Something I often hear from people, is that natural make up is too expensive. Whilst it is true that a lot of products have pretty high end price tags, there are some great more affordable brands cropping up to meet the increased demand for natural make up. One of these brands is Benecos and I have been testing out some brand new products added to the range as part of their summer collection and I have been impressed with the selection that they have as well as the prices. Although these are billed as summer colours, all the products are perfect for transitioning to autumn and can see me using them a lot. Benecos make up is certified organic by BDIH, and free from mineral oils and silicones.
Benecos Bronzing duo – Ibiza Nights (£6.95) I think this compact duo is my favourite piece of the collection, such a versatile product and great for making your summer colour last that bit longer. This pressed bronzer and blusher comes in a sturdy compact and is great for throwing in your bag or for travel. You can use each colour separately or use a big fluffy brush and apply all over the cheeks which gives a very pretty effect. The Bronzing duo has a lovely fine shimmer, not chunky at all and barely noticeable on the skin. Pigmentation is medium to light making this a lovely product for fair to medium skin tones as it really illuminates the face but is extremely easy to apply with out looking overdone.
Benecos Lipstick – First Love (£6.95 for 5mls) Is described as a dusky medium pink and it looks true to the colour in the tube on the lips, what stood out to me about this lipstick is the fact that it is a matt formula, which is fairly rare for a natural lip product although is becoming more common. I think this lipstick is a real steal for the price, the formula is a little drier than others because it is matt, but still very comfortable to wear and has a gorgeous amount of pigment. Not a colour I would usually have chosen but I am very impressed with the lipstick formula overall.
Benecos Natural glam lipgloss (£6.95 for 5mls) Is a gorgeous silky feeling lip gloss without a hint of stickiness. I really love this lip gloss, the neutral colour works well by itself or layered over a lipstick and the formula feels lovely on the lips and wears well. Such a great budget friendly product.
Benecos Nail Polish – Hot Summer (£6.95 for 9mls) Is described as a vibrant pink with orange undertones and in some lights looks almost like a bright tomato red. This is a lovely punchy colour, but what impressed me the most was the fantastic formula of the polish. As a mum I don’t get a lot of time to do my nails, but this polish is super fast to dry which is fantastic. They are free from camphor, toluene, phthalates and formaldehyde and have a nice sized brush making them very easy to apply. There are sixteen colours in total and I will absolutely be picking up some more in winter colours because I think they are just brilliant! Unsurprisingly they won a Beauty Shortlist Mum and baby awards this and I can see why!
Benecos pressed eyeshadows (£3.95 for 2 grams): From left to right – Soft Vanilla (matte), Forget-Me-Not (shimmer), Apricot glow (shimmer). These shadows apply very nicely and like the bronzing duo don’t have a lot of fallout. you have a good selection of matt and shimmer shadows, Soft Vanilla being a great brow bone and inner corner colour. Forget-Me-Not is a lovely light blue which is more wearable than it appears in the pan as the pigment is soft, I have used it as a soft liner for a light hint of colour and it looks very pretty. Apricot glow is a lovely all over the lid colour that really brightens the face.
Some but not all Benecos products are suitable for Vegans, each vegan product is clearly labelled on the website which is handy. The pressed powder products do contain talc for those of you that avoid it, I am happy to use it only in pressed products and never loose. Overall I have enjoyed testing Benecos and have added them to my list of go to budget brands.