In an effort to purge my stash of products that are not clean, I ordered Beautycounter’s “Flawless in Five” collection ($148). This is a bundle of six of their essential products (foundation, concealer, mascara, lip gloss, blush, and brow pencil) offered at a slightly discounted rate (compared to purchasing them all individually). I did a good amount of research on clean makeup before making this purchase–and found this list of products really helpful. I decided that Beautycounter’s products got the best reviews, and I was happy with their safer ingredients. The Flawless in Five collection includes the following products, with their individual prices listed behind them, in case you want to purchase any separately:
- Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation ($41)
- Touchup Skin Concealer Pen ($32)
- Volumizing Mascara or Lengthening Mascara ($29)
- Color Define Brow Pencil ($23)
- Powder Blush Duo ($40)
- Lip Gloss ($29)
You can choose your preferred shades for any of the products when you order this bundle.
Tint Skin Hydrating Foundation: I really wanted to like this foundation, and for the most part, I do. It’s the closest thing to a tinted moisturizer that I’ve found that will replace my beloved Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating. But to me, it can look a little cakey. I don’t like the finish or feel of traditional foundations, and I feel like maybe because the finish on this is matte, it throws me off. I thin it out with my moisturizer for dewier, sheerer coverage, and I like the way that looks. Since I like some shimmer in my foundation, I add in a few drops of a clean luminizer to give this a little glow and fake the effect of the Laura Mercier product. The shade itself is an exact match to Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Illuminating in Natural Radiance.
Lip Gloss in Bare Shimmer: I was totally surprised by how much I love this gloss. It’s comfortable to wear, and on me, the shade is a my-lips-but-better hue. It’s so pretty, surprisingly long-wearing, and I feel good that since you end up eating most of your gloss, this is free from chemicals and toxic fillers.
Volumizing Mascara: This is a solid mascara. I like it a lot; it gives excellent definition and fullness, a nice inky-black tint, and it does not smudge, flake, or run. My only complaint is that it takes several coats to notice that you’re wearing this. For example, I usually only apply one coat of mascara to my bottom lashes. With this, I have to apply at least two for it to show up. I’m not sure how many coats I layer on my top lashes, but it’s more than a few, and this stuff still doesn’t budge. I’m a fan.
Touchup Concealer Pen: I ordered this in the shade Light, which is not light enough, and it’s too much of a yellow tint for my skin tone. On my skin, because it’s the wrong shade, it’s not noticeable enough to brighten any areas where I typically apply concealer (under the eyes, on blemishes). I’m frustrated because this wasn’t cheap, and Beautycounter doesn’t do exchanges. You can return individual products, but not one item from a set, and since I want to keep the other products I ordered, I’m stuck with this product that I can’t really use. See it swatched on my skin below.Powder Blush Duo in Bloom/Tulip: This is a silky powder formula that glides on skin. I swirl my brush through both shades and swipe onto my cheeks for a natural flush. I tend to need a few swipes of the brush to make the apples of my cheeks pop. This is a nice blush, and I do like it, but the price point would probably steer me away from repurchasing. But this product is generously sized at 0.35 oz., so it should last awhile!
Color Define Brow Pencil in Light: It’s ok; it does the job. I wouldn’t necessarily pick this out as the best brow pencil ever, because it does take a fair amount of pressure to deposit color onto skin. I prefer mechanical pencils, but I do like the spoolie at the opposite end for blending. The color is nice for blondes and those with lighter hair.
All in all, these products are mostly quite good, and they perform very well. They really help squash the notion that clean products don’t perform as well as their chemical-laden counterparts. While I would pass on repurchasing a few of these products, there are some I will buy again without question. There is also the disadvantage in purchasing things like foundation online, where it can be difficult to match you skin tone sight unseen. My hesitation is mostly with the price points, which are high on some items. But you’re paying for peace of mind and the knowledge that what you’re putting on your face probably won’t contribute to health issues down the line. Have you tried any Beautycounter products? What did you think?