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honeybee gardens – lipstick review & swatches

the past week i’ve been wearing different shades of lipsticks from the company honeybee gardens. while their entire line is not what i would deem “safe” and “green,” they do have a few products that i’d wear.

here are 6 shades i’ve tried, my thoughts, and their ingredients. please note that this post is not sponsored – i only purchased samples this time around

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brace yourselves for way too many selfies!

REVIEW –

overall, these colors were very creamy and moisturizing. i was surprised at how long they lasted. after a few hours, they didn’t wear down to almost nothing like some lipsticks do. i’d give them a full-color wear time of 4 to 6 hours.

all of the shades i tried had the tiniest orangey-warm hue to them, making them more suitable for those beauties with warm/neutral undertones. that being said, they still of course will work fantastically for those cool undertoned beauties!

my biggest qualm was the description of the colors online compared to what the colors really are. i actually sort of think my samples were mislabeled because of some of the drastic differences.

all that being said, check out these awesome shades at awesome prices! ($13 – about half of other all-natural lipstick options).

VINTAGE MERLOT

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HBG described this color as a deep berry red wine. what i received was an extremely loud and bright red that leaned slightly to the berry tone. the consistency and wear were great, but i personally am not in the market for this shade. it’s definitely a great bold red option for those that are! it wiped off very easily with no staining.

ROMANCE

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romance on me was a brighter rose pink. it was a very creamy matte, buildable shade. i imagine it would look best on any type of undertone as a neutral pink. it does have more red undertones than a similar shade, cherokee.

CHEROKEE

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cherokee was one of my favorites. it’s a lighter, brighter, rosey mauve, compared to romance. for me, it was a similar shade to my lips now, but clearly better and brighter. i think i’ll be purchasing the full size of this shade!

BOMBSHELL

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bombshell was hands-down my favorite shade. it’s a cool-toned deep berry, which is what i was looking for. HBG describes it as a neutral mauve/rose with pink undertones, but i don’t see that in this shade. it’s very creamy and buildable, starting off as a very pinky berry, and building to a dark berry. i think this shade will be best suited for those with cool undertones. it’s very similar to the shade goddess, though.

GODDESS

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goddess is just like bombshell, but for those beauties with warm undertones. it’s a brick berry, if that makes any sense, meaning it seems like they took a berry shade, but added a brown/orange tone to warm it up. it looked a little shimmery in the package, but it went on matte. this shade is also creamy and easy to build, while still wiping off clean.

SEDUCTION

HGB describes this shade as a true neutral mauve shade, but i found it to be just a more brown version of the shade goddess. it’s beautiful, creamy, and easily taken off, yet best suited for those with warm undertones. i couldn’t get it to photograph differently than goddess, so i will try again soon and upload the photo!

SWATCHES-

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left to right: seduction, goddess, bombshell, cherokee, romance, vintage merlot

the samples are only 50 cents! go grab some and play around. i think it’s especially helpful to have samples as the colors described on the site weren’t very similar to what i found in the packages. overall, great shades at great prices! i’ll be getting a couple full-sized tubes now.

have you guys ever tried this brand? leave your thoughts below! and please leave your favorite green lipsticks also!

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INGREDIENTS:
(taken from HG site)

Ingredients for: Dream, Innuendo, Paradise, Soft Kiss, Superstitious and Tuscany canola oil, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, sesamum indicum (sesame) seed oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit, beeswax, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax, tocopherol (vitamin e), origanum vulgare (oregano) leaf extract, thymus vulgaris (thyme) extract, cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) bark extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower extract, hydrastis canadensis (golden seal) root extract. May Contain: titanium dioxide, iron oxides, ultramarine blue, carmine, manganese violet.

Ingredients for: Bombshell, Burlesque, Celestial, Cherokee, Desire, Goddess, Heirloom, Seduction, Risqué, Romance, Queen Bee, San Francisco, Valentine & Vintage Merlot (new VEGAN formula): Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil *, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax*, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf*, Propanediol, Phenethyl Alcohol, Undecyl Alcohol, Tocopherol. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxide (CI77491, CI77492, CI77499, CI 45410).

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5 thoughts on “honeybee gardens – lipstick review & swatches

  1. Thanks for this review AND the fantastic photos! I’ve been wondering about this brand of lipsticks, so I think I will try them now. After an expensive and exhaustive 2-year search for green/clean mascara, Honey Bee Gardens mascara is the Only one that I am satisfied with, and have been using for two years now because I experience: NO flaking ever, NO smudging ever, and NO raccoon eyes ever–these are my absolute Must-Haves in a mascara. Yet, I still haven’t tried any of their other products!

    I’ve also been interested in trying Red Apple Lipstick. I did a search & didn’t find where you’ve done a review of them. If you do try them, I hope you’ll do a post.

    Thanks for all your work on your great blog!

  2. Oh and your selfies arent awkward, youre gorgeous! I appreciate seeing what the heck the colours actually look like on someone

  3. Hey alex!
    Are the iron oxides in this safe? I think non nano is the kind that one should look for? Been looking for a safe red lipstick for a long time

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