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Kester Black: Innovative Natural Beauty, Disrupting the Norm

Vibrant colours and pleasing palettes are Kester Black’s MO, but behind those sumptuous shades, are innovative thinkers. Touted as Australia’s most ethical cosmetics brand, Kester Black is breaking beauty barriers.

Kester Black: Innovative Natural Beauty, Disrupting the Norm

Founder, Anna Ross, created Kester Black in 2012 to set new ethical standards for the beauty industry. This Australian brand is passionate about creating a net positive effect on our environment and in our communities. They specialise in natural nail polishes, lipsticks and other nail care products, thoughtfully formulated and produced.

Who Is Kester Black & What Do They Do?

With over fifty ingredients on their no-go blacklist, Kester Black is picky about what you put on your body and into our environment. Their nail polishes, in particular, have a revolutionary formula which includes far less chemicals and far more organic ingredients than many of their competitors.

Common nail polish offenders like formaldehyde, camphor and toluene (which are irritants and can be toxic) are nowhere to be found in their products. Even their nail polish removers are water-based and acetone free. Kester Black has breathed life and care back into the formulation of nail products with their natural approach.

Well decorated in more ways than one, the brand has gained a slew of industry awards, for the merit of both their products and their practices. In 2020 alone, Kester Black was awarded Best Lipstick at the Clean Beauty Awards and Best Nail Product at the Beauty Shortlist Awards.

Kester Black is a brand with a social conscience and donates two percent of all revenue to worthy causes. One needs only to look at their plethora of industry accreditations to learn that they pass every test in the book when it comes to exemplary business practices.

An Australian leader in ethical beauty, they don’t just tick all the boxes; they created the list.

Kester Black is proud of what they call their “accreditation dedication”, and with this many industry certifications, we can’t help but agree.

What Do We Like About Kester Black?

1. B Corporation Certified

Kester Black changed the game when they became certified as a B corporation in 2016. Now, over 3000 international companies have joined the ranks, including big names like Ben & Jerry’s and Patagonia.

Certified B corporations meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability. This means that Kester officially prioritises our environment and community over their own bottom line.

2. They’re Vegan + Cruelty Free

Kester Black is proudly vegan and cruelty free. They use no animal or animal-derived ingredients in their products. They doesn’t just talk the talk, they are also certified by The Vegan Society and are officially a vegan brand.

Kester’s products are also 100% cruelty free, meaning that they refuse to use animals for experimentation and testing, a common practice in the world of cosmetics. Just look out for the little leaping bunny of a Cruelty Free International accreditation!

3. Carbon Neutral

Kester Black is known for being kind to the environment. They reject the use of harsh chemicals and plenty of their products use organic ingredients. They’re also certified carbon neutral, meaning that they don’t take more from the environment than they give.

Our Favourite Kester Black Beauty Products

With nail polishes, matte lippies and nail care galore, we’ve fallen for a natural beauty, and her name is Kester Black. Here are some of our curated fave products to take you from day to night.

Petra Nail Polish

Petra is the dusky pink you have been searching for all your life. This glowy neutral is the perfect polish for every occasion. Great for healthy nails and a healthy environment, a major draw of Kester Black’s polishes is their 10-Free promise. Yep, their polishes are free from ten of the harshest chemicals, rife in conventional nail polishes (like formaldehyde, parabens and fragrances).

Pinot Noir Nail Polish

This sultry, deep red polish will look glorious wrapped around your wine glass. Think, Snow White poison apple-esque shade and sheen. Kester Black’s polishes are quick drying and chip resistant for fast application and lovely longevity. With organic ingredients and thoughtful formulation, we might be tempted to take a sip.

Bubblegum Nail Polish

This gorgeous green is just the shade you need to make everyday feel like summery bliss. And guess what? Unlike some actual bubblegum, Kester Black’s nail polish is vegan, as well as being cruelty free. Get ready to pop this bubblegum onto your nails and start feeling minty fresh.

Nail Polish Thinner

How many times have you picked a well-loved bottle of polish out of your collection only to find that it’s gone to gloop? A couple of drops of Kester Black’s Nail Polish Thinner, and your old faves can be good as new. This little investment could wind up saving your pocket and our environment from unnecessary polish replacements.

Do-Gooder Lipstick

Here’s another brilliant, non-drying, non-bleeding and long lasting matte lippy from Kester Black. We love Do-Gooder’s deep mocha shade, as it makes a great nude for those of us with darker skin tones. This liquid lip even has a matching Kester Black natural nail polish, for pairing perfection.

First Date Lipstick

Kester Black’s liquid lips are unlike the rest. There won’t be a dry lip in the house with this organic olus oil and camelina oil infused formula. A highly pigmented, hydrating matte lip? Yes, please. With hints of pink and delicious peach, this just might be the best First Date you’ve ever been on. You’re perfect for each other!

Rest & Repair Mask

Nourish and hydrate your nails with the rest & repair nail mask by Kester Black. Packed with antioxidants and Vitamin E. This product works throughout the night so that your nails can come out and play during the day.

Self Love Oil

This award-winning oil is a multi-tasking superstar. Glorious jojoba, sweet almond and avocado oils make up the base of this cuticle oil slash lip balm slash glowy highlighter. Most importantly, Kester Black’s Self Love Oil is an amazing liquid lipstick remover, so it pairs great with First Date and Do Gooder. We’re totally love struck!

Kester Black Frequently Asked Questions

Who owns Kester Black?

Kester Black is a privately-owned company by founder and creative director Anna Ross.

Is Kester Black Cruelty Free?

Yes, Kester Black cruelty-free company. Their products are also made with sustainable and eco-friendly ingredients, and they are committed to operating in a socially and environmentally responsible way.

Is Kester Black Vegan?

Yes! All their products are 100% vegan. That means none of them have been tested on animals or contain animal derived ingredients.

Kester Black is one of the leading voices in sustainable and ethical beauty, setting a new standard for how products are made and consumed. With their B Corporation certification, they’ve shown that it’s possible to have both social conscience and business success.

We love their products here at Wander Wonder and we know you will too.

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