Honeypie Minerals

Beauty Favourites 2015: Face


During the summer I loved my Honeypie Minerals Foundation, which I purchased the full size of. In the colder months or for a night out I prefer my Rituals Gemstone Foundation. For liquid foundations I’ve been using Boots Botanics – All Bright Radiance Balm as a base for a couple of months now, it gives a nice glow to the skin.


To set my makeup I almost exclusively used MUA’s Pro Base Prime & Conceal Powder, which I actually bought for a Halloween look if I remember correctly. It does a great job though. I mix all the colours and apply it lightly and my makeup stays matte for a while.

A purchase on a whim turned out to be my favourite everyday blush: MUA’s Lolly. A long time favourite of mine, and unfortunately not available anymore, is Catrice’s Multi Colour Blush in Gone With the Wind [Hollywood Fabolous Fourties Limited Edition]. Last year I mentioned my Everyday Minerals’ blushes and they are still products I use on a regular basis.

I think in the last two years, a lot more products have found their way into my makeup routine. Not necessarily on a daily basis, but certainly when I feel like putting on a full face of makeup. When I never seemed to bother with Contouring and Highlighting in the past, I know have a couple of favourites for both categories.


I would say Beauty UK’s Baked Box Halo 3 is my No. 1 highlighter. I also really enjoy Topshop’s Glow Highlighter in Polish and Illamasqua’s Gleam in Mirage. For highlighters cream products work quite well for me. Not so much for contouring though. I have Illamasqua’s Cream Pigment in Hollow, but although the colour is great I just never really reach for it. Instead my current favourite is Makeup Revolution’s Mono Eyeshadow in Mocha Love, which I use as a contour shade. It is very pigmented and suitable for pale skin.

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Mineral Makeup Foundation: Comparison

After having tried mineral makeup of four different brands over the last couple of months I would like to compare the different products and give you my thoughts on them. At the bottom of the post I linked you the previous articles again.


  1. 01 Lily Lolo – Concealer in Barely Beige
  2. 02 Everyday Minerals – Jojoba Base in Alabaster
  3. 03 Honeypie Minerals – Light Foundation
  4. 04 Beautiful Movements – Mineral Foundation in Fairy Glow
  5. 05 Lily Lolo – Mineral Foundation in China Doll

I find it pretty hard to capture these foundations in an image, but what the hell, I’ve tried. What the picture above shows well I think, is the difference in the finish of these foundations. I enjoyed wearing 03 and 04 the most as they make my skin look very dewy and natural and not as matte and cakey as some foundations do. I wear a powder on top of my foundation all the time to make it stay in place. Most of the time it is Alverde’s Mineral Loose Powder Transparent that I reviewed before.

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I never realised before that the Everyday Minerals foundation is more expensive than the other ones. They do have the largest range of shades available, however, I have read online a couple of times that they tend to change the formulation of their products and the shade names as well. This could get annoying if you have found your perfect shade and then it is discontinued all of a sudden. In fact, when I looked at their website today I could not find the shades that I have been using. I like the product, there is nothing wrong with it, but I find myself grabbing for the other mineral foundations more often. I think it has the lightest coverage of all the tested products and is probably best for someone who usually would wear a BB Cream or similar and likes a natural look.

If you are looking for a full coverage foundation I think Lily Lolo is your best bet. You have to be careful though not to apply too much product at once, as it can look a bit chalky then. The finish is very matte and last throughout the day. This was the first mineral foundation I ever tried and I was really surprised how much I liked it back then. Nowadays I have to admit I personally prefer the ones from Honeypie Minerals and BM Beauty.

When checking the Honeypie Minerals website today there were no samples available anymore. I am not sure if that is just the case at the moment or if they decided to stop sending out samples completely. That would be a shame though, because although their sample packaging is not my favourite, samples are so helpful in deciding which shade to go for and if the formulation suits your skin. Nevertheless, this is a great foundation when you like a medium to full coverage foundation as it is very buildable. I like the way this foundation wears throughout the day and that it evens out my skin and looks very natural doing so.

[Update: 03.02.2015]

I like the BM Beauty foundation when I want to achieve a more dewy, healthy look with my foundation. When I go out and want a flawless look, I know I can rely on this product. The biggest downfall with BM Beauty’s foundation p-;is the very small colour range and not everybody will find a suitable shade. It wears well throughout the day and I don’t feel like wearing heavy makeup at all, which is something I tend to get with liquid foundations.

