I get a lot of beauty products pitched at me given the nature of what I do. Jamberry, Beautycounter, Younique, Norwex, Rodan + Fields, Essential Oils, etc, etc, etc.
Sometimes I have to fight the “stop trying to sell me something” EVEN THOUGH I know that most of the time, certainly not all of the time, the representatives are just excited about the products they are using. And I totally get it. A lot of my blog is sharing my excitement with you about products that I’m using!
I think it’s the pyramid scheme aspect of some of those types of companies that ultimately turns me off. I’ll happily be a customer if I find a product I love, but that’s all.
It’s funny because my favorite, holy grail, most-used foundation is by Arbonne, a direct sales company with consultants.
So, again, I’m a customer. And some stuff I’ve tried is really great. I love that foundation. I love 2 cloths that I have from Norwex. But I haven’t explored very far in much else.
The biggest bummer with all of these products is that they aren’t easily or readily accessible. You have to order online, or through a consultant, and if you are trying makeup–how do you get color matched?
I like the concept of Beautycounter, and it sure seems like it has a strong following right now, so I was anxious to give these two products a try.
With much disappointment I must report that I did not like the Skin Tint at all. I couldn’t get it to blend. No matter what tools I used (different foundation brushes) or just using my fingers to help smooth the product out, it left lines on my face. It was like it was missing some sort of component to help it soften and “melt” into your skin. So, I’m returning that product.
I loved the taste/smell of the lipstick but the color isn’t something I’ll wear enough to justify what I paid for it. I’ll look at exchanging it, but I have to be honest and say it’s much easier to pop into Ulta or Sephora and grab a lipstick if I’m looking for a new one.
Let me follow all that up with saying this: Beautycounter has a unique initiative to create harmless products containing less chemicals than most of what you’ll find on the market. So if that is important to you personally, you may want to explore the line. As far as the products delivering on expectations? The foundation fell short and the lipstick was fine, but if more gentle/safe products is what you are looking for, you may be more willing than I am to make them work.
edited: Beautycounter is not a pyramid scheme, just want to clarify because one reader was confused, and this article is helpful to explain these type of businesses.