happy wednesday, crunchies!
in lieu of a “weekly catch-up” post, here’s an all-natural makeup product review i’ve been dying to share with you!
please note this review is NOT sponsored in any way. i’d be surprised if they even knew i existed! 🙂
when i look for an all-natural makeup product, i look first to the ingredients, and second to the price. to be honest, it’s the prices these companies charge that deter me more than anything. i know exactly what the ingredients are in most of these and i can’t justify the prices. i’ve tried to DIY most of my makeup (powder, blush, eye shadow, bronzer, eyeliner), but i’ve always wanted to try actual purchased products, too!
bella mari passed the test for good ingredients at a good price. but do they pass the wear test?
bella mari eyeshadows come in both matte and pearl colors. i’m more of a matte person; i think my big blue eyes look weird with glitter on them. however, i got both versions for testing! the colors i chose were – dark chocolate, plum pretty, cameo cream, raspberry chardonnay, and taupe (matte version).
these eye shadows are highly pigmented and the perfect consistency for blending lighter or layering darker. if you’re on the lighter side, cameo cream also doubles as a great highlighter/strobing powder. the only thing i was disappointed in was the creasing i had after a work day. i seem to have that problem with pretty much every eye shadow i’ve ever worn, even non-crunchy ones, so i’d love some advice on this!
overall, i’d definitely purchase these again! and at under $8 per color, they’re much more affordable than most other ‘green’ eyeshadow products.
LIP TINT & LIPSTICK.
i opted for a lip tint over the lipsticks because i don’t think i’ll ever finish a tube of lipstick and the tints are in smaller tubes at better prices. you can buy samples of the lipsticks though if you want a small amount or want a chance to try a lot of colors. i also did that!
for these lip tints, the color is rich and creamy… i have rose pink in matte. but i honestly can’t get past the fact they use fennel. it’s pretty disgusting in my opinion. so despite the great price and great color, i will most definitley not be purchasing these again. however, their lipsticks don’t have fennel and are just as great! i have the color “enchantment” – a rosy berry, if that makes sense. this one did have shimmer that’s a bit visible still after application, so keep that in mind. if you don’t mind that and if you’re in the market for an all-natural lipstick, check these out! and if you don’t mind fennel, go for the tints!
not gonna lie, i’ve really struggled with this foundation, but it’s been my fault. the samples are absolutely fantastic for color-matching. they give you a pretty decently sized amount. but i’ve found them to be tacky with a lot of settling and slip (i don’t have overly oily or dry skin). but then i discovered the wonders of the beauty blender, which i previously (read: incorrectly) discounted as an unnecessary tool for the every day person.
jess, an AE reader, gave me the great advice of dampening the beauty blender before i use it to help with application. it still sucks up a lot of foundation and i use a lot more than i did before, BUT it’s not tacky and it doesn’t slip! it looks so much more natural throughout the day. i’ve been setting it with kaolin clay that i’ve lightly pigminted with brown iron oxide. i’m not really into makeup brushes (readers -please advise!), but i use ecotools. thanks, jess!
the finish is dewy, so that’s why i use powder. don’t get me wrong – it looks beautiful on its own and i really love the dewy look, but it slips over the course of the day. i’d also say this is light to medium coverage, with the slight ability to build.
overall, i’d repurchase these. the ingredients are great and $20 per ounce, they rival the prices of more popular ‘green’ foundation. however, i’m testing out other foundations (yep, i’ll be reviewing!) so hold that thought. maybe even a mix of foundations will work! what are your favorite foundations?
bella mari has other makeup AND beauty products (makeup here and hair/body products here). while i haven’t tried all of these, the ingredients and prices look lovely! please comment if you’ve tried these and leave some advice for us crunchies 🙂
please leave your favorite makeup products in the comments, and why they’re your favorite! mascara seems to be the one i get asked about most, so let’s hear about your all-natural mascara choices!