Suki's 100% natural skincare and cosmetics line is beloved by celebrities (Hayden Pannetiere, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts and Katherine Heigl, to name a few), and it's easy to see why-it's hard to go wrong when so much attention is paid to the process. All of the products in Suki's line get their start in the Suki Organic Innovation Lab, where they're created from hand-chosen raw materials, then blended in-house, and finally stored in (beautiful) environmentally responsible packaging. What's not to love?
What we tested:
Suki Pure Cream Stain Lip & Cheek in Chestnut.
Suki Rich Pigment Mascara in Copper Brown.
The verdict: We love Suki's sleek, earth-friendly packaging; we're so glad that the glass containers and recycled cartons (printed with vegetable-based inks, no less) mean that we don't have to feel guilty for admiring it.
We were pleasantly surprised with the amount of product in the jar of Suki Pure Cream Stain Lip & Cheek-especially when we realized that just a dab of this stuff goes a long way. Its slightly tacky (but not sticky) consistency makes it best applied with fingers or the Suki Cream Color Applicator Puff; swipe your finger or the puff over the product, tap the puff or a finger along your cheekbones to distribute the color, then blend-repeat if you're going for a more dramatic look. It sinks right into your skin for a natural-looking glow. We love that the stain's moisture-rich formula smells of chamomile; and that it was a great base on our lips, as well. Top it with gloss and the color will stay put on your lips all day.
The Rich Pigment Mascara in Copper Brown is a flattering, inky brown color, very smooth and ultra-moisturizing. Its hypo-allergenic formula left our lashes plumper and fuller, and at the end of the day, it hadn't smudged. (Gotta love that.) This nourishing mascara is wetter than the conventional formulas you may be used to; we had the best results when we applied a coat of mascara and let it dry for about 30 seconds before applying a second coat. We love that it's 100% natural, and we swear our lashes felt softer after a few days of using the Suki mascara. No more brittle lashes for us!
Extras: Suki's environmental policies are worth a mention. Not only do they work to create products that are safe for pregnant women, nursing moms, and babies; their gentle, effective products are created from cruelty-free, fair trade, organic ingredients, and they consider fuel emissions and travel when choosing their suppliers. Their handmade products are made fresh, with virtually no carbon output.
In addition to their natural ingredients and stringent quality standards, Suki supports more than 16 nonprofit organizations that work to generate awareness and progress, including the Organic Trade Association, OASIS, Breast Cancer Action, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, and even Brad Pitt's Make It Right coalition, which is working to restore New Orleans' hurricane-ravaged Lower 9th Ward.
- Aleigh Acerni