Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer–Sculpt and Warm Up Your Skin for a Sun-Kissed Look

Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte BronzerAs someone with fair skin, bronzer is an absolute must in my makeup routine! It brings so much warmth and life to my skin. I don’t contour very much, but I appreciate neutral bronzers that can serve a dual-purpose to be used for a bit of contouring. The only bronzer in my collection for a very long time was the Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder in the lightest shade, which is that perfect neutral brown that I like. I hit pan on that bronzer recently, and started to look for other neutral bronzers that would also work well on my fair skin. I ended up ordering the Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer in my very first order from the brand!

Mood Boost is one of Kiko Milano’s collections launched earlier this year. I’m new to the brand so I’m not sure how long the Mood Boost products will be available, but I believe the “themed” collections are temporary. If you’re interested in trying this bronzer after reading my review, I recommend ordering it soon! 🙂

Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Compact bronzing powder with four shades (per compact) and a matte finish. Infused with a vanilla fragrance. Ideal for warming up the complexion, enhancing the facial features and achieving an instant, even “sun-kissed” effect. Exclusive lightweight and ultra-sensorial textures offer a comfortable application and an even finish, for a flawless result.

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Other product details

  • Price: $17.00
  • Net weight: 0.4 oz. | 14 g
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • Available in two shades
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com 
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
  • Overall rating: 8.0/10
    • Inclusivity: 5/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Pigmentation: 8/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 7/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Kiko Milano makes very good quality products, but I’ve noticed that the shade ranges for many products are lacking. Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is unfortunately only available in two shades! Each option actually has four individual shades swirled together in the pan, but since the pan is not very large, it would be difficult to pick up the individual shades (especially the ones in the middle). Additionally, the four shades are very similar to each other. 

  • 01 Sweet Honey is a light to medium warm brown
  • 02 Neutral Sienna is a very light neutral brown (this is the shade I purchased)

Kiko Milano didn’t provide shade descriptions, but these are the descriptions I would give each shade option. As I said in my description of Neutral Sienna, the colors are very light. I think this option is absolutely perfect for fair skin, or even very fair porcelain skin. It would probably show up on light skin as well, but I think light and light medium skin tones would prefer the Sweet Honey shade.

The most obvious thing that’s wrong with this shade “range” is that it doesn’t go nearly deep enough!! I’m not sure if people with medium skin tones could make Sweet Honey work, and those with deeper skin tones definitely wouldn’t be able to use it. This is so disappointing! 

No one should be excluded, and many are being excluded with this puny selection of shades. The beauty world is waking up and more brands are finally realizing the importance of inclusivity; unfortunately, it seems Kiko isn’t there yet!

So, looking at the two available shade options… I think it was smart choosing to make Neutral Sienna have a neutral undertone, because it’s more likely to work for everyone with fair skin. Sweet Honey, however, might not work for everyone with light to light medium skin because it does look quite warm and that doesn’t appeal to everyone.

Adding deep shades should be the #1 priority, but I think Kiko should also add a shade similar to Sweet Honey that has a neutral undertone. Unfortunately, I don’t believe any shades will be added since I believe Mood Boost is a temporary collection.

Packaging/ease of application

That first section was a bit of a bummer, I know. Good news, though! In this section I have nothing but good things to say about Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer. 

The packaging is absolutely stunning, which isn’t surprising as Kiko is known for making beautiful packaging. The compact is a pretty blush pink color and made out of plastic, but it feels sturdy and has a “soft touch” finish so it feels like a luxury product. It also has a very nice mirror in the lid. This compact is very travel-friendly.

The bronzer itself is a very smooth fine powder. It’s easy to pick up just the right amount on a brush because the bronzer isn’t too soft. I never need to tap off excess product before applying to my skin. My favorite brush to use with this bronzer is my trusty EcoTools Blending & Bronzing Brush. Application is smooth so this bronzer never looks streaky or patchy.

Since I have the more neutral shade, Neutral Sienna, I’m also able to use it to subtly contour my cheekbones. The shade at the very top (closest to the mirror) is actually an ideal contour shade for me, so I try to focus my brush on that area when picking up bronzer to use for contouring.

Pigmentation

Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is not very pigmented. People that are very skilled at applying bronzer may be bothered by formulas that aren’t very pigmented, but I actually think the lower pigmentation makes it much easier to apply. I can sort of go crazy with this bronzer and it never looks like too much!

To illustrate the pigmentation of this bronzer, I did four separate arm swatches. Going left to right, these swatches go from one swipe of bronzer to four swipes. As you can see, the first one is barely visible. Even on my fair skin, I have to build up this bronzer to make it visible on my skin. That’s partly because the shade is so light, but pigmentation is definitely a factor.

I appreciate the lower pigmentation for how easy it makes this bronzer to apply. However, I think it would’ve been nice if it had been formulated to be just a little bit more pigmented than it is. That’s because I have to spend more time building up this bronzer than I’m used to with the Milani Silky Matte Bronzing Powder.

Staying power

I have high expectations for my makeup’s staying power. I usually put it on in the morning and wear it for at least ten hours. Powder products generally last longer than creams, so my expectation for this bronzer to last was especially high. 

I wasn’t disappointed! I have never noticed any fading or change in how this bronzer looks on my skin, from the time I apply it to when I take it off at night. I don’t think about touching up my makeup most days, so I really appreciate that this bronzer is a “apply it and forget it” kind of product!

Price

If you’re not familiar with Kiko Milano, most of its products are quite affordable and would fall into the “drugstore price” category. Some Kiko products are definitely inching toward high-end prices and this is one of them. Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is $17.00 for a pretty standard amount of product.

There are several bronzers from other cruelty-free drugstore brands that can be purchased for $10.00 or less. I think Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer is probably superior to many of them. The packaging is also prettier than other drugstore bronzers. However, I still think $17.00 is too expensive for this bronzer; $12.00 would probably be more appropriate.


Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer has some faults, but I have really enjoyed it so far. It’s one of the most beautiful makeup products that I own, which adds an extra element of fun to using it! I also like that I don’t need to be precise with this bronzer, and I can sweep it on until I achieve the look I’m going for. It really does provide the prettiest, most natural-looking glow.

Kiko’s product claims for the Mood Boost Matte Bronzer were spot on. This bronzer really does warm up the complexion and provide an even sun-kissed glow. The formula is also lightweight and easy to work with. I didn’t mention the fragrance before, but there is also a subtle vanilla fragrance as Kiko stated in the description. It is almost undetectable and I never smell it once it’s applied to my skin.

This is a really good bronzer. If one of the two shade options will work for your skin tone, and it’s in your budget, I definitely recommend it!

Have you tried the Kiko Milano Mood Boost Matte Bronzer or anything else from the Mood Boost collection? What about other bronzers from Kiko? Please comment below!

Lauren

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Beauty by Earth Self Tanner–Healthy Tan in a Bottle with All Natural Ingredients

Beauty by Earth Self TannerA golden tan is beautiful, but for those of us that don’t naturally have a tan skin tone, it can be dangerous to achieve. UV rays from the sun or tanning beds may cause skin cancer and lead to premature aging. A healthier alternative to get a tan is to use a self tanning product. Unfortunately, many of them are made with questionable ingredients. I don’t use self tanner often, but when I do it’s Beauty by Earth Self Tanner which is made with all natural ingredients!

What makes for a good self tanner? In my opinion, it should be buildable, streak-free, contain skin-loving ingredients, and last more than a couple of days. Keep reading to find out if Beauty by Earth’s Self Tanner fits the bill.

Please note that Beauty by Earth recently launched Self Tanner Mousse. I have not yet tried that product. In this review, I’ll be discussing the original Self Tanner lotion.

Beauty by Earth Self Tanner product claims directly from BeautybyEarth.com

Want that sun-kissed glow but don’t want to spend hours baking in the sun? Our natural self tanner is the solution you’re looking for! You’ll get the beautiful, healthy tan you want without exposing your skin to harsh UV rays or the potentially dangerous chemicals used in conventional self tanners. Perfect for hiding stretch marks, scars, and veins. Color doesn’t transfer to clothing and sheets. Won’t leave you orange tomorrow.

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Other product details

  • Price: $30.99 (save 10% with subscribe and save)
  • Net weight: 7.5 oz. | 222 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Made with natural ingredients (many are organic)
  • Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and artificial fragrance
  • Perfect for all skin types, including sensitive skin
  • Subtle coconut scent
  • Formulated primarily for use on the body, but can also be used on the face
  • Where to buy Beauty by Earth Self Tanner: BeautybyEarth.com or Amazon.com 
  • Where to buy Beauty by Earth Self Tanner Bundle (includes exfoliating mitt, body applicator mitt, face applicator mitt, and self tanner): BeautybyEarth.com or Amazon.com 
    • BeautybyEarth.com ships internationally for a flat fee of $28.00. (U.S. orders of $50+ ship free)
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  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Longevity: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Price: 8/10

Packaging/ease of application

Like most self tanning lotions, Beauty by Earth Self Tanner is packaged in a squeeze tube. Squeeze tubes are simple, but easy to use, which is especially good if you are working with an applicator mitt on one hand! The tube is also made of recyclable plastic, which is a plus. 

A lot of self tanners can make skin look orange or streaky. I was so nervous to try this one because I was skeptical of the natural ingredients’ efficacy in providing a natural-looking tan. Well, let me tell you, I did not need to worry! The tan I get from this product never looks orange, but instead it gives my skin the perfect golden glow. I also haven’t experienced any streaking with this self tanner.

To get the best results, follow the instructions provided by Beauty by Earth:

  1. Paint nails to avoid orangey nails (I’ve never remembered to follow this advice, myself, but it’s a great tip!)
  2. Exfoliate to gently remove dead skin cells, especially on very dry areas of the body (you can use an exfoliating mitt or a body scrub like Beauty by Earth Vanilla Coconut Body Scrub)
  3. Apply a thin layer of self tanner, with gloves or an applicator mitt, evenly over the body and face (if desired), being careful to apply a bit less to loose areas of skin (i.e. elbows and knees) since they are more absorbent and could end up too dark
    1. If you don’t wear gloves or use an applicator mitt, wash hands immediately after application to keep the color off of your palms
  4. Wait six hours for tan to develop
  5. Reapply the following day(s) as needed to achieve the desired color
  6. From there, reapply every 4-7 days or as needed

It’s also recommended to wait 1-2 days after shaving to apply self tanner. If self tanner is applied to freshly shaved skin, pores will show up as little orange dots. 

I can honestly say that I have not always followed these directions and I can speak from experience that it makes a big difference! When I applied this self tanner last week, I didn’t give myself enough time. It was just before bedtime so I was in a hurry and I didn’t properly exfoliate even though I have the exfoliating mitt from the Self Tanner Bundle. I also didn’t paint my nails beforehand. As a result, I had dark brown/orange spots on my toes where I had some dry patches of skin, and a couple of toenails turned a bit orange. It was entirely my fault for not following the directions.

Other than the problems with my feet, the self tanner looked very natural on the rest of my body. As you can see in this “after” photo, the tan from this self tanner is gradual, which I like (this means that if you make a mistake, it won’t be so obvious!). I think my legs definitely looked more tan in person than they did in the photo, but my phone’s camera doesn’t always seem to pick up on color accurately. 

Would I say Beauty by Earth Self Tanner is easy to apply? No, not really…but I don’t think any self tanner is exactly easy to use. Compared to other self tanners, I think this one is probably much easier because there’s no concern about streaking. Also, some other self tanners are tinted and rub off on clothing, sheets, and furniture. This one is white and doesn’t change the color of anything except skin!

