Review of the RMS Beauty "Un" Cover Up Cream Foundation

 
RMS Beauty "Un" Cover Up Cream Foundation in 22.5

RMS Beauty "Un" Cover Up Cream Foundation in 22.5- $52.00:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- Looks great to me! If you have issues with coconut oil though, you may want to try something else. Ingredients list below!

2. How's coverage?- 3: This cream is thick and dense. Drier skin types (I'm combo and this worked for me) may need some moisture underneath. From there, you can blend with a brush or sponge to get a more natural look and this allows for sheering out. It did mean I needed a setting powder too. Oilier skin types may LOVE this and need a lot let futzing around with application.

3. Does it last?- 4: It did hold up all day (I did a few full-day wear tests), even when running around in hotter temps. Setting with powder for my skin was imperative.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 5: I saw no breakouts at all!

5. Does it blend and build well?- 3: Without moisturizer, it sits on top of my pores creating a 'polka-dot' effect that doesn't go away. With moisturizer, is streaks a bit at first, but buffs out to give a natural finish.

6. Is the shade range inclusive? 4- 16 shades is great!

7. Is this a consciously-created product? 4- Cruelty-free and contains lots of organic ingredients = a great start. The main container is also glass, although the lid is still plastic. It's getting there…

FINAL SCORE:

23/30

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PROS:

  • I think this launch is a great addition to the RMS line. You're going to get more coverage than some of their other products offered.

  • I happen to think this would be amazing for oilier skin types!

  • Plus, the ingredients are on point.

CONS:

  • I felt for combo and drier skin types, there was a bit more 'fussing' around when it comes to application than I'd like, especially for this price.

  • My one-and-done alternative (adding a setting powder would take these lighter-coverage options closer to full coverage) would be either:

    Inika BB Cream

    W3ll People Bio Tint

IFFY INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details:

  • Titanium Dioxide- 1 to 3, *product may contain this. I’m not overly concerned here, but I do know for some, this is a deal breaker.

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS + AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE/DATA AVAILABLE:

I pull these directly from the site. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. Funsies!

  • simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil- 1

  • ricinus communis (castor) seed oil- 2

  • limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil- 1

  • cera alba (beeswax)- 1

  • oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides- 1

  • cocos nucifera (coconut) oil- 1

  • lauroyl lysine- 1

  • silica- 1 to 2

  • propanediol- 1

  • penty- lene glycol- 1

  • tocopherol- 1

  • mauritia flexuosa (buriti) fruit oil- 1

  • golden simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil- 1

  • hypericum perforatum (st. john’s wort)- 1

  • equisetum arvense (horsetail)- 1

  • calendula officinalis (marigold)- 1

  • hemidesmus indicus (country sarsaparilla)- 1

  • curcuma longa (turmeric)- 1

  • withania somnifara (ashwagandha)- 1

  • glycyrrhiza glabia (licorice)- 1

  • olea europaea (olive leaf)- 1

  • titanium dioxide- 1 to 3

  • ci 77891- 1 to 3

  • ci 77491- 2

  • ci 77492- 2

  • ci 77499- 2

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Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)

Review of the Honest Beauty Liquid Lipsticks | Clean and Green Beauty Guide

 
Review of the Honest Beauty Liquid Lipsticks

Honest Beauty Liquid Lipsticks- $12.99:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- Really great! See below on a few ‘may contain’ ingredients that are iffy. But overall, a solid ingredients list.

2. How's color payoff?- 5: Incredible. Super-saturated color!

3. Does color last?- 5: Absolutely. It did an amazing job on my full-day wear tests!

4. Is it non-drying?- 4: I wouldn't say it was super drying. I did feel a little dryness after a few hours so I'd reapply to moisturize.

5. How’s texture?- 4: The texture is very smooth, almost whipped at first. It's moisturizing, a bit tacky, but not sticky. Applying a balm underneath worked like a charm when needed a smoother feel.

6. Did the product perform the way the brand claimed it would? 4- I’d say yes, almost 100%. I did find it a little less hydrating than it was ‘supposed’ to be, so it just missed receiving a perfect score.

7. Is this a consciously-created product? 3- Cruelty-free & vegan for the win! The packaging however, isn't up to par yet.

FINAL SCORE:

26/30

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PROS:

  • The color payoff is amazing!

