I’m excited to start sharing my reviews and thoughts about “good for you” beauty products here on Considering You! It’s easy to duck into a Sephora or Target to grab some fun products but if you’re starting to incorporate more natural options into your routine – it can be tough! My hope is that I can highlight some great brands for you to try out! I also will make an effort to only wear the products that I’m reviewing and so in the photos in this post, I’m only wearing Ecco Bella’s mascara and lipstick.
A quick overview of Ecco Bella
Our first review will be featuring Ecco Bella! As you can find on their website, Ecco Bella was started out of protest against the testing on animals in the production of cosmetics, and its mission has expanded to the creation of products from the universe of organics and nutraceuticals. They support organic farming, never use animal testing or any ingredients created from animals (such as stearic acid, tallow, lanolin, dairy or collagen). They’ve been eagerly searching for alternatives to carmine, their only remaining animal ingredient. Carmine is derived from the cochineal beetle, and used in some pink colors (like the lipstick I am reviewing today).
I also really love that Ecco Bella pushes the fact that their products help my skin while making me feel pretty. They believe their products can be used by all people ranging in age from 12-112 years old. You won’t find preservatives*, water, alcohol, talc, FD & C dyes, and any animal product (except carmine for pink colors). *Mascara and Natural Foundation are paraben-free and contain phenoxyethanol, a preservative also known as rose ether.
The first product that I tried was their FlowerColor Natural Mascara. Before I get into the review, please realize that I have REALLY short and straight eyelashes. To get anything impressive, I usually have to curl them and add 5 layers of mascara. Now that you know that, I’ll let you know that I found their mascara quite comparable to every other tube of mascara that I’ve ever tried. But this stuff is actually okay to put near my eyes!
As you can see – my eyelashes aren’t mindblowingly long but I was impressed that you could even see them in this picture! I wore the mascara all day and at the pool and didn’t notice any flaking or smudging (I didn’t get my face wet, though).
Ingredients: Purified water, carnauba wax, palmitic acid (from palm oil), clay, phenoxyethanol and iron oxides.
The next product that I tried out was their FlowerColor Lipstick in Pink Rose. I am an avid fan of lipstick and feel like I’ve tried basically everything out there. This lipstick pleasantly surprised me. I had a bit of a shimmer to it but wasn’t as soft as I thought it would be. Definitely loved the color and will be using this on a regular basis. The photo below is more true to the color than the photos above. Pardon my slightly out of focus photo. Self-timers are…tricky.
Ingredients: Castor oil, isopropyl palmitate (from coconut), candelilla wax, 100iu Vitamin E, organic calendula oil, organic chamomile oil, organic jojoba oil, flower wax coated iron oxides. Pink colors contain carmine.
In order to celebrate this amazing find, we’re giving away either a tube of the FlowerColor Natural Mascara or a tube of their FlowerColor Lipstick to one of you lovely readers (your choice)! Who doesn’t love natural skincare? Use the giveaway widget below to enter (two things are mandatory). You have until Thursday at 11:59pm EST and we’ll choose a winner on Friday morning!
Feel free to leave any questions or suggestions for any future beauty reviews!