I’m always on the lookout for a good beauty product. Do I sometimes worry about the harmful ingredients that some products contain? Yes, it does cross my mind. So, when I read an article in a magazine recently about actress Jessica Alba’s company, Honest Beauty, which was founded by her in 2011, it piqued my curiosity.
I popped onto Honest Beauty’s website and read that most of the formulas to the products are created in the company’s in-house lab, using clean ingredients. The company’s motto is “not just for our skin, but also for our home and babies”.
I love an eye palette and liked the look of one on the site called Get It Together, but didn’t want to go through all the bother and the wait of ordering it online and the wait for it coming from the US so, when I found out that you could order in the UK, I let my fingers do the walking.
I’ve got green eyes and had read in another magazine (I could bankrupt us with my magazine buying!), in a feature with actress Charleze Theron, that when you have green eyes, you should wear gold on your lids. Someone else in MAC told me that with my eye colouring, you should always wear a certain shade of purple, so when I saw that the palette had both colours, I knew I had things covered.
It was pretty basic but generally high-end packaging means high end prices, so that was fine by me. Andit seems to fit in with the company’s ethos.
There are a mix of ten shades in all – eight shadows, one highlighter and one liner shadow. I thought initially that they looked a bit dark but once I had tried them on, they seemed lighter on my eyes. I wore them pretty much all day and they did stay put for the most part. The site says that you can use the palette from day to night using the ten provided. I would have needed to top them up if I were to be going from office to dinner though, but I suppose that’s to be expected, given the price of the palette but it still did a pretty good job.
As Charlene and the MAC lady suggested, the glittery gold and purple shades did suit my green eyes, so these are the ones I’ll be using the most.
If you go on the website, Jessica has a handy video on how to apply the shadows for a smoky eye look. I’ve never been able to get this down but after watching this, it made the job a bit easier. It’s all in the blending.
What I Liked
The packaging was quite thick and sturdy and a handy enough size to fit into your handbag or even a clutch. I also liked the size of the mix of colouring and the mirror on the flip up lid. Big enough to see properly with my 58-year-old eyes! The thing I liked most was the clean ingredients used in the shadows – no talc, parabens, paraffin, mineral oil, silicone or petrolatum. Mica is its main ingredient.
Jessica Alba is not just one of those actresses who puts her name to a perfume or product for the cash, she means business. If products without nasties are your thing, then I urge you to check out her website www.honest.com to find out about her ethos and the other products she sells. There are diapers (nappies), cleaning products and products for problem skin like eczema prone skin. Really impressive!
I think at £25, this is a fairly well priced palette, especially given the number of shadows, the handy size and the big mirror. I was happy to pay it.
Where you can buy Honest Beauty products?
Head to good old Boots (either in store or online). They have a good selection of Honest Beauty products there to save the hassle of waiting for US delivery.
Sunlit Copper Ingredients: Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Magnesium Carbonate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Tin Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Carmine (CI 75470).
Chromed Petal, Burnt Mocha, Gilded Mauve, Matte Plum, Iced Cotton, Magnetic Ink, Soft Bronze and Vanilla’d Velvet Ingredients: Mica, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Carbonate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Dehydroacetate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ferric Ferrocyanide (CI 77510), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Carmine (CI 75470).
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