  • It really does last

  • Vegan and cruelty-free

  • Great shade range

CONS:

  • There are so few, but, I did need to reapply to rehydrate, so it wasn’t as moisturizing as I thought it would be

  • More plastic in the world :(

POTENTIALLY ‘IFFY’ INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details. Keep in mind, the percentage of these ingredients in the products MATTERS! I rarely take ‘scary’ scores on EWG at face value these days, and always ask the brand about to clarify if I’m concerned. Works like a charm! See their response.

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS:

I pull these directly from the brand’s or reputable retailers’ website. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. What’s missing: percentage of ingredient used & the amount of evidence/data backing up each number rating from EWG.org. You can search the EWG SkinDeep database to find the data available behind each rating. You can find out the percentage of the ingredient used by asking the brand. Here we go!

  • Coconut Alkanes- 1

  • Kaolin- 1

  • Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2- 1

  • Synthetic Beeswax- 1

  • Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil- 2

  • Methyl Dihydroabietate- 1

  • Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil- 1

  • Silica- 1

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride- 1

  • Coco-Caprylate/Caprate- 1

  • Stearalkonium Hectorite- 1

  • Propylene Carbonate- 1

  • Sodium Hyaluronate- 1

  • Hydrogenated Castor Oil- 1

  • Tocopherol- 1

  • Aqua- 0

  • Hydroxyacetophenone- 1

  • CI 77491- 2 *may contain

  • CI 77492- 2 *may contain

  • CI 77499- 2 *may contain

  • CI 15850- 1 to 4 *may contain

  • CI 15850- 1 to 4 *may contain

  • CI 42090- 2 *may contain

  • CI 15985- 1 *may contain

  • CI 77742- 1 *may contain

  • Titanium Dioxide- 1 to 3 *may contain

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)

Review of the Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation

 
Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation

Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation- $62.00:

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- Pretty, darn great looking. You can see the full list below. The only call outs would be the ingredients derived from coconut.For some skin types, anything coconut-oil related is a no-no!

2. How is coverage? Does skin look like skin?- 2: Erm, no. I am not the majority here so take it with a grain of salt. But I tried everything to apply this and it still just didn't work for me. The texture is divine and I expected the opposite performance. I have combination skin, not overly sensitive. I tried the sponge, brush, hands, nothing worked. From far away, it was weightless and evened out. Up close, it was patchy and settled into pores.

3. Does it last?- 4: It actually lasted really well, it just didn't look great while on.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 4: I had zero issues with irritation, but there are coconut-derived ingredients so it may irritate some.

5. Does it build and blend well?- 2: It just didn't sink into the skin like I wanted and as it sat on top. I couldn't say it built well either.

6. Is the shade range inclusive?- 4: Eleven shades is a solid start for a foundation range

7. How conscious is the brand? 4- It’s vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free! Non-GMO tocopherol and ethically-sourced mica for the win! The glass bottle is recyclable. The bottle dropper, not so much- BUT I’m still waiting on the final word from the brand.

FINAL SCORE:

20/30

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IN A NUTSHELL:

  • This is a different type of foundation that will work best on oilier skin types based on my research. That said, if you have dry skin and this is a HG product, let me know!

  • For me, it just sat right on top of the skin and never gave that flawless look. I wouldn’t re-purchase this one.

IFFY INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details:

  • Coconut Alkanes is ONLY a tricky ingredient if you have sensitivities to coconut oil. Otherwise, the list looked pretty great!

It looks like it will be too dark, but it blended in flawlessly. I couldn’t even tell it was there!
 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS + AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE/DATA AVAILABLE:

I pull these directly from the site. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. Funsies!

  • Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil- 1, none

  • Coconut Alkanes- 1, none

  • L-Lysine- 1, limited

  • Silica- 1 to 2, good

  • Mica- 1, fair

  • Azadirachta indica (Neem) Extract- 1, limited

  • Equisetum arvense (Horsetail) Extract- 1, limited

  • Melissa officianalis (Lemon Balm) Extract- 1, limited

  • Berberis vulgaris (Barberry) Extract- 1, limited

  • Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Extract- 1, limited

  • Sambucus nigra (Elder Flower) Extract- 1, limited

  • Momordica charantia (Bitter Melon) Extract- 1, limited

  • Glycyrrhiza glabra (Licorice Root) Extract- 1, limited

  • Tocopherol- 1, fair

  • CI 77891- 1 to 3, good

  • CI 77491- 2, fair

  • CI 77492- 2, fair

  • CI 77499- 2, fair

  • Aqua- 0, good

  • Coco-Caprylate/Caprate- 1, none

  • Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle) Seed Extract- 1, limited

  • CI 77019- 2, fair

  • Lauroyl Lysine- 1, none

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)

Review of the MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50

 
Review of the MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50

MyChelle Sun Shield Liquid Tint SPF 50- $24.00

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look? What’s inside?- Looking great with several low-scoring ingredients that are well-known. There's a bit of a debate about zinc oxide. More on that below.

