The time to try Well people makeup collection has finally arrived! I am a big lover of makeup products with a creamy consistency. I’ve already tried RMS beauty, Ilia, Mychelle and Vapour which are among my favorites. The only one missing in my collection and that intrigued me to try in this moment was Well people. But somehow I never managed or remembered to purchase them. This time I decided to gave them a try. Since the original package is in plastic stick version and the overall design does not attract me so much, I rather bought double samples of every item that interested me. Well people is a brand from USA who has a collection of makeup products in creamy version (like foundation, multi-use stick, lip balm) and mineral powder products as well. The brand gave funny names to products like: Nudist, Universalist, Paganist,…
NARCISSIST STICK FOUNDATION
I wear and use creamy foundations (with green ingredients of course!), because they are handy, easy to use and if made properly they give a natural and healthy finish. Narcissist is the foundation with a creamy texture in a stick package. It comes in 6 shades. When applied, it blends well into the skin. You can apply it directly with your fingers and melt into the skin or use a foundation brush or sponge to blend. Even though Narcissist is creamy, its texture is not heavy and you can achieve a natural flawless coverage. If you have any visible imperfections or discolorations the coverage is medium, so you have to use a concealer as well.
The colors are quite good chosen, but I think that a few more shades should be added, especially for darker skin tones. I’d define the finish of this foundation as semi-matte, which is fine, because it does not look cakey nor too shimmering. The list with ingredients is really pure! While wearing Narcissist foundation your skin will be nourished with Sunflower oil, Green tea leaf extract, Reishi mushroom and Bayberry among others. My overall rating for this product is very good: I like the consistency, the finish and the ingredients. On the other hand, there is a lack of shades and the package is not in harmony with the quite expensive price of the product. I know that the essence is the key but when you opt to the high class customer, the package should communicate more. Well people has universal transparent sticks with a printed paper label on it. If compared with RMS that is in the same price range, we got a custom designed pot with printed logo on the tin cap and the product is in a beautiful glass jar.
INGREDIENTS Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil* infused with Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea Complex) Leaf**, Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi Mushroom)***, Morella Cerifera (Bayberry- wildharvested); Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax)****, Silica, Essential Oils, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil (and) Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica (CI 77019)] *Certified Organic by Stellar, **Certified Organic by QAI, *** Certified Organic by Oregon TILTH, **** Certified Organic by Koster Keunen
UNIVERSALIST MULTI-USE STICK
Beside the Narcissist foundation, I wanted to try Universalist colored multi-use sticks the most, because I’m in constant search of colors. When looking at the color swatches on their website, I thought: Finally some interesting colors in the green world! Nope. I was completely wrong. Obviously I expected too much. I know that nowadays many brands make photoshoped virtual product swatches, but somehow I didn’t expect this. What would you expect when you see these colors?
I’m very well used to choose colors when buying products from the web, but I cannot ignore the tremendous cheating with photoshoped colors here. Ok, let’s take a look now to the positive side of this product. Universalist is a multi-use stick that comes in the same stick package as Narcissist. It is meant to use with a brush or with your fingers to apply it on cheeks, eyes or even lips. It comes is 2 versions: matte and luminous. I’ve ordered almost all color samples, except 3 from the entire range: Universalist n.2 (white), n.1 and n.5 that were out of stock. In fact I was interested mostly in their “vibrant” shades as they claim them to be. The texture is nice, comparable and compatible with Narcissist. It gives you a flawless, natural finish. The color has a medium pigmentation. If applied in many layers then the color is buildable, but it also creases a little bit while wearing it for a long time, even though I have set it with powder. I have to mention that both Narcissist and Universalist don’t have any particular smell, which is fine. The scent is natural, delicate, it reminds me just of vegetable oils, without any added fragrance. The list with ingredients is almost similar to Narcissist’s with grapeseed oil & green tea extract, reishi mushroom extract, olive, coconut and passionflower oil among the main ones.
The selection of shades in real life (without virtual colors) is prone to natural earthy tonalities which I don’t mind at all, I find them nice. But definitely they are not vibrant or vivid at all! If we take a look at the swatches the most colorful one is Universalist n.7. At Well People they called it “creamy peony” which is true. A natural neutral muted raspberry shade that give you a natural flush. Another nice shade is the luminous gold n.9 that can be used also as a highlighter especially if mixed with the foundation. The biggest disappointment is Universalist n.6 which in reality is a muted dark plum. A very ordinary shade, instead of the vibrant violet magenta they are offering.