Hydration

Hydration might not be something that many people think about with self tanners, but I think it’s actually really important for a couple of reasons. First of all, unless you’re applying a moisturizer before self tanner, the self tanner must also act as moisturizer. Second, self tanner looks best on hydrated skin, so added hydration in the self tanner itself can only help!

I find that Beauty by Earth Self Tanner feels very similar to a hydrating body lotion. My skin always feels great after it’s applied. I’ll go into detail about ingredients later on, but there are several that go a long way in keeping skin hydrated!

Longevity

You may be concerned about the longevity of the tan that develops from Beauty by Earth Self Tanner since it’s a natural product. I’m happy to tell you that it lasts very well! A tan from any self tanner will vary from person to person, but Beauty by Earth states that this one usually lasts 4-6 days. For me, I think my tan from last week lasted 6-7 days.

Since self tanners, including this one, are a bit fussy, I want the resulting tan to last a good long while no matter what kind of activities I might be doing. I appreciate that this one lasts well through swimming, showering, sweating, etc. Now that I remember how well the results of this self tanner last, I may start using it once a week through summer!

Ingredients

This is the first self tanner I’ve ever reviewed, so I was excited to check out the ingredients! I was surprised to find that there is one single ingredient responsible for the tanning property of this product, but there are many other ingredients of interest as well. Beauty by Earth Self Tanner contains only 17 ingredients, can you believe it?! Here they are: 

Water, Organic Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dihydroxyacetone (Sugar Beet Derived DHA), Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glycerin (Vegetable), Organic Camellia Oleifera (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Organic Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Organic Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Extract, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Pulp Extract, Vanilla Tahitensis (Vanilla) Fruit Extract

I usually start with the skincare ingredients, but this time I’m going to start with dihydroxyacetone (DHA). This is the ingredient that gives skin that lovely sun-kissed tan! It is completely safe and works by reacting with amino acids in the skin to build color. Science was never my strong subject, but I think that’s so cool!

As for the rest of the ingredients, I break them down into three categories: good, neutral, and bad. Good ingredients provide skincare benefits, neutral ingredients don’t directly benefit or harm the skin, while bad ingredients have the potential to irritate skin. Beauty by Earth Self Tanner contains a whopping ten good ingredients, four neutral ingredients, and unfortunately there are two bad ingredients. Let’s start with the good ones (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Shea Butter
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • Coconut Oil
    • Moisturizes and seals in moisture
  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Green Tea Leaf Extract
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Contains antioxidants
  • Pomegranate Extract
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant
  • Cranberry fruit extract
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant
  • Jojoba Seed Oil
    • Wax ester that stays on the skin surface to moisturize
    • Softens skin
  • Argan Oil
    • Contains fatty acids and vitamin E
    • Moisturizes
  • Coconut Pulp Extract
    • Rich in fatty acids, proteins, and vitamins
    • Skin-conditioning

Those are really excellent ingredients that are, frankly, surprising to find in a self tanner! Because of these ingredients, Beauty by Earth Self Tanner can be considered a very well-rounded body care product.

Moving on to the “neutral” ingredients, there isn’t anything very interesting. These ingredients are water, cetyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and radish root ferment filtrate. They act as solvent, emollients, and preservative, respectively. The two alcohols are non-drying, so there’s nothing to be concerned about with these ingredients.

Lastly, the “bad” ingredients. I never thought of witch hazel as a bad ingredient until I started researching skincare ingredients. It has antioxidant and soothing properties, but there is an antioxidant component called “tannin” that can make it sensitizing. Witch hazel also contains a fragrance called “eugenol” which may be sensitizing for some. The other ingredient that could cause irritation is vanilla fruit extract. It is a skin conditioner, but this particular type of vanilla extract is a common irritant. I’ve been fortunate that neither of these ingredients seem to disagree with my skin, but they could be problematic for someone with very sensitive skin.

Overall, I am thrilled with the ingredients in Beauty by Earth Self Tanner. They definitely didn’t have to include so many skin-loving ingredients, but I’m really glad they did!

Price

Beauty by Earth Self Tanner is definitely one of the pricier self tanning products I’ve seen. It’s $30.99 for a 7.5 ounce bottle, which means it’s $4.13/ounce. In general, I tend to go for more affordable products, but when it came time to look for a good self tanner, this one really stood out to me even though it is expensive.

I was concerned about the ingredients used in traditional self tanners, but I was really impressed by the ingredients in this one from Beauty by Earth. The “no streaking” claim also caught my eye because I know how careless I can sometimes be when applying products. In addition to those things, this self tanner is cruelty-free, and many of the others on the market sadly are not.

I wish this product was a little less expensive, but considering it’s something I won’t need to use year-round I think it’s worth the price!


I am the most fair-skinned person in my family and my pasty white legs have always bothered me. For years, I resisted self tanners because I didn’t want to look orange. I looked at a lot of self tanners before trying Beauty by Earth Self Tanner in 2019. 

I remember the year easily because I bought this product in preparation for vacation in Hawaii! I didn’t want to be the palest person on the beach. 🙂 I’m so glad I found this product because it makes me much more confident in my skin.

Does Beauty by Earth Self Tanner live up to the product claims? Beauty by Earth promises a beautiful healthy-looking tan without dangerous chemicals, that won’t turn you orange or stain fabric. I agree with these claims, except I would like to note again that there are a couple of ingredients that could be irritating for some. If you don’t have especially sensitive skin, this product should be safe for you!

Once I use up this bottle of Beauty by Earth Self Tanner, I’d really like to try their new Self Tanner Mousse. I tend to enjoy moussey products, but I have to wonder if I might run through that product more quickly than the lotion formula. If I do try that product, I’ll definitely write a review!

Have you tried the regular Self Tanner or Self Tanner Mousse from Beauty by Earth? If you haven’t, I absolutely recommend the original formula (and the mousse is probably great, too!). 

Lauren

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e.l.f. Camo CC Cream–Multitasking Coverage that Protects and Improves Skin

E.l.f Cosmetics has been launching more new products than ever in the last couple of years. At a certain point, I noticed that e.l.f. hadn’t launched a new foundation in a very long time. The only ones I’d heard much about were the Flawless Finish Foundation and BB Cream. I tried the BB Cream a year or so ago but couldn’t continue to use it because it smelled so strongly of chemical sunscreen. Fortunately, e.l.f. now has a new foundation for us! E.l.f. Camo CC Cream launched late 2020 or very early 2021.

e.l.f. Camo CC CreamI’m a little late to the game trying this foundation, but I’m hesitant to buy too many since I don’t wear makeup every single day. After watching review after review and hearing so many mixed opinions, I had to try it for myself! Fans of this CC Cream often compare it to the much more expensive IT Cosmetics CC Cream which has been popular for many years. I’ve never tried that one since IT Cosmetics is owned by L’Oréal (and therefore not cruelty-free by IntegriBeauty standards), but it’s supposed to be a good product.

Once I finished testing a Pacifica foundation last month, I was very excited to start using e.l.f. Camo CC Cream so I could write this review. Please keep reading for my final thoughts on this foundation after many uses!

e.l.f. Camo CC Cream product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Ditch your basic foundation! This skin color correcting cream is the only product you need to achieve a natural looking complexion but with full coverage. A multitasking dream cream with peptides and niacinamide known to plump, hydrate and smooth the appearance of your skin while protecting with SPF.

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $14.00
  • Net weight: 1.05 oz. | 30 g
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 6 months once opened
    • Be sure to check the date on the bottom of the box to verify that the sunscreen ingredients haven’t expired.
  • Special ingredients: 
    • Tocopheryl Acetate (type of vitamin E) strengthens skin and is an antioxidant
    • Sodium hyaluronate (sodium form of hyaluronic acid) is a humectant
    • Niacinamide improves appearance of enlarged pores, uneven skin tone, and fine lines, and also regulates oil secretion
    • Ascorbyl Palmitate (stable form of vitamin C) is an antioxidant
    • Soluble collagen acts as a humectant and moisturizer
    • Glycerin is a moisturizer
    • Carrot root extract is a potent antioxidant with skin-regenerative abilities
    • Sunflower seed oil improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Peptides reduce wrinkles and increase collagen
  • 20 shades ranging from fair to rich
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com 
    • E.l.f. Camo CC Cream is not currently for sale internationally (hopefully this will change, but I’m guessing it has something to do with the sunscreen ingredients in this product).
  • Overall rating: 8.2/10
    • Inclusivity: 8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Hydration: 6/10
    • Staying power: 9/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

E.l.f.’s classic foundation, Flawless Finish Foundation is available in 40 shades. The recent predecessors to e.l.f. Camo CC Cream, Hydrating Camo Concealer and 16HR Camo Concealer, come in 25+ shades each. Because of that, I expected the CC cream to come in at least 25 shades. Surprisingly, e.l.f. Camo CC Cream is currently only available in 20 shades. 

These shades range from fair to rich. I looked at each of the 20 shades and they are distributed as follows:

  • Fair: 3 (1 warm; 1 neutral; 1 cool)
  • Light: 3 (1 warm; 2 neutral)
  • Medium: 4 (2 warm; 1 neutral; 1 cool)
  • Tan: 3 (2 neutral; 1 cool)
  • Deep: 4 (1 warm; 1 neutral; 2 cool)
  • Rich: 3 (2 warm; 1 neutral)

I appreciate that e.l.f. included shades for so many categories of skin tones. However, as a fair-skinned person, I think there should also be at least one “very fair” shade. I have the lightest shade, Fair 120N, and I know there are people with lighter skin than mine! 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, it looks as though the shades go quite deep, which is great! A lot of foundations have very limited shade ranges with mainly light and medium shades.

Looking at the specific shades within each skin tone category, I noticed some odd things. For example, there are no light shades with a cool undertone. Also, there are no tan shades with a warm undertone. That’s especially strange to me because in my mind, people with tan skin are more likely to have a warm undertone than neutral or cool (I could be wrong about this). Lastly, there isn’t a rich shade with a cool undertone. E.l.f. could’ve added just three more shades to cover these bases.

While I do think e.l.f. should consider adding some additional shades as I mentioned above, this is a reasonably inclusive shade range. I think the majority of people will be able to find a shade that works for them. For those that struggle to find the correct shade, e.l.f. does offer a shade match guarantee for this CC cream. That means they will provide a refund within 30 days if you’re unhappy with the shade purchased.

Packaging/ease of application

E.l.f. Camo CC Cream is packaged very similarly to IT Cosmetics CC Cream. It comes in a plastic tube with a nice pump. There’s a cap to protect the pump since it doesn’t lock. I wouldn’t have minded if they’d made this a simple squeeze tube, but the pump is nice because it makes it a bit easier to get the right amount of product. One full pump is usually just right to get solid medium coverage on my skin.

This CC cream is thicker than a lot of liquid foundations I’ve used. It truly is a cream with sort of a moussey texture. When I pump out the product, it doesn’t run, which makes it easy to control when using a mixing palette.

E.l.f. recommends applying this CC cream with the e.l.f. Complexion Duo Brush. I don’t own that particular brush, but I do often use other e.l.f. face brushes to apply foundation. While I usually like to use brushes to apply foundation, I actually prefer to use a sponge with this one. It’s very quick and easy to blend this CC cream seamlessly into the skin with a sponge. I find that I get a much smoother finish with a sponge vs. brush. A brush will work in a pinch, but it doesn’t look nearly as good that way on my skin.

If you read my last foundation review on Pacifica Alight Clean Foundation, e.l.f. Camo CC Cream behaves very similarly to that product around my eyes. It unfortunately settles into those fine lines very badly. I try to avoid the eye area with this foundation or apply it only very lightly around my eyes, and add concealer as needed.

Hydration

There are a couple of things that made me expect this CC cream to be very hydrating. 1. Under “How to use” on the product page, e.l.f. states this product can be worn as a moisturizer. 2. There are at least three ingredients in this product that act as moisturizers. 

