swatches, I still like peach creme and carnation!!:D

    • I’ve also started liking glosses these days! NYX Sheer gloss is my everyday favorite! Love Lotus herbals ‘Jamoon’ also 😛 Lol..we all want credit cards dude!

  3. i have to thank you for peach creme… and for re-introducing to me to bold lips… i am wearing a coral shade from oriflame today 🙂

  4. oh my i want mod mauve star glow n rosewood
    when i went to buy peach creme n pink blush i wanted rosewood as well
    but somehow had to control
    got lilac breeze as well but totally sucks the color outta my face

    • Ya Lilac breeze is that kind of shade. I’m eyeing Red Rose 😀 Liked Orchid kiss and Mod mauve but I don’t they’ll suit me much! I saw this very pretty shade called ‘Yummy Plum’ in Maybelline Colorsensational yesterday but didn’t buy it. Rosewood is nice shade..looks really natural..not too nude. You have peach creme and Pink blush as well?

  5. I love rosewood, star glow and peach creme from your swatches. You know Ive had this big block about picking up Lotus cosmetics. Ive always felt that Lakme is the only Indian brand I can trust, but everyone seems to be saying good things about Lotus… What is your take on Lotus quality vis a vis Lakme?

    • Nice picks Shai! I personally like Lotus Herbals more than Lakme. I’ve loved everything I have used from Lotus so far, it uses herbal ingredients also and is great quality at very affordable prices. I haven’t explored Lakme much, find it a little overpriced.

  6. Yeah the lipstick quality isnt too great either, they tend to blister over time. Will check out lotus next time – trip to a make mall long overdue!

    • 🙂 You can also try Lotus lip glosses…I got one free and I liked it so much that I went ahead and purchased 2 more. They are priced around Rs 200 apiece and the shades are really nice.

  7. Bah! Make up.. not make!

  8. rose wood is nicee…I liked peach creme too…n I saw perky peach on deeptima..looks awesome on her…

    • Rosewood is my current favorite 🙂 Deeptima is quite fair so I can imagine how gorgeous Perky peach would look on her. Its a very pretty shade for fair complexions!

  9. wow ankita..this is one awesome shade…does this look similar to My Mahagony ?

  10. ankita….this is such a wow shade…where are u buying them from…mujhe kahi nahi mil rahi

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