e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick–the $3 Creamy Lipstick with Rich Pigmentation

e.l.f. SRSLY Satin LipstickI watch a lot of beauty-related YouTube videos, so I see a lot of beauty-related ads on YouTube as well! One that seemed to play over and over for quite some time was for e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick (silly as it may be, yes, that’s really the product name). If you also enjoy watching beauty-related content, it’s likely you’ve seen this ad from e.l.f., too!

That ad never really convinced me to buy SRSLY Satin Lipstick because I haven’t been wearing lipstick nearly as much since I started wearing a mask last year. What made me decide to try it is the fact that I enjoy makeup and I hadn’t bought any lipsticks in a long time. I started to miss wearing them, even though the only people that see me are usually myself and my husband! This lipstick was hyped so much, I decided to see what the fuss was about.

e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick product claims directly from ElfCosmetics.com

Talk about lip service. This lush, creamy lipstick saturates lips with decadent color for a pout that makes a statement. The nutrient-rich formula applies and wears like silk, hugging the curves of your lips while delivering deep moisturizing benefits. Choose from 10 color-rich shades.

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Other product details

  • Price: $3.00
  • Net weight: 0.12 oz. | 3.5 g
  • Made in China
  • Cruelty-free
  • Vegan
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Special ingredients:
    • Macadamia seed oil is nourishing and contains antioxidants
    • Jojoba oil locks in moisture and softens lips
    • Meadowfoam seed oil soothes and protects dry lips while also keeping them moisturized longer
  • 10 shades (e.l.f. doesn’t provide shade descriptions, so I’ll do my best to describe these shades accurately based on lip swatches)
    • Nectar: orangey nude
    • Crème: pale pinky nude
    • Taffy: mid-toned pink
    • Cider: rosy brown
    • Sugarplum: deep plum
    • Cherry: true red
    • Pepper: orangey red
    • Persimmon: orange
    • Raspberry: berry
    • Cocoa: mid-toned brown 
  • Where to buy: ElfCosmetics.com 
    • ElfCosmetics.com ships to the USA and Canada only.
  • Overall rating: 8.2/10
    • Shade range: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 8/10
    • Hydration: 7/10
    • Staying Power: 9/10
    • 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

E.l.f. offers a decent shade range in the SRSLY Satin Lipsticks. There are ten shades that include nudes, pinks, reds, browns, and also a berry, plum, and orange. I think most people will be able to find at least one shade they like in this shade range.

Now I’ll explain how I think this shade range could be improved. I noticed that most or all of the shades in this range are warm-toned. There isn’t anything wrong with warm-toned shades, but I think it would be a good idea to add some cool-toned shades. Those that have cool-toned skin may feel that warm-toned lipstick would clash with their coloring.

I also think it would be a fun addition if e.l.f. created some unusual shades like teal and blue. I’ve noticed that a lot of lipsticks with large shade ranges include a few of those unusual shades. This would be a great choice for e.l.f. since e.l.f. aims to be as inclusive as possible.

Speaking of inclusivity, I’d like to briefly touch on the pigmentation of this formula since some lip products aren’t pigmented enough for deep skin tones. I only have one shade, Nectar, but judging by the swatches on e.l.f.’s website, it appears that all the shades are quite pigmented. Most of the shades look great on both light and dark skin tones, but some look even better on dark/deep skin (in my opinion).

Packaging/ease of application

E.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick is a traditional bullet-style lipstick. It comes in a clear plastic tube. In the product details, e.l.f. calls it “luxe clear packaging,” but honestly I think it looks and feels very cheap. Given the price of this product, I don’t think that’s unreasonable! Despite the very basic packaging, it is as effective as any twist-up bullet lipstick design I’ve ever seen. 

While this packaging works, I’m a bit concerned about its durability. It’s fine for everyday use at home, but I’m not sure if it would hold up in a purse or luggage. The plastic feels like it may crack easily, so this one may be best left at home.

Now that we’ve got that unpleasantness out of the way, I can tell you about the lipstick itself. It has a very smooth creamy texture that glides over the lips. This lipstick is so easy to apply! There is no tugging, and the angle makes it easy to apply with precision. A lip liner helps, but isn’t necessary.

In the last section, I mentioned the pigmentation of this lipstick. Since it is quite pigmented, it takes very little effort to build up color on the lips. I just apply it so my lips are completely covered, and that always gives me the perfect color intensity.

Hydration

The name of this product is “SRSLY Satin Lipstick” and e.l.f. states that the formula is “smooth-as-satin.” While the formula is smooth and feels satiny, I think it’s actually somewhere between a satin and matte formula. Once it’s applied, it slowly “dries down” to look like more of a matte lipstick with no shine.

I wanted to make that distinction because I think of satin lipsticks as looking somewhat shiny. This one does not, especially once it’s been on for a while. While the finish of a lipstick doesn’t always determine its level of hydration, I thought this would be the best place to mention it. That’s partly because satin lipsticks are usually quite hydrating compared to matte lipsticks.

While this lipstick does look more matte on the lips, it’s definitely hydrating and comfortable. You can feel the oils in the smoothness of this lipstick as it’s applied, and for a good amount of time while wearing it as well. I appreciate that e.l.f. formulated this lipstick with macadamia seed oil, jojoba oil, and meadowfoam seed oil to keep lips happy!

