Erin’s Faces Fruit Smoothies Lip Gloss Review (With Swatches!)

April 5, 2022 (updated May 13, 2022)

Erin’s Faces dropped their Fruit Smoothie Lip Glosses in 2021 and I showed up late, finally trying them for the first time in November 2021. Well, I’m pissed I waited so long because these lip serums are everything. Here’s why.

Lisa applying Erin's faces lipgloss - close up

By: Lisa Fennessy

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If you haven’t heard of Erin’s Faces, let me introduce you. This is a small but mighty indie beauty cult fave. You won’t find them in third-party green beauty retailers or in stores, but you will find them direct to consumer on ErinsFaces.com.

The “face” behind this brand is Erin Williams, a professional makeup artist turned makeup and skincare formulator out of her 5 X 10 kitchen in Queens. That was years ago. Now the brand has evolved and grown, and to be honest, turned my head SEVERAL times. 

One of those times is with their Fruit Smoothie Lip Glosses. Don’t let their whimsical packaging fool you—these lip glosses transcend age and style delivering everything you want in a lip gloss and nothing you don’t.

Honestly? I may have found my perfect lip product.

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Why I love the ingredients in Erin’s Faces Lip Smoothies

The theme here is strawberries. All Lip Smoothie shades are named after strawberry varieties and the formula actually includes “organic strawberries,” rich in vitamin C and alpha lipoic acid.

Beyond that, a couple of things stood out to me here. First, every single ingredient besides the mango seed butter is sourced organic. Including the first three ingredients. This is huge for me personally and speaks directly to the brand’s values. Often times I’ll be vetting a “green beauty brand”…the ingredients look good, maybe some ingredients are organic, maybe some aren’t…no particular red flags but then the first few ingredients (which is 9 times out of 10 the bulk of the product) is not sourced organically.

It’s a small thing but to me it speaks volumes. Sometimes those first few ingredients can make up 90% of the formula—so if a brand is marketing their product as organic and those first few ingredients are not organic…I don’t like it!

Second, we are seeing the choice to use iron oxides and titanium dioxides as colorants over FD&C dyes. FD&C lakes and dyes have been connected to health concerns (19) and are pretty controversial in the “clean beauty” space. Some brands use them, some don’t. Some “clean beauty” retailers will carry brands who formulate with them while others won’t. 

Personally, I’m okay with using them here and there—especially when I want to wear a shade that can’t be made using iron oxides and titanium dioxides alone—but I value when a brand makes a decision to exclude them. 

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Erin’s Faces Lip Smoothie review: pros & cons

What I like:

  • Lightweight
  • Not sticky or goopy
  • Gorgeous shades 
  • A touch of mintyness 
  • Can wear sheerish or layered for a more opaque look
  • Made with a hydrating base of castor, jojoba and shea
  • Long lasting hydration
  • A focus on organic ingredients
  • Gluten free, vegan, cruelty free
  • Packaged in recyclable glass 
  • Can apply on the go without a mirror
  • Formulated with iron oxides and titanium dioxides only

What I don’t like:

  • 🦗🦗🦗

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Erin’s Faces Lip Smoothie swatches

My favorite Lip Smoothie shade is Sonata. It’s the perfect pinky brown for me and looks (and feels) incredible on my lips. We got the chance to try all the shades, including their newest one that dropped April 4, 2022. Here’s what they look like applied.

A selfie of a woman wearing berry lip gloss
Starbright, the newest shade and a cool toned berry shimmer
A selfie of a woman wearing a magenta lipgloss.
Eros, a bright watermelon pink
A selfie of a woman wearing a pink shimmery lipgloss
Jewel, a warm, pinky, berry shimmer
A selfie of a woman wearing a burnt orange-red lipgloss
Daybreak, a sheer, warm, orangey brown
A selfie of a woman wearing a pinky brown lipgloss.
Sonata, a pinky brown
A selfie of a woman wearing a sheer shimmery lipgloss.
Earliglow, a sheer, peachy golden shimmer

See any shades you like? Have you tried these lip glosses?

Xo, lisa in cursive

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2. “Yellow 6 lake” is a petroleum-derived azo dye, which is the dye family with the most carcinogenicity issues: Esen B., Oymak T., Dural E.; Determination of food colorings in pharmaceutical preparations and food additives by a validated HPLC method; Int. J. Sci. Eng. Res. 2018;9:72-6; https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Emrah-Dural/publication/327285278_Determination_of_Food_Colorings_in_Pharmaceutical_Preparations_and_Food_Additives_by_a_Validated_HPLC_Method/links/5b86a77e92851c1e123abaff/Determination-of-Food-Colorings-in-Pharmaceutical-Preparations-and-Food-Additives-by-a-Validated-HPLC-Method.pdf

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Erin's Faces Fruit Smoothie Lip Gloss Review
  • Price
    (5)
  • Ingredients
    (5)
  • Effectiveness
    (5)

Summary

Erin’s Faces Fruit Smoothie Lip Gloss leaves little room for improvement – from their organically sourced ingredients to their ultra flattering colors.

Overall
5

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Not sticky or goopy
  • Gorgeous shades 
  • A touch of mintiness 
  • Can wear sheerish or layered for a more opaque look
  • Made with a hydrating base of castor, jojoba and shea
  • Long lasting hydration
  • A focus on organic ingredients
  • Gluten free, vegan, cruelty free
  • Packaged in recyclable glass 
  • Can apply on the go without a mirror.
  • Formulated with iron oxides and titanium dioxides only

Cons

By Lisa Fennessy

Lisa is the founder of This Organic Girl. Passionate about clean beauty, organic eats and nontoxic lifestyle, Lisa writes to create awareness. Conscious consumerism and informed decisions will impact the marketplace, our health and THE WORLD!

3 Comments

  1. Reply

    Shelley

    Thank you for reviewing these products! I’ve not tried this brand, but have heard good things. These glosses definitely caught my eye… my only question is about the shimmer? Glitter is not my friend. ; )

    1. Reply

      Lisa Fennessy

      I hear this loud and clear Shelly! I’m not a huge fan of shimmer either. Some of these do not have any shimmer like Sonata which is my personal fave shade. xo, L

  2. Reply

    Amy

    Sounds great! I just ordered Jewel and Daybreak. I look better in warm colors so I’m hoping Jewel will work for me since it looks a bit pinky. Thank you for this.

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