I was pretty shocked to see how matte this CC cream was the first time I applied it. I actually don’t find it to be very hydrating on my skin and it can almost look dry at times. Since I have combination skin with an oily t-zone, my natural oils eventually do break through somewhat to make the finished look appear more natural.

Don’t fret, I found a great way to make this CC cream more hydrating! I put one pump on my e.l.f. Artist Mixing Palette and add a drop of facial oil. Any type of facial oil will work for this purpose but I like to use the e.l.f. All the Feels Facial Oil. Once I’ve mixed those together, I dot the CC cream all over my face and it blends like a dream. That one drop of oil goes a long way in making the CC cream feel more hydrating!

Those with oily skin might love that this CC cream isn’t very hydrating. Those with normal to dry skin probably don’t, though! I’m glad I found a solution to this problem, but it would be nice if it wasn’t necessary.

Staying power

I’m excited to discuss the staying power of e.l.f. Camo CC Cream because it is excellent! The best way to explain this is to walk you through my wear test that I did yesterday.

I did an 8-hour wear test without primer because most days I don’t use primer. I applied the CC cream with a sponge all over my face including up under my eyes. I wanted to show how it settles into those fine lines throughout the day. I applied a light dusting of powder all over my face since, again, that’s what I normally do. Foundation won’t last as long on my skin without powder since my t-zone is oily.

In the first four hours, there was very little change. Foundations always break up on my chin, but there was barely a noticeable change in that area! Same for my nose, which is another common problem area. At that point, I also noticed that only a minimal amount of the CC cream had settled into fine lines on my face. Under my eyes was a different story; those lines were very obvious! 

At the 8-hour mark, my under-eyes looked very dry and cracked because of how much product had settled into those lines. My skin was also looking a bit oily at that point. Otherwise, my skin still looked great!

I honestly think this might be the best staying power I’ve ever seen from a coverage product! It looks almost flawless from morning to night, with the one exception of the under-eye area. Since there’s an easy solution for that problem, I don’t mind it too much.

Just for fun (because there was a beautiful rainbow), I took another photo last night after about 12 hours of wear. This was after copious amounts of sweating and eating greasy fair food! Even after all that I was still happy with how my makeup looked. 🙂

I have just one more comment on the staying power of e.l.f. Camo CC Cream. It might be my imagination, but I think the longevity of this product may be even better when adding a drop of facial oil. If I’m right, I suppose it would be because flexible coverage is less likely to “crack.”

Price

When e.l.f. Camo CC Cream first launched, a lot of people were very surprised by its price. Since e.l.f. is one of the most affordable beauty brands on the market, $14.00 does seem a bit high for its CC cream. Looking at other e.l.f. foundations and their BB cream, they are priced at only $6.00, so the jump to $14.00 is significant.

Looking a little deeper, you’ll see that e.l.f. Camo CC Cream is a much higher quality product than the older coverage products. The CC cream beats the other foundations and BB cream on packaging, ingredients, and sun protection (the BB cream has SPF 20 protection, but the CC cream is better with SPF 30)! I also prefer the performance of the CC cream vs. the BB cream, though I can’t comment on the foundations since I haven’t tried those.

If those comparing e.l.f. Camo CC Cream to the IT Cosmetics CC Cream (which is $39.50) are correct that it’s a dupe, that means you save $25.50 by choosing e.l.f.! All things considered, I think $14.00 is a very good value for e.l.f. Camo CC Cream.

e.l.f. Camo CC Cream sun protection

Before I wrap up this review, I wanted to add a quick note about the sun protection provided by e.l.f. Camo CC Cream. It offers broad spectrum SPF 30 sun protection with active ingredients octinoxate 7.5%, titanium dioxide 4.45%, and zinc oxide 13.72%. Since the majority of the sunscreen in this product is mineral instead of chemical, there’s no sunscreen smell!

The problem is that to get that full SPF 30 protection, you have to use a large amount of product, more than most people would want to use. If you use a standard amount of CC cream, you’re only getting a fraction of that coverage. For that reason, I wouldn’t recommend relying on this product alone for sun protection on your face. I always apply sunscreen liberally to my face and let it set before applying foundation. That way, I have a solid layer of sun protection that I can count on to prevent sun damage.

While the sunscreen in this CC cream isn’t enough to fully protect you, I think it’s great that e.l.f. included it! It’s never a bad idea to have an extra layer of protection from the sun.


The only regret I have about e.l.f. Camo CC Cream is that I didn’t get it sooner! I haven’t been using it for very long, but I already know it’s going to be a product that I reach for often. I really enjoy using it, especially now that I’ve discovered it works so well paired with facial oil!

I like to go back and look at product claims before I complete product reviews. For e.l.f. Camo CC Cream, the primary claims are that it has medium to full coverage with a natural finish and that it includes skincare ingredients that plump, hydrate, and smooth skin.

I think this foundation could be built up to be full coverage or close to it, but I consider it to be more of a medium coverage product. I disagree with the claim that it has a natural finish, as I find it to look very matte on my skin. There are several fantastic skincare ingredients in this CC cream, but I’m not sure if they plump, hydrate, or smooth my skin. I care more about the long-term benefits those ingredients provide, anyway.

After trying e.l.f. Camo CC Cream for myself, I see why so many people have been raving about it! I think it’s a great choice for just about anyone looking for medium coverage that includes skincare benefits and bonus sun protection. The one thing to keep in mind is that a lot of people might find it necessary to add a bit of facial oil for hydration. It really makes a big difference!

After reading this review, do you think you might give e.l.f. Camo CC Cream a try? What is most interesting about it, to you? I like that it’s a multi-tasker and stays put all day long!

Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water–No-Rinse Cleanse with 95% Natural Ingredients

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing WaterSince I reviewed Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder a couple of months ago, that’s become my primary morning cleansing product. As much as I enjoy that cleanser, it’s not the most efficient for a quick cleanse when I want to speed through my skincare routine. On those mornings that I want to cut down on my time getting ready, micellar water is my go-to product for removing excess oils and residue from nighttime skincare products. The micellar water I’m currently using is Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water.

I always have a micellar water in my skincare collection, but this is the first I’ve tried from Yes To. When I ordered it I was very excited about its hydration, and the packaging! I’ll explain about that and more in my full product review. Please continue reading to learn more about Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water!

Yes To Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water product claims from Yes To on Amazon.com (this product isn’t listed on YesTo.com)

Yes to coming clean with coconut extract and micellar water to remove makeup, cleanse and moisturize skin all-in-one, without rinsing. This gentle cleansing water draws out impurities without drying your skin. Specially formulated to help soften and smooth skin while providing needed hydration. The unique, easy-to-use pump dispenses the perfect amount each time, mess free.

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Other product details

  • Price: $7.59 (please note that prices tend to fluctuate often on Amazon)
  • Net weight: 7.77 oz. | 230 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • 95% natural ingredients
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com
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  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Cleansing: 8/10
    • Gentleness: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Finally, a micellar water with a pump dispenser! I reviewed two other micellar waters before this one, and I mentioned in both of those reviews that I wished they had pump dispensers. I just think this type of packaging makes the most sense for a micellar water because of the very watery consistency. The pump on Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water gives me more control over how much product comes out and (usually) keeps me from spilling on the counter.

While I am thrilled about the pump on this product’s packaging, I have a couple of minor complaints about it. First, the pump is made of a pretty lightweight plastic so it feels flimsy. I’m very careful when using it because I don’t want to knock the bottle over. The flip top on the pump is not very effective. It doesn’t close securely, so even though the pump does twist to lock, I wouldn’t ever travel with this micellar water. If you do want to travel with it, I’d recommend pouring some into a travel bottle to prevent leaks.

This micellar water can be used with cotton balls or pads; I prefer to use reusable washable cotton rounds. Yes To recommends two presses of the pump to get the right amount of micellar water, but I don’t find that to be enough. I probably use four pumps most mornings. If I don’t get enough on the cotton round, I don’t feel like I’m able to sufficiently cleanse my skin. 

Once I have the micellar water dispensed on a cotton round, it’s very easy to use. I quickly sweep it over my whole face and I’m ready to move on to the rest of my skincare routine without rinsing. 

Cleansing

I don’t have very high expectations for the cleansing power of micellar waters. I feel like, for the most part, they all perform very similarly. I might feel differently if I used them to remove makeup, but I don’t. I almost exclusively use micellar water in my morning skincare routine to remove excess oil and any remaining skincare from the previous night. This Yes To Coconut micellar water is very effective for that type of light cleanse.

If I really don’t want to wash my face at night, and if I only need to remove sunscreen (no makeup), I will occasionally use this micellar water for that as well. It is effective for removing my water-resistant sunscreen, but I have to tug at my skin a bit to get it all off. That’s the same reason I don’t use it to remove makeup; I don’t want to tug on my skin!

While I don’t use this product to remove makeup from my face, I did use a different method to see if it would remove makeup. I applied some e.l.f. No Budge Shadow Stick (which really is “no budge”), foundation, and concealer to my arm and let it all set. I then wiped over all of it with the micellar water on a cotton round and all of it wiped away quickly! I did have to go over the shadow stick a few times to fully remove it, but no scrubbing was needed. I was pleasantly surprised by how well it worked!

With all that being said, this micellar water might not be as effective at removing a full face of makeup because that’s a much larger amount of product. Additionally, there are often multiple layers of makeup (primer, foundation, powder, blush, etc.) on some parts of the face.

Gentleness

A problem I’ve had with some micellar waters in the past is eye-irritation. That’s a common complaint I’ve heard from others as well. Whenever I try a new one, I have to wonder if it will be irritating or not. 

I’ve been very happy with the gentleness of Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water. When I use it, I never experience any kind of irritation on my skin, or around my eyes. I’ve definitely gotten it in my eyes by accident before, so I can vouch for how gentle this product is!

There are unfortunately some ingredients that could be irritating for some people, but I’ve been lucky that I haven’t ever reacted badly despite those ingredients. I’ll go into detail about those ingredients in the next section.

Ingredients

While all of my rating categories are important in their own ways, ingredients are #1 in my eyes when forming an opinion on a skincare product. Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water only contains 15 ingredients! Here is the full list:

Water (Aqua), Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-4 Laurate/Sebacate, Polyglyceryl-4 Capylate/Caprate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Hexylene Glycol, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Niacinamide, Disodium EDTA, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum)

A lot of those ingredients look pretty intimidating, right? Do not fear! Most of those scientific names are solvents and cleansing agents, which are important in a cleansing water. 

I break down ingredients into three categories: good, neutral, and bad. Good ingredients provide skincare benefits, neutral ingredients don’t directly benefit or harm the skin, while bad ingredients have the potential to irritate skin. In Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water, there are four good ingredients, nine neutral ingredients, and two “bad” ingredients. I’ll start with the good ones (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Coconut Fruit Extract
    • Loaded with vitamins and fatty acids
    • Smoothing
    • Hydrating
  • Aloe Leaf Juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Helps wound healing
  • Biosaccharide Gum-1
    • S.M.A.R.T. sugar
      • Soothing, moisturizing, anti-aging, resurfacing, and touch properties (provides a soft touch feeling on the skin)
  • Niacinamide
    • Improves appearance of enlarged pores
    • Regulates oil secretion 
    • Evens skin tone
    • Softens fine lines

Since micellar water is a no-rinse cleansing product, it’s great to see these ingredients that hydrate, soothe, and more! I was especially happy to see niacinamide in this product as it’s one of my all-time favorite skincare ingredients. It’s a multitasker that’s very effective for a lot of people!

