Beauty Counter is a company that offers safer cosmetics. I decided to give them and try and here is my honest opinion.
The first product I tried was the “clean slate duo” pictured above. It’s one of their best selling products. It comes with a charcoal bar and a charcoal mask. This is a mini set I believe it was $50.
Here is my skin before starting Beauty Counter:
Since I’m being 100% honest here I should mention that my cheeks are quite rosy as this was taken before applying makeup and after the gym. But you can see below the jaw I have quite a few blemishes and large visible pores on my cheeks.
When I got my bar, at the advice of someone I cut it up into 6 pieces so it was easier to use in my hands and it lasted longer. I would suggest doing this. My first impression was that it lathered nicely and after the first use I honestly did find that my face was that squeaky clean. It was really nice! Unlike some people I do find that it dries a bit, it’s nothing like if you were to use a bar of soap (it’s actually soap free) but I live in a super dry climate so if I don’t moisturizers right away afterwards my face feels tight.
The charcoal mask is pretty awesome. It goes a long way and I find using only one finger to spread it avoids wasting it on my hands. It dries very quickly as you can see below. It has a really refreshing peppermint scent. When it dries you can actually see every single pore and that was actually kind of terrifying because it looks gross but made me feel like it was getting in all the necessary places. Skin feels very smooth after using. I’ve used other charcoal masks before and I found this one to be the best. It’s hard to explain but when you wash it off you can totally feel that it’s real charcoal. Like it’s not sticky it basically just melts into black water. It’s like the pure charcoal I’ve used before on my teeth.
I wanted to give it a fair amount of time before I reviewed the product so I could show the results. After a couple weeks I took a progress photo.
Again to be fully transparent this photo I am wearing makeup and the lighting is different. But you can see below the jaw looks improved. Also in the above photo I’m wearing my old Sephora brand makeup.
From there I decided I wanted to the “Flawless in Five” set. It’s basically all the basic makeup essentials you need all safer versions. I asked Rob for the makeup set for Christmas and it came a while ago. It was packaged very nicely.
- Tint foundation
- Concealer pen
- Eyebrow pencil
- Lip gloss
Honestly it does take a few times to adjust to it – mostly because without certain chemicals in typical over the counter makeup, the foundation has slightly different texture. Also I should mention I went from using a 1/2 to a full pump of full coverage Sephora liquid foundation for 3 +years to using a pinky nail sized blob of this safer tint foundation.
I love the concealer pen, I paint it under the eyes and it really brightens my face up. I really like all the products and it truly takes 5-10 minutes to do the whole face.
The photos above are using all the BC products. You can see how the under eye pen really brightens it up. Also my face feels way less cakey without all that foundation piled on. It’s light and really nice. I did find my forehead started feeling a bit shiny but I’m not exactly sure why.
Overall I really like both the clean slate duo and the makeup set. It feels nice to know I’m doing something even a small gesture to lessen my exposure to less than safe stuff.
Sometimes it’s hard to spend a little more upfront, but I’ve found that these products really last a long time. I used to use the twist eyebrow pencil and it got used up fairly quick but the BC pencil hasn’t even needed to be sharpened at all and I use it the same. I also have used the brown eyebrow pencil as a nice subtle eye liner. It works perfectly for elevating a more “done up” look. The charcoal bar is really long lasting too. I would say each of the 6 pieces I cut it into lasts about a month so 6 months worth – it’s also the mini size, so I’m guessing the full sizes would be 8+ months. The mascara seemed slightly dry compared to what I was used to. I always put a drop of lavender and rosemary essential oil to my mascara, it makes it go further and promotes growth.
One thing I was kind of bummed about was recently after I purchased it, the full sized bar and mask came out on sale for the same price I bought the mini set for. Obviously you cannot predict this but I would have definitely bought the full sized set.
Another thing is that I have not been very good to my skin in other aspects lately. I haven’t been eating that great – more sugar and dairy than usual. I know for me that does effect the way my skin looks. Also from my understanding, below the jawline acne is typically hormonal. Therefore I’m not sure that a new external wash would calm the internally caused acne. Either way though I will continue to use the products and will be going back to sugar free in the new year so I’m thinking that will really help my skin. I think it’s something that all works together.
*as a side note I was skeptical to try because to me at first it seemed structured like a pyramid scheme – where you have to buy from a consultant and they make money from your order. I spoke to one of my very health conscious friends and asked if she has ever heard of Beauty Counter and to my surprise she replied that it’s the only makeup she trusts. So I decided it was worth a shot.Overall I’m pleased with these products !
Couldn’t help it, my nails matched.