Axiology Lip to lid balmies

Axiology Review (I Tried their Balmies and Multi-Stick)

In today’s article I’m sharing my detailed and honest Axiology review of their bestsellers. I tested their lip-to-lid balmies, Multistick and Tinted Dew. Plus, you can use OBL to save 20%.

Axiology lip-to-lid balmies are plastic-free color crayons for eyes, lips and cheeks. They’re vegan and cruelty free too!

Made with just 9 ingredients, Axiology balmies are packed with oils, butters, and antioxidants like hemp and plum oil to nourish skin while imparting color. Axiology multistick

Axiology Lip to lid balmies
The first thing you’ll notice is that the Axiology balmies look like crayons with paper wrapped around them instead of the usual aluminium or plastic tube packaging. Balmies look tiny at first, but they’re still the standard lipstick size at .12 oz. Yes, most of that beautiful lipstick you already own is packaging while the actual amount of lipstick is minuscule. The red boxes Balmies come in are handmade from recycled trash by a women’s cooperative in Bali.

Axiology Lip to lid balmies

If you want to try the Axiology lip-to-lid balmies (that’s probably why you’re here!) but have never tried zero waste makeup, then I’m just going to be upfront and say that you’ll need to be open-minded and forgiving. Opting for zero waste, good-for-the-planet products means giving up on the packaging you’re used to.

If you’re not dexterous, I think you’d struggle handling the balmies because they are very small and can easily break off if you’re not holding them at the ideal spot with the ideal amount of pressure. Which brings me to my next topic.

Axiology Lip to lid balmie

How to Use Axiology Lip-to-Lid Balmies

  • Do not hold them at the base. The balmie will break off around the middle and you’ll be left with even tinier pieces. Hold them as close to the top as possible.
  • Rip off the paper just like you would a crayon as you use the product up
  • There are no crayon sharpeners for Axiology. This is intentional. The shape will become stubby and rounded as you use up the balmie.

Axiology Lip to lid balmies

Axiology Lip-to-Lid Balmie Performance

The Axiology lip-to-lid balmies are a drier cream consistency and are great as blushes but are not that nourishing for lips. These are not an emollient kind of creamy. If you want to add some color to lips and don’t care for the moisturizing factor then this won’t bother you. I personally like the balmies as blushes or highlighters most. As a powder and matte-loving person, I also like that they lean dry so I don’t end up with the oily or “wet” look. Lip-to-Lid balmies have a good amount of pigment that’s easily buildable. FYI, the most popular Lip-To-Lid Balmie shade is Nude Plum.

Axiology Lip to lid balmies

Axiology Ingredients

Organic Castor Oil, Kokum Butter, Organic Sunflower Oil, Sunflower Seed Wax, Hemp Seed Oil, Plum Seed Oil, Vitamin E Oil (derived from soy), Elderberry Extract, Neem Seed Oil. May Contain: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Iron Oxide (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Silica

Axiology swatches

Axiology Lip-To-Lid Balmies Swatches

On the left is the balmies blended and the right is the balmies packed on for you to see how the shades build. The top three are from the Of The Earth Set and the bottom three from the Malibu Magic Set.

  • Cherry
  • Caramel
  • Nude Plum
  • Clementine
  • Peach
  • Champagne

Axiology Multistick Color Cream

I much prefer Axiology’s multi-sticks over their balmies! The zero waste, compostable packaging is far superior and feels a lot sturdier. Even after a year the packaging hasn’t deteriorated one bit.

The ingredients are clean and simple just the way I like it. There’s only 10 naturally derived ingredients including organic oils and butters.

The stick glides on smoothly and is insanely pigmented! I really only need one swipe, but it’s buildable for a bolder look.

This is amazing as a blush, but isn’t as moisturizing as I want it to be for lips. I understand there’s a tradeoff and it can’t be perfect for both.

If it were highly moisturizing it would be too greasy as a blush! That’s probably why Axiology created their Tinted Dew (more on this further below!).

Axiology multistick color cream


Axiology color cream

Axiology Color Cream in Identity

Shade identity is such a fun, vibrant watermelon pink shade. I love it!

Axiology multistick


Axiology Tinted Dew

Axiology also has a Tinted Dew multi-stick that offers a sheer wash of color compared to Color Cream’s strong pigment. It also has a slicker, more moisturizing texture.

There are 7 shades available and the one I’m wearing in the photo above is shade Humble, which is a peony pink. It’s a little bit too bright for my skin tone, but a very feminine and fun shade as well.

The ingredients are all natural and I appreciate the certified organic oils that deeply moisturize my dry lips! Axiology’s Tinted Dew is perfect for lips but too slick as a blush for me.


SAVE: OBL saves 20% at Axiology


Axiology swatches



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