2. How is coverage? Does skin look like skin?- 5: Yes, skin looks like skin! The formula is also super lightweight. Close-ups of application (before and after) are on the video.

3. Does it last?- 5: Absolutely! I had no problems here. You can reapply every 2 hours to maintain sun protection.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 5: Yep! I had no issues here. There is a coconut-oil derived ingredient for those looking to avoid the all things coconut oil.

5. Does it build and blend well?- 5: Oh yea. The lightweight formula glides on and soaked in really well for me. Everything else I wore with it managed to apply smoothly.

6. Is the shade range inclusive?- 3: Oof! Two shades only, but there is one universal transparent shade to make up for it.

7. How conscious is the brand? 3- It’s vegan and cruelty free! Tbd on packaging. It’s looking very positive, but I’m waiting to hear back from the brand and will update asap! **UPDATE- I heard back. Keeping the score as is, but I wasn’t impressed (understatement) by the brand’s response. See below…

FINAL SCORE:

26/30

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YOU’LL LOVE THIS IF:

  • You’re looking for a lightweight, non-greasy spf option about 30 that provides both UVA and UVB protection with clean ‘er ingredients

  • You don’t want to wear heavy foundation for coverage and would rather swipe on a lighter tint!

IFFY INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details:

TIP: Percentage matters. It wasn’t listed on the label. I always recommend, if you’re still on the fence, ask the brand “what’s inside?”

It looks like it will be too dark, but it blended in flawlessly. I couldn’t even tell it was there!
 

PACKAGING UPDATE FROM THE BRAND:

MY QUESTION: “Is the container 1. recyclable (entire product container which most brands will not specify unless you ask...twice 😞 , i.e. pump included), 2. made from recycled materials, 3. if not, what does MyChelle recommend to consumers for an eco-friendly disposal of the products they're producing and selling?”

It took a long time to get a response…

THEIR RESPONSE: "Regulations require that containers of 8 oz and greater contain the recycling code on the bottom, so our smaller containers do not currently display the recycling logo, even though they are recyclable. MyChelle bottles are presently a #7 plastic, and are therefore accepted at most recycling centers."

IMPORTANT- THEY DID NOT ANSWER IF THE ENTIRE BOTTLE/CONTAINER IS RECYCLABLE. AT THIS POINT, I WAS PRETTY FRUSTRATED SO I FOLLOW UP WITH: “So to confirm, you’re saying the entire container and every component recyclable?"

THEIR RESPONSE: "The only component on the Sun Shield Liquid that is not recyclable is the Pump – not recyclable because of internal spring mechanism, every other component including cap and tube can be recycled."

Deep thoughts by B. Witkin:

This should have been stated upfront, or even better, on the site’s FAQ page which they continued to try and drive me too. So now, we are expected to clean it, remove the pump, and then recycle accordingly. This product is not made from recycled material either. They never directly answered that question.

One more, NANO PARTICLES: I also inquired whether this was using nano-particles for zinc- heard this, "MyChelle follows the EU definition of non-nano; the primary particle size is greater than 100nm. The Zinc in our sun care products is a micronized, non-nano, zinc oxide. Non-nano zinc oxide particles are what give sunscreens their white tint because each molecule is too large to absorb into skin therefore appearing opaque; consumers can be averse to the opaque white color at times because they don’t want their sunscreen to appear white on their skin. We use zinc molecules that are smaller than regular zinc oxide particles, but larger than nano particles ..."

 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS + AMOUNT OF EVIDENCE/DATA AVAILABLE:

I pull these directly from the site. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. Funsies!