The “neutral” ingredients in this product are nothing to be concerned about. I already mentioned the solvents and cleansing agents. There are also things like a chelating agent (neutralizes metal ions to keep the formula from changing), antimicrobial, and pH adjuster. While these ingredients don’t directly benefit the skin, without them, the formula couldn’t work.

Now for those naughty “bad” ingredients… The first may surprise you: witch hazel water, which seems to effectively be the same as witch hazel. While witch hazel has antioxidant and soothing properties, there is an antioxidant component called “tannin” that can make it sensitizing. Witch hazel also contains a fragrance called “eugenol” which may be sensitizing for some. 

The other bad ingredient probably isn’t much of a surprise: fragrance! Fragrance blends, both natural and synthetic, are common skin irritants. It’s completely unnecessary and is better left out of skincare products. With that being said, this micellar water does have a lovely coconut scent!

Price

Since I usually go through micellar water pretty quickly, I don’t like to spend very much money on it. When I came across Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water, I was pleasantly surprised by its very affordable price! It is only $7.59 for 7.77 ounces of product, which is a generous amount. That’s less than a dollar per ounce!

I previously reviewed Derma E Vitamin C Micellar Cleansing Water and Pacifica Coconut Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic. While they are good products, they are significantly more expensive than this one from Yes To. I’m not impressed with every product I’ve seen from Yes To, but it’s definitely one of the most affordable skincare brands at the drugstore.


It can be difficult to find cruelty-free micellar waters because a lot of cruelty-free skincare companies simply don’t make them. I’m glad Yes To created this one, and at such an affordable price! I’m very impressed with Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water. The packaging, cleansing, gentleness, most of the ingredients, and of course the price, are excellent! I didn’t touch on this in the review, but this product also feels very nice on the skin. It provides light hydration and feels very much like a hydrating toner.

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Micellar Cleansing Water is a great option for anyone looking for a quick cleansing option. It’s also perfect for those times that you may need to avoid cleansing with water, such as after an eye surgery. I had LASIK surgery a few years ago and micellar water was just what I needed to keep my skin clean while avoiding water around my eyes.

The only people I may advise to avoid this micellar water would be those with very sensitive skin. While they don’t bother my skin, witch hazel water and fragrance do have the potential to cause irritation for some.

Do you ever use micellar water in your skincare routine? Which ones do you find to be most effective? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Kiko Milano Coloured Balm–Tinted Lip Balm for a Wash of Color and Shine

Kiko Milano Coloured BalmWe’re getting into the time of year where “less is more” for a lot of makeup-wearers. There are a lot of quick easy products that are perfect for “no makeup makeup days.” One of my favorites is tinted lip balm because it provides a sheer wash of color that’s still casual, but looks very flattering on the lips. A tinted lip balm that isn’t new, but I recently tried for the first time, is Kiko Milano Coloured Balm. 

Kiko launches limited edition collections often, but fortunately Coloured Balm is a permanent item. This has been a favorite of many for years! Please keep reading for my full review where you’ll learn if this tinted lip balm is a new favorite of mine, too!

Kiko Milano Coloured Balm product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Coloured moisturising balm that gives a gentle touch of colour and shine to the lips. Creamy and comfortable texture that delicately caresses the lips.

The lips’ hydration improves 14% after 28 days (results of clinical-instrumental tests conducted on 20 women who used the product twice a day for 28 days).

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Other product details

  • Price: $6.50 (or $8.00 from Amazon)
  • Net weight: 0.10 oz. | 3 g
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Special ingredients:
    • Shea butter is moisturizing, soothing, and antioxidant-rich
    • Ascorbyl palmitate, a stable form of vitamin C, is an antioxidant 
    • Tocopheryl acetate/Tocopherol (vitamin E) is an antioxidant that also strengthens skin 
    • Retinyl palmitate is a retinoid (though not a very strong one) that’s also an antioxidant
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • Available in 6 shades
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com and Amazon.com (Raspberry shade isn’t currently available from Amazon)
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Shade range/inclusivity: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Hydration: 8/10
    • Team Player: 10/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Shade range/inclusivity

The shade range for Kiko’s Coloured Balm isn’t the greatest with only six shades currently available. However, these tinted lip balms are also less pigmented than some others like the Colourpop Just a Tint Lip Crayons. Instead of looking very similar to shiny moisturizing lipsticks, these Kiko tinted lip balms provide a sheer wash of color to the lips. Since they are quite sheer, I think it makes sense that the shade range is on the smaller side. I’ll share all six shades below:

  • 02 Vanilla: Coral pink
  • 03 Guava: Bold coral orange
  • 04 Tutti Frutti: Cool-toned medium pink
  • 06 Blackberry: Rose pink
  • 08 Almond: Nude beige pink
  • 09 Raspberry: Orange red (slightly deeper than Guava)

If these shade descriptions look a bit odd to you, that makes a lot of sense! Kiko doesn’t provide shade descriptions or swatches, so these descriptions are mine, based on the limited photos Kiko provided. Four of the shades are shown applied to models’ lips, but the pure color isn’t swatched. Kiko, if you’re reading this, please provide arm swatches of all shades!

I have the shade 04 Tutti Frutti and swatched it on my arm in this photo. In this swatch, I swiped a few times to build full opacity. The color is very sheer, but is visible on the lips. It also adds a good amount of shine that looks very pretty!

Since I only have one shade, it’s hard to say if they’re all as sheer as Tutti Frutti. If they are, I’m not sure if these would be the best choice for those with dark or deep skin tones. I will say that the Raspberry shade appears to be quite pigmented, so that would likely be the best choice for deep skin tones.

As far as the variety of shades in this range go, I am surprised that there aren’t any purple or brown shades. Almond is almost brown, but not quite. I think it would be a good idea for Kiko to add at least a couple more shades, but the current shades are very pretty!

Packaging/ease of application

The packaging for the Kiko Coloured Balms is different from anything I’ve seen before. It looks metallic, but the tube is actually plastic and shaped like a capsule. I struggled to open it the first time because instead of snapping closed like most lip products that look similar, it twists open. It’s not difficult to use, but a bit awkward at first. Like a lot of Kiko products, it has the gold KK logo seal which is a nice touch.

My verdict on the packaging is that it looks pretty and could pass as a luxury product. However, it does feel a bit cheap and I don’t care for the twist-to-open design. This is a very minor gripe and not a concern as I don’t think the material or design will cause the product to break.

The tinted lip balm itself couldn’t be easier to apply. It has a very lightweight smooth texture that glides over the lips. Despite the fact that this lip balm contains beeswax and candelilla wax, there is no drag over the skin. If you’ve ever used e.l.f. Calm Balm, it feels very similar to that!

The low pigmentation of this tinted lip balm also makes it easy to apply. I can throw this on without a mirror and I don’t need to worry about how it looks. This would be a great lip product to keep in a purse or backpack for on-the-go application!

Hydration

Since the Coloured Balm formula is so lightweight, the initial feeling of hydration doesn’t last a very long time. The lip balm comes off quite easily on cups and straws when drinking, and definitely doesn’t last through any meals. Lip balms aren’t designed to be long-wearing, so this isn’t surprising.

When the majority of this lip balm has rubbed off, I do still feel like my lips are hydrated. It’s a light hydration that makes my lips feel healthy without being greasy or sticky. Coloured Balm isn’t the kind of lip product you’d want to rely on for overnight hydration or if you have very dry lips, but for daytime wear on those with “normal” lips, I think it’s plenty hydrating!

Team player

Tinted lip balms are most commonly used alone for a casual wash of color, but they can also be paired with other lip products. I prefer to wear Coloured Balm on its own, but for the purpose of this review I tried it applied over some other products.

In the photos below, you can see how Coloured Balm (in Tutti Frutti) looks on its own compared to my bare lips. After removing the lip balm from taking that second photo, I applied lip liner all over my lips and applied Coloured Balm all over my lips again. The pigment from Coloured Balm doesn’t really show up when applied over the lip liner, but it does provide a beautiful glossy shine. 

If you don’t like the feeling of lip gloss over lipstick or lip liner, Coloured Balm might be the perfect alternative for bringing some extra shine.

Price

Kiko Milano Coloured Balm is $6.50 for 0.10 oz. (3 g) of product. $6.50 would be quite expensive for a standard lip balm, but for a lovely tinted lip balm that’s comfortable to wear, I think it’s a steal! 

Looking through my makeup collection, the only other tinted lip balms I currently have are two of the ones I previously mentioned from Colourpop. They are $8.00 for only 0.07 oz.! Kiko is usually on the higher end of the drugstore price range, where Colourpop is very affordable. I was pleasantly surprised to see what a great value Kiko Milano Coloured Balm is by comparison!

Lastly, the ingredients. I didn’t do a deep-dive into this product’s ingredients like I would for skincare, but I was shocked to see shea butter, vitamin c, two forms of vitamin E, and retinyl palmitate on the list! These are wonderful nourishing ingredients that add even more value to an already great affordable product.


I’ve gotten a lot of use out of my Kiko Milano Coloured Balm since I received it a few weeks ago. It’s so comfortable and a pleasure to wear. It’s perfect for “no makeup makeup days” or if I simply don’t want to wear a bold lip with my makeup look. I may pick up another shade or two the next time there’s a sale!

Kiko doesn’t make any bold claims about this product. The description “tells it like it is.” Coloured Balm is indeed moisturizing, provides a touch of color and shine, and contains vitamins A, E, and C, plus shea butter. It also has the creamy comfortable texture they describe. This isn’t a groundbreaking product, but it does combine beauty and comfort!

Kiko Milano Coloured Balm is a great option for a wide variety of people. It’s perfect for makeup lovers like me that want some products with sheer comfortable coverage, but it would also be great for kids that are excited about makeup but aren’t quite ready for “real” makeup.

Do you enjoy tinted lip balms? If you do, have you tried any of the Kiko Milano Coloured Balms? Or do you have other favorites I should know about? Please let me know in the comments below!

Lauren

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Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant–Hydrate and Smooth Bumpy Skin

Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual ExfoliantI always have some type of exfoliating product for my body, whether it’s a scrub like Pacifica Sugared Crystal Supercharged Body Scrub or a chemical exfoliant like Paula’s Choice Weightless Body Treatment 2% BHA. Physical and chemical exfoliants work in different ways, but they are both effective to smooth bumpy skin and brighten. An ingredient I never knew could be used as an exfoliant is cinnamon (powder or extract). Cinnamon bark extract is the exfoliating ingredient featured in Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant from Pacifica’s new Body Treats collection.

I ordered this product on a whim because I saw “Cocoa Cinnamon” and knew it had to smell amazing. I was not wrong, y’all. This exfoliant smells just like a snickerdoodle cookie! Every time I open the jar and take a sniff, I feel like I’m getting a special treat without the calories. 

I’ve established that Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant provides a satisfying scent experience, but what does it do for the skin? Would I recommend it? Continue reading to find out!

Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant product claims from PacificaBeauty.com

Treat rough, bumpy skin with something pretty sweet. Our Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant, with skin-loving cocoa seed butter, cinnamon, and plant oils, helps hydrate skin and improve its texture. Cocoa seed butter is antioxidant-rich, highly moisturizing and supports softer skin. Cinnamon helps remove dead skin cells and soothes dry skin to reveal smoother texture. When your skin starts to feel a little dry or look scaly, love on your skin with this gentle exfoliant.

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Other product details

  • Price: $14.00
  • Net weight: 6 oz. | 170 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • 100% recycled plastic tub
  • Formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS or mineral oil
  • Appropriate for all skin types, but especially dry bumpy skin
  • Where to buy: PacificaBeauty.com 
    • PacificaBeauty.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Overall rating: 6.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Exfoliation: 8/10
    • Hydration: 4/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 6/10

Packaging/ease of application

smooth bumpy skin with this cinnamon exfoliantPacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant is packaged in a tub that’s made entirely out of recycled plastic. I think that’s great! I’m not usually a fan of tubs or jars, but this one doesn’t bother me as much. A lot of bath products packaged in tubs are difficult to open with wet hands, but this plastic doesn’t feel slick so it’s easy to grip the lid to twist it open. 