I am pleased with the hydration this lipstick provides, but I want to provide another perspective for those with more mature skin. My mom also bought one of the SRSLY Satin Lipsticks and she thought it was drying. I’m not certain that she thought it felt drying, but she definitely thought it made her lips look dry and accentuated lines.

Staying power

E.l.f. doesn’t make any claims about the staying power of the SRSLY Satin Lipsticks. Since it’s meant to be a satin formula, most wouldn’t expect it to have very good staying power. Earlier in the review, I mentioned that I think this formula is somewhere between satin and matte. That holds true for staying power as well (when assuming that matte formulas are long-wearing)!

While this lipstick isn’t transfer-proof and won’t last all day, I think its staying power is pretty great! It stays put (or at least most of it does) when I drink water and tea, but a significant amount does rub off when I eat food. If I’m just having a light snack, I find that this lipstick stays intact surprisingly well.

If you wanted to wear this lipstick all day, you would probably only need to reapply a couple of times. I think that’s really good for a “satin” lipstick!

Price

THREE DOLLARS. That’s hard to beat! E.l.f. products are almost always very affordable, but I think this is one of the best values you can find from the brand. E.l.f. offers several lipstick formulas, and SRSLY Satin Lipsticks have the lowest price of them all! 

I did a quick search for affordable lipsticks and there are a lot of them! However, e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipsticks seem to be the least expensive of the cruelty-free options. “SRSLY” great job, e.l.f.! 🙂


I cannot get over what a good value this lipstick is. I don’t wear lipsticks all that often these days, so I don’t like spending very much money on them. E.l.f. makes it easy to try new lip products without breaking the bank!

To be honest, e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipstick isn’t my favorite, but that is partially because the shade I have isn’t quite right for my coloring. There are other lipsticks I’ve got my eye on, but I may try other shades of this one in the future. I think the formula is great and I appreciate how comfortable it is!

I was disappointed when my mom told me she was unhappy with her SRSLY Satin Lipstick. I think most people will enjoy it, but if you feel that your lips are dry and/or have a lot of lines, you may want to try a different formula (or apply a hydrating gloss on top). Thankfully, e.l.f. has several options!

Have you tried any of the e.l.f. SRSLY Satin Lipsticks? If so, what are your favorite shades? Please let me know in the comments! 🙂

Lauren

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Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream–Hydrate and Brighten Aging Under-Eyes

Skin around the eyes is often one of the first places to show signs of aging. That skin is quite thin and delicate compared to the rest of the skin on the face, which means fine lines are likely to appear at a fairly young age. I started to notice fine lines around my eyes in my late twenties. Sometimes I wonder if I could’ve delayed them if I’d started a good skincare routine in my late teens or early twenties, but in reality I don’t think it would’ve made very much difference.

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye CreamTo keep my under-eyes looking as healthy as possible, I always have at least one good eye cream in my skincare routine. I’m currently using Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream as my nighttime eye cream. I was happy to try this eye cream since I enjoyed Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask so much.

I don’t expect any eye cream to perform miracles, like making my fine lines disappear. However, I do expect my eye creams to provide sufficient hydration to keep my under-eyes from looking crepey. With proper hydration, fine lines aren’t nearly as obvious! 

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is packed with hydrating ingredients, as well as a peptide blend for anti-aging. To learn more about this innovative eye cream, keep reading for a full product review which includes an in-depth look at the ingredients list.

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream product claims directly from VersedSkin.com

Fight back against gravity with a little pot of peach perfection dedicated to the very area that starts to show those signs of aging first: your eyes. Made with line-smoothing algae extract, firming peptides, and deeply moisturizing olive oil, this eye cream applies like butter and works overtime to improve the appearance of crow’s feet. It leaves a soft-focus finish with an illuminating effect (hello, instant brightening), thanks to mica (ethically sourced, of course). 

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Other product details

  • Price: $17.99
  • Net weight: 0.5 oz. | 15 ml
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Best suited for aging skin (but I think it would work for all ages)
  • Free of parabens, silicones, sulfates, formaldehyde, petroleum, mineral oil, fragrance, and dyes
  • Formulated based on the EU’s safe ingredient standards
  • Recyclable packaging
  • Shelf life: 12 months
  • Where to buy: VersedSkin.com
    • VersedSkin.com does not yet ship internationally, but they plan to do so in the future.
  • Overall rating: 8.4/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 7/10
    • Hydration: 10/10
    • Team player: 10/10
    • Ingredients: 7/10
    • Price: 8/10

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

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is packaged in a small opaque plastic jar. If you’ve read many of my skincare reviews, you probably already know what I’m going to say next! While this type of packaging feels convenient, it puts the integrity of certain ingredients at risk. That’s because every time the lid is removed, the product is exposed to air and light. Many active ingredients in skincare products will degrade more quickly after being exposed to air and/or light. Thankfully, the jar does protect the product from light while the jar is closed.

The other Versed eye creams are packaged in squeeze tubes which is more effective packaging for protecting ingredients. I’m guessing this one was packaged in a jar instead because the texture is a little too thick for a squeeze tube. I think a small pump would be the ideal packaging for this eye cream, but that would likely result in more waste.

