Ilia all day every day! Ilia Beauty Around the World lipstick review + swatches (ft. Neon Angel + Ink Pot)


Ilia all day every day! Ilia Beauty Around the World lipstick review + swatches (ft. Neon Angel + Ink Pot)

The models of today’s shoot – left to right: Neon Angel, Around the World and Ink Pot 😉
A little more than a week ago, I welcomed a new addition to my Ilia lipstick family, namely “Around the World”. Exclusively sold on Net-à-porter, it was inspired by 2014’s Pantone Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. As soon as I got my hands on it, I immediately brought out two other Ilia lipsticks to play with, i.e “Neon Angel” which is a buildable hot pink and “Ink Pot”, a deep vampy violet. All three are part of Ilia’s lipstick collection, not lip conditioners. While browsing through my Pantone postcards, I came across the exact match of “Around the World” so I had to include it in the pictures.

My impressions of “Around the World”
Just like Ilia’s latest lip gloss “Back to Life”, “Around the World is also inspired by Radiant Orchid, but it’s not as bright and punchy as “Back
to Life”. Ilia never seems to disappoint in terms of colors, “Around the World” is simply a gorgeous wearable light purple. It’s a flattering shade, and the blue undertones have a tendency to whiten the teeth so that’s always a plus – as long as your teeth are not as white as Ross Geller’s in that famous F.r.i.e.n.d.s episode 😉  It’s super smooth, non-sticky, and the color stays put for several hours.   Unlike “Neon Angel” and “Ink Pot”, “Around the World” is a bit sheerer, several coats are necessary for a stronger color to show. I don’t know if it’s simply an impression, but I’ve also found “Around the World” to be more moisturizing than Ilia’s usual lipsticks. It actually reminded me more of their lip conditioners, in terms of texture and formula. However, I checked the ingredients and nothing seemed to have been altered.

Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Beeswax (Cera Alba)*, Triisostearyl Citrate, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Starch *, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rose Hip) Fruit Oil, Sage (Salvia Officinalis) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide (CI 77499, CI 77492, CI 77491), Red 7 CI15850, Red 28 CI45410, Yellow 5 CI19140. *Certified Organic Ingredients.

From left to right, Neon Angel, Around the World and Ink Pot
















Ilia swatches : one coat application










Neon Angel doesn’t translate as a magenta pink on my lips after a first use, it looks more like a bubblegum pink. However depth of colour can be built with several layers : add a few coats to warm up the color and you’ll quickly get something more vivid. I only wish Ink Pot was a lip crayon instead of a lipstick. Because of its daring color and strong pigmentation, it requires extra attention
when applied (see messy swatch for evidence haha)  To me, “Around the World” is the perfect combination of “Neon Angel” and “Ink Pot” : if both are too daring for you, go with “Around the World” for a less matte finish. It’s definitely a hit for me, as it’s a subtle yet flattering purple. Also it doesn’t settle into fine lines as much as you’d think, so it won’t require you to prep your lips systematically (exfoliation & lip balm) before use.

In the meantime, I can’t wait to continue playing with my Ilia lispticks like I did for this post (here), where I mixed different colors together. The more the merrier as they say!
Around the World is exclusively available on Net-à-porter
– for now – (here) and retails for the price of 24 Euros.

What are your current favorite lipticks?

Take care,




  • Love it, I do prefer the look of neon angel but that is probably because I actually tried it and know what it looks like on me 😉 I do find that different colours vary in moisture probably due to pigments used, the most moisturising is In paradise the least is Lust for life from the ones I have xx

    • Neon Angel is a fab color indeed. That's interesting regarding the pigments, thank you for the infos! I'll also have to get a closer look at In Paradise 😉 xx

  • I've been lusting over Ink Pot for ages. If it becomes available in Canada again, it'll be mine! Thanks for the comparison, they look great on you xo

    • Thank you Nicole! I was looking for Ink Pot everywhere until I saw it on Net-à-porter, thankfully that day, shipping was free so I didn't think twice 😉 It's still available there, hope you get to try it soon, it's such a unique shade. xx

  • Your lips looks so gorgeous with these lipsticks, Liz! Augh, so so tempted by Around the World – even more so with your super helpful swatches. 🙂

    • Aw thanks Marcy! Let me know if you give in ;D Honestly, it's pretty and super wearable, and I'm sure it would look great on you 🙂 xx

    • Ink Pot, c'est incomparable dans le marché des rouges à lèvres naturels, cette couleur est incroyable! xx

    • If you love purple, then these are for you 😉 Around the World would be a great start if you want to see how you like it, as it's the most subtle of the bunch. Let me know if you get any of these 🙂 xx

    • Agreed! Ink Pot is really one of a kind, and it's actually wearable if you don't mind an extra color dose 😉 xx

    • I'm glad they could help! Yes, Around the World is really pretty, and I'm sure it would look beautiful on you 🙂 xx

    • It is pretty indeed, and it's more hydrating than the others, which is definitely a plus 🙂 xx

  • I LOVE how Neon Angel and Around The World look! ATW has been on my wish list for a while now, since I spotted it on Jade. Shooting heart eye emojis at ya x

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    • Thank you lovely! Yes, I saw it on Jade too, I went to order one of RMS' eye polish, and I was unsure about ATW as there were no swatches available, but after seeing Jade's picture, I added it to my order and I don't regret it, it's a really cool shade ;). xx

  • I have been DYYYYING for this post. Amazing. My lipstick obsession is satiated. Definitely picking up "Around the World" soon, and you posted some amazing swatches. THANK YOU!

  • I love the look of Ink Pot – do you know if they still sell it? They all look beautiful on you Liz! Neon Angel looks like a beautiful summer shade too 🙂 x


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