Petite & Minimal

Zao Organic Vegan Lipstick Swatch And Review

January 29th, 2019 | 2 minutes to read

Zao organic makeup makes wonderful vegan lipsticks too. They come in two major types: one is called “pearly”, I’m guessing they would have a bit pearlescent sheen, which I don’t quite like; another one is matt, which is my normal go-to type when it comes to lipsticks. Since I have warm skin tone, I selected three shades I’ll be testing below. They all work wonderful with warm toned skin.


ricinus communis seed oil (ricinus communis (castor) seed oil), c10-18 triglycerides, prunus armeniaca kernel extract (prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel extract), hydrogenated olive oil stearyl esters, glycine soja oil (glycine soja (soybean) oil), hydroxystearic/linolenic/oleic polyglycerides, parfum (fragrance), tocopherol, butyrospermum parkii butter (butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter), olea europaea fruit oil (olea europaea (olive) fruit oil), theobroma cacao seed butter (theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter), phyllostachis bambusoides rhizome extract, simmondsia chinensis seed oil (simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil), elaeis guineensis butter (elaeis guineensis (palm) butter), punica granatum fruit extract (punica granatum (pomegranate) fruit extract), bambusa arundinacea stem powder, ci 77820 (silver). may contain +/-: ci 77891 (titanium dioxide), ci 77491 (iron oxides), ci 77492 (iron oxides), ci 77499 (iron oxides), ci 77510 (ferric ferrocyanide), ci 77007 (ultramarines), ci 77742 (manganese violet), mica.


Zao Lipstick The above image comes from their official site.

Zao Lipstick Chocolate, Dark Red, Orange Red Swatches


  • 464 Orange Red – This is a coral red color with strong orange tone. Suitable for everyday wear for a lighter mood. This color reminds me of Real Purity’s Sunkissed shade.
  • 466 Chocolate – This is also a coral red with strong brown tone. Suitable for everyday wear, if you want a subtle and mature look. This color reminds me of Real Purity’s Golden Bronze shade.
  • 465 Dark Red – This is a brick red color with warm tone. It is great for going out or traveling when you want to add strong red color yet don’t want it to be too shiny. It reminds me of Honeybee Gardens’ Desire shade.

Zao Lipstck refill The above image comes from their official site.

User Experience:

The texture is very similar to Real Purity and Ecco Bella lipsticks I have previously tried. It goes a bit dry when you apply but they don’t tend to bleed and stay on your lips pretty well, while also provide enough moisturizing for your lips. The color is pretty pigmented, and shows up well on the lips. It has a very mild and non-intruding fragrance, which is ok with me. I actually start to appreciate a little natural fragrance in my skincare or makeup now as I found the fragrance-free ones a bit unpleasant sometimes.


The package is made from eco-friendly bamboo. However you can buy refills at much cheaper price once you finish, and install them inside your bamboo lipstick case. To be honest I actually prefer the simple refill package, because they’re much smaller in size. They look like an ordinary lip balm, which is perfect, because as a petite, I’m always concerned about the weight and size of everything that goes into my petite bag. 😉 Use within 12 months after opening.


According to their official website:
Price per item ( 3.5 g): 24.22 USD | 18.75 GBP | 21.34 EUR | 33.94 AUD | 218.56 SEK | 164.89 RMB
Price per gram : 6.35 USD | 5.36 GBP | 6.10 EUR | 9.70 AUD | 62.45 SEK | 47.11 RMB