There is a common misconception, I think, that many feel when they are switching their products from conventional beauty to cleaner beauty, that it will cost a lot. NO! You may hear bloggers or even brands talking about the bad ingredients in conventional products, and how you need to ‘make an investment’ in your health by buying their recommended luxury product. This is just untrue!
One thing I will note here though, is that I do understand and appreciate the sometimes higher prices in green beauty products. This has many layers, but really, they are small companies and they are many times using all organic ingredients with no cheap fillers, so yes, often times, the higher price can be justified. I think it is important to note as well, that even though a natural product has a more affordable price point, that does not equal bad ingredients or a cheap product.
For me, before switching to green beauty, I was both a Sephora shopper as well as a drugstore shopper! There were items that I enjoyed that were higher end, but many items in my makeup collection were from Neutrogena, Covergirl and Maybelline. So, although clean beauty wasn’t complete sticker shock for me, I still felt like I wanted those more affordable options too!
With that said. I am always up for sharing a brand that checks both boxes – clean ingredients and affordable price point. Pure Anada is one of these brands. I previously used and loved their tinted moisturizer, but as other products moved into my collection, I sort of forgot about this gem!
I recently picked up some samples of products I haven’t previously tried, so I thought I would create a makeup look using the products, which will be live HERE on my YouTube as well as this post talking more about the application I used and how everything wears. If you’re interested in hearing more about this affordable green beauty brand, please read on below!
PRODUCT 1: Liquid Foundation
This is described as a complete coverage foundation with a dewy cream to powder finish, and I would say this is fairly accurate. For me, because my skin is on the dryer side, I always prep my skin thoroughly with a facial oil and typically like to apply my makeup shortly after my skincare as this gives me the best finish. So, for me, this dried down and was a more satin, skin-like finish. I would say that it is also a buildable full coverage foundation. I can definitely get away with a lighter, more medium coverage if applied directly over my skincare using my fingers or a damp beauty blender. This is the way I applied in my video, and it is my preferred method. I feel like it gives me wonderful coverage that stays put, and it comes in at right around $20!
PRODUCT 2: Dahlia Pressed Blush
I chose this blush because of the plum/pink color, which I think is great for Summer. I don’t usually love plum cheek colors on myself, but in the summer, they add a bit of warmth to my skin which I really enjoy. Because I have a sample, I have this in a loose powder form, but it does come in a pressed pan in full size. I was impressed with the pigmentation and staying power with this! I like to apply with a larger fluffy brush, otherwise I find it very easy to over apply. A little goes a long way as the color payoff is great with these! And, again, a steal at $9!
PRODUCT 3: Peachy Pie Pressed Eye Shadow
I feel like I need to start off by saying that you can get these in a single refill pan with no compact for $6, and they’re incredible! I mention a lot my love for THESE shadows, but Pure Anada comes in right alongside them! There is a fantastic color selection and again, same with the blush, I feel that the pigmentation is very good. This shadow in particular, I like to apply all over my lid, and then I actually used the Dahlia blush in my crease to create a little depth and add some warmth to my eye area. I think the colors work great together!
PRODUCT 4: Black Mascara
I had held off on trying their mascara in the past due to the use of phenoxyethenol as the preservative, as that is an ingredient I personally avoid. I was excited to recently learn though, that they had reformulated without it, so I knew I wanted to try it. What is pretty cool is that they offer even their mascara in a trial size tube! Upon application, I do think that the formula is more on the dry side. The result is more of a natural lash look vs. dramatic. I found that for me, after two coats, it provided good lash separation, and decent enhancement of volume and length. It gives a great day time look that is easy to wear and makes your lashes pop just enough. I did find that throughout the day, this did flake under my eyes quite a bit and it was also quite hard to remove. I would say overall, this was the product I enjoyed the least. [I do think it is important to note that my experience was in using the sample mascara. There could be differences with the full size in that the wand may be different and provide a different application.]
I have to say first off that I am not a big lipstick wearer. I tend to gravitate more towards lip glosses and tinted balms, but I do have a hand full of lipsticks in my collection. I wanted to try this because I feel like there isn’t a huge selection of lip products in green beauty that are more matte – most leave a more shiny or glossy finish. I enjoy these types of products, but understand why some may enjoy something that is less shiny. I think this is a great option, and I actually really enjoyed wearing this lipstick. I didn’t love the color I chose, but the formula was super creamy and felt very moisturizing and comfortable on my lips. It was quite long wearing as well! I found that this did still transfer some, but held up well for me when eating and drinking. I think these are definitely worth a try if you have been searching for a clean matte lipstick.
Thank you so much for reading! I hope you enjoyed my review of these products from Pure Anada. Please let me know if you have tried any of these products or if you have a request for a future one brand tutorial!