Speaking of packaging waste, there is a bright side to this product’s packaging. According to Versed, this product’s waste is only 0.58 oz., while similar products’ waste is 1.12 oz. I appreciate that Versed values sustainability and makes an effort to reduce waste when possible.

The eye cream itself is easy to apply. It has a bouncy jelly-like texture that has a medium thickness. It’s much more lightweight than the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask that I mentioned in the intro, but it’s heavier than eye creams that I usually use in my morning routine, like the e.l.f. 50 mg CBD Eye Cream. Once this eye cream is applied to the eye area, it takes on a thinner gel consistency that melts into the skin quickly.

Hydration

Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream feels very hydrating around the eyes. It is not as thick as the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask, but I think that is to be expected since this product is an eye cream instead of an eye mask. I definitely feel like this eye cream is more hydrating than a lot of the lightweight eye creams or eye gels in squeeze tubes.

This eye cream may not be quite hydrating enough for those with very dry skin. It is neither the most or the least hydrating of the eye creams that I’ve tried through the years. This product is meant to be used “PM and/or AM” according to Versed, so it makes sense that it wouldn’t be too light or too heavily moisturizing. For night time, I think I liked the Versed The Fix Emergency Eye Mask a little bit better. With that being said, if you have normal to oily skin and don’t want separate AM and PM eye creams, I think Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream is a great choice.

Team player

The primary thing I look for in new skincare products is a good list of ingredients. Once I start using a new product, the next priority for me is that it should work together with my other skincare without pilling or flaking. When products pill or flake, I feel like most of what I’ve applied is coming off and therefore my skin is not getting the benefits that it should. 

This eye cream absorbs into the skin quickly without any pilling or flaking when applied over other skincare products. I also have no problem applying moisturizer over it (I like to apply moisturizer around my eyes as well for even more hydration).

The instructions for Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream state that it should be applied after cleanser and serum but before moisturizer. I think it was wise for Versed to specify that since this eye cream contains mica, which leaves a soft sheen on the skin. That sheen looks much more natural once moisturizer has also been applied. I’ve noticed that the illuminating effect from the mica is slightly visible through my tinted sunscreen, but I don’t see it when I apply foundation and/or concealer around my eyes. If the illumination factor is important to you, you may want to skip coverage products when using this eye cream.

Since this eye cream absorbs quickly and doesn’t have a heavy texture, it works really well with makeup (besides the note above) just like it does with skincare. Makeup applies smoothly over this product and again, does not pill or flake!

Ingredients

I have to admit that while I usually check ingredients before selecting new skincare products, I pretty much ignored them in this case! I was sucked in by the product name and description because I’m always excited about skincare that may help with the fine lines around my eyes. I was surprised to find that Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream contains 36 ingredients, including several I’d never heard of. Here’s the full list of ingredients:

Water, C13-15 alkane, Glycerin, PEG-100 stearate, Behenyl alcohol, Butylene glycol, Cetyl ricinoleate, Olive oil, Nannochloropsis oculata extract, Pullulan, Sodium benzoate, Caprylic/capric triglyceride, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, Tribehenin, Cetyl alcohol, Sodium carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hesperidin methyl chalcone, Steareth-20, Diepeptide-2, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, Lycium barbarum (goji berry) fruit extract, Arnica montana flower extract, Sodium hyaluronate, Mica, Caprylyl glycol, Hydrogenated lecithin, Chlorhexidine digluconate, Sodium citrate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Hexylene glycol, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxides (CI 77491)

I was a bit disappointed to find that 23 of these ingredients are what I consider to be “neutral.” There are several emollients, thickeners, and preservatives in this product. Those ingredients aren’t harmful, but they’re worth considering. There are also 12 “good” ingredients, and lastly, one that is questionable. I’ll provide descriptions of all the skin-loving ingredients in this product since they are the most important parts of the formula:

  • Glycerin
    • Natural moisturizer
  • Olive oil
    • Moisturizes and nourishes skin
    • Contains antioxidant polyphenols
  • Nannochloropsis oculata extract
    • Algae extract
    • Moisturizer and humectant
  • Pullulan
    • Antioxidant
    • Humectant
    • Has a skin-tightening effect
  • Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter
    • Emollient moisturizer
    • Skin-soothing
    • Antioxidant-rich
  • Hesperidin methyl chalcone
    • Antioxidant
    • Anti-inflammatory
  • Diepeptide-2
    • Increases lymphatic circulation to treat puffy under-eyes
    • Skin conditioner
  • Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7
    • Reduces inflammation, which slows degradation of collagen
  • Lycium barbarum (goji berry) fruit extract
    • Antioxidant
    • Skin-softening agent
  • Sodium hyaluronate
    • Sodium form of hyaluronic acid
    • Humectant
  • Hydrogenated lecithin
    • Emollient
    • Humectant
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E)
    • Antioxidant
    • Strengthens skin barrier

Of these 12 ingredients, I am most impressed by pullulan and the two peptides, since they actively work to reduce signs of aging around the eyes. The hydrating ingredients also play a big role, but those are more common.

When looking at the list of ingredients as a whole, one thing that really catches my attention is that there is only one “good” ingredient in the top five (ingredients with highest concentrations are listed first). Looking a little further down the list, there are four “good” ingredients in the top ten. That isn’t bad, but I’d like to see more skin-loving ingredients closer to the top since this is an anti-aging product.

