American rap group Wu-Tang Clan has teamed up with cruelty-free cosmetic company Milk Makeup to launch a “warrior-inspired” range of vegan lipsticks. The entire collection, called Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup, is inspired by the group’s decades-long fascination with Shaolin Kung Fu.
Billboard reports that Wu-Tang leader and longtime vegan RZA bonded with Milk Makeup co-founder Zanna Rassi “over their Big Apple heritage” to create a lipstick collection that “truly blends the two identities together.” RZA explained that his wife Talani Diggs, who formulated the colors, is a fan of the cruelty-free cosmetics brand.
“Beyond the common denominator of Wu’s and Milk’s NYC cultural background, I’m excited about this collaboration for the Yin, or Feminine energy, that it invokes,” RZA said in a statement. “Milk Makeup has been bold in creating beauty products with unique ingredients. This collab dives deeper into that realm and I’m sure will inspire the Wisdom, Beauty, and Strength of today’s Modern Warriors.”
The gold-plated lipstick bullets are custom-sculpted with a dragon winding around the barrel, while the long-lasting lip shades are each named after the eight earthly elements of the I Ching Trigrams, an ancient Chinese book of wisdom. Shades include a high shine burgundy called Source, a matte orange-red called Fire, and a rose-gold glitter shade called Sacred.
Already boasting a vegan Wu Wear clothing line, Wu-Tang wanted to take their fashion-know-how to the cosmetic industry with this limited edition collection of eight luxe vegan lip colors. The collection also includes a limited-edition 24K gold-plated mirror, shaped like the group’s logo, which retails for $75.
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WU-TANG X MILK MAKEUP 美 AVAILABLE NOW – We are unleashing a ❗️limited-edition❗️collection of 8 luxe Lip Colors in collaboration with @wutangclan featuring @teyanataylor that balances sacred Chinese ingredients with high-payoff colors. – The longwear Lip Colors, each named after the eight earthly elements of the I Ching Trigrams ☯️ are housed in a specially-made component, revealing a custom-sculpted dragon upon opening. 🐲CHI (high shine red) 🐲SACRED (rose gold glitter) 🐲FIRE (matte orange red) 🐲FLOW (high shine rosy beige) 🐲FREQUENCY (purple glitter) 🐲SOURCE (high shine burgundy) 🐲CYPHER (high shine brown) 🐲RUCKUS (high shine hot pink) – Our #wutangxmilkmakeup Lip Colors available NOW exclusively on milkmakeup.com – Video features @teyanataylor Original beat produced by @RZA Directed by @gg_georgie_greville Produced by @whoodencollective
Each vegan lipstick features Chinese-inspired “enlightened ingredients,” namely antioxidant-rich sacred lotus water, cherry blossom, and ginseng, which Milk Makeup explains “combine as a shield to help protect against free radicals and fuel the life energy of the Wu Warrior.” The Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup collection also promises to “nourish your soul” with hemp extract included to hydrate and plump lips.
Ethical as well as empowering, the collection is vegan, in line with Milk Makeup’s other collections. The brand has always been cruelty-free, but it wasn’t until last March that Milk Makeup announced it was eliminating all animal ingredients from its product lines.
The Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup collection is now available at milkmakeup.com and can be bought collectively for $440, or individually for $55.
Image credit: Milk Makeup
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