When you look at the product in the package where there is a big amount of color, some colors really look very pigmented. But when applied on the skin they are delicate and the shades are very conventional, nothing special. Overall, I prefer RMS and Vapour, or I make my own shades. I wouldn’t mind at all, if they’d sell their colors as they are, without promises of vibrant colors.
INGREDIENTS Grapeseed Oil infused with Green Tea, Reishi Mushroom**, Bayberry**, Beeswax, Olive Oil***, Passionflower Oil, Castor Oil****,Silica, Coconut Oil*****, Silk Powder, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate *, Essential Oil blend, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Lysine, Grapefruit seed Extract, Japanese Knotweed Extract, Pomegranate Extract,[+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)] * Eco-cert, ** Certified Organic by Oregon TILTH, *** Certified Organic by Ciranda, **** Certified Organic by Stellar, ***** Certified Organic by QAI
NUDIST LIPSHINE STICK
If I was totally disappointed with this product is also my fault, I admit it! I was so charmed by the amazing color palette on their website that I somehow didn’t see that Nudist is a lip balm and not a lipstick. Because of such a pigmentation I was sure that this product will give a nice boost of color anyway. When I opened the package I was finally excited because the colors looked more vibrant than previous ones. The smell of these lipbalms is quite fresh, like peppermint.
I started to put my fingers in the jars and apply them on my hands first. Oh, there is almost no color! I couldn’t believe to my eyes because the colors looked so pigmented in the pot. I went again to the website to check, if I have ordered wrong colors?! Not at all, I saw that Nudist is a lip balm… Ok, I got it now. At the end, there is no trace of vibrant colors. When applied to the lips is very hydrating and it gives a natural looking sheer finish with a touch of color.
It looks nice and modern because of the sheer finish but it’s not an opaque lipstick with a vibrant color just to warn you when you will check their website. Nudist is a slightly pigmented lip balm with a peppermint scent and nice green ingredients.
INGREDIENTS OG Castor Oil infused with OG Bayberry*, OG Green Tea**, OG Calendula flowers*, OG Mallow Sylvestris*, & OG Rosehips*; Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordii Oil Coplymer, Beeswax, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate***, Essential Oils, Pomegranate Extract, Tocopherol (natural Vitamin E), L-Lysine, Stevia Leaf Extract, [+/-: Carmine (CI?), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica (CI 77019), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)]
ELITIST AND REALIST X: HD MATTE MINERAL SETTING
From the mineral powder collection I was interested the most by these 2 items: Realist setting powder in HD version and a few Elitist eyeshadows. Elitist is a range of mineral powder eyeshadows that come in 3 finishes: matte, satin and shimmer. When I was looking at the color selection of all their mineral powder products (bronzer, blush, eyeshadows) I wasn’t attracted to try them, because the color selection for me does not have a character. The chosen palette looks overall washed out. I absolutely love natural shades, but here the overall feeling is: pastel colors. And we know that pastels don’t suit everyone, or better they suit the minority. The eyeshadows look like they are mixed with too much white and are designed for the light cool type of woman. I decided to choose just the shade n.82 and 824 from the shimmer collection. I like these two colors! They are very shimmering and so suitable just for evening makeup. N.824 is an old gold with a green olive tonality. N.82 is a shimering black with a midnight blue undertone and it looks more smoky black rather than blue (as it does on their picture). Both eyeshadows are very pigmented and have a good staying power.
Realist X is a white, translucent and very finely grounded setting powder that almost disappear in the skin. It does a good job and so it’s well called HD (high definition). But the only thing that bothers me about this product is its incredibly fine grounded powder. There is no claiming anywhere that there is no use of nanotechnology… Just wondering.
To conclude, I’m glad I ordered just samples because this brand surprisingly won’t go in my category “Favorite safe brands”. Maybe I will purchase from time to time a few products and that’s all, unless they will really change something that would attract me. My suggestion is to change the color swatches to real ones, to improve the color palette and perhaps even improve the package for that price.
