Green People cosmetics review – beauty with conscience

December 7, 2011
I recently tried a brand new cosmetic range for the first time.  I hadn’t heard of Green People before, but true to its name, it’s a range of organic, mineral makeup and skincare products which are free of harsh, synthetic chemicals.  As readers of HalimaBobs will know, I’ve had my fair share of trouble with irritable skin and mismatched cosmetics, so I was willing to give this irritant-free brand a try.

I tried three of the products for my Green People Cosmetics review:

  • Eco Lipstick in Cherry – £11.25
  • Eco Eye Trio in Earth – £18.40
  • Pure Blush in Peach – £19.40
Now, before I delve into my review of the actual products themselves, I’ll share a little bit about the packaging.
Green People Pure Blush in Peach works on Asian skin
Green People Pure Blush in Peach
As expected, Green People products come in minimal packaging and simple, functional designs.  The eyeshadow and blush are refillable, so that once you run out, you could simply buy the colour pot and refill the same compact.  I think this is a brilliant idea, because it is not only environmentally friendly as you’re reducing wastage, but you also make a big cost saving as you’re just paying for the refill, rather than the entire compact.  This makes me wonder how much we spend on pretty packaging, rather than the product itself.  I also wonder how long it will be before other brands cotton on to this innovative idea.

Green People Cosmetics – my always honest thoughts

Now onto the products themselves.  I found the lipstick to be a lovely shade which worked really well on my skin tone.  It is a great Autumn look as the colour is rather deep.  What I like most about the lipstick is its hydration.  Because it contains all-natural ingredients such as coconut oil, castor oil and beeswax, you get a real moisture kick, similar to what you’d expect from a Burt’s Bees lip balm.  This makes a nice change from traditional lipsticks, which sap moisture away, and is even better for the winter months.
I wore the lipstick today, and I really put it to the test with endless glasses of water, cups of tea and a coleslaw-laden salad lunch.  At the end of the day, it had somewhat faded, but still had a hint of colour, unlike other lipsticks which disappear under such rigorous testing.
One thing I would warn you about on the lipstick, when I received mine, it had a slight ‘blooming’, where it looked slightly sugar-coated.  However, I was told that this is totally normal, and is due to the change in temperatures.  The beeswax and oil can apparently ‘bloom’ slightly.  The same thing happens to chocolate.  So if it’s good enough to put in your mouth, it should be fine for your lips.
Green People Blush is subtle on the skin
Green People Blush in Peach –
all about subtlety
With its yellowy base, the peach blush is perfect for Asian skin tones.  The look is very natural and brightening, not the highly pigmented look-at-me type of blushes you can expect from Mac and Bobby Brown.  So if subtlety isn’t your thing, this may not be for you.  Also, the blush felt nice on my skin, and didn’t sink into my pores, so the chemical-free ingredients were obviously behaving themselves.

Green People Cosmetics eyeshadow – not so good on a brown girl

However, the one thing that didn’t work so well for me was the eyeshadow trio.  I don’t know if the colours were a little powdery, or simply too light, but I don’t think they translated so well onto my eyes.  Having said that, the tone was ‘Earth’, so it wasn’t meant to be deep.  Judge for yourself in the pic below:
Green People Eyeshadow trio in Earth
Eyeshadow trio in Earth
Overall, if you’re looking for a beauty brand that cares for the environment as well as your skin, I would give Green People a whirl.  However, if you’re style over substance and care about pretty packaging, then this brand is not for you.

About the Author


I’m a British-Bengali Muslim mum-of-two. My pictures aren’t filtered and neither are my words. I’m not a makeup artist, chef or lifestyle guru. I’m just me, sharing honest beauty reviews for brown skin, halal restaurant finds, travel inspo, mum life hacks, easy Bengali recipes and more. If that’s your bag, keep reading!

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