Welcome back to another Beauty Finds! This edition features Honest Beauty Cream Foundation.
Skip a paragraph for the review: I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….
This was the first non silicone foundation I tired! In a nutshell I like it more as a concealer than as a foundation.
It’s not vegan, however I’m a bad vegan as I eat honey, so I generally depending on the brand and their ethics I sometimes choose products with beeswax in. Maybe I had too much sunscreen on which played a factor when I wore it, for a few weeks as foundation only, it doesn’t seem to stick if you have oily skin. This I think it due to it’s waxy texture that doesn’t match oily skin. Also I’m used to more liquid bb creams and cushion compacts which are easier to apply.
It goes on nicely with cushion compact sponge but it didn’t seem to have much lasting power on me. As not not waste the product I tried using it as an under eye and general concealer where it works better on me. It doesn’t sink into fine lines, it feels light on and lasts longer if it’s over another product. It does great at reducing the appearance of bags from not enough sleep. I do feel though if you really want cover, you really have to press hard into the compact to lift the product to apply. Aka apply it thickly otherwise it’s light coverage.
Colour wise it took me a while finding the right shade online. Douglas España where it’s only available in Spain the swatches aren’t very good online. Thankfully at the time of purchase Honest Beauty has better swatches (Currently unavailable on Honest. They might be at the moment relaunching it like their Invisible Blurring Loose Powder, or bringing out another foundation. All I could find was this article on how to apply it and another on Pinterest. The product is still available on other retailers who stock it). I took a chance on Shell which is almost a good match for someone who’s pale but not porcelain, alabaster pale. A tiny bit dark with a pink undertone (I prefer neutral undertones), better for me in the summer however for some reason this shade works better on me as concealer. They have 8 shades ranging from pale to dark skin tones however they seem to be on the warmer side not cool.
I wear concealer over foundation and this works okay with Freshly Cosmetics Satin Skin Cream Foundation (liquid and also silicone free!). It’s great at covering up spots and blemishes again with the more natural look, but I just didn’t like it as a foundation. Maybe on drier skin types it would work and if applied thickly. I didn’t get along with the sponge it came with. It didn’t blend anything! I had better results with a damp beauty sponge, however feel it works even better with a cushion compact sponge.
Aside from the waxy texture and the sponge it comes with I didn’t like that on both I’ve purchased the cream gets little bumps. I’m not sure if this natural from the formula or something else. I haven’t broken out so I’m continuing to use it!
Would I recommend it? Yes, as it’s great concealer if you don’t want to go heavy on make up and want something lightweight.