The main problem I usually have with this type of packaging is that it doesn’t protect the integrity of the ingredients. Fortunately, I don’t think there are many ingredients in this formula that are sensitive to light or air.

My only real complaint about the jar packaging for this body exfoliant is that if you aren’t careful, water can get into the tub. If left in the jar, the water would probably dilute the formula and make it less effective. I try to remember to set it toward the back of my shower where it’s less likely to get wet, once the tub is opened. I also check it for water before putting the lid back on. If there is water, this formula is thick enough you can flip the tub upside-down to pour out the water.

The texture of this body exfoliant feels amazing on the skin. This will sound strange, but the best way to describe the texture is a smooth lightweight body butter with a little bit of sand mixed in. That might sound unpleasant, but it really does feel nice!

I primarily use this product on my arms and legs, but I will occasionally use it on my hips as well when they get dry. Since the texture is smoother than a body scrub, it’s very easy to massage onto the skin. I use circular motions for optimal exfoliation.

Once I’ve finished applying the exfoliant to my skin, it’s very easy to rinse away. It isn’t sticky at all and doesn’t leave any sort of residue behind.

Exfoliation

Since this is a rinse-off exfoliant, you might expect it to feel and exfoliate like a body scrub. It actually feels very different. As I mentioned above, this formula is quite smooth. You won’t notice any grit until the exfoliant is being massaged onto the skin. Even then, there is very little physical exfoliation happening with this product since there’s no sugar or salt like you’d find in most body scrubs.

While this exfoliant feels vastly different from every other rinse-off exfoliant I’ve ever used, it is effective at exfoliating skin. There’s a caveat, though. The first couple of times I used it, several days passed between uses, and I didn’t notice any exfoliating effect. As I started using it more frequently, I noticed that my arms started to feel much smoother. I normally have quite a few small bumps on my arms, and while they aren’t all gone, they are now much improved. To see the most improvement in texture, I’d recommend using this exfoliant every day or every other day.

Hydration

Reading the description of this product, you would expect it to be quite hydrating. Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver as much hydration as I had hoped. When it’s on the skin, it feels wonderful and moisturizing. Once it’s rinsed off, however, I don’t feel any hydration left behind.

I will say that this exfoliant doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped of moisture, or irritated. It just doesn’t provide any extra hydration.

This exfoliant does contain some hydrating ingredients, so I wonder if others that don’t have dry skin on their arms and legs might have a different opinion of how hydrating it feels. I’ll get into the ingredients more in the next section, but I will go ahead and say that I wish Pacifica included more nourishing oils, as I think more hydration would be ideal in a product like this. Pacifica even recommends this exfoliant to people with dry skin, so why not make it as hydrating as possible?

Ingredients

As I mentioned in the intro, I previously had no idea that cinnamon could be used as an exfoliant. I was excited to do some digging into cinnamon extract as a skincare ingredient, as well as the other ingredients, to find out what makes this product work. There are 22 total ingredients in the Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant formula:

aqua, stearic acid, glycerin, perlite, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cetyl alcohol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetearyl alcohol, cocamidopropyl betaine, caramel, cinnamomum cassia bark extract, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, glyceryl stearate SE, coco-glucoside, coconut alkanes, coco-caprylate/caprate, jojoba esters, sodium gluconate, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, sodium hydroxide, parfum*

*our scent blend with natural and/or essential oils

Most of these ingredients are….OK, but not stellar. I break down ingredients into three categories: good, neutral, and bad. Good ingredients provide skincare benefits, neutral ingredients don’t directly benefit or harm the skin, while bad ingredients have the potential to irritate skin. I only have three of these ingredients in the “good” category, 17 are “neutral,” and two are “bad” (again, this just means they have increased potential to be problematic, but they won’t negatively affect everyone).

I’ll start with describing the three “good” ingredients since I think those are the ones we’re most excited about!

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Sunflower seed oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids which strengthen and hydrate skin
  • Cocoa seed butter
    • Rich emollient that’s highly moisturizing and nourishing
    • Contains fatty acids and vitamin E

All three of these ingredients are great hydrators, so I’m happy to see them on the list! I’m not sure if their percentages are too low, but as I mentioned before, I don’t really feel the hydrating effects of these ingredients once the exfoliant is rinsed off of my skin.

You might be surprised to see that I didn’t include cinnamon extract on my “good” list. Unfortunately, this ingredient is on the “bad” list! That’s because it’s a known skin irritant. I have found a couple of sources stating that cinnamon (powder and extract) can be an effective exfoliator, as well as having antioxidant benefits, but there isn’t scientific research to back up those claims. Pacifica states that cinnamon helps to remove dead skin cells, soothe dry skin, and promote smoother texture. Since there are no other ingredients in this formula that would act as exfoliants, I think it’s safe to say that cinnamon is indeed an effective exfoliating ingredient. Unfortunately, it could cause irritation on sensitive skin.

The only other “bad” ingredient is the parfum. In this product, “parfum” is a proprietary blend of natural and/or essential oils. This blend might be safer than synthetic fragrance, but even natural fragrance ingredients can be irritating to many people.

Lastly, the “neutral” ingredients. They make up the majority of this formula, which is a little unfortunate since they don’t provide any benefits to the skin. These ingredients do, however, perform important functions. They are ingredients like solvents, emollients, thickeners, surfactants, colorants, and preservatives.

I definitely would prefer to see more ingredients from the “good” category in this product. That doesn’t mean it’s not a good formula, though. It’s just not great. This exfoliant does feel good on the skin and exfoliates to make skin feel smoother, so the ingredients do work to achieve the primary goals of the product.

Price

I wasn’t able to find a single product that’s similar to this one. There are plenty of body scrubs out there, but this isn’t a scrub exactly. Because of that, it’s tough to evaluate the price of this exfoliant.

Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant is $14.00 for 6 ounces of product, or $2.33/oz. That sounds very inexpensive, but it would be easy to run through a whole tub quickly if you use it daily, or even a few times a week. I haven’t been using it for very long and I’ve used up about half the tub.

Do I think $14.00 is a fair price for this exfoliant? I have to say no. While $14.00 is still within the drugstore price range, I expect more from a body product at this price point.

Pacifica Body Treats

In the intro, I mentioned that Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant is part of the Body Treats collection. I believe this collection only started with three products and it’s now grown to include six. The Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant is one of the newer ones. Here are the other five products from the collection in case you’re interested!

If you’re skeptical about the exfoliating ability of Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant, you may want to look into the Glow Baby Body Peel or Acne Warrior Body Scrub, as they both contain reliable chemical exfoliants. I haven’t tried either of those, but I’m especially impressed by the description and ingredients for Glow Baby Body Peel.


This was a difficult review for me to write because Pacifica is one of my favorite brands and I’m disappointed that this product didn’t work as well for me as I’d hoped. I think Pacifica could definitely make some small changes to the product to improve the formula. Adding sucrose (sugar) would boost the exfoliation, and additional moisturizing ingredients would leave the skin feeling hydrated even after the product is rinsed away.

Will I repurchase Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant? Probably not. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy it, though. This product provides a nice experience and I look forward to using it every time I shower. It smells so so good, and feels great on my skin!

If you or someone you care about enjoys the smell of snickerdoodles, and a nice scent experience from body products, this might be a fun treat! The only people that I think really should avoid this exfoliant are those with very sensitive skin on their bodies. The cinnamon and fragrance blend could be quite irritating for them.

Have you had the chance to try Pacifica Cocoa Cinnamon Dual Exfoliant or any other products from the Body Treats collection? Please let me know in the comments, if you have!

Lauren

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Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow–Single Shadows that Offer Sheer to Intense Color Payoff

Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow in shades 202 and 209Even though I love eyeshadow, I’ve never been one to collect single eyeshadows. I prefer palettes, eyeshadow sticks, and liquid eyeshadows. That’s changed a bit now with my recent discovery of Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow. When I first discovered the brand, I watched a lot of YouTube videos on Kiko products. One product that was mentioned over and over are their Water Eyeshadows which have been popular for years.

What is Water Eyeshadow? You might be wondering, like I was at first, if these are cream eyeshadows. The name and appearance of these eyeshadows definitely make you wonder. While they look a lot like cream eyeshadows, these are powder eyeshadows. That doesn’t mean they aren’t special in their own way, however. Keep reading to find out why these cute singles are now staples in my collection!

Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadow product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Revolutionary eyeshadow with instant colour release and dual wet and dry use. Mixture of groundbreaking spherical powders for an outstanding colour effect bringing together extreme coverage, pure luminosity, and long-lasting colour. Soft, creamy texture for colour with remarkable purity. Easy to blend and offers immediate release of perfectly even colour. Enriched with moisturizing, smoothing ingredients, Water Eyeshadow remains light and comfortable.

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Other product details

  • Price: $12.99
  • Net weight: 0.11 oz. | 3 g
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • Currently available in 19 shades (I believe some others may simply be out of stock, but they aren’t listed on KikoCosmetics.com)
  • Special ingredients that add moisture:
    • Glycerin
    • Squalane
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com or Amazon.com (please note that many shades are not available on Amazon, and each shade is listed separately)
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 9.0/10
    • Shade range/inclusivity: 8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Pigmentation: 10/10
    • Staying power: 10/10
    • Price: 9/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Shade range/inclusivity

Kiko made it difficult to judge the Water Eyeshadow shade range since some shades aren’t currently showing up online. It’s unclear whether those shades have been discontinued or if they are simply out of stock at the moment. Here are the 19 shades that are available now:

  • 200 Champagne
  • 201 Rosy Taupe
  • 202 Golden Mauve
  • 203 Burgundy
  • 204 Plum
  • 206 Pearly Coffee
  • 208 Light Gold
  • 209 Olive Green
  • 212 Smerald Green (this may be a typo, but the shade does not look like “emerald green” to me)
  • 213 Dark Slate Green
  • 226 Moonstone
  • 227 Light Taupe
  • 228 Taupe
  • 229 Pearly Gray
  • 231 Black
  • 232 Silver
  • 233 Gold
  • 234 Copper
  • 235 Bronze

Some of these shade names are a bit misleading in my opinion. To see side-by-side arm swatches, click the link to Kiko’s website above. These swatches were very helpful when selecting shades. 

I ended up getting shades 202 Golden Mauve and 209 Olive Green. The Olive Green shade is exactly what I expected, but Golden Mauve appears more taupe in person than it does in photos. Since a lot of cool-toned shades pull purple on my skin, Golden Mauve does look mauve/purple once I apply it. You can see both shades applied to my fair skin (with neutral undertone) in these photos. My blending isn’t the greatest, but hopefully these photos will give you an idea of what these eyeshadows look like once applied.

Looking at the shade range as a whole, I think Kiko provides a good variety of options. There are some shades missing as I mentioned before, so if those shades are brought back, I think this range will be quite well-rounded. As it currently stands, there are some shades missing, such as pinks. 

Even with these shades being a bit limited right now, I think there’s still something for everyone in this range. There is a wide variety of colors and undertones. I think some shades may be suited better to darker or lighter skin tones, but I think most people could make most of these shades work. I’m very pleased with the overall inclusivity of these eyeshadows.

Before I move on to the next section, I’d like to also mention that all of the Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows have a shimmer finish. They don’t contain glitter, but there is a subtle shimmer that catches the light beautifully. Since the shimmer is more subtle, and not so metallic, these shades can be used however you’d like. I even saw that some reviewers use certain shades as highlighters!

