Today I have an exciting review for you all! I was lucky enough to pick up some products from Jessica Alba’s eco friendly, natural beauty line, Honest Beauty, when travelling in LA. As I live in Australia, I unfortunately cannot purchase any products online as they don’t ship internationally. I have been using these products since September 2015, so I feel like I can give quite a decent review on each product. What I love about this line is that not only are the ingredients safe, natural, and minimal, the products actually perform better than my other conventional high end products, and has even replaced them! I am very picky when it comes to my skincare and makeup products, so you will get my honest opinion. Overall, I was really impressed with most of the products and can’t wait to get my hands on some more if they do ship international in the future.
Luminizing Powder in Midnight Reflection (USD $25)
This was my first highlight purchase and I love it! You do get quite a lot of product (10.0 g / 0.35 oz.), so this will definitely last you a while. From what I can see, this highlight has a very golden/yellow undertone to it, which I like. If you have very fair skin like me, I find that you need to use a few light layers to achieve a healthy, glowy look. I like how it’s very subtle and buildable if you want a more noticeable glow. I also love how it doesn’t look shimmery or fake, it really looks like your glowing from within. It almost looks wet, like you’ve applied a cream highlighter. This doesn’t emphasise any texture for me, but rather smoothes the skin and almost makes it look filtered or blurred. I apply this with the Real Techniques Setting Brush, which is perfect for applying on top of the cheekbones. I also apply this on my brow bone, down the bridge of my nose, cupids bow, the inner corners of my eyes and centre of my lids. I haven’t applied this all over as a powder, but would imagine it would give you a nice subtle, healthy glow. I would definitely recommend this product.
Description on website:
“Silky, baked face powder gives your skin an instant, healthy-looking glow. Lightweight texture and subtle shimmer create more even-looking skin tone in one sweep. Talc-free.”
I can definitely agree with this description. This luminizing powder also comes in two different shades, Dawn Reflection (Peach) and Dusk Reflection (Bronze).
Ingredients: Mica, Silica, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Squalane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Caprylyl Glycol, Lauroyl Lysine, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tocopherol, Hectorite, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain +/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499).
Everything Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Honestly Cream (USD $28)
The Honest Tinted Moisturizer comes in two different formulations. I chose this over the oil free version as I have dry skin and am looking for a more glowy and hydrating tinted moisturizer. This is the only product that I wasn’t impressed by, mainly due to the formulation as it is quite thick and difficult to spread. Honestly Cream is described as a golden honey with yellow undertones, which is a perfect shade description. I have fair skin with yellow undertones (for reference, I use Jane Iredale purepressed base in Warm Silk) and can usually pull off the second lightest shade. This shade would be way too dark if you have porcelain skin. I prefer using a dense brush rather than a beauty blender to blend this product, however it still requires quite a bit of work as it is thick in consistency. I would prefer if they made this formula more runny so it is easier to blend. The tube also makes it hard to squeeze out the product.
Description on website:
“Chamomile and calendula help to calm and soothe. Antioxidant-rich grapeseed oil, olive oil and aloe vera moisturize and condition skin. Infused with orange flower water, this tinted moisturizer offers true color and coverage for softer looking skin that’s perfected and protected. A mineral-based broad spectrum sunscreen using non-nano zinc oxide. Similar to a BB or CC cream with foundation-like coverage but a lightweight finish. Go face the day!”
Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 13.6%
Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua, Eau), Coconut Alkanes, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Isoamyl Laurate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate, Dextrin Palmitate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lecithin, Polyglyceryl-2 Diisostearate, Polyglyceryl-6 Polyricinoleate, Sodium Chloride, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Seed Oil, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Allantoin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Panthenol, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Bisabolol, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water Extract, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Stearoyl Glutamic Acid, Isostearic Acid, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain +/: Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
I love that this is mineral based, which is perfect for sensitive skin, and offers broad spectrum protection. The ingredients in this are amazing and very safe for the skin. I also love how it smells like orange flower water! I recommend using this with a dense buffing brush (like the Sephora mineral powder brush), instead of a beauty blender so it blends much easier and provides more coverage. I do wish the formulation was a bit more runny and easier to work with. I would call this a light to medium coverage, but its definitely heavier than your average tinted moisturizer. It evens out the skin tone and offers a nice skin like finish (not too glowy and not too matte). I haven’t noticed this breaking me out or anything, which is amazing. The feel of this on the skin is surprisingly light, however you might need to set with a powder if you don’t like that tacky feeling. This tinted moisturiser is perfect for someone looking for a sheer wash of colour with the added sun protection for everyday wear. I will say though, this would work better if you have clear skin with minimal blemishes, otherwise you would need to layer this and use a lot of concealer, which could end up looking heavy or breaking you out.
*I have since purchased the oil free version and prefer it much better to this one. I have a part two haul here.
