Being introduced to new brands is probably one of my favorite part of blogging! I feel like I’ve tested so many products but there are still so many brands out in the market to discover!You never know when you might find a new must have brand. Some amazing brands I tested out for the first time last year include Pixi, Laneige, Givenchy, Kiehls, and IT Cosmetics.
|Wearing the Powder Blush and Color Outline Pencil|
The really cool thing about Beauty Counter is their “Never List” which includes over 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that will never be in any of their products! I would say the brand focuses on skincare/body but also has a collection of makeup. I am really impressed by the ingredients list of the Rejuvenating Radiance Serum and the Nourishing Day Cream! I haven’t tried their skincare items yet as I’m currently testing out another routine but I will be sharing my review on the Powder Blush, Eyeliner and Lip Balm.
The Powder Blush – $49 comes in a cute cardboard compact that closes tightly with a magnetic pull. Inside is an okay sized mirror. There are 3 shades of the blushes and each is a duo that contains a shimmer and a matte. The shade I am using is Flamingo/Apricot.
I have naturally red cheeks so I normally like mauve or coral shades for blush better. I found the top half of the duo to be too bright for my liking. The bottom shade is better for me and you can definitely wear them separately. The two other blushes available are really gorgeous, one is a tan/orange and the other is two shades of mauve.
In terms of the ingredients, Talc and Mica are the first two. I actually thought these two ingredients were controversial in cosmetics use but they must not be harmful. In addition, the blush contains a Porcelain Flower Plant Extract which is suppose to help moisturize the skin.
Next, I have the Color Outline Eye Pencil in Black. I used to always use pencil liners but recently have only been using felt or liquid eyeliner. It took a little bit getting use to for a softer, smokier look but it’s really nice for every day. The smudger on the opposite side was fantastic for blending out harsh lines. This pencil in particular gives more of a natural look as the pigmentation is not super heavy.
It was easy to apply but this is not the creamiest eyeliner I’ve tried, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing as creamy ones tend to smudge and are hard to apply. But I didn’t really like that it had such a strong HB2 pencil smell.
Lastly, I tried out the Lip Conditioner with Calendula. First off, I really loved the ingredient list of the lip conditioner. It’s full of real “english” words and oils and waxes derived from plants! The lip conditioner is surprisingly light and thin in texture but works hard to repair your lips! It only takes a few applications to go from super dry chapped lips to smooth supple lips. The only complaint I have is that I don’t really like lip products in a jar and I have to dip my fingers in. But this was definitely my favorite product of the 3.
I’m a really big fan of the ideals and mission behind Beauty Counter. The two makeup items I tried didn’t really stand up to other products I have in my collection. But I think their skincare and body products will be amazing especially if you are particular about ingredients in the personal care products. I would love to try their Body Butter in Citrus Mimosa or the Sugar Body Scrub in Lemongrass. Both sound delicious and features really great for you ingredients!