LUSH Chilli Tingle review, photos, swatches

While getting ready to review Chilli Tingle, I learned three extremely important things, and one less important thing:
  1. When flashing a lip swatch, do not, under any circumstances, forget to close your eyes.
  2. In particular, do not accidentally look right at your camera’s flash when it happens.
  3. Because that fucker is bright and it will burn itself onto your retinas for the next five to ten minutes. Do not, under any circumstances, be fooled by the innocuous appearance of your built-in flash.

As for the less-important-but-more relevant thing, I also learned that:

  1. I hate the smell of chilli.

The product: LUSH Lip Tint in Chilli Tingle

In case you hadn’t already figured it out for yourself, I’m not exactly Chilli Tingle‘s biggest fan. But, of course, that’s just me being ridiculous – it’s simply not what I’d expected. The product itself, however, really isn’t actually half-bad!

My initial reaction to this lip tint was huh, cool – you don’t see chilli in lip products too often, you know? The market’s mainly just full of peppermint and cocoa butter and vanilla and shea. While Chilli Tingle certainly is interesting, though, I should probably have thought about the fact that I hate chilli (and orange lip products, actually) before giving it a go.

(Yes, alright, you can take a moment to laugh at me.)

(Okay, moment’s over, stop it!)

Chilli Tingle Lip Tint, swatched

With the dry texture of this Lip Tint, I find that I have to put quite a bit of it on when I wear it – too sheer of a layer and it goes rather patchy, clinging to dry patches and otherwise just sliding about. With the amount that I have to wear, the resulting colour is a lot more full-on than I had anticipated: instead of a sheer coral, it’s more of a medium-opaque orange-red.

For beauty junkie with normal (rather than, erm, extremely dry) lips, though, and for lovers of orange lip products? I would definitely recommend giving this a go. There’s way more pigment in this product than you’d think, and the colour wears for quite a long time (especially for a “tint”!)

Swatched L-R: LUSH Lip Tint Chilli Tingle, Marcelle Rouge Xpression in Delirium, Annabelle Volumelip gloss in So Sanguine.

The verdict?

Steer clear of Chilli Tingle if (duh) you’re not a fan of chilli or orange lip colours, and/or if you have dry, sensitive lips. (Sometimes I think I need to have my brain checked out. Are you sure all of this perfume-sniffing hasn’t damaged my frontal lobe?)

However, if you’re looking for a natural (and we mean this in terms of production and ingredients, not colour) orange lip colour, don’t miss it! Just – make sure to think of it like a lip colour, not a lip balm, which was one of the many, many mistakes I made while writing this review. Remember to layer it on (too little product and it’ll shift around) and you should be good to go.

LUSH Lip Tint ingredients for Chilli Tingle

(P.S.) You could probably eat LUSH’s Lip Tints, if you really had to. Though by no means is this a recommendation, because despite the fact that the formula contains icing sugar, agave syrup, and chilli powder… its jojoba oil/cocoa butter/candelilla wax base would be gross. But, like, you could. Probably. If you had to. For whatever reason.

Chilli Tingle, on lips

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  • Jamilla

    I love you in orange – or any bright lip color, honest!! I think i'll skip the Chilli, though!

    • Haha, thank you! :P I'm not really a huge orange fan. Keep trying it, but I guess it's just not for me!

  • PinkGlitter

    Interesting product. I like the orange tint, but not sure if the chili aspect is for me. Do you "notice" that chili powder is an ingredient like you would notice peppermint added to a lip product?
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    • Not really – peppermint is really obvious on my lips, but this just felt… slightly irritating. Which, if you ask me, is not exactly what you would WANT out of a lip product! >.<

  • I wish orange looked good on me! :( You have such amazing lips && teeth!
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  • dani@callitbeauty

    LOVE the shade but all I can think about is a burning sensation on my lips, coz… You know… Chilli is HOT, yo!
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    • Lol! I didn't really feel a "burn" – I was expecting a lip-plumper like feeling, but instead it was just a tiny bit irritating. Though, that could have been from the chilli, the yerba santa, OR the annatto seeds.

      Either way – not particularly pleasant, but not super-unpleasant, either! I'd prefer if it was a chilli-coloured but chilli-free lip product, though :P

  • This: "You could probably eat LUSH’s Lip Tints, if you really had to. Though by no means is this a recommendation, because despite the fact that the formula contains icing sugar, agave syrup, and chilli powder… its jojoba oil/cocoa butter/candelilla wax base would be gross. But, like, you could. Probably. If you had to. For whatever reason."

    made me laugh. A lot. I could eat it. If I had to. … *giggles*

    Anyway. Moment over. I think it's really pretty! But the chili, I dunno. I like to eat chilis. But…hm. I dunno. The color is gorgeous, however, and I need those freaking Annabelle glosses. Damn being on the wrong side of the border :P
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    • Glad it made you laugh! :P

      You DO totally need Annabelle glosses. Come visit! And raid the drugstore while you're here! :D

  • BeautyReflects

    Hahaha Rae you are hilarious! I think it looks great on you. But yeah, a little weird-chili? Haha-do they have Buffalo Wings too? :)
    It's like those flavoured potato chips-why would you want your chips to taste like Smokin' Stampede Ribs? I don't get it.
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    • LOL! I've never understood that, either – so strange.