Overall I think that BM Beauty, Honeypie Minerals and Lily Lolo are all very affordable and great products. I think the ingredients of all four brands are really good and I feel very safe using them. All of the foundations are easy to blend and wear well during the day. Personally, I think I will re-purchase Honeypie Minerals and BM Beauty as full size products.

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Mineral Makeup Swatches: Honeypie Minerals

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Honeypie Minerals says:

Our silky powder foundation provides flawless matte coverage. Made from 100% natural ingredients for healthy skin. Absorbs excess oil and minimises the appearance of pores. Perfect for all skin types.

Samples can be purchased for just 49p so you can test different shades before you purchase the full-sized foundation. Our samples come packaged in little ziplock bags with approx. 0.5g of mineral foundation, which is plenty for several applications.

What I say:

From the 15 available foundation shades I chose to try four: The ones for cool and neutral undertones and light and medium skintones. As my first delivery included broken samples, see below, they sent another letter with an additional shade in Golden Fair, as well as a sample of their blush Candy, which is very generous.

I think you can see very well on the picture below that my skin has neutral undertones and the foundation in Light and Medium suit me the best. I would say Medium is probably a better fit during summer as my skin is getting very light during fall and winter.



The first samples arrived in a normal envelope and unfortunately all sample bags had little holes, so the foundation was all over the place. Although they are very cheap, I think they could have been protected better while sending them out so one doesn’t loose product. Besides, it makes the testing of the foundation very messy as mineral powder is all over the place when I try to get it out of the bag. I usually try to get some powder on the back of my hand before using a Kabuki brush to apply it. Honeypie Minerals were nice enough to send me new samples when they saw my post on Instagram where I mentioned that I was a bit upset about the broken ziplock bags. See their message below:

Thank you for getting in touch after our Instagram message.

We are very sorry to hear this, and apologize for any inconvenience or disappointment caused with your broken samples.

We will be more than happy to re-dispatch the samples to you – our foundation samples come packaged in little ziplock bags which are a great way of trying shades before purchasing the full-sized product. They should also arrive in tact – so I can only assume that in transit they became damaged in the post – again, we are very sorry about this.

Overall I can say that I do like their product. I would say the coverage is light to medium, as you can build up coverage if needed. The foundation feels light on the skin and looks very natural, yet is able to blur your pores and cover blemishes if you apply some more product in places where you need it.

I am planning to make another post in the future comparing the different samples that I tried by BM Beauty, Everyday Minerals, Honeypie Minerals and Lily Lolo. I hope this will give a better insight in how mineral foundations can differ from each other and help you finding the right product for yourself.


Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI77497). May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Our products are 100% natural and FREE-FROM bismuth, talc, starch, rice, harsh chemicals, parabens, artificial colour, fragrance, paraffin, petroleum, oil, animal derived products, parabens, preservatives, alcohol, fillers, lanolin, or any other synthetic ingredients that have no nutritional benefit for your skin and can cause long term damaging impact on your skin, health and the world. Our ethically-sourced ingredients are of the highest quality and cruelty-free.

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Mineral Makeup Brands Pt. 2 – UK Summary

In the last posts we had a look at different mineral makeup brands available in the UK. In this post I would like to summarise some of the main points to help you making a decision, which brand suits your needs the best. Personally I have only tried Lily Lolo’s foundation so far and really liked it. Looking at the different brands I decided to order some samples from Honeypie Minerals as well, as they are very affordable and are free from a lot of harmful ingredients. I will add some swatches once I received the samples.

Generally I would say that Lily Lolo is the most known company and therefore it is probably the easiest to find swatches for their products online. They also have the biggest range of products available at the moment. Particularly when looking for swatches from Glam Colour Cosmetics and Honeypie Minerals I had difficulties finding any information. Therefore, buying trial sizes first is especially important.

Product Range:


Ingredients (*):


Honeypie Minerals and Glam Colour Cosmetics are excluding a lot of typical ingredients to be found in foundations. If you have sensitive skin you might want to look at their products first. However, I think that all brands actually do offer great alternatives to traditional foundation, the majority avoiding any additives, alcohol or Petrochemicals.