Packaging/ease of application

All of the Water Eyeshadows are packaged in black plastic compacts. They are travel-friendly because they snap securely closed and contain small mirrors. I won’t personally use the mirrors in these as I prefer a larger mirror, but some may find these mirrors helpful when applying eyeshadow on-the-go. 

While this packaging is well-made and looks nice, I wish there was color somewhere on the outside to differentiate shades. Every compact looks identical, so you must open them to see the shades. The shade numbers are shown on the back labels, but most of us won’t remember the number of each shade, so this is mildly annoying.

One other thing about this product’s design that some may not like, is that the eyeshadow itself has a raised design. It’s very pretty, pressed to look like rippling water. Unfortunately, since these eyeshadows aren’t pressed flat like most are and there isn’t a way to remove the pans from the compacts, they can’t be removed to go into a customizable palette. A lot of people like to collect single eyeshadows for this reason, but these will not work for that purpose.

As for the formula of these eyeshadows, I must say they are some of the most user-friendly eyeshadows I’ve ever used, for a couple of reasons: the texture is smooth and blendable, and there is no fallout. Let me repeat that…there is no fallout! As someone that has no professional makeup training and applies face makeup before eye makeup, eyeshadow fallout drives me crazy. I deal with it as best I can with a lot of eyeshadows, but it’s never an issue with this Water Eyeshadow formula!

Kiko states that these eyeshadows can be used wet or dry. I’m not one to often use water or setting sprays in my eyeshadow application, but I’ve tried it a couple of times with these. The addition of moisture is supposed to make the color pop more, but honestly I don’t notice much of a difference (if any) when adding that step. Other shades may perform a little differently when wet, but I think this is mostly a personal preference thing.

Kiko advises that these shadows should be applied with a sponge blender or synthetic brush. I don’t have any sponge blenders, but that’s OK because I really like to use my fingers to apply these eyeshadows to my eyelids. I then use a brush (usually my Profusion Pointed Crease Eyeshadow brush) to work the color into my crease. That’s how I create one-shadow looks using these, but they can alternatively be used in conjunction with any other kind of eyeshadows.

Pigmentation

In the first section of my review, I said most people could make most of the Water Eyeshadow shades work. That’s largely because these eyeshadows can be applied lightly for a sheer wash of color or they can be built up for intense bold color. For sheer application, I recommend using only a brush. You get much more intense color payoff when applying with fingertips.

I really appreciate the level of pigmentation these eyeshadows have. Working with my two shades, I’ve noticed that they don’t seem very pigmented at first, but it really doesn’t take much effort to intensify the color. 

Since these are single eyeshadows instead of palettes, there isn’t anything else to say about their pigmentation. Regardless of skin tone, I think most people would be very happy with these eyeshadows’ pigmentation.

Staying power

Most powder eyeshadows have great staying power, and these Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows are no exception! I apply them over my Milani Eyeshadow Primer since I have oily eyelids. I use that primer every time I wear eyeshadow, so I can’t say how well these eyeshadows wear throughout the day on their own. However, applied with that eye primer, I never experience any creasing, smudging, or fading. I also don’t see any fallout as the day goes on, like I have with some other shimmer eyeshadows.

These eyeshadows are reliable options for all-day wear! Those with normal to dry eyelids probably wouldn’t even need to use eyeshadow primer. I’ll continue to use it since my eyelids do get oily so quickly.

Price

I have purchased very few single eyeshadows through the years. Since many of the palettes I’ve purchased are $25.00 or under, I feel like single eyeshadows should be very inexpensive. Unfortunately, I’ve found that isn’t usually the case!

Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows are priced at $12.99 each. That seems expensive to me since I’m not used to purchasing single eyeshadows. However, looking at various brands of single eyeshadows, I see that some are $20.00+! Others are much less expensive, like Colourpop singles that are $4.50 each. I looked a bit closer at those, and it turns out they have half the amount of product per pan compared to Kiko’s Water Eyeshadows. 

I like Colourpop eyeshadows a lot, but not as well as these from Kiko. Since these Water Eyeshadows are very high quality and include a good amount of product, I think they’re a good value. They walk the line between drugstore and high-end on price, but they’re worth it!

I’d recommend buying the Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows in a shade or shades that you’ll wear often, to make sure you get your money’s worth.


I’m so glad I listened to the recommendations of others that have more experience with Kiko, and picked up these Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows! I couldn’t be happier with the formula or the shades I chose. There are many other shades that look stunning, so I may try more in the future.

Looking back at Kiko’s product claims, I think it’s kind of funny how many gimmicky terms they used like “revolutionary” and “groundbreaking.” Don’t get me wrong, I think these eyeshadows are outstanding. With that being said, I don’t believe they’re revolutionary or groundbreaking. They don’t feel all that different from other powder eyeshadow formulas I’ve used. Ignoring those “fluff” terms Kiko used, I do agree with their claims. 

These eyeshadows have just the right amount of pigmentation for good color payoff, they can be used wet or dry, there is a luminous shimmer in all shades, and it is a long-wearing formula. The Kiko Water Eyeshadows are also easy to blend and feel lightweight. I do hope that they add back the shades that were removed from the website, or create some new shades for a little bit better variety. 

I would truly recommend these eyeshadows to anyone that enjoys working with powder eyeshadows. The formula is very easy to use, so they’re perfect for all skill levels. Also, many of the shades work very well for one-and-done eye looks that will get you out the door quickly!

This has been another long review, so I appreciate you reading to the end. Have you ever tried the Kiko Milano Water Eyeshadows? If not, which shade(s) would you choose? Please let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Milani Baked Blush–Cult Classic for a Reason

Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper and Milani Baked BlushFounded in 2002, Milani Cosmetics is far from new to the beauty world. In its 19 years, Milani has risen in popularity for it’s prestige-quality items sold at affordable prices. Certain products have even become cult classics. Milani is most well-known for its lip products and blushes; the Milani Keep it Full Nourishing Lip Plumper and Milani Baked Blush formulas in particular are loved by many.

The most famous shade in the Milani Baked Blush formula is Luminoso. It’s so good, many celebrity makeup artists keep it in their kits. This just happens to be the shade that I own, and it’s one of my favorite blushes! The soft peach shade is perfect for spring and summer.

If you’ve never tried any of the Milani Baked Blushes, you might be wondering what earned them “cult classic” status. Most makeup products don’t stay popular over many years like this one has. Keep reading for my detailed review on this beautiful blush.

Milani Baked Blush product claims directly from MilaniCosmetics.com

These richly pigmented, highly buildable blushes feature satin and shimmery shades that work for every attitude. Baked blush season is every season. Yes, these blushes really are baked–each one has been sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles to give your skin a warm finish and a radiance that looks striking and natural. These statement-making peach and rose blush shades will give you a captivating flush of bold color. Shape, contour and highlight your best features to get that glam glow. Milani Baked Blush is sunbaked color that does it all. 

Disclosure: IntegriBeauty includes affiliate links within product review posts. I receive commissions for purchases made through these links at no additional cost to you. IntegriBeauty is independently owned and all products discussed within IntegriBeauty product review posts are thoroughly tested and given honest reviews.

Other product details

  • Price: $7.99
  • Net weight: 0.12 oz. | 3.5 g
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • 15 shades (some may be limited edition as they have their own pages on MilaniCosmetics.com; I’ll mark them below in the “Inclusivity” section with an asterisk)
  • Buy shades 01-15 here
  • Buy shades 120 & 130 here
  • Buy shade “Cherry” here
  • Buy shade “Peach” here
    • MilaniCosmetics.com ships internationally, but they currently don’t ship to Mexico, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Spain, Iraq, or Turkey.
  • Overall rating: 9.4/10
    • Inclusivity: 10/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Texture: 10/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Inclusivity

Milani Baked Blush is currently available in a whopping 15 shades! That’s a lot more than I’m used to seeing from other brands, or even other Milani blush collections like the matte Rose Powder Blush that comes in only six shades.

Among the 15 shades of Milani Baked Blush, there are a wide variety of peaches, pinks, reds and neutrals:

  • 01 Dolce Pink: Shimmery warm pink
  • 02 Rose D’Oro: Rosey copper with satin finish
  • 03 Berry Amore: Peachy bronze with satin finish
  • 05 Luminoso: Luminous peach with satin finish (swatched below)
  • 06 Bellissimo Bronze: Shimmery warm bronze
  • 08 Corallina: Bright shimmery coral
  • 09 Red Vino: Cool toned red with metallic finish
  • 12 Bella Bellini: Warm pink with metallic finish
  • 13 Rosa Romantica: Shimmery ultra light pink
  • 14 Petal Primavera: Light petal pink with satin finish
  • 15 Sunset Passione: Bronzed terracotta with satin finish
  • *120 Sunrise Serenita: Wearable orange with satin finish
  • *130 Cocoa Felicita: Rich red brown with satin finish
  • *Cherry (no shade number): Rich cherry red with satin finish
  • *Peach (no shade number): Bright peach with satin finish

Milani Baked Blush arm swatch

You can view swatches of shades 01-15 on Milani’s website. All of these shades are swatched on fair, light, medium, tan, and deep skin so you can see how they look on a variety of skin tones. The lightest shade almost looks like an icy highlighter, which would probably be pretty on very fair skin. Meanwhile, the deepest shades are highly pigmented and would be absolutely stunning on deep skin tones. There are definitely shades that will work for every skin tone in this inclusive shade range.

While I appreciate the inclusivity of these blush shades, I think the range could still be expanded even further. I noticed that there aren’t currently any berry shades. I thought there was one since shade 03 is called “Berry Amore,” but the shade description reads “peachy bronze with satin finish.” I get the impression that this shade range has evolved over time (see above–shades 4, 7, 10, and 11 are missing), so it seems likely that Milani will add/remove shades again in the future…and maybe the next new shade will be a berry! 

Packaging/ease of application

Milani Baked Blushes come in a gold compact that has a luxurious look. The lid is easy to open while also snapping closed securely. Once the compact is opened, you can flip the blush up to reveal a hidden compartment that contains a small brush and mirror. 

The mirror is nice for on-the-go application, but I wouldn’t recommend the brush. I’ve honestly never tried using it, but it’s an awkward shape and I don’t think it would work nearly as well as regular blush brushes. Frankly, I think Milani should eliminate that separate compartment to minimize the amount of packaging and free up space for additional blush.

I like to apply this blush using my fluffy Real Techniques Blush Brush since this isn’t an intensely pigmented blush. I think it looks best when diffused over the cheeks rather than being applied more precisely. 

Since this is a baked blush, the formula is not very powdery, which makes it even easier to apply. I swirl my brush in the pan and I never pick up too much, even when I’m being careless. This is the kind of blush that you could almost apply in the dark if you needed to!

Texture

You might’ve noticed in the “inclusivity” section that most shades are described as having a satin finish while some others are shimmery or metallic. Based on the swatches I’ve seen, I would describe all the shades as shimmery except for two. I wish I had more shades in my collection to say firsthand, but I would definitely call Luminoso a shimmery blush (soft shimmer, no chunky glitter), even though Milani states that it has a satin finish.

While I do think most the Milani Baked Blushes have shimmer finishes, I admit that there is some variation. The shimmer in shades 09 Red Vino and 12 Bella Bellini appears to be much stronger than in the other shades. Those are the shades that are labeled as metallics, and I think that’s accurate.

I can’t say for sure if this is true for all shades of this blush, but the shade and finish of Luminoso looks beautiful on the cheeks. Because of the shimmer finish, highlighter is optional. There is plenty of pigmentation (without being too much), but the fine shimmer adds a lovely glow to the skin. 

