Lipstick That Starts Off Green Then Turns Red

ipstick that starts off green and turns red

What will they think of next? Well what they have just thought of is a lipstick that is green in the pack, but miraculously turns red when you apply it to your lips.  The marketing puff compares it to an enchanted from that starts off green but which turns into a handsome prince when you kiss it.

Well technically this is quite impressive.  Looking at the ingredient list there isn’t anything obvious that tells me how they do it.  There is a hint that it is something to do with pH.  Of course, chemicals changing colour when the pH changes isn’t anything new.  You might well remember litmus solution from when you were at school.  It isn’t quite as simple as that when it comes to a lipstick though.  They are oil based so the concept of pH doesn’t really work.

I have two thoughts on this product.  The first is that I’d be interested to know how well it works as a lipstick.  Formulating lipstick is not easy.   Making your life even harder by including some clever colour changing technology might make it difficult to get the best possible lipstick functionally speaking.

Secondly, why?  A lipstick is basically a tool that makes your lips the colour you want them.  You can’t tell exactly from looking at a lipstick just how it is going to look when you apply it, but its colour is at least a clue.  Why would you want to deprive yourself of this?   The benefit of having  the stick a different colour to what you get would seem to be non-existent.  Nobody is sizing you up thinking, wow her lips look stunning and the lipstick was a different colour before she applied it!

But I suppose n the crowded cosmetic market absolutely anything that makes you stand out is probably a good thing, even if it is a totally pointless thing.


Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick



11 thoughts on “Lipstick That Starts Off Green Then Turns Red”

  1. well i have the one from barry m at home and actually it is not a bad lipstick. has feeling of a lip balm or lip gloss on the lips, turns out quite pink and bright on me and behave as a stain. quite comfortable with a good wear time.

  2. Well, this isn’t new. I had this same “looks green turns red” lipstick in the 80’s! It was supposed to change color according to your “mood.”



  3. Sorry for the zombie post but I’d love to know how the’s work, they are my favorite because they are really a stain that lasts. Worried its just something horrible but also don’t know why no other stains I’ve tried last as long.

  4. They also carry a “cream” blush in a compact that uses the same gimmick. I can remember wayyy back in the day I had a lip balm/gloss that was supposed to do the same thing. It did go from the green color to some orangey pink and they also had a stick blush that did the same thing. The colorants are actually in the product that would produce a red/pink color. They must be activated by the warmth of your skin somehow.

    The ingredients listed, if anyone is interested:
    Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vegetable Oil (Olus / Huile Vegetale), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Candelilla Cera / Cire De Candelilla), Beeswax (Cera Alba / Cire D’Abeille), Ozokerite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Alaria Esculenta Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Red 21 (CI 45380), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090)

  5. My wife paid 25baht for this in a Thai Night Market it turned a lovely shade of red from green later she had cold sores on her mouth

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