The one questionable ingredient I mentioned earlier is the arnica montana flower extract. That ingredient is used as an anti-inflammatory, but it can cause skin irritation. I’ve seen this ingredient in a few products now, so it might not be a very common irritant. Still, I think those with very sensitive skin should avoid this product.

This product definitely doesn’t have one of the most impressive ingredient lists I’ve ever seen, but it’s also not a bad one. It contains several good ingredients, many of which are perfect to address the product’s claims. Hopefully the concentrations of all the “good” ingredients are high enough to be effective. 🙂

Price

All three Versed eye products, including this one, are priced at $17.99. A jar of Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream contains 0.5 oz. of product which means it is $35.98/oz. That may seem high for a drugstore eye cream, but eye creams in general are notorious for being quite expensive on a “per ounce” basis.

Looking through a wide variety of drugstore eye creams, I found that this one is priced higher than many others, but definitely not the highest. Most drugstore eye creams also don’t contain anti-aging ingredients, instead focusing on hydration alone. I like that Versed included a wide variety of good skincare ingredients instead of just hydrators.

The last thing to mention in regards to price is the fact that a little goes a long way with this eye cream. Honestly, that’s true of many eye creams, but it’s still an important factor! I’m not sure when I started using this product, but it feels like it’s been a while and it barely looks like I’ve used any of it.


The claims for Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream are that it moisturizes, smooths lines, and illuminates the eye area. I can confirm that it definitely moisturizes without feeling too heavy. It also effectively illuminates the eye area (as long as makeup isn’t applied over it). I’m not sure if everyone will like that illuminating effect, but I believe the intention is that the reflective property makes dark circles less noticeable. 

I’m not able to confirm or deny the line-smoothing claim since anti-aging ingredients take a long time to work. I think there is definitely potential, but the product would need to be used consistently, probably for several months, to see visible improvement.

While I haven’t noticed a visible difference in my under-eyes while using this eye cream, I have been enjoying it. It feels very nice on my skin and I appreciate all the great ingredients it contains. I may repurchase it at some point, but I’m unsure since there is a lot of good skincare out there and I love trying new things to review!

I think Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream would work very well for a lot of people. The only people that would probably need to avoid it are those with very very sensitive skin (due to the arnica montana flower extract) or dry skin. I may be wrong on the dry skin front since I have combination skin, but I have a feeling this may not be quite hydrating enough for dry skin.

I’ve liked almost every product I’ve tried from Versed so far and I look forward to trying more in the future! Have you tried anything from this young skincare brand yet? If so, which ones are your favorites? Please let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Chinese Cosmetic Animal Testing Law is Changing in May 2021

Many things come to my mind when thinking about China, like the Great Wall, pandas, and martial arts. Unfortunately, there is also something very saddening that I associate with China. As an animal lover and someone that is passionate about cruelty-free beauty, I can’t help but think about cosmetic animal testing when I think of China. That’s because China has the strictest cosmetic animal testing law in the world. 

Fortunately, animal rights organizations are working hard to change animal testing laws and eventually (hopefully) cosmetic animal testing will be banned worldwide. Many countries and some U.S. states have already made the decision to ban animal testing, which is amazing! I think it will probably be a very long time before we see animal testing in China stop completely, but one part of the Chinese animal testing law is changing for the better in May 2021, and it’s a good place to start!

Important note about mainland China

When I talk about China in this post, please note that I am only referring to mainland China. This is an important distinction when it comes to cosmetic animal testing. That is because Hong Kong does not share the same animal testing law as mainland China. Cruelty-free companies are able to sell in Hong Kong without products being tested on animals!

Current animal testing law in China

First, I’d like to outline the basics of the current animal testing law in China. If you’re already knowledgeable about animal testing in the cosmetics industry and have made the switch to cruelty-free products, this may not be new information for you.

There are two categories of cosmetics in regards to cosmetic animal testing: “ordinary/general” and “special-use”. The terms “ordinary” and “general” are interchangeable in this context (I’ve seen both words used by a variety of sources). Ordinary/general cosmetics are things like makeup, skincare, body care, and hair care products. There are exceptions in those categories, however. Special-use cosmetics include miscellaneous products like sunscreen, hair dye, whitening products, antiperspirants, any products claiming new efficacy, and more.

There are two stages of cosmetic animal testing: pre-market and post-market. Pre-market animal testing is performed before products go on the market. Post-market animal testing is done once products are already being sold in stores. 

Pre-market animal testing law:

  • All imported cosmetics (both ordinary/general and special-use) are subject to pre-market animal testing.
    • This law does not apply to online sales. The pre-market animal testing law for imported cosmetics only applies to products sold in physical stores in China.
  • Ordinary/general cosmetics produced in China and sold in Chinese stores are not subject to pre-market animal testing (it is legal, but not required).
  • Special-use cosmetics produced in China and sold in Chinese stores are subject to pre-market animal testing.
  • Ordinary/general cosmetics produced in China for foreign export only (not sold in Chinese stores) are not subject to any animal testing.
    • I believe this applies to special-use cosmetics produced in China for foreign export as well, but I was unable to find confirmation.