The one drawback of the shimmer in this blush is that it can emphasize texture and pores. I have large pores around my nose, and I notice them a lot more when I wear this and other shimmery blushes. I’m not sure if it’s possible to formulate a shimmery blush that wouldn’t have this effect. Fortunately, I don’t think it’s nearly bad enough that anyone else would notice from a distance (at least on my skin).

Staying power

Powder blushes usually have better staying power than liquids or creams, but they can still sometimes wear away throughout the day on my combination skin. I’ve been very happy with the staying power of my Milani Baked Blush. The color diminishes very slightly after many hours of wear, but the shimmer never budges! 

This blush, like a lot of blushes, will fade more quickly when worn under a mask. This is to be expected, so I really don’t fault the blush. I think the best blush to be worn with a mask is the e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush since it has the best longevity I’ve ever seen in a blush.

I think this blush might even be a good choice for a blush topper, applied over cream blush. Applying powder products over creams helps with their longevity.

Price

Blush is a staple makeup product that can be found from every makeup brand, and at every price point. There are blushes at the drugstore for only $3.00 and on the other end of the spectrum, some prestige brands charge $40+. 

Milani Baked Blushes aren’t the lowest priced blushes in the drugstore price range, but they are very affordable at $7.99. You could buy five Milani Baked Blushes for the price of one Hourglass blush (Hourglass also is not 100% cruelty-free by my standards, as the company is owned by Unilever)!

Some of Milani’s products can be a little pricey for a drugstore brand, but $7.99 is very reasonable for this product. The quality of these blushes is on-par with high-end, so I think they’re a great value!


Milani Baked BlushI would say that Milani Baked Blushes are definitely worthy of their “cult classic” status. While I can’t speak for every shade, I love the way Luminoso looks on my skin. The color and fine shimmer are very flattering on the skin. 

I’ve heard nothing but good things about the Milani Baked Blushes through the years. You can’t go wrong with these unless you prefer matte blushes, or if Milani doesn’t have the shade you’re looking for.

Have you tried any of the Milani Baked Blushes? If so, what are your favorite shades? Please let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch–2-Step Liquid Lipstick for Intense Color and Shine

Kiko Milano Unlimited Double TouchWith most lip products, there’s a choice that must be made. Do I want long-lasting bold color, or a glossy finish? The phrase “You can’t have your cake and eat it too” comes to mind. Fortunately, beauty brands are always innovating to give consumers what we want! Kiko Milano is one of those brands and well-known for its quality lip products. They were able to formulate a fantastic product to address the desire for both long-lasting intense lip color and a glossy finish: Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch.

This is a 2-step liquid lipstick with a base color and glossy top coat. The base color is applied first and dries within a minute. Then the glossy top coat can be applied to add a beautiful shine. You might be wondering what’s special about this formula since lipgloss can be applied over any liquid lipstick. The unique idea behind this product is that the color is meant to remain locked in place even with the gloss top coat applied.

This is not the first product of this kind I’ve come across. CoverGirl makes a similar product called Outlast All Day Lip Color with Topcoat. Unfortunately, CoverGirl is owned by Coty, and therefore not 100% cruelty-free by my standards. Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch is the only truly cruelty-free product of this type that I’ve found.

New to Kiko Milano?

Me too! I think I’d heard of Kiko Milano in beauty groups with international members in the past, but it wasn’t until this year that I learned their products are sold in the USA. Once I started looking at the website, I wanted to order everything! The lip products were what caught my eye most and I ordered four lip products all at once (that is not normal for me!). 

Kiko Milano is an Italian beauty brand that was founded in 1997. It features a wide variety of makeup, skincare, nail care, tools, and accessories. Kiko Milano is committed to creating innovative high-performance products at affordable prices, while also being 100% cruelty-free!

FYI, Kiko Milano is often referred to as simply “Kiko” so I will sometimes refer to the brand that way in this review and future reviews.

Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch product claims directly from KikoCosmetics.com

Long-lasting two-step liquid lipstick: an extraordinary combination of base colours and lip gloss with an intense and radiant finish. The colour is set onto the lips for a result that lasts up to 12 hours.

Base colour: the formula, enriched with a combination of film-like polymers, ensures maximum comfort, optimum adherence to the lips and even colour. Smudge proof, with a very quick drying time.

Lip gloss: the softening action formula gives the lips a bright and radiant finish.

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Other product details

  • Price: $12.99
  • Net weight: 0.20 oz. | 6 ml (2 x 0.10 oz. OR 2 x 3 ml)
  • Made in Italy
  • Cruelty-free
  • Shelf life: 18 months
  • 26 shades
  • Where to buy: KikoCosmetics.com and Amazon.com (please note that some shades are not currently available on Amazon)
    • Kiko Milano ships internationally, but there are unique websites for each country. When you visit KikoCosmetics.com, make sure the correct country is listed next to “My Country” at the bottom of the page. If it’s incorrect, click on the country name and it will bring up the full list of countries for you to select the correct option.
    • Amazon.com ships internationally to over 100 countries, but not all items will ship to every country. Update your default shipping address to see items that will ship to your location.
  • Overall rating: 9.2/10
    • Shade range: 9/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 9/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.

Shade range

The shade range for Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch lipsticks is impressive! There are 26 shades including browns, pinks, reds, and purples, in almost every variation you can imagine. There is a good variety of undertones in this shade range as well. Kiko doesn’t provide descriptions of any of the shades, but many of the shade names are quite descriptive so I’ll share them below:

  • 101 Soft Rose
  • 102 Satin Rosy Beige
  • 103 Natural Rose
  • 104 Sangria
  • 105 Scarlet Red
  • 106 Satin Ruby Red
  • 107 Cherry Red
  • 108 Satin Currant Red
  • 109 Strawberry Red
  • 110 Spicy Rose
  • 111 Satin Pink Camellia
  • 112 Satin Peach Rose
  • 113 Satin Coral
  • 114 Orange Red
  • 115 Fire Red
  • 116 Hot Pink
  • 117 Cyclamen
  • 118 Orchid
  • 119 Rhododendron Pink
  • 120 Rosy Mauve
  • 121 Dark Rosy Chestnut
  • 122 Bordeaux
  • 123 Satin Grape
  • *129  Burnt Tangerine
  • 130 Antique Brass
  • 131 Spiced Tea

*I assume that shades 124-128 were discontinued as they are no longer shown on KikoCosmetics.com. 

You can see side-by-side arm swatches of shades 101-123 online. I’m so glad they did that instead of individual swatches, because some of the shades are similar. 

I am really happy with this shade range! I have the shade 107 (Cherry Red) and I couldn’t be more pleased with the color. It’s the perfect red for me; not too warm or cool. 

There is something for everyone, or almost everyone, in this range. My only small complaint about this shade range is that there aren’t any “eccentric” colors like blue or black. I’m not interested in using unusual lipstick colors myself, but I’ve noticed lately that a lot of the large lipstick ranges (especially for matte/long-wearing lipsticks) include at least one or two of those types of shades.

Packaging/ease of application

Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch is a double ended lip product with the base color on one end and the glossy top coat on the other. Each end has its own applicator. The base color has a small doe foot applicator that comes to a point for precise application. This applicator would be perfect if it picked up a little bit more product. I have small lips and this applicator picks up just barely enough product to completely cover my lips. 

The glossy top coat has a brush applicator that resembles a nail polish brush, but a bit more narrow so that it can be applied with precision. I have noticed that this brush is picking up a bit of color from the colored base, but I think that’s probably inevitable with this type of product. The lip gloss itself remains clear, so this is not a problem.

All components of this product’s packaging are made out of plastic. That doesn’t take away from its high-end feel, however! Kiko’s Unlimited Double Touch might be the prettiest lip product in my collection. I think this product looks like it comes from a very high-end luxury brand. I’m new to the brand, but from what I’ve seen Kiko makes some of the most beautiful makeup products on the market. This one is no exception! 🙂

This lipstick (the base coat) is highly pigmented like most liquid lipsticks. Because of that, it’s not the easiest lip product to apply. It requires patience to make sure it stays within the lip line. I didn’t take away any points for this because it’s to be expected that this type of product will require more effort. Also, applying lip liner first will help immensely!

After allowing a minute for the base color to dry, the glossy top coat is very easy to apply. I’m not nearly as careful when applying it because the lip gloss is clear. I just apply a little on bottom and top, then rub my lips together. I find that that method distributes the product evenly and looks good every time.

While the glossy top coat makes lips look plumped and shiny, it isn’t actually necessary. The lipstick can be worn alone if a more matte look is desired.

Hydration

You might’ve been surprised or even shocked to see that I scored Unlimited Double Touch 10/10 for hydration. Long-wearing liquid lipsticks are notorious for making lips look and feel dry. For that reason, a lot of people avoid them completely.

While Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch is far from being the most hydrating lip product out there, it is the most hydrating long-wear liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried. The gloss definitely helps, but even without the gloss, this lipstick formula never makes my lips look or feel dry. It has a slight tackiness to it, but that isn’t bothersome; that feeling lets me know there’s moisture on my lips. 

I’ve been wearing this lipstick every day for a few days now and I’ve found that my lips never feel dry when it’s on, even if I’ve been wearing it for hours. I’m not sure how Kiko accomplished this since the formula doesn’t appear to contain any special hydrating ingredients. 

Staying power

Kiko claims that Unlimited Double Touch lipstick lasts up to 12 hours. That’s an impressive claim! But is it true?

I definitely agree that this is a long-wearing lip product, but its staying power isn’t quite as impressive as I expected based on Kiko’s claim. I’m able to eat small snacks and drink without the longevity of this lipstick being affected. However, I do eat three meals a day, and therefore I’m unable to achieve the 12 hours of wear time that may be possible for some others. Greasy foods especially will significantly break down this lipstick (that’s true of all lipsticks I’ve tried).

As long as I don’t eat anything that’s very greasy, this lipstick does hold up very well. I’ve found that it never smudges and it’s transfer-proof! Not just “kinda sorta transfer-proof” like some, either! I can drink out of a clear glass while wearing this lipstick, and there is no visible residue left behind (except the lip gloss if I still have it on).

As expected, the staying power of the lip gloss is not anything spectacular. I’d say it performs similarly to most lip glosses. I drink a lot of water throughout the day, and more of the gloss comes off each time I take a sip. Some of its moisture stays behind on my lips, but the glossy appearance doesn’t last very long.

Price

While Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch is the only 100% cruelty-free product of its kind (that I’m aware of), and therefore it’s difficult to compare to other products, I can say with confidence that it’s priced very well! It’s not often that a product impresses me as much as this one has. It definitely performs and looks like a luxury product. I could see a high-end brand charging $25+ for a comparable product, but Kiko’s is only $12.99!

I mentioned previously that CoverGirl has a similar product. That one is priced a little lower at only $10.99, but it’s not 100% cruelty-free. I also noticed that it contains a smaller amount of product. Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch is definitely the way to go if you’ve had your eye on CoverGirl Outlast All Day Lip Color!


Wondering why all these product photos were taken with sunglasses? Well, it’s because I think bold red lips look perfect worn with cat-eye sunglasses! Both are classic and beautiful. 

I am truly so happy that I discovered Kiko Milano and their Unlimited Double Touch lipstick. This is definitely a stand-out product in my collection and I’m very tempted to buy several more shades!

Kiko did a wonderful job formulating and designing this product. It’s the perfect solution for those of us that want long-wearing intense lip color that also feels hydrating. I would highly recommend Kiko Milano Unlimited Double Touch to anyone that enjoys lipstick.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sticking with me to the end! Have you tried Unlimited Double Touch or any other Kiko Milano lip products? What about other types of products from Kiko Milano? I’m so impressed with this lipstick, I’d love suggestions for other Kiko products! Please comment below. 🙂

Lauren

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Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask–Bye-Bye Rough Dull Skin, Hello Soft Radiant Skin!

