If you’re currently transitioning to a vegan lifestyle and wish to update your makeup bag then minerals can be a good place to start. Not only are they a flexible product which will give you both a natural ‘no-makeup’ look and the option for buildable coverage, but they are generally better for your skin and can be made with 100% natural ingredients. The most well-known mineral brand in the UK market is probably Bare Minerals. Bare Minerals do offer some vegan products in their range and although certified by PETA Cruelty Free, they are owned by Shiseido. Shiseido do sell in China and therefore carry out animal testing, so it depends whether you deem Bare Minerals a brand worth investing in.
There are many alternative mineral brands out there, many of which are featured on our UK Vegan Beauty Brands Directory but I have been lucky enough to be gifted a generous selection of vegan friendly products from Honeypie Minerals which have definitely hit the spot. As I am getting older I am choosing to wear less makeup, less often (it’s a lot to do with laziness tbh) and Honeypie Minerals is the perfect answer for a light, barely there makeup which can also be ramped up for more coverage when required.
See our video below for a demo of how to use these products.
Independent brand Honeypie are as cute as they sound. The collection of affordable foundation, blushers, bronzers, eyeshadows and lip conditioners are 100% natural and made by hand in the UK. Mixed and blended in small batches on site, their production reflects their forward thinking, eco-friendly values. Their plastic sifter pots are made with recycled plastic and can also be recycled again. BUT they also have the sheer genius option of compostable and biodegradable paper pouch refills so that the plastic jars can be used again and again. Orders are sent in eco-friendly packaging such as recyclable cardboard boxes, biodegradable paper tape and compostable pellets. It’s inspiring and refreshing to hear a brand working towards improving their environmental impact.
Image taken from Honeypie Minerals website: https://honeypieminerals.com/pages/shades
One of the issues these small brands like Honeypie face is not having the facility for clients to try before they buy. But Honeypie Minerals have worked hard to resolve this too, the clever clogs. On their website, there is a detailed yet simple chart (snippet above) to help aid you in your quest to find your perfect match, depending on the tones and colour notes in your skin. Honeypie also offer sample pots to try, (three shades for £2.50) which are redeemable upon the purchase of a full sized product. These guys have seriously got it all figured it out.
Disappointingly there isn’t a huge selection for darker skin tones, but there is a wide range for those with lighter skin and, unsurprisingly I ended up with the palest and fairest option as usual thanks to my ‘cool’ undertones (where’s that fake tan at?). I was a little unconvinced that my skin tone could be determined via an online chart, but I was extremely impressed with the colour match of the foundation. The ‘Fair’ mineral foundation perfectly blended into my skin but added a glowy softness to even out imperfections. The tones that Honeypie chose to accompany the foundation for my skin were spot on too (except perhaps the bronzer, see below for why) but there is a delicious palette of beautiful tones and shades to choose from so you can create your perfect vegan makeup look. See our video below for how to create natural ‘no-makeup’ looks like these:
All in all the products are easy to use, although you do need the right tools for the job. Skin should be clean, well prepped and moisturised and a Kabuki brush is a MUST for applying mineral powder, it’s not something you can apply with your hands. Honeypie Minerals endorse Eco Tools, another brand featured on our Vegan Beauty Brands Directory – as all of their brushes are synthetic, vegan and cruelty free but I have my good ol’ Wunder 2 brush to hand. I was a little frustrated that most of the powder fell out into the lid of the pots as I carried them around in my makeup bag which meant things could get a little messy, but nothing to cry about.
The Honeypie Minerals range is non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types but especially for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin due to the pure, quality ingredients. ‘Our three main base ingredients are all natural and healthy for the skin (Mica, Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide). Our powder products are silky to the touch, with anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.’ I do suffer from spotty, congested skin but I find the Honeypie makeup always gives me the coverage I want without feeling heavy or looking cakey. The yellow corrector is amazing at combatting redness and dark circles and the foundation blends the overall tone whilst keeping oiliness at bay all day.
I was really impressed with the Honeypie Minerals range and would happily buy from them again. The products are buildable, long wearing and keeps skin looking even, smooth and glowy – an absolute winner.
Watch our Beauty-not-cruelty video below to see how to create a natural makeup look using the Honeypie Minerals range:
Fair Foundation £13.99:
Luxurious, silky mineral powder for fair, porcelain skin with cool pinky undertones. Gorgeous, smooth buildable coverage for fresh, natural ‘no-makeup’ skin. The lightweight formula allows skin to breathe and also contains natural protection against UV-light exposure.
Yellow Corrector £7.99:
Beautiful, fine powder to reduce, brighten and neutralise unwanted colour such as dark circles, skin pigmentation and redness. Worked an absolute treat. (Honeypie also offer a Green corrector for concealing redness, rosacea, blemishes and other imperfections.)
Peach Blush £7.99:
Fab soft, warm and glowy toned blush which I loved, a great alternative to those who want to avoid pinks and red tones.
Sunkissed Bronzer £7.99:
The bronzer was a little dirtier and yellow toned than I would usually choose, I’m not sure it gave my skin a summer glow and it was the only Honeypie Minerals product that I wasn’t sold on. As far as I can tell there’s only one bronzer shade to choose from. However it still had a great texture and could be used lightly and subtly to add a little dimension to the face without looking too sculpted.
Latte Eyeshadow £5.99:
Sumptuous, flexible warm coffee coloured loose eyeshadow with a hint of dusky pink. Use to softly line eyes or use a base for a sexy smokey eye. Long lasting, it absorbed oil and stayed put throughout the day.
What is your favourite vegan foundation?
Watch our Beauty-not-cruelty video below for how to create a natural makeup look using the Honeypie Minerals range:
Disclaimer: These products have been sent to me to test and review by the brand. I have received no monetary benefit for this review. The review is 100% honest and reflects my experience. Product and brand information is correct at the time of publishing but please check the product website before purchasing.