Post-market animal testing law:

  • Ordinary/general and special-use cosmetics may be randomly tested on animals to verify that the formulas haven’t changed from what was previously approved.
  • Ordinary/general and special-use cosmetics can also be pulled from the shelves to be tested on animals when consumers complain about a product’s safety or if there is a recall.

How will China’s animal testing law change on May 1, 2021?

Now for the new information that you came here for! On May 1, 2021, China will no longer require pre-market animal testing for imported ordinary/general cosmetics. Imported special-use cosmetics will still be required to be tested on animals before they can be sold in Chinese stores. 

This may not seem like a huge step in the fight to end cosmetic animal testing, but it’s important to remember that China imports a very large quantity of cosmetics to satisfy consumers’ wants and needs. Since the majority of those cosmetics no longer have to be pre-market tested on animals, that means many animals will be saved from lives of misery.

Does this mean international companies that sell products in China can now be considered cruelty-free?

Unfortunately, no…for a few reasons: 

  1. Just because China will no longer require pre-market animal testing for imported ordinary/general cosmetics, doesn’t mean it won’t still sometimes happen. 
  2. Imported special-use cosmetics will still have to be pre-market animal tested.
  3. Once imported cosmetics reach the shelves in Chinese stores, they can be pulled for animal testing at any time.

The decision to support international companies that sell in China…or not

It is up to every individual to decide where they want to draw the line when it comes to buying cruelty-free products. Some people don’t mind if a cruelty-free company sells its products in China. In fact, companies that are certified cruelty-free by PETA are allowed to sell products in China (that’s one reason why I trust Leaping Bunny over PETA!).

Personally, I don’t feel that a company can be considered cruelty-free if it sells products in China. Even if its products won’t be pre-market animal tested, there is always a risk that those products could be tested on animals later.

For information about animal testing, how to “go cruelty-free,” and tips to find cruelty-free retailers, please read one of my first blog posts titled “Cruelty-Free Questions Answered.” Additional information about the cruelty-free movement can be found on Humane Society International’s website here.

Final thoughts on the upcoming change to cosmetic animal testing in China

I am thrilled that the Chinese government has chosen to make this change. While there is a long way to go in the push to end cosmetic animal testing in China, eliminating the requirement for animal testing on imported ordinary/general cosmetics is a big step in the right direction! Every step that saves animals is a big win for the cruelty-free community.

In addition to the upcoming change to China’s cosmetic animal testing law, China has also approved two non-animal methods of cosmetic testing for skin and eye irritation. Non-animal cosmetic safety tests are more effective and more efficient, so over time those tests will replace outdated cosmetic animal testing!

There is still much work to be done, but a cruelty-free future is in sight for the cosmetics industry. 🙂 To raise awareness about the cruelty of cosmetic animal testing, please share Humane Society International’s new short film titled “Save Ralph” which can be found here. You can also feel free to share this post! Knowledge is power. We can make a difference!

Lauren

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Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder–Gently Exfoliate and Brighten with Pineapple Enzymes

I am very excited to be writing a new Good Molecules product review today! Good Molecules makes some of the best affordable skincare with innovative formulas. I previously reviewed the Niacinamide Brightening Toner and Vitamin C Booster Powder from Good Molecules. I recently added a new product into my skincare routine:Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder. This product intrigued me from the first time I heard of it because I’ve used both scrubs and chemical exfoliants (in liquid/gel form) to exfoliate the skin on my face, but I’d never used an exfoliating powder. This powder combines both physical and chemical exfoliation.

The chemical exfoliants I’ve used before are AHAs and BHAs, but this product uses a different type of ingredient for chemical exfoliation: fruit enzymes! People with sensitive skin or skin that is not accustomed to exfoliation may not be able to tolerate AHA or BHA products. Those types of exfoliants have the potential to irritate skin after dead skin cells are cleared away. Fruit enzymes generally break down dead skin cells without affecting the fresh healthy skin underneath, therefore avoiding irritation. 🙂

This is a really interesting product, so I encourage you to continue reading for my full product review!

Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder product claims directly from GetGoodMolecules.com

Encourage gentle physical and chemical exfoliation with this cleansing powder containing bromelain, a mixture of enzymes naturally found in pineapples. This helps remove keratin proteins from the skin’s surface to reveal brighter, fresher skin. 

Other product details

  • Price: $16.00
  • Net weight: 2.1 oz. | 60 g
  • Made in Korea
  • Cruelty-free
  • Fragrance-free
  • Does not contain silicones, mineral oil, alcohol, or PEGs
  • Shelf-life: 18 months
  • Where to buy: GetGoodMolecules.com or Beautylish.com 
    • GetGoodMolecules.com ships internationally.
    • Beautylish.com ships to 56 countries (see the list here)
  • Overall rating: 8.8/10
    • Packaging: 9/10
    • Ease of use: 8/10
    • Exfoliation: 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

Good Molecules made great choices when designing the packaging for the Pineapple Exfoliating Powder. First, and most noticeably, this product is packaged in an amber glass bottle. I like glass packaging because the weight of it makes it feel more luxurious. Beyond that, the color is important to note. The amber color of the glass provides UV protection which is very helpful in preserving the integrity of the active ingredients.

