This is a special year for Green People because they are celebrating their twenty year anniversary. Green people is one of the first natural brands I explored and one that I always use and enjoy. The brand has a large variety of skincare, body care and make up products to choose from and in my opinion offer great value for money. The brand was founded by Charlotte when her young daughter developed multiple allergies and sensitive skin. The brand started with a strong ethical stance which has continued, in terms of ingredients used, the manufacturing process and of course they have never tested on animals.
Green People are best known for their skincare and they have great value ranges suitable for all skin types. They are one of the few natural brands to have a comprehensive scent free range, which I have used a lot when my skin is feeling sensitive. They also have a small range aimed at teenagers which is very rare indeed. Although I thoroughly enjoy a lot of the skincare ranges, as those are quite well known I thought that today I would concentrate on some of the make up which is excellent quality and not spoken about enough I think.
Starting with base they have a Tinted DD Moisturiser with SPF 15 (£36 for 30 ml) in three shades. What I like about this base, is that it gives a good medium coverage without being heavy or cakey. The finish is natural, not too dewy or matte and the ingredients are excellent, meaning it’s very gentle on the skin. It comes in a bottle with a pump, making application nice and easy. I find stippling on the skin with a synthetic brush and then blending gives the best finish, it covers light marks and redness and evens the skin, you may need concealer as well but it really depends on what you are covering.
It is make up that doesn’t really feel like make up, it’s light weight and doesn’t dry out my skin like conventional brands used to. You can see below the shade range, I would love it if it was more extensive but for now there are three shades. All the shades are quite neutral in tone except medium which is the warmest of the three, I find that because the lighter shades are neutral they cover redness well on the skin.
Green People Age Defy Tinted DD moisturiser swatches: From bottom, shades Ivory, Light and Medium. My most used shade is Ivory but in the summer months I use Light. I sometimes use medium as a liquid bronzer to warm the skin. It feels quite thick when first out of the pump, but it blends effortlessly in to the skin.
Another of my favourite products is the Pressed blush in Pressed blush in Rose (£20 for 10 grams). It is fantastic because it is talc and carmine free and has a lovely long lasting finish. If you are trying to cut down your packaging waste like me, this blush comes in sturdy cardboard packaging with no plastic, which is great as it can be composted when you are finished with it. I have asked Green People about making the blush and powder pans available without packaging so they can be popped in a palette, but it’s not an option available at the moment. The blush is very soft and easy to apply, to avoid fall out I gently tap my brush in to the colour, gentle works best. Rose is a nice medium pink, flattering on most light to medium skin tones and for me it makes an ideal daily blush but also works with a more glamorous look too. The amount of product you get is very generous and it will last a long time.
The new Velvet Matte Lipstick (£15) is part of the limited edition Rose collection. It is such a pretty shade I really hope that they keep it on the site. It is a peach/pink/nude colour with a matte finish, very wearable for every day but also goes nicely with a heavier eye look. I found popping the primer underneath helpful when my lips were a little dry, you could use your favourite lip balm too, but I find that the texture of the primer is hydrating but it also has enough grip for the lipstick to adhere so it keeps the longevity.
Make up swatches: From bottom to top Blusher in Rose and Velvet Matte lipstick.
Another favourite of mine is the mascara (£15.50 for 7ml), it comes in two tones black and black-brown. I always go for black as I think it’s more flattering on my skin tone. Natural mascara is a really tricky category, so many mascaras disappoint, but this one is a good all rounder. It has great ingredients, gives volume and length and has minimal smudging. I recently tested a couple of other mascaras that were definitely in the disappointing category, so it’s been nice to get back to this one again.
As part of the anniversary celebrations Green People have released two new skincare ranges with amazing scents: Damask Rose and Orange Blossom. Both smell absolutely beautiful so it’s hard to choose a favourite. Both ranges have a cleanser and moisturiser and the Damask rose range also has a hand cream and the Orange Blossom range has an exfoliator.
The Damask Rose hand cream (£15) has been by my side since it arrived, it feels lovely and nourishing but doesn’t leave a residue so you can get on with your day after applying, it contains 91% organic ingredients and has a really nice delicate floral scent of Rose and Jasmine. A really sweet product that would make a lovely gift too.
The Orange Blossom exfoliator (£15 for 50 ml) does a great job of refreshing the skin, the particles aren’t too big or too rough and are made of bamboo and apricot kernel which is of course bio-degradable. It has a creamy base and plenty of nourishing ingredients like Shea Butter, Aloe Vera and rosehip. The orange blossom scent is really uplifting, perfect to wake you up in the mornings.
I would love to hear your Green People favourites. Let me know in the comments or on social media, have you tried any of these products? (Don’t forget you can get 15% off your purchases with my exclusive code ANA15).