  • Zinc Oxide- 2 to 3, fair

  • Agave Tequilana Leaf Extract- 1, none

  • Bentonite- 2, limited

  • Butyloctyl Salicylate- 1, none

  • Caprylhydroxamic Acid- 1, fair

  • Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer- 1, none

  • Caprylyl Glycol- 1, limited

  • Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes- 1, fair

  • Cetearyl Alcohol- 1, limited

  • Coco-Glucoside- 1, limited

  • Diheptyl Succinate- 1, none

  • Glycerin- 2, good

  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein / PVP Crosspolymer- 1, none

  • Iron Oxides- 2, fair

  • Jojoba Esters- 1, limited

  • Maltose- 1, fair

  • Octyldodecanol- 1, limited

  • Sodium Gluconate- 1, fair

  • Tocopherol-1, good

  • Trihydroxystearin- 1, none

  • Aqua- 1, robust

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)

Review of the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener

 
Review of the Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener- $50.00

Here’s the quick SCORECARD breakdown. Each question is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, 5 being the best:

1. How do the ingredients look/what’s inside?- 3: Dimethicone is in here, and a few other ‘iffy’ ingredients. More below!

2. Does it smooth and minimize pores?- 3: Smoothing? Yes. Pore minimizing? Not so much for me. See a close-up demo in the video. It definitely brightened though!

3. Staying Power: Does it last all day or feel greasy?- 3: It wasn’t greasy feeling at all, but I didn’t see any massive benefits from wearing this in terms of helping foundations last longer.

4. Is it non-irritating?- 3: It didn’t irritate my skin, but does contain ingredients that could be irritating to sensitive skin types.

5. Does it build and blend well?- 5: Absolutely. I had no issues here!

6. Is this a consciously-created product?- 3: it is cruelty-free, but I’ve yet to hear back from the brand on what looks to be plastic packaging. I’ll update as soon as I hear!

7. Does it do what it says it will do? 3- I speak more to this in the video review, but I didn’t see the anti-aging benefits or skin firming. It fell a bit short.

FINAL SCORE:

20/30

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YOU’LL LOVE THIS IF:

  • You’re “ok” with Dimethicone. I speak about it in the video quite a bit so make sure to watch if you’re on the fence. Also, I found a GREAT article about it if you want more info.

  • You’re in need of some brightening and smoothing

TRY THESE INSTEAD:

IFFY INGREDIENTS + EWG RATING:

These were the not-so-great ingredients that didn’t pass the Rule of 3. Click below to find out all the details:

TIP: Percentage matters. It wasn’t listed on the label. I always recommend, if you’re still on the fence, ask the brand “what’s inside?”

Jane Iredale Smooth Affair Primer & Brightener
 

A LITTLE “LIGHT READING” FOR YA? CHECK OUT THE FULL INGREDIENTS LIST + EWG RATINGS + AMOUNT OF DATA AVAILABLE:

I pull these directly from the site. You’d be shocked at how many product pages have misspellings so if you see one, you’ll know why! I didn’t catch it. Neither did the retailer. Funsies!

  • Aqua- 0, I mean…water. But, it usually means the brand needs to add preservatives to keep things shelf stable. Not applicable to ALL products, but worth looking into

  • Coconut Alkanes- 1, derived from coconut oil so if your skin doesn’t like that, then avoid this product

  • Dimethicone-3, limited *link above

  • Dimethicone Crosspolymer- 1, none

  • Cyclopentasiloxane- 3, fair *link above

  • Glycerin- 2, good

  • Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer- 3, none

  • Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract- 1, limited

  • Pectin- 1, fair

  • Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment- 1, limited

  • Maltodextrin- 1, fair

  • Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract- 1, fair

  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice- 1 to 3, limited

  • Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract- 2, limited

  • Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Fruit Extract- 1, limited

  • Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract- 1, none

  • Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Root Extract- 1, limited

  • Lecithin- 1 to 3, good

  • Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1- 1, none

  • Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract- 1, limited

  • Ascorbyl Glucoside- 1, limited

  • Zinc PCA- 3, none

  • Sodium Ascorbate- 1, fair

  • Royal Jelly- 1, limited

  • Tocopherol- 1, fair

  • Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract- 3, limited

  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract- 1, none

  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil- 1, fair

  • Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride- 1, limited

  • Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract- 1 , limited

  • Xanthan Gum- 1, fair

  • Polysilicone 11- 1, none

  • Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract- 1, none *LOTS of conflicting and concerning data on this. You can read more HERE.

CURIOUS ABOUT WHO IS REVIEWING ALL OF THESE PRODUCTS? Good question. Moi. Check out my skin profile here.

 
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Every product is honestly rated using TheStyleShaker SCORECARD system to keep things as objective as possible. To learn more about my “Rule of 3” CLICK HERE. This post may contain affiliate/referral links, but all views are my own. No one is paying me to say any of this. Read the complete TheStyleShaker.com disclosure here. Product information and EWG ratings may change along with the brands and the formulas they use. Click through the applicable links to get the most up to date information :)