I’m not a huge fan of mineral foundation. I find it goes everywhere when I try to apply it and I can never find the right colour to suit my skin tone. So when Honeypie Minerals offered to send me some foundation and asked me to pick a colour from their chart I was a little dubious. I couldn’t find the right colour in the shops, how the hell would I find the right colour from a chart online?
The chart is actually really easy to understand as the shades aren’t just in the regular light, medium or dark, they also categorise their shades into cool, neutral and warm undertones. This gives a much better range of shades and means it is easier for you to find one that is just right for you. The best thing? Even if you can’t find your perfect shade they will blend one for you! It is £5 more but I think that is a small price to pay for the perfect colour match for your skin.
Honeypie Minerals are 100% natural meaning they are free of parabens, preservatives, chemicals and talc. A lot of other mineral make up brands use talc to blend their powders which can lead to breakouts and dry skin. Honeypie Minerals use mica (with anti-inflammatory and calming properties) zinc oxide (for a matte finish and natural sun screen protection) and titanium dioxide (none irritating and a skin protectant) as well as iron oxides for the colour pigments.
Honeypie Minerals sent me the lightly tan shade of their foundation, the pink rose blush and some eyeshadow samples.
The foundation colour is perfect for my skin tone proving their colour chart really does work! I had just returned from holiday when I selected this colour so it would have been slightly too light then but is perfect now my tan has started to fade. The powder is incredibly fine and buffs onto the skin really easily. The pots are a little small though so I find I end up covering most of my bathroom floor with it when I’m applying. I also find that my skin needs too be really well moisturised otherwise it goes patchy. I’ve been using this with Smashbox more than primer blemish control and I find the combination gives me a light coverage and a dewy finish. It is perfect for holidays in hot weather and I’ll certainly be putting this in my travel bag for America. It costs £11.99 so slightly more expensive than my regular foundation but a lovely alternative in the summer months.
The blush is a light pink that gives exactly what it says on the pot, a rosy finish. It is a matte colour so great to pair with your favourite highlighter and bronzer without being a shimmery mess. I used this with my Nars contour blush for a completely matte finish and they complimented each other perfectly. It is easy to apply although, like the foundation, the pot is a little on the small side meaning it does tend to go everywhere when shaking off the excess powder before application. Once on the skin it gives a lovely ‘pinched cheek’ natural finish and I had lots of compliments from friends and colleagues when I wore this for the day. It costs £5.99 and there are 5 other shades to choose from.
From the top the 3 shades of eyeshadow I received are smokey black, purple plum and mushroom. At £4.99 they are a great price to experiment with the different colours. I found these really easy to use and easier to manage than the foundation due to using a much smaller brush to apply. They all have great coverage and it is highly pigmented meaning a little goes a long way. All of these shades have a matte finish and can be used dry (like the swatches above) or with a wet brush for a more intense effect. My personal favourite was the mushroom which is a beige-taupe colour with a slightly grey finish. It is the perfect natural shade to wear every day and I added the purple plum over my eyelid when I freshened my make up for the evening when I got home from work. If I was going on a proper night out I would have applied the smokey black to my lash line with a wet brush as it is the perfect colour to use as a liner.
Have you tried mineral make up? What do you think and which is your favourite?
These products were sent for the purpose of a review. This is an honest and unbiased account of my experiences with them.