Honest Beauty Reviews

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Since I’m a pretty big fan of Honest Company, and I’ve long been wanting to switch my makeup over to a natural, chemical-free routine, the launch of Honest Beauty seemed like a gift from the gods. The products are free of parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde carriers, synthetic fragrances, petrolatum, sulfates, chemical sunscreens, and other questionable ingredients that are rampant in typical skin and makeup products. I decided to give a few of the Honest Beauty items a try – some I liked, some not as much. Read on for my honest (har, har) reviews! 

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First of all, the packaging is very nice and I love the overall color scheme. Not the most important thing, but it doesn’t hurt!

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First up: The Younger Eye Cream. I’ve tried a few eye creams in the past because I feel like it’s so important to keep the area moisturized and prevent wrinkles before they start. I guess I have very sensitive eyes, because the other ones I’ve tried have made my eyes watery and irritated. This is the first one that hasn’t! Yay. That makes this a winner in my book.

Next: Beyond Protected Daily Beauty Fluid. I’m on quest for a daily moisturizer with SPF that doesn’t have chemicals in it, and doesn’t make your face look super shiny and oily. Alas, this is not it. Too shiny, too greasy-looking. Maybe I’ll use it for around the pool or something in the summer.


The Younger Face Deep Hydration Cream is what I’ve been using at night on my face and neck. It’s a thick moisturizer that kind of sits on top of your face – doesn’t really sink in too much. In a way that’s good because it feels really moisturizing. I like it, but the bottle is quite small and I’m not sure it’s special enough to warrant the $34 price tag.

The Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser has a nice, fresh fragrance – it’s very subtle and slightly herbal, reminding me a bit of my favorite Aesop hand soap (but less pungent). It takes a few pumps to get a good lather going, but once you do it is a nice refreshing cleanser that leaves your face feeling perfectly clean, but not at all dry or tight.


I bought the Finishing Powder because I realized that my favorite Estee Lauder face powder has talc as the first ingredient. I’m suspicious of talc because of the recent $72 million lawsuit won by a family against Johnson & Johnson on the basis of the talc in their baby powder causing ovarian cancer in another family member. Horrible, right? The Honest Beauty powder is talc-free so I decided to give it a try since now I’m scared of talc.

First off, I have to point out the uniquely rounded shape of the powder itself, which you can sort of see in the picture. It fits a powder brush so much better than the usual flat shape – such a good detail. Also the mirrored compact is really pretty and the way it closes is well-designed. It’s a luminizing powder which means it has a subtle shimmer to it, and I’m just not sure how I feel about that. I get that that’s supposed to maybe make your face look dewy or alive…but I’m like, do I just look sparkly? On the one hand, it doesn’t give your face that matte, powdery look, which is good…but on the other hand, it’s not really mattifying enough. The truth is, my Estee Lauder powder is freakin’ perfect and I just hope the talc doesn’t kill me.

Have any of you tried any Honest Beauty products, or have any natural skin or makeup products that you swear by? I’m all ears – and you can check out more of my Honest Company reviews here.

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  1. Amy Sewell wrote:

    Love your blog! I have always wondered about Honest and am glad to see your review. Yes To has a great line of products that range from 95-99% natural – bonus that they are affordable and available at Duane Reade, Walgreens, and other places in our Yorkville ‘hood!

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    • York Avenue wrote:

      Thank you Amy! I’ve never heard of Yes To, thanks for the heads-up. Definitely going to check them out!

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  2. Brigid wrote:

    I haven’t made the switch as far as makeup and fragrance, but I’ve found natural skincare and body products that I LOVE.

    Indie Lee: cleanser, toner, squalane oil (amazing — a must)
    One Love Organics: oil cleanser (great as makeup remover), eye balm (fantastic)
    Soapwalla: deodorant, bar soap, body oil

    There’s a Boston and DC-based store called Follain that carries an amazing array of brands and products. They also sell everything online so I find it to be a great resource!

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    • York Avenue wrote:

      I like the Soapwalla deodorant too. I recently tried one from Levert Beauty though, and I found it to be even better! Definitely going to try One Love Organics as well…I meant to a few months back and forgot about them. And thanks for the tip about Follain!

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  3. Leslie wrote:

    Thanks for the review! I haven’t tried any of their products, but it is good to know. I switched over to natural products when I was pregnant with my daughter, but I found that the natural makeup options weren’t super awesome. Now I’m off to research talc…because I’m pretty sure that is in my deodorant too.

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    • York Avenue wrote:

      Let me know if you find out anything good about it!

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