IMPORTANT UPDATE! 11th april 2013 I’ve just taken a look on Well people website to check if there are any news…Big surprise! They have changed the package which looks chic, clean and in harmony with their philosophy. And what is most important, they don’t have anymore all that photoshopped color swatches as they used to have! Anyhow, lots of compliments for this change they’ve made which resonates much more with their natural philosophy! Now, I have even added them in my list of favorite safe brands! Here is their new look: w3llpeople.com
ecobeautOctober 31, 2012 at 1:55 pm (11 years ago)
I really love your honest no-nonsense makeup review. I had been looking for a good natural foundation that is creamy and medium coverage for my dry blemished skin. With your review, I don’t think WELL PEOPLE would be a good match for me even though the ingredients sound fantastic! I’m really disappointed.
green makeupNovember 2, 2012 at 10:45 am (11 years ago)
Hello! Thanks for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts! Since I don’t see your skin in live, it’s hard to say whether the product would work for you or not. As you described your skin, I’d say that this foundation would be too light in coverage. But if you are curious about it you can still try just a sample to see how it works. Feel free to ask if you have any other questions!
Sheila HansenOctober 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm (11 years ago)
Thank you for the in depth review. I was always interested in trying these products too. Now I think I’ll hold off or just order samples. By the way, I feel the same way about some of the Vapour packaging (Aura Blush) and have had customers comment on the price not being in sync with the quality of the makeup.
green makeupNovember 1, 2012 at 11:25 am (11 years ago)
Thank you Sheila! And thanks also for sharing your thoughts! If you will try WP I’d love to hear your opinion as well.
LivOctober 31, 2012 at 2:06 pm (11 years ago)
Great review thanks a lot! COuld you compare this brand to Vapour? Both green and safe both come in sticks but what about finish and texture and pigmentation of the foundation and blush stick? Thanks a lot! greetz Liv
green makeupNovember 1, 2012 at 11:23 am (11 years ago)
Thank you Liv! Yes, WP can be absolutely compared to Vapour! Maybe you will find helpful the post I did about Vapour blush and stick foundation here: http://bit.ly/Uk9ccy
In short: From my experience Vapour has a better coverage and a bigger & betterchoice of colors (both: blush & foundation). The finish of WP is not bad at all but it does not cover the imperfections as good as Vapour does. They both have a good texture that makes a healthy finish, slightly glowing, but not over shiny. But with Vapour the shades of foundations are so well designed (which is a very important factor!) that the color literally melt with your skin and it seems you don’t have a foundation on. The main problem with WP for me is the lack of colors and also the light coverage. Hope I’ve explained well 🙂
LivNovember 8, 2012 at 8:00 am (11 years ago)
Thank you dear for this complex answer! I do have Vapour liquid foundation and aura blush stick. I love the smell of them and the coverage of the liquid foundation. The stick could be a bit more intense colorwise. Therefore I think Well is not made for me. Thanks again!
Charlotte JanseOctober 31, 2012 at 5:44 pm (11 years ago)
How are you? Thanks again for a very nice review! I promised to keep you posted about some new nice products that I’ve tried and like. Here they are!
I really like the daytime eyeshadow package from Jane Iredale. Thanks for the good advice! Their liqued eyeliner is also really nice!! And I’ve tried the lip plumper in Tokyo. A nice color and I like it that you can give it the darkness that you like by aplying less or more layers.
And I found such a nice body Cream: the ultra rich body cream from living nature! It feels so nice and it gives you such a soft and hydrated skin. And it has a soft vanilla scent. Lovely! But the price is also a bit high. I don’t mind to spent a bit more money for good green products, but all together it is expensive. The last one is the anti cellulites oil from Weleda. I don’t know if it really works against cellulites but I love to use it after a shower to massage my legs. It has a fresh lemon scent.
Wish you a nice evening! Best, Charlotte
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green makeupNovember 1, 2012 at 11:13 am (11 years ago)
Hi Charlotte! So nice to hear from you! I’m really happy that you did a good choice with your greenies and that you like them!
Enjoy using them! And thank you also for sharing your opinion about the products!
Wish you a nice time!
LillyOctober 31, 2012 at 7:34 pm (11 years ago)
Thank you for this review, your swatches were so helpful!
