Honeybee gardens is a green cosmetic brand from US, who is very well known especially among green beauty enthusiasts, myself included 🙂 This review is dedicated to one of their special products – the beautiful Cosmopolitan eyeshadow palette, which btw. I hope is not just a limited edition product.
On the outside this palette is made from recycled cardboard/paper and is not just very handy, but also light to carry around, if you want. Inside it has a small eyeshadow brush included. The double-sided brush handle is made from bamboo. On one part the brush has a sponge applicator to apply the eyeshadow and on the other side there is a synthetic brush appropriate for blending. I find the small brush a practical idea especially for “SOS” situations where you cannot use or don’t have other brushes, which I think is also the main purpose of this brush. If you have your own brushes however is better to use those for a perfect application.
Inside the palette there are 4 gorgeous colors that are among my favorites and they suit and describe my style of make-up. Why? Because these 4 shades are suited for a natural, elegant look. With these colors you can create many looks for different situations and not just for day, like you might think at first sight.
Let me give you some ideas how to use these palette:
– The Kashmir shade is a multi-use one, because it can be easily used also for your brows.
– You can use Kashmir shade along your lash line for a classic look that defines your eyes (especially on top of a brown pencil with a smudged line). You can also use it in the crease of the eye along with 1 or 2 other colors from the palette.
– For a formal day look use matte shades like Kashmir and PS Pink because they are matte.
– For an evening look combine Kashmir with Satin sheets for a more glamourous effect.
– For those who prefer more colors, use Kashmir with PS Pink and Angelic together for a dramatic evening look with a girly touch.
– I also like to wear every shade on its own, especially the 2 shimmery ones; they give that lovely sparkle to the eyes! You can add some definition with Kashmir brown on the lash line or in the crease of the eye, if you have big eyes.
Because of kaolin the eyeshadows don’t tend to accumulate in the crease of the eye lid. Other beneficial ingredients among minerals (that give color) are: extracts of aloe vera, cucumber and chamomile.
Description of colors in Honeybee Gardens Cosmopolitan palette
Kashmir – a medium matte chocolate brown (with a slightly chalky grey undertone)
Satin sheets – a shimmery warm gold
PS pink – a medium matte pink
Angelic – shimmery warm pink with almost glittery sparkling effect
All colors are very pigmented and easy to blend. Note that the photo of swatches is taken on warm daylight and so it has a slightly yellow tonality. The skin on my hand has no other product on, except the eyeshadows (and I have quite dry skin if I don’t wear any cream).
I’m a palette lover because the eyeshadows are pressed, something that I really like and encourage green brands to do, which is great for every woman and even more for make-up artists.
Have you tried this palette or any other product from Honeybee gardens?
Photo credit and many thanks to Boris Gorjan photographer for beautiful pictures!
Caitie (@naturallabeauty)August 14, 2013 at 6:20 pm (10 years ago)
Sounds great! I haven’t tried the shadows, but Honeybee Gardens’ Pressed Mineral Foundation is one of my favorites! I also love their eye liners 🙂
green makeupAugust 14, 2013 at 6:25 pm (10 years ago)
Thanks Caitie for sharing your thoughts!
theoneandahalfAugust 14, 2013 at 6:29 pm (10 years ago)
Wow, how awesome to find out there are lots of green options regarding makeup! This palette looks great!
And I just nominated for the Liebster award. If you want to accept it, visit http://wp.me/p2G9iq-wZ
green makeupAugust 14, 2013 at 6:33 pm (10 years ago)
Hello! Thank you very much for the lovely nomination! I do accept it! I will post it on my blog soon.
And yes I really like that the green market is improving 🙂
JoanaAugust 14, 2013 at 8:39 pm (10 years ago)
Sounds perfect for travel! I’ve enjoyed Honeybee’s lipsticks, and have yet to venture our and try out their other products. This would be a start!
green makeupAugust 15, 2013 at 9:50 am (10 years ago)
Yes, Joana, this palette is great for travel! It is very light, plus it has a brush included. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Best, Dasha
Malin/BilboBlueEyesAugust 22, 2013 at 5:20 am (10 years ago)
I thought it best to answer here also and not only on my blog.
I updated my post with your wish that more readers comment on what they like to see on your blog.
My own thoughts about your blog is that I think you have many useful tips and interesting things but my favorites are your makeup videos. But I understand that they take a lot of time. But even all the other makeuptips are great even if you just write them. I know that some people that use green makeup look at all kinds of makeup videos, but I think it is great when it is brands that I actually like to use.
I will tell you if I have any request. Lovely of you to ask me and others to collaborate with you.
Haha, funny that you do not see how great your own makeup look. But maybe you are your own worst critic. 😉
Hughs from Sweden
green makeupAugust 22, 2013 at 10:22 am (10 years ago)
Thanks again for your thorough explanation! Again, I really appreciate it and it means a lot to me to have a feedback from someone “on the other side of my brushes” 😀 I realized that through time I find makeup things so obvious to me, that I don’t see anymore objectively that for many women is not “normal” to know this (they tell me all the time this). And so I’m really thankful, if you can “inspire” me with questions/ideas regarding this. This would help a lot and it would give me even more enthusiasm to do videos. Usually I prefer the real contact with people (like workshops,…) but videos are also nice too!
Yes, doing videos (for me) takes quite a lot of time, because as you’ve realized I’m my own worst critic and perfectionist. But I’m working on this issue as well 🙂 cause usually it does more harm than good.
Have a great time!
Hugs to you too!