As you can see in the table above, Glam Colour Cosmetics and Sampure Minerals have the shortest ingredients list for their products, so if you have sensitive or allergy-prone skin it might be an idea to start with them before testing other foundations with additional ingredients. Also, these two brands are free from a lot of typical ingredients like Bismuth Oxychlorid known to be allergenic to some people.



As you can see all these brands are cruelty-free and vegan (Lily Lolo having some products that are NOT vegan). If you are looking for a product range that is also halal, you should have a look at Elemental Beauty, Glam Colour Cosmetics or Sampure Minerals. All brands are offering sample sizes of their foundation with Honeypie Minerals offering the cheapest way to try different colours at £0.99 and free shipping in the UK.  Barefaced Beauty and Lily Lolo offer the biggest range of foundation shades, but Elemental Beauty, Glam Colour Cosmetics and Honeypie Minerals also do have a wide selection of shades to choose from.

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(*) Notes on foundation ingredients:

  • Allantoin: By-product of uric acid extracted from urea and considered an effective anti-irritant.
  • Bismuth Oxychlorid: The standard primary ingredient included in most powders that are referred to as “mineral makeup.” The claim for bismuth oxychloride (which is also known as synthetic pearl) is that it is all-natural and better for skin than talc. In fact, in many ways talc is a more natural, unadulterated, pure ingredient than bismuth oxychloride. Bismuth oxychloride, which seldom occurs in nature, is manufactured by combining bismuth, a by-product of lead and copper metal refining, with chloride (chlorine compound) and water. It’s used in cosmetics because it has a distinct shimmery, pearlescent appearance and a fine white powder texture that adheres well to skin.
  • Iron Oxides: Compounds of iron that are used as colorings in some cosmetics.
  • Kaolin: Naturally occurring clay mineral (silicate of aluminum) that is used in cosmetics for its absorbent properties.
  • Mica: Earth mineral included in products to give them sparkle and shine.
  • Parabens: Group of preservatives, including butylparaben, propylparaben, methylparaben, and ethylparaben, that are among the most widely used group of preservatives in cosmetics.
  • Rice Powder: Rice Powder has been used for generations and is known for its oil-absorbing properties. Known for its ability to help makeup last longer and leave a silky finish on the skin (…)
  • Talc: Naturally occurring silicate mineral (any group of substances containing negative ions composed of silicon and oxygen) of magnesium.
  • Titanium Dioxide: Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics.
  • Ultramarines: Inorganic pigments (of various colors) permanently listed by the FDA for external use only, including around the eye area.
  • Zinc Oxides: Inert earth mineral used as a thickening, whitening, lubricating, and sunscreen ingredient in cosmetics.

Mineral Makeup Brands UK: Honeypie Minerals

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At Honeypie Minerals we pride ourselves on the fact that our products are pure, simple and honest. We are against animal testing, only supporting other brands and suppliers who have the same beliefs. Honeypie Minerals are lovingly handmade in small batches to ensure the best quality and freshness when they reach you. Our products are honestly priced and affordable. We care about our environment reducing our carbon footprint wherever we can, and we aim to be as green as possible. We place quality and customer service at the forefront of everything we do and go above and beyond to ensure our products are to your complete satisfaction.

Product Range:

  • Corrector
  • Blush
  • Eyeshadow
  • Foundation
  • Brushes (Ecotools)

Colour Range:

9 neutral eyeshadows and 15 foundation shades.

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Our products are 100% natural and FREE-FROM bismuth, talc, starch, rice, harsh chemicals, parabens, artificial colour, fragrance, paraffin, petroleum, oil, animal derived products, parabens, preservatives, alcohol, fillers, lanolin, or any other synthetic ingredients that have no nutritional benefit for your skin and can cause long term damaging impact on your skin, health and the world. Our ethically-sourced ingredients are of the highest quality and cruelty-free.

Our products:

  • contain no harsh, synthetic chemicals, parabens or additives
  • are gentle on the skin and allow your pores to breathe
  • have healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties
  • are perfect for all skin types, including sensitive, acne-prone and oily
  • minimise the appearance of pores and absorb excess oil
  • contain natural protection against everyday UV-light exposure
  • give you a fresh-faced glow of beautifully radiant skin
  • are cruelty-free and not tested on animals. Suitable for vegetarians and vegans

The foundations contain the following: Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Oxide (CI77497). May contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007).

Price Range:

Between £5.00 – £15.00


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