LynnNovember 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm (11 years ago)
I’ve heard about this one,just like you..I think the packaging is not flattering at all. Reading this review,so I think this is a good one since it’s not heavy coverage product. Among these 3,which one has the best coverage:RMS beauty uncover,Vapour stick foundation one,and Well people narcissist?
green makeupNovember 1, 2012 at 6:45 pm (11 years ago)
Hi Lynn! The coverage of RMS and Vapour is similar, but I prefer RMS for undereye circles or just for some areas where concealing is needed. But I love Vapour because it gives an overall great finish as a stick foundation (evens the skin tone). They are both great items!
LynnDecember 2, 2012 at 5:19 am (11 years ago)
Oh,so for concealing RMS is the best.I’m having this difficulties as ever to find good liquid foundation,I’m not sure whether I want to have the stick/cream foundation one since it’s tropical country here,sweat..sweat and sweat all day. Have you tried vapour liquid foundation(atmosphere soft focus foundation)?I’d like to know how it works if you’ve tried it 🙂
green makeupDecember 4, 2012 at 9:26 pm (10 years ago)
Since you are saying that there is so much humidity and problems with sweat, then I’d definitely recommend you mineral powders.
For the under eyes, as I have already written about I adore Jane Iredale concealer. Maybe you should try their samples at least…
Since you have such difficulties, then try before even a sample of RMS. I hope I will write soon about Vapour 🙂
caitNovember 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm (11 years ago)
Hi! I found your blog because I was about to place my order for WP and wanted to see if I could find some swatches of the universalist sticks. I’m pretty surprised to hear that you don’t like them. I’ve been using their products for about 8 months and I absolutely love them. Finally I have found a natural foundation that MATCHES my skin and doesn’t change color throughout the day! I love the stick and their powders. Anyway, since WP and Vapour are somewhat similar I thought I’d check out your review of Vapour. There didn’t seem to be any swatches on you Vapour posts, so I’m not able to decipher if they have better colors or consistency?? Maybe you could do one with swatches and pictures?
green makeupNovember 1, 2012 at 6:35 pm (11 years ago)
Hello! I’m glad to hear that you found the products that work for you! The point of my review is not that the products aren’t good at all. I’m sure and glad they work for many people. Here I shared my opinion looking from a wider angle to the entire collection, comparing it to other similar products. I did the review of Vapour when I started blogging, this is why I haven’t put swatches. So thank you for the idea, I will do a post with new Vapour swatches in the future, after the projects I have in queue now. In general, Vapour has a wider color choice and the colors are designed for warm, cool and neutral skin tones. The consistency of Vapour is better in coverage than WP from my point of view. What I really don’t like at WP are photoshop swatches that are totally another shade than in real life! But as I always say, when you find a product that works for you: great and go for it! 🙂
stylishlyorganicNovember 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm (11 years ago)
Very useful,and objective review. I hate how over-hyped a lot of these brands are, so it is nice to see a no-nonsense post for once.
green makeupNovember 2, 2012 at 3:53 pm (11 years ago)
Thank you for stopping by! Here on my blog I try my best to highlight things that works for me and to write about the positive aspect of them. But sometimes I also feel to speak about what disappoints me. Best, Dasha
MaryNovember 6, 2012 at 2:18 am (11 years ago)
Some of the items look quite nice but I agree with you that they are disappointing compared to the swatches online. I think earthy toned sheer blushes and lipsticks are nice, but more companies need to branch out a bit!
I know natural brands like to avoid (rightfully so) FD&C colors, but does that mean everything has to be subdued or mauve? I think about the color of beets, those are insanely bright and bold, and naturally occurring. Couldn’t natural sources like this be used to make bolder pigments?
Also, its totally possible to make great natural opaque full color lipsticks, often the opacity comes from titanium dioxide, but most companies go for the balm with a hit of color. Frustrating!
I’ll get off my soapbox now, but I would definitely like to see more brands step up their game a bit!
green makeupNovember 6, 2012 at 9:54 am (11 years ago)
Hi Mary! Your comment is great! I think the same as you about it, well said! In nature there are so many incredible colors and inspiring patterns, textures that it really makes you wonder how could they be transferred in real life, in cosmetics for example 🙂 Maybe this is the future, who knows…
Have a nice day!