      Tasty, sometimes. But strange!

  • Nina

    You just gave me a really good laugh Rae! :D I love your writing style. Also, you look so so beautiful with orange coloured lips. But I can't help wondering, did it burn your lips? :/

    • I felt a little bit of irritation, but I'm not 100% sure it was the chilli – that's the most likely cause, but it could have been a mild allergy to the yerba santa or annatto seeds, too. (I've never ingested either, so there's a slight possibility that I may have an intolerance to them!)

      Glad I could make you laugh :P And thank you!! I still don't love how orange looks on me, but I'm pretty sure that's more because I hate orange and less because it actually looks bad >.<

  • Oh wow… I am LOVING this colour. Not into the chilli tingle at all but it looks so beautiful. I think it's the only LUSH product I've ever lusted after!
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    • It's LE, Liz!! Get in store & swatch (and sniff) it asap!! :P

  • It's a shame you don't like how it looks on you, because it looks great! And i'm not just saying that because i'm an orange lip junkie. I do also hate the smell of chili though and I probably wouldn't want it on a lip product.
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    • Lol! I'm under the impression that my aversion to orange lip products is more because I don't like orange and less because I don't like orange *on me* :P

      Do you have access to Annabelle or Marcelle? I found the shades to be quite similar, but I prefer the scent-free, irritant-free formula of the Volumelip glosses & Rouge Xpression lipsticks much more!

  • The intro to this post made me laugh uncontrollably. I always find that I look a little less than mentally stable when I take lip swatch photographs because I'm more concerned with what my lips are doing than the rest of my face. Thank god we crop them!

    It's a shame this didn't work out for you as the shade is absolutely lovely!
    ♥ Jessica

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    • Haha, I'm glad! :P And OH MY GOD, I know, right? We look so strange when taking lip shots! :D

      I'm not too terribly broken up over it. It wasn't the best introduction to LUSH, but at least I already have a couple dupes in my stash!

  • This is very pretty!

  • Jen

    I like it alot. I also like chili and orange-y colours. The lip tint looks pretty on you. Great Photos!
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    • Thanks, Jen! Give this one a try – if you're into orange and chilli, I think you'd like it! ;)

  • This colour really suits you and it’s a great pop of colour…however…the chilli smell in a lip balm is rather off-putting…

    • Thanks, Ling :) I'm not really a fan of the chilli smell, either :/ (obviously, lol!)

  • Aw, I think it looks great on you!
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  • Ciambella

    I'm watching Zombieland right now, so when you said "you could probably eat it if you had to" my mind immediately went to "zombie apocalypse rations," haha! The color suits you quite well!
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    • LOL! Perfect :P Zombieland is the one with Kristen Stewart & Jesse Eisenberg, right?

  • FINALLY! Someone who loves orange :) Ahh this is making me more excited for LUSH coming to Singapore… the grand opening is tomorrow and I can't wait! :) Definitely checking out Chilli Tingle, it looks amazing on you. xx
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  • I love LUSH and I love orange lip colours! I'm not sure I love chili in my cosmetics but I am willing to give it a shot.

    Is this sort of a lip stain? The LUSH site doesn't really say. Do you think it would work as a cheek colour?
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    • Hmm – that's a good question! It's sort of a creamy lip colour – not quite a balm and not quite a stain. But yeah, I think it could work as a cheek colour if you really worked it in!

  • AdorableOnYourVanity

    I love the color, but I hate chilli; so no, thanks! I'd rather buy a coral lip balm from MAC, which is along the same lines, color wise! Thanks for the reveiw!
    My recent post NARS Mata Hari Blush is the pink for me!

    • Lol! Np :P It's not coral, though, really – more of an orange! ;)

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  • You may not like orange lippies, but they love you! You look GORGEOUS in that lip tint!!!
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    The F bomb? ;o) lol

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    Profanity – – shame!

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  • vanitypot

    The chili ingredient reminded me of how I spiced my watermelon mocktail for class with red bellpeppers! It caused a riot, I mean, with my classmates. :P
    I wonder if it tingles like those silly lip plumpers? I hope not since I'd love to try it!

    • It doesn't! "True" lip plumpers tend to burn my lips like CRAZY, but I can barely feel this one ;)

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