RMS Beauty Lip2cheek Cream Blush

overall rating:

2

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Sally Tang
7/16/2021
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Lip2cheek Cream Blush is one of RMS Beauty’s bestsellers, highlighting its popularity as both a blush and a lipstick, replacing multiple products with one. This product is sold for $36 USD, making it a rather high end product. As a clean beauty brand, this product of RMS has pretty safe and organic ingredients. The main ingredients have generally quite low risks of allergy and toxicity, but the pigments of certain shades have higher risks of toxicity. It is also very good that they provided a lot of information on their website regarding their ingredient use, providing more transparency. I reckon they can put more effort into using more sustainable packaging materials and eradicating outer boxes. Although there is not much information regarding the manufacturing processes of the product, the general impression of the processes is that it is quite ethical, as no unethical labour reports are found, and they are cruelty-free. The only problem I had is that they seemed to be doing well in the social aspect, but what about the environment? I did not see anything regarding the environmental aspect of manufacturing. It is also disappointing to see no information on their other social and environmental commitment for society, such as collaborations with charities or green campaigns. I hope RMS can do more work to showcase corporate social (and environmental) responsibility as they develop further . 

What it's made of:

2.25

This product is free of toxic chemicals like paraben and talc, and made of many organic and non-GMO ingredients, such as castor seed oil, shea butter, and jojoba seed oil. They also specifically explained why they claimed to be “certified organic” since there are currently no standards for organic beauty products. RMS uses the certification from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Although this certification certifies food and agricultural products, it is still worth referencing because many of their ingredients are plant-based. Unfortunately, the origin of the ingredients is not provided, failing to provide all-round information. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) system ranks the safety of chemicals used in different products on a scale of 1 to 10 (with 1 being the safest); they also certify products that are totally free of harmful chemicals. Most shades for this product were ranked as 2, which means the risks of allergy, toxicity and other harm is low. Whereas some of the shades, like “Smile” and “Beloved”, were ranked as 3, which have higher risks of allergy and toxicity. The difference in scores is mainly because of the different pigments used, while other main ingredients are all safe to use (according to the ratings for individual chemicals). RMS is called “clean beauty” not only because of their mostly safe ingredients, but they also emphasize the reduced processing of ingredients, which keeps more useful nutrients in the product for sake of nourishing and low toxicity. I love that they have a page dedicated to explaining the concerns and benefits of the different ingredients they use. This provides more transparency and customers will have more confidence in their products. 

The product pot is designed to be minimal, recyclable or reusable, and the boxes used are made from 80% post-consumer recycled fibre and manufactured using 80% wind power. Although RMS seemed to have put effort into making their packaging more sustainable, I would argue that outer boxes are not necessary; it would be even better to fully eradicate outer boxes (some other brands are already not using paper boxes). 

How it's made:

1.75

The idea of this product is that it can be used for both cheeks and lips, replacing two products with one. I think this is more sustainable because I often fail to finish using the whole blush/lipstick. Combining it both increases the chance of finishing the whole product and reduces waste.

RMS products are made in the USA, but disappointedly, there is no information regarding its manufacturing process or labour information. We only know that they claimed to have their mica ethically sourced without child labour and I see that they are not involved in any news related to unethical labour or manufacturing, which I think is a good sign suggesting that RMS is pretty ethical in its manufacturing. They are also cruelty-free, which means that they refuse to conduct animal testing in all circumstances. The only concern I have is that they are sold at Sephoras worldwide, which means they are also involved in large carbon emissions related to air transport. I believe their labour condition is ethical, but I did not see any merits on the environmental side. I am rather disappointed and hope to see that their environmental commitments in manufacturing get up to par with their social effort, or to have information on what they have done. 

Who makes it:

0.75

RMS beauty is a quite famous brand focusing on providing luxury clean beauty products that use clean and meticulously sourced ingredients. RMS is a private brand, not affiliated with any larger cosmetic companies. They emphasize the use of organic and natural ingredients, and I can see on the website that they put a lot of effort into explaining their use of ingredients and providing a large amount of information on that. However, I did not see information regarding their social and environmental commitments or any extra work that they do. There are also no recycling programs or refillable products. However, I understand that without affiliating to larger companies it may be harder to have extra commitments. That being said, I would love to see more about what they do for society and the environment as they grow bigger as a brand. 

Sources:

https://www.rmsbeauty.com/products/lip2cheek?variant=959894435
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/products/808124-RMS_Beauty_Lip2Cheek_Smile_Beloved/
https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/products/808123-RMS_Beauty_Lip2Cheek_Promise_Spell_Modest_Illusive_Demure_Diabolique_Paradise/
https://www.rmsbeauty.com/pages/our-philosophy
https://ethicalelephant.com/rms-beauty-cruelty-free/
https://www.rmsbeauty.com/pages/list-of-ingredients
https://www.rmsbeauty.com/pages/ingredients-we-use
https://www.careercontessa.com/interviews/rms-beauty-elaine-sack/
https://www.allure.com/gallery/beauty-brands-made-in-the-usa
https://www.rmsbeauty.com/pages/faq