Since this is a powder product, it is dispensed through a hole that’s a little over a quarter of an inch (8 mm) wide. I like this simple yet effective design; it’s easy to pour out the desired amount of product and if a little too much comes out, you can put some back without much difficulty. The one potentially problematic thing about this opening is that it allows air to reach the product every time the cap is removed. Air, just like light, can cause ingredients to degrade more quickly. However, since this is a powder instead of a liquid, I’m not sure that’s actually a concern.

Ease of use

If you’ve never used a product like this Pineapple Exfoliating Powder, you might be confused about how to use it correctly. The directions on the bottle state:

“Dispense a teaspoon of powder into palms. Mix with a few drops of water to form a creamy foam. Use more water for gentler exfoliation. Massage into skin with circular motions. Rinse thoroughly.”

I think an additional step should be added. I find that wetting my face before using this exfoliating powder makes it easier to massage into my skin. After adding water to the powder and rubbing my palms together, it can dry out quickly. Having water already on my face helps it to remain easily spreadable over the skin.

This is my order of operations when using this product:

  1. Spray a small amount of water (using a spray bottle) on my face to dampen skin.
  2. Pour Pineapple Exfoliating Powder into my palm.
  3. Turn on the faucet, wet fingers, and let some water drip onto the powder.
  4. Rub palms together until all the powder has combined with the water to produce creamy foam.
  5. Massage foam into the skin, focusing on any rough patches.
  6. Rinse!

Good Molecules recommends using a teaspoon of this product, but I find that to be excessive. I’m not sure if that’s just my personal preference or if it’s because my face is a little smaller than average. I’d recommend using maybe a half teaspoon the first time using this product to determine how much you really need. The same applies to the amount of water needed; start with a good amount of water mixed in (for the gentlest exfoliation), and reduce the water going forward until you reach your ideal level of exfoliation.

Exfoliation

As I mentioned in the previous section, Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is a very customizable exfoliating product. Those with sensitive skin may want the lightest possible exfoliation and this product is perfect for that! More water can be added to it until it’s properly “diluted.” For those that need a little more intense exfoliation, this powder can be mixed with a very small amount of water to soften rough patches and clear away dead skin.

While this product can feel more intense than you might expect, it’s definitely not as exfoliating as a face scrub. Some people may not like that, but I appreciate its gentleness. The flexibility of this exfoliating powder makes it a great choice for nearly every skin type.

I like using this exfoliating powder a lot of mornings because I feel that it gives my skin the perfect fresh start before applying my morning skincare products. I think I mix about five drops of water in with it so I don’t get the lightest exfoliation, but not the strongest either. I don’t want to over-exfoliate since I also use Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant most nights.

Ingredients

There are so many things I like about Good Molecules, but one in particular is that they recently became transparent about the concentrations of all ingredients in their products (I’ve not heard of any other companies doing this). Unfortunately, I purchased the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder before the packaging was changed so I don’t have that detailed breakdown. I just wanted to share that information for those of you that are considering purchasing this product!

Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder contains 17 ingredients, including several that are new to me (like pineapple extract!). It was very interesting researching these ingredients to find out what makes this product work. Here is the full list of ingredients for this exfoliating powder:

Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Diglycerin, Silk Powder, Calamine, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Papain, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Allantoin, Maltodextrin, 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid, Water, Butylene Glycol

I had to keep an open mind when researching these ingredients since this is a unique product. This is the only product I’ve ever used that both physically and chemically exfoliates the skin. Some of the ingredients are rather controversial, but I know Good Molecules strives to make products that are safe for its customers.

A good number of the ingredients are what I’d call “neutral” because they create the right texture, foaming ability, etc., without directly helping or hurting the skin. There are several “good” ingredients too, as well as a few ingredients that I am unsure of. I’ll start by describing all the ingredients that help to exfoliate or contribute to healthy skin in other ways:

  • Dimethylimidazolidinone Rice Starch
    • Physical exfoliant
  • Oryza Sativa (Rice) Lees Extract
    • Skin conditioner
    • Contains ferulic acid, a potent antioxidant
  • Diglycerin
    • Moisturizer that minimizes water evaporation from the upper layer of skin to keep it well-hydrated
  • Silk Powder
    • Physical exfoliant
  • 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
  • Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract
    • Great source of antioxidants including vitamin C and polyphenols
  • Allantoin
    • Skin soothing and conditioning agent
  • 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid
    • Very stable form of vitamin C
    • Antioxidant

These ingredients come together to promote healthy, bright, soft skin. I was especially impressed by the pineapple extract, which seems to be quite the superstar skincare ingredient!

Some may be surprised that I didn’t include calamine, papain, or arnica montana flower extract in that list of “good” ingredients. These are the controversial ingredients that I previously mentioned. 

Calamine is used to treat itchy skin, but ironically it can also cause skin irritation! Papain is a fruit enzyme extracted from papayas, but unlike pineapple extract, it is a potential skin irritant. Lastly, arnica montana flower extract…some sources state that it has anti-inflammatory properties, but it can cause skin irritation. I fortunately have not experienced any irritation from this product, but I do have these ingredients marked as “bad” on my list since they are likely to cause irritation on very sensitive skin.

I’m really surprised that Good Molecules included three ingredients that are known irritants for some people. Other than those few, I’m very pleased with the ingredients in this product. They are definitely effective! I’m also happy that there is no fragrance (which would be another potential irritant) because I know other brands would be tempted to add pineapple fragrance (if you’re wondering, no it does not smell like pineapple at all).