Eyeshadow Trio in Truly Warm Sable Brown (USD $25)
This was my favourite purchase from the line. I have never owned an eyeshadow palette before, mainly because I am intimidated by eyeshadow application. What I love about this trio is how user friendly it is. It includes a small how to card behind the mirror which was very helpful in showing where to place the eyeshadow. Also, the eyeshadows themselves are very easy to work with. The colours are absolutely gorgeous and perfect for day and night wear. It’s a very nice palette to achieve a warm, bronzy eye. My favourite colour is the light brown/soft stone colour on the left. The shadows are very pigmented, yet easy to blend. They aren’t super creamy, but they also aren’t chalky. I think it’s a good formulation. I have hazel eyes and think this trio pairs perfectly with my eye colour and would work well with brown/green eyes.
I also think the size of each shadow is very generous and would last you a long time as they are very pigmented. The trio comes with two matte shades (the light brown on the left and the cream to the right), and a shimmer bronze (middle). I would have preferred the cream colour to have shimmer, but I’m not too fussed. I find these shadows are quite long wearing. When they do fade they don’t look messy, it still looks put together. Although the packaging is quite travel friendly, I would have preferred the same mirror packaging as the powder.
Description on website:
“Three, rich shades pop eyes instantly. Our eyeshadow trio offers expertly coordinated colors to glide on with step-by-step instructions for silky smooth, buildable coverage. Perfect smoky eyes are now as easy as 1-2-3.”
Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Carbonate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain +/-: Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Blue 1 (CI 42090), Ultramarines (CI 77007).
I would definitely recommend you get one of the eyeshadow trios.
Truly Lush Mascara & Lash Primer (USD $22)
To be honest, at first I was not a fan of this mascara at all. However, it is now my go to mascara. I think that continued use and “drying up” of the mascara is what led me to love it. I also think that using the primer before the mascara made my lashes spidery, as they are already quite long, and I was not a fan of that look. So now I just use the primer or the mascara on their own. I find the mascara lengthens and curls more than it creates volume, however I still love the natural, fluttery effect it gives my lashes. The brush head is a perfect curve shape and size to really hold curl and get every lash. I also use the primer on it’s own when I just want that natural look and added nourishment. It comes out white, so after applying the primer I like to go over my lashes with my fingers and press together to get rid of the white. The one thing I don’t like about the primer is that it stings my eyes when I wash my wash it off, so be careful if you have sensitive eyes. I also wish the brush head was more curved as I find the straight head difficult to use and grasp every lash. The other thing I don’t like about the mascara is that it is quite wet and will smudge on my top lid if it is really hot outside, so it is not transfer proof. The mascara also feels heavy on the lashes which i’m not a fan of, but I love the look so much I don’t even care! It is also a lot harder to remove at the end of the day as I have to really tug at my eyes and use a lot more eye makeup remover than I would for my other mascaras. Other than that, I think this mascara/primer duo product is genius and everyone should give it a try!
Description on website:
“Formulated to work together for lush length and volume. Eyelash Primer protects lashes and intensifies color for a strong, nourished base. Rich mascara lays down smoothly to create an irresistibly voluminous effect. No smudging or flaking. Two wands are better than one!”
Ingredients of Mascara:
Water (Aqua, Eau), Beeswax (Cera Alba, Cire d’Abeille), Sodium Stearate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Carnauba), Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Glyceryl Caprylate, Hydrogenated Palm Glyceride, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Xanthan Gum, Cellulose, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxide (CI 77499).
Ingredients of Primer:
Water (Aqua, Eau), Beeswax (Cera Alba, Cire d’Abeille), Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Carnauba), Sodium Stearate, Vegetable Oil (Olus, Huile Végétale), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Caprylate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Candelilla), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.
True Velvet Eyeliner in Truly Black and Truly Cocoa (USD $16)
These liners are my second favourite item from the line! They are so long wearing and pigmented and creamy. They have definitely replaced my other high end liners. The black is very intense and perfect for a smokey eye. I have used the brown liner the most for a more natural look. It’s a perfect deep brown that can be lined in the inner rim and the top of the eyelid to create a wing. I love how they don’t smudge and last a long time on the eye. They will fade a little throughout the night, but nothing too intense. I also love the packaging of these liners. It comes with a really nice smudge tip applicator on one end to soften the liner and it also has the colour of the liner indicated on the packaging to make it easier to identify what colour it is. They also don’t irritate my eyes ,which is a plus! I would definitely recommend these liners!
L-R: Truly Cocoa, Truly Black
L-R: Truly Cocoa, Truly Black
Description on website:
“Plush eye pencil lines and defines. Vivid color in a creamy finish blends smoothly with built-in eyeliner smudger. Innovative plant based formula conditions and protects sensitive skin with naturally derived antioxidants including mango seed oil, vitamin E and macadamia oil. Scribble. Smudge. Smile.”
Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax (Euphorbia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Candelilla), Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax (Copernicia Cerifera Cera, Cire de Carnauba), Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May Contain +/-: Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491/77492/77499).
Overall: I was really impressed with the quality and high performance of these products. I think that the price points are very reasonable considering the quality of safe and mostly natural ingredients that are in these gorgeous products. I also love how few ingredients are in the products, so are perfect for people with reactive, sensitive skin like mine. The packaging is also very pretty and well thought out.
Where to Buy: https://www.honestbeauty.com