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic MaskI first heard of Andalou Naturals, a natural skincare brand, a long time ago. However, it wasn’t until recently that their products really caught my attention. That’s because I now almost always look at ingredients before anything else when considering new skincare products. Andalou Naturals products are packed with some of the most interesting ingredients I’ve ever seen, like fruit stem cells, pumpkin, and honey! All three of those ingredients can be found in a product I recently purchased, Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask.

I haven’t had the best luck with most masks I’ve tried in the past. Most of them have been purifying or hydrating masks. They don’t usually seem to do anything special, which is a bit frustrating when they add extra time to my skincare routine. This Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is the first mask I’ve ever tried that’s meant to exfoliate and brighten the skin. Keep reading to find out if this product really is special!

Importance of sun protection with exfoliants

I want to add a quick note about the importance of wearing sun protection when using exfoliants on the face or body. When you have a layer of dead skin cells on top of your fresh new skin, that layer provides some sun protection. Once that layer is exfoliated away, the new outer layer of skin is more sensitive to the sun, and more likely to burn. Make sure you always wear sufficient sun protection, especially when using exfoliating products in your skincare routine.

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask product claims directly from Andalou.com

Fruit stem cells, vitamin C, and glycolic AHA blended with manuka honey and organic pumpkin, rich in beta carotene, gently dissolve and sweep away dull, dry surface cells, exfoliating and resurfacing for even tone, smooth texture, and a luminous complexion.

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Other product details

  • Price: $12.79 (this price fluctuates slightly, so it may be different when you view the product on Amazon)
  • Net weight: 1.7 oz. | 50 g
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegetarian (not vegan due to this product containing honey)
  • Gluten-free
  • 98% natural ingredients
  • Appropriate for normal to combination skin
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com 
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  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Exfoliation: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 8/10
    • Ease of removal: 9/10
    • Price: 10/10

Please note that I am not a skincare professional. I am simply an individual that enjoys learning about and using skincare products. Speak to your dermatologist or esthetician if you have any concerns.

Packaging/ease of application

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is packaged in a transparent orange plastic jar, and that’s one of its very few downfalls! The jar looks nice, don’t get me wrong. Unfortunately, jar packaging allows both air and light to reach the product inside. 

A lot of skincare ingredients will degrade more quickly when exposed to light and air. Plant extracts in particular are quite sensitive and will break down more quickly in this type of packaging. There are several plant extracts in this natural skincare product, so I had to take a few points away for the packaging. I’m not sure if a pump would work with this mask’s texture, but a squeeze tube would’ve been a better choice than a jar for protecting the integrity of many sensitive ingredients.

I know that was a rough start to the review, but don’t despair! I’ve found this mask to be quite enjoyable. The experience begins when you open the jar and the smell of pumpkin pie hits your nose…it literally smells good enough to eat (but please don’t)!

The texture of this product matches the scent, as it looks and feels almost exactly like pure pumpkin puree. The great thing about that, is that it’s very easy to apply and smooths over the skin effortlessly. 

Andalou Naturals warns that once the mask is applied, you will feel a tingle on the skin. Usually you don’t want skincare products to tingle, but they state that it’s normal in this case, as that’s how you know the AHAs are working to dissolve dead skin cells. I don’t find the tingling from this mask to be unpleasant, and it also doesn’t last very long. I wanted to be sure to mention this since I know that sensation can be alarming when you aren’t expecting it!

Exfoliation

The exfoliating power of Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is undeniable. As I mentioned in the previous section, you can feel it working! Most skincare products don’t provide any instant results, but this one does. As soon as the mask is washed off, skin feels smooth and soft as a baby’s bottom! After using this mask, I feel like my other skincare products penetrate the skin more effectively due to the top layer of skin being swept away.

I’ll go into detail about this mask’s ingredients in the next section, but I’d like to provide a little preview here. The main ingredient, pumpkin, contains enzymes that may work to exfoliate skin. There isn’t research to support that claim, but even if pumpkin doesn’t exfoliate, there are three other ingredients that definitely do!

The exfoliating ingredients in this formula are also largely responsible for the brightening effect this mask provides. Fresh healthy skin always looks brighter and more radiant than dull dry skin!

Ingredients

If you look through the ingredients for several Andalou Naturals skincare products, you’ll find that they all (or at least all the ones I checked) contain fruit stem cells and a BioActive Berry Complex. I was intrigued by these unique ingredients, as I hadn’t ever seen them before. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find much information on those, but there are a lot of other really interesting ingredients that I researched to find out what makes this mask work. 

Andalou Naturals made a minor change to the formulation of the Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask, so you might notice that online it shows Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract which was removed. While that ingredient was eliminated, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract was added. There are 29 total ingredients:

Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Puree, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Purified Water (Aqua), Vegetable Glycerin, Manuka Honey, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Malus Domestica (Heirloom Apple) Fruit Stem Cells, Solar Vitis (Grape) Fruit Stem Cells, BioActive Berry Complex, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Glycolic Acid, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Caprylyl Glycol, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Powder, Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Powder

The breakdown of these ingredients is pretty amazing! By that, I meant the proportion of “good” ingredients (the ones that provide skincare benefits) outweighs the “neutral” and “bad” ingredients. As I mentioned before, there were some ingredients I struggled to find information on, but I have 19 ingredients labeled in that “good” category. Let’s start with those! (please note that my primary resources for ingredient information are INCI Decoder and Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary):

  • Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Puree
    • Rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants
    • Enzymes found in pumpkin may exfoliate skin, but according to Paula’s Choice, there is no substantiated research supporting that claim
  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice
    • Moisturizer
    • Anti-inflammatory
    • Helps wound healing
  • Vegetable Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Manuka Honey
    • One of the oldest skincare ingredients recorded
    • Moisturizing, soothing, and antioxidant properties
    • Potent antibacterial
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier
  • Malus Domestica (Heirloom Apple) Fruit Stem Cells
    • May support longevity of skin cells and reduce depth of wrinkles (per Andalou Naturals)
    • According to Paula’s Choice, fruit stem cells can’t work as stem cells within skin, instead providing an antioxidant property
  • Solar Vitis (Grape) Fruit Stem Cells
    • May protect skin from UV rays and other environmental stress (per Andalou Naturals)
    • According to Paula’s Choice, fruit stem cells can’t work as stem cells within skin, instead providing an antioxidant property
  • BioActive Berry Complex
    • This ingredient seems to be specific to Andalou Naturals, but they didn’t provide any details on its benefits
    • Berries are generally great for antioxidants, so this should be a beneficial ingredient
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil
    • Improves damaged or irritated skin barrier
    • Loaded with fatty acids
  • Calophyllum Inophyllum (Tamanu) Seed Oil
    • Antioxidant
    • Loaded with fatty acids
    • Has a strong healing property which can even reduce the appearance of scars
  • Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil
    • Emollient plant oil that absorbs quickly
    • Contains antioxidants
  • Glycolic Acid
    • Popular AHA that gently removes dead skin cells
    • Increases collagen production
    • Fades brown spots caused by sun damage
  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate
    • Stable form of vitamin C
    • Doesn’t absorb as well as ascorbic acid
    • Boosts collagen production and brightens skin
  • Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract
    • Moisturizing and smoothing
    • Acids (like malic and gallic acids) provide mild exfoliation, skin brightening, and antibacterial properties
  • Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract
    • Contains bromelain, a group of enzymes that gently exfoliate skin
    • Also contains fruit sugars and amino acids to soothe and moisturize skin
  • Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract
    • Moisturizing humectant
  • Sodium Hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid
    • Humectant
  • Lecithin
    • Water-binding agent
    • Skin-restoring
  • Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract
    • Antioxidant

I know that’s a lot. Ingredients can be overwhelming! I feel like I’d be cheating you out of a full review if I didn’t include this information, since ingredients are what make skincare products effective, after all!

Andalou Naturals sure did pack a lot of wonderful ingredients into this mask. I think it’s brilliant that they included soothing, strengthening, and healing ingredients alongside the exfoliating ingredients. It’s important to keep a good balance in skincare so skin doesn’t become over-exfoliated or irritated in other ways.

The ingredients discussed above make up about 65% of this mask. The other 35% are “neutral” ingredients, as well as a few “bad” ones. The ingredients I’m calling “neutral” here are a solvent, thickeners, preservatives, and safe masking agents (to disguise potentially bad-smelling ingredients). These don’t help or hurt the skin in any way.

Lastly, the “bad” ingredients… There are a lot of controversial natural ingredients that may cause adverse effects on skin. Some natural skincare advocates claim they’re harmless, but there is research showing that there is risk for certain natural ingredients. In this product, those ingredients are: Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, and Cinnamomum Cassia (Cinnamon) Bark Powder. Lemon extract is a potential skin-sensitizer because of its high acidity. This ingredient may have been included for its citric acid, which is a mild exfoliant. Clove flower extract and cinnamon bark powder are fragrance ingredients which could aggravate skin.

Overall, I’m very happy with the ingredients in this mask. The first half of the ingredients list is made up of good ones, and that’s wonderful since ingredients are listed in order of highest concentration. The potentially harmful fragrance ingredients are at the bottom, where they belong!

Ease of removal 

With the exception of my Pacifica Wake Up Beautiful Mask which is a leave-on overnight mask, many of the masks I’ve tried have been quite difficult to wash off. Peel-off masks are fun, but they’re the hardest to completely remove. Even the ones that are meant to rinse off with water can take a lot of scrubbing to wash off completely. In fairness, most of the masks I’ve tried are meant for purifying and contain clay, which really dries down on the face.

The Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask does dry slightly on the face, but it doesn’t become completely dry and cracked like a lot of clay-based masks. I’m able to remove about 95% of this mask from my face by splashing with water and wiping it off with my hands without looking. When I check my face afterwards, there will usually be a couple of stubborn spots (like around my nose) where a bit of the mask is still hanging on. I’m able to remove those spots with my hands easily enough, I just scrub over them until they come off.

Price

Usually price is one of the easiest categories for me to rate a product on, because I’ve bought so many products these last few years and usually have an idea of reasonable price range. It’s a little bit more difficult with this mask because I haven’t purchased many masks, and never any similar to this one. 

I looked through quite a few exfoliating masks online and it seems that there aren’t very many affordable options. There is one from Bliss that makes similar claims, but its ingredients don’t impress me as much as this one from Andalou Naturals. Also, it’s more expensive!

Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask is $12.79. I don’t mind that price at all! In fact, I think it’s a great value since this type of mask shouldn’t be used very often. Andalou Naturals advises 1-3 times per week, but it would be safest to only use it once per week if using other chemical or physical exfoliants throughout the week.


Andalou Naturals Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask has some of the best reviews I’ve ever seen for a skincare product. It’s definitely well-loved by many, including me! I appreciate the instant results this mask delivers. 

The product claims for this mask are concise, but also accurate! Andalou Naturals claims that the Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask gently dissolves and sweeps away dull, dry surface cells to even tone, smooth texture, and create a luminous complexion. I’m still a bit baffled about the fruit stem cells and BioActive Berry Complex, but I’m sure they contribute to the product’s benefits. I think this mask is a great choice for anyone looking to gently exfoliate without the need to apply an exfoliant daily. 

Andalou Naturals recommends this product for normal and combination skin types. Honestly, I think almost everyone could benefit from this mask. With that being said, people with very sensitive skin may be unable to use this mask due to the lemon extract and fragrance ingredients.

Ready to indulge in some pumpkiny goodness? Give this mask a try!

If you’ve already tried it, let me know what you think in the comments below. 🙂

Lauren

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