I Swapped My Cult-Favorites for Natural Beauty Products, and They Exceeded My Expectations
by Daniela Galvez
For my next step in my natural, waste-free lifestyle, I decided to commit to natural beauty products to further reduce my ecological footprint.
As self-proclaimed beauty addict, I have tried many different products, ranging from Fenty Beauty Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation to Dior Backstage Contour palette, to help me achieve a flawless complexion. But as I’ve started adapting a more natural, waste-free lifestyle, I’ve been interested in incorporating natural beauty products into my daily routine. While mainstream makeup can be loaded with questionable and harsh ingredients (such as sulfates, parabens, and fragrance) that can enter your bloodstream when applied on the skin, natural products are made with organic ingredients that are safer for you and the environment. That’s why in celebration of Earth Day, what better way to reduce my ecological footprint than to go fully natural with my makeup routine. The question then became: How would these products compare to my cult-favorites?
To begin my green beauty week, I wanted to make sure my skin was being properly prepped with natural skincare products. I’m pretty meticulous when it comes to my skincare routine (my oily skin is to blame), so I was hesitant to swap out my favorite products with ones with wholesome ingredients. The first thing I did was apply serum, in this case I used One Love Organics Botanical E Youth Preservation Serum. Ringing up at $75, this plant-based serum has Vitamin E to treat any anti-aging concerns, such as fine lines and wrinkles. While the product is on the pricier side, my skin felt a lot more plumped and replenished with hydration than usual. After all, even oily skin needs some moisture.
To further prep my skin, I used Grace + Tonic Eye Serum and Botanical Facial Moisturizer Cream, which are available in store and online at Target. This was a good time to whip out my gua sha to scrape the skin to help with lymphatic drainage and to slim down my face.
With skincare out of the way, it was time to unleash my beauty potential with green makeup products. As a firm believer in the power of crystals, I was so excited to see Pacifica had created a natural eyeshadow palette that would allow me to manifest my creativity. The Pacifica Love Stoned Natural Mineral Face Palette comes with nine crystal-inspired shadows and three highlighters that according to the beauty brand would “make your aura glow.” Of course, like all the other palettes from the brand, this bad boy is vegan, cruelty-free, and recyclable, thanks to its cardboard packaging.
At first, I was skeptical the palette would give me the intense color payoff I crave in my shadows, however, after swatching a few on my arm, I was pleasantly surprised to see how true-to-color the shades were — even rivaling my cult-favorite palette, Violet Voss HG PRO Eyeshadow Palette. While there were no claims on the longevity of the palette, I decided to test its blendability and staying power by testing the shadows on my lids.
For one of my looks, I applied the golden shadow called “tiger eye” all over my lids as a natural alternative to my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Nillionaire. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a natural eyeliner, so I ended up using the black shade in the palette to lightly draw the outline of a wing shape. To finish out the eye look, I gave my lashes two coats of Pacifica Aquarian Gaze Water Resistant Mascara, which is infused with coconut oil, kelp extract, and Vitamin B.
For my foundation, I used W3LL PEOPLE Narcissist Foundation Stick in shade 3. Luckily, the beauty brand also carries tinted foundations and powders, so you can try any of the other complexion products that best suits your skin. Because my skin is on the oiler side, I took a brush with Pacifia’s translucent powder and lightly dusted it around my face. Using the brand’s Radiance Powder complexion palette, I applied the bronzer and blush shade to add some dimension to my skin. Which brought me to the next step: highlighter.
For that fresh-off-the-beach glow, I applied the highlighter in the Pacifica Cherry Cheek Palette right on the tops of my cheekbones. Like the eyeshadow palette, the complexion products had great color pay off and little-to-none fall out. The best part? You can pick up each palette for under $20 at Ulta!
As a finishing touch to my look, I coated my lips with Beauty Counter Colour Intense Lipstick in the shade Backstage.
It’s no secret by now that my skin is really oily. Usually by midday my skin looks like a complete grease ball. With that being said, after almost six hours of wearing a full face of natural beauty products, my highlight, bronzer, and shadow were still going strong. There was a subtle shine on my face, but in person it looked less oily and more like healthy sheen. The only product that visibly did not last on my face was the Beauty Counter lipstick. Despite having no shine on my lips, there was a noticeable pinkish tint left behind from the lip products, which I appreciated.
After a week of creating multiple looks with natural beauty products, I have to admit I was blown away by how well these products worked on my skin, given that they don’t have the same ingredients as the other product I normally use. When it comes to natural beauty products, there is a common misconception that you won’t get the same vibrancy. I personally found that there was great variety in shades and intense color pay off. While I’ll still be using some of my favorite beauty products, I definitely see myself reaching for the Pacifica palettes and the W3LL PEOPLE foundation.
Whether you’re looking to fully commit to natural beauty products or you want to try a few items I mentioned here to ease into green beauty, I think every beauty junkie should be conscious of the ingredients they are putting on their skin.
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