Price

Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder is $16.00 ($7.62/oz.), which I believe is an amazing price! There are very few products similar to this one, and the amount of product in the bottle is very generous. Since most people won’t use this exfoliating powder every day (Good Molecules advises up to four times per week), the 2.1 ounces of product will last a very long time. 

Some people compare Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder to Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator (please note that Dermalogica is owned by Unilever, which is not cruelty-free), a much more expensive product at $59.00 ($22.69/oz.). I’ve never tried that product, but even if it’s not an exact dupe, the Good Molecules product is definitely a steal by comparison!


I still use micellar water for my morning cleansing on days that I’m short on time or feeling lazy, but I’ve really enjoyed using the Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder most other mornings. It makes my skin feel very smooth, fresh, and ready to absorb my leave-on skincare products. It is a shame that it doesn’t smell like pineapple, but I’m happy to sacrifice fragrance since I know that would be irritating for a lot of people.

I think Good Molecules Pineapple Exfoliating Powder would be a great addition to almost every skincare routine. The only people that I think should avoid this product would be those that have very sensitive skin. While there are a few possible irritants, I don’t think they’ll cause problems for most people since this is not a leave-on product.

Good Molecules is a fairly young brand, but they’re also innovative. I’m always on the lookout for new Good Molecules products. I look forward to trying more from them in the future! Have you tried anything from Good Molecules yet? If so, which product is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Lauren

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Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette–Add a Flush of Color Infused with Rose Quartz

Did you catch my product review on the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette a couple of weeks ago? It’s a beautiful palette with 12 versatile eyeshadow shades infused with real rose quartz. That palette is one of my all-time favorites and it can be used to create a variety of soft neutral looks. If that eye palette appeals to you, you may also be interested in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette!

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek PaletteThe Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette is infused with rose quartz, just like the corresponding eye palette. As I mentioned in the review of the eye palette, rose quartz is an interesting skincare ingredient because it is said to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. For that reason, I think we can all agree that rose quartz is a great addition to any skincare or makeup product!

While I’m excited about the rose quartz and some of the other ingredients in this product, they aren’t the reason I purchased this cheek palette. I just thought it was gorgeous! I love blushes, but I think it was the highlighter that really pulled me in. I’m not usually a big highlighter girl, but this shade is perfect for my skin tone and different from anything else I’ve ever tried.

To learn more about this cheek palette, please keep reading for a full product review!

Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette claims directly from AetherBeautyCo.com

A rose quartz infused cheek palette with two soft-focus blushes and one luminous highlighter. High-payoff, pigment-packed formulas. Velvety pressed powders that build effortlessly and blend seamlessly. Organic skincare oils that boost collagen and brighten skin, provide antioxidants, and reduce inflammation. Harnessing the power of Rose Quartz, these radiant powders help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and redness. Can be worn on the face, eyes, lips and body.

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Other product details

  • Price: $44.00
  • Net weight: 0.3 oz.
  • Made in the USA
  • Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
  • Vegan
  • Free of gluten, talc, parabens, nanoparticles, and fragrance
  • Formulated with ethically sourced mica
  • Special ingredients:
    • Rose quartz reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and redness
    • Organic rosehip oil boosts collagen, reduces inflammation, and brightens
    • Jojoba seed oil moisturizes and reduces inflammation
    • Indian sappanwood bark extract contains antioxidants
  • Packaging is recyclable once pans and elastic band are removed
  • Three shades
    • Heart icy pink highlighter
    • Compassion peachy-pink matte blush
    • Self-love rose pink matte blush
  • 1% of sales donated to charity
  • Where to buy: AetherBeautyCo.com and Amazon.com 
    • AetherBeautyCo.com ships internationally to many countries, but I wasn’t able to find a list of those countries.
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  • Overall rating: 8.6/10
    • Inclusivity: 7/10
    • Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
    • Texture: 10/10
    • Staying power: 8/10
    • Price: 8/10

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

There are actually three Aether Beauty cheek palettes: Rose Quartz, Ruby, and Amber. Of the three, Rose Quartz is the most appropriate for fair to light skin tones. Since I have quite fair skin, I thought it would be the best option for me. Unfortunately, I don’t think this palette is ideal for medium to deep skin tones since the blushes aren’t very pigmented and the highlighter is very light. In these arm swatches, I swiped the blushes on several times to build up the color. The highlighter is quite pigmented, but again, it is very light!

If Rose Quartz was the only cheek palette option from Aether Beauty, I would be more bothered by its lack of usability for a variety of skin tones. Thankfully, the Amber cheek palette would be a good choice for many skin tones. It’s light enough that it could be used with a light hand on fair to light skin, yet deep enough to also work for medium to deep skin tones. 

I actually had a hard time deciding between the Amber and Rose Quartz palettes, but I thought I’d probably get more use out of the Rose Quartz palette. The Ruby palette is beautiful, and also the deepest of the three palettes. It is best suited for medium to deep skin tones.

As for inclusivity as preferences go, again I think it’s great that Aether Beauty offers more than one colorway. I think the Rose Quartz palette might be the most approachable of the three options (if these shades work for your skin tone) and is great for everyday wear. Each of the shades can be worn individually, mixed, or layered, to achieve the desired finish and color intensity.

