March 27, 2010
Now that I know most makeup contains toxic ingredients and sometimes animal byproducts, I have been doing research to find different brands to switch to. The first brand that I have tried is Organic Wear, by Physician’s Formula.
Now initially I was skeptical, because it is a drugstore makeup line. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not because I’m a makeup snob, per se, but rather because I have never used drugstore makeup before. I was a tomboy until I was about 25 years old, so for many years only wore powder and chapstick, if even that. So let me take that back – I have used makeup from the drugstore before – the powder.
When I got older and was more interested in exploring All Things Feminine, my sister took me to the Bobbi Brown counter at Nordstrom, because that’s what she wore. I liked Bobbi Brown, because I liked her philosophy, which is essentially – you, only better. She believes makeup should enhance your looks, but still be very natural looking, which was perfect for me. I liked the way the women looked that worked the counter (which is typically a good indicator), and I liked the way I looked after my makeover. (I’ve had makeovers elsewhere since then, but I’m not trying to look like I’m headed to the club, in the middle of the day. Just saying.) So the first makeup I ever bought was Bobbi Brown, and I’ve stuck with the line ever since. That is, until now.
I went to my local CVS to look for Organic Wear, and lo and behold, not only did they have it, it was all marked on 75% clearance! Woo hoo! Thanks again, universe! Man. I really feel like things have been working out for me lately. Thank goodness, because I would not be able to afford to replace all my makeup at once, otherwise. I worry that it’s so heavily discounted because they are going to stop carrying it soon, but I’ll worry about that later. After all, how often do you really need to replace your eyeshadow and blush? To be honest, the only products I think I’ve ever used all the way up are foundation and powder.
Drugstore makeup is already more inexpensive than department store makeup, but with the clearance price I was able to buy everything I wanted – new foundation, concealer, powder, bronzer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, blush, and lip gloss. This line does not have lipstick. They do have something they call lip veil, but it’s really more of a colored chapstick. Everything in this line is priced from $6.95 – $13.95. That already beats what I was paying before, without the 75% discount.
Now for the really good stuff. Organic Wear is the first ECOCERT certified organic line of makeup in the U.S. It is 100% free of harsh chemicals, GMOs, parabens, synthetic preservatives, color, and fragrance. Instead they get their various colors from ground minerals and fruit extracts. The compacts are mostly made of paper, so contain 93% less plastic than a typical compact. They also have eye makeup remover pads, which contain: orange fruit water, aloe leaf juice, cucumber, soybean, and olive extracts, and lemon and lavender oil. So this makeup line is better for your skin, and the environment. Not to mention it’s great to be able to buy natural, organic makeup, at a drugstore price.
Now for the bad stuff. It is a very limited line. There were enough shades of eyeshadow, eyeliner, blush, and lip gloss for me. But the variety of color in products that are based on your skin tone (foundation, concealer, powder), are slim pickings. They pretty much offer fair, light, and medium. There is nothing for women with any type of real color. Shoot, even I struggled to find a good shade. So in that sense, is it the same as department store makeup lines, or even other drugstore lines? No. But I was able to make it work, and I feel better wearing it.