American rap group Wu-Tang Clan has teamed up with cruelty-free cosmetic company Milk Makeup to launch a range of “warrior-inspired” vegan and cruelty-free lipsticks.
American rap group Wu-Tang Clan and cruelty-free cosmetics brand Milk Makeup, who announced earlier this year that is had removed all non-vegan products from its beauty collection to become fully vegan, have launched a limited-edition line that features eight shades of vegan and cruelty-free lipsticks.
Each vegan lipstick comes with a striking and elegant sculpted gold dragon winding around the barrel and feature Chinese-inspired “enlightened ingredients,” namely antioxidant-rich sacred lotus water, Chinese red dates, 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 claims to “nourish your soul” with hemp extract to hydrate and plump lips.
Speaking to to Billboard about the collaboration, Wu-Tang Clan member RZA said that the lipstick line was inspired by his wife and a shared love for New York City.
“I have a great relationship with Milk’s founder, Rassi, and as New Yorkers, we’ve frequented some of the same circles,” RZA told Billboard. “We spoke about fashion and the cosmetic world and I revealed that [Talani], my wife, has a cool perspective about makeup [because] in her youth, she was in the modeling circles.”
“She is a fan of Milk Makeup’s products and when [Rassi and I] talked about forming a collaboration that reflected our NYC sensibility and philosophy, makeup became the unique and unpredictable choice. The Milk Makeup collaboration was spearheaded by my wife.”
“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.”
Sadly the lipsticks don’t come cheap. Customers can buy each lipstick individually for $55, or buy the entire collection for $440. According to a post on Milk Makeup’s Instagram page, the lipsticks were created with “sacred Chinese ingredients”, which may go some way to explain the hefty price tag.
The Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup collection is now available at milkmakeup.com