Packaging/ease of application

If you read my review on the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette, the packaging portion of this review will be redundant because the eye and cheek palettes have very similar packaging. Feel free to skip down to the ease of application portion of this section. 😉

Sustainability is a big part of Aether Beauty’s ethos, so this palette is made without a mirror or magnets. The packaging is completely recyclable once the pans and elastic band are removed. Since there aren’t magnets, this cardboard palette is kept closed with an elastic band. It’s attached to the “lid” and wraps around the backside of the palette to keep it securely closed.

With some palettes, it’s very difficult to find shade names. I think it’s easiest when shade names are printed on the palette with the pans of product, but Aether Beauty took a different approach. There is a clear plastic sheet with the shade names printed on it that you can keep in the palette. I’m guessing that a lot of people won’t keep that plastic sheet since it would be easy to lose, so the shade names are also printed on a sticker on the back of the packaging. Both the plastic sheet and shade names printed on the back are shown in the photo below. I don’t care too much about shade names myself, but they can sometimes be helpful, especially if you want to create a tutorial.

The pan sizes in this palette are very generous, making it easy to dip a brush in and pick up a sufficient amount of product. For the blushes, I dip my fluffy Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush in and swirl it around a couple of times because these are not overly powdery blushes. Since these blushes aren’t highly pigmented, they are very easy to apply without looking “over-blushed.” I like to apply the Compassion shade first and then a little bit of Self-love on top for a bright pop of color.

I apply the highlighter, Heart, with my little Real Techniques Setting Brush. This highlighter isn’t the most intense I’ve ever seen, but it would be easy to go overboard with it if you’re not careful. The RT setting brush makes it easy to only apply this highlighter exactly where I want it. It blends into the skin seamlessly and looks even better with setting spray because that helps it to “melt” into the skin!

Texture

The two blushes in this palette are very matte, but they both work beautifully with the highlighter. For those that prefer shimmery blushes, a little or a lot of the highlighter could be mixed with one or both of the blushes. I really like how customizable these shades are!

The blushes don’t feel very soft to the touch in the pan, but they apply very smoothly and easily. They don’t catch and stick to look patchy like some blushes do. I appreciate that they aren’t too powdery, so when you dip a brush into these blushes, there isn’t any “kick-up.” They also aren’t pressed in the pan too hard, so it’s easy to pick up product on a brush.

The highlighter formula feels much different from the blushes, but that makes sense since it is a shimmery product. The highlighter is so smooth, it feels buttery. Much less product is needed with the highlighter compared to the blushes since it is a softer formula.

Aether Beauty states in the product description that this cheek palette can be used on the face, eyes, lips and body. I have never felt inclined to put powder on my lips so I’m not sure how well that would work (maybe tap a bit of the highlighter over a regular lip product for extra shine?). The highlighter could also be used on the body, but I don’t put any makeup on my body (and I’m not sure how anyone would use blush on the body).

I have, however, used the blushes and highlighter on my eyes. Both formulas work well as eyeshadows! It’s nice that this palette can be used for multitasking, especially if you want to travel and pack lightly. In this photo, I’m wearing Self-love (blush) and Heart (highlighter) on my cheeks, and all three shades on my eyes. 🙂

Staying power

The blushes in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette aren’t the most long-wearing blushes. I might be a harsh judge since I have an e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush in my collection! That one lasts all day long with zero fading. While the Aether Beauty blushes don’t have the greatest staying power I’ve seen, they also stay on reasonably well. My skin seems to absorb some blush formulas, but not this one so much. The color lasts all day, but there is some fading after several hours. I’m not bothered by this since almost every blush I’ve tried fades some throughout the day.

I’ve found that the highlighter’s staying power is better than that of the blushes. Once it’s blended into the skin, it doesn’t seem to lose its color or luster. I still notice that beautiful subtle glow at the very end of the day right before removing my makeup.

Price

I admit, it’s difficult for me to judge the price of this cheek palette since it’s the first cheek palette I’ve ever owned. I usually buy products individually instead of in a palette format (except for eyeshadow palettes!). 

The Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette is $44.00, which means each shade is $14.67. That is expensive, but Aether Beauty is not a “drugstore” or affordable brand. It’s a high-end clean beauty brand with very high standards that cost money to maintain.

This cheek palette is unique and special, making it worth the high price tag. It is formulated with excellent natural clean ingredients (including ethically-sourced mica), the packaging is recyclable, and all three shades are wearable and versatile to be worn individually, mixed, or layered. I also really appreciate that Aether Beauty donates 1% of every sale to charity. Aether Beauty is a great company to support!


I’ve had the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette in my collection for a few months now and it’s become one of my most used makeup products! These shades go with just about every outfit and makeup look I create. It also helps that the palette itself is so pretty! It’s hard to reach for other cheek products when this one calls my name every time I see it. 🙂

I think anyone close to my skin tone or a little bit darker would enjoy the blushes and highlighter in this palette. If you have a medium to deep skin tone, I’d definitely recommend the Amber or Ruby cheek palettes. All three colorways are beautiful!

Do you prefer individual cheek products, or cheek palettes like this one? There are definitely merits to both product formats. Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below!

Lauren

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