Meet The Brand: Spela Cosmetics
As someone that lives for non-toxic lipstick and tacos, it only makes sense that I went on the hunt for the most high performance matte liquid lipstick in the Clean Beauty world to bring to Trellis Beauty. When searching for a long wear lipstick as a consumer, a makeup artist, and now a buyer for a retail store, there are a few requirements: non drying, actually LONGwear, full coverage, cost effective (which is funny considering I have paid $100 for a lipstick before. I know, GASP! But when in the Big Apple.....*shrugs shoulders*) and of course free of some common questionable ingredients found in conventional brand liquid lipsticks; Phenoxyethanol, Petrolatum, Polyethylene, Retinyl palmitate. While all Clean Beauty brands meet the ingredient requirement, I was finding that my other requirements were left behind.
Matte Bold lips are my thing (as well as a very popular item in the beauty industry) so to be honest, I continued to wear my conventional brand because I wasn't happy with any Clean liquid lipsticks. Until Now!! Enter Spela Cosmetics Paint and Play Matte Liquid Lipsticks.
Spela Cosmetics is a Portland, OR based brand that is committed to creating high quality, long-wearing formulas that are vegan, cruelty free and non-toxic. The brand launched in 2016, bringing 8 truly wearable and drool worthy shades to the Clean Beauty market! All shades are beautiful on their own, or can be blended to create customized shades that are only limited by your imagination. Lately I've been swooning over Happy Hour, a rich deep berry shade and Spa Day a perfect rosy nude for all skin tones!
Before we dive deeper into their ingredient selection, meet Maryam, the founder and CEO of the brand.
When choosing brands for Trellis Beauty it is very important that the brands provide safer, non-toxic, and ethically sourced ingredients in their products. Spela Paint and Play Matte Liquid Lipsticks do just that. Not only are they vegan and cruelty free (mentioned earlier) each product must meet their strict ingredient safety standards. As part of their guiding principles they ensure that all of their products comply with the regulations of the European Union, which has banned over 1300 ingredients in cosmetics while the US as only banned 30! It is a huge trend in the Clean Beauty industry to hold their companies to the EU standards. Let's just say I would be stocking up on beauty items on my trip to Europe because of how much cleaner the products are! (When is this trip to Europe I ask myself?? Not anytime soon, so in the meantime I will shop at Trellis Beauty! See what I did there? Shameless plug. #keepitcleanRaleigh)
Spela refuses to to use any ingredient that has known harmful effect in any of the following ways (information directly from their website)
Allergen | Any substance that can cause hypersensitivity of the immune system.
Carcinogen | Any substance that has the potential to cause cancer in living tissue. Exposure to carcinogens can occur from the inhalation, ingestion, or absorption of these substances.
DNA/Cell Damage | Any substance that can cause alteration in the chemical structure of DNA. May be naturally repaired but will not result to 100% efficiency. Un-repaired DNA may damage and accumulate in non-replicating cells such as in the brain and muscles.
Endocrine Disruption | Interference with the body's endocrine system, causing negative effects on metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep and mood.
Environmental Harm | Ingredients known to cause potential contamination of water and soil.
Reproductive Harm | Any substance known to interfere with the reproductive organs, that can alter sexual behavior, decrease fertility, cause menstrual changes, offset puberty, increase risk of miscarriages, increase premature births and increase risk of reproductive cancers.
Neurotoxicity | Exposure to substances that alters normal nervous system activity, may damage or kill nerve endings, or cause damage to the brain tissue.
Organ Toxicity/Irritation | Occurs in major organs fed by the circulatory system (heart, kidneys, brain, eyes) which can sustain damage due to uncontrolled hypertension, hypotension, or hypovolemia.
From nudes to bold, the color selection from Spela is just stunning and I am so excited to announce that Trellis Beauty is the very first retailer in the entire state of North Carolina to carry these rock star lip products! To top it off? They retail for ONLY $18.00 (and let's just say outperforms that $100 lipstick ANY day of the week!) We are honored to be a partner with the brand and look forward to seeing more products from this company in the future. To all of the wonderful clients here at Trellis Beauty, I hope that you enjoy these lippies as much as I do! And can we all say it together now, I live for non-toxic lipstick and tacos! Xoxo TG