Une Natural Beauty Cosmetics Review

Posted by Lipglossiping On June - 1 - 2010

Now that I’ve had some time to play with the products I chose to bring home with me from the Une Natural Beauty blogger unveiling, I thought I’d share my thoughts on some of the pieces and a little FOTD with them.

Une Natural Beauty is a new brand with “natural formulas for a natural result, for a natural style”.  It boats impressive eco-credentials and with prices ranging from £4.99 – £13.99, it’s accessible to all.  This is all well and good, but how do the products perform?

I chose 2 eyeshadows, a creme blush, a lipstick, 2 eye pencils, a brush and a concealer.

I didn’t like the shade selections for the base products, so I left those alone.

Let’s start with the Une Multipurpose Brush.  It’s goat hair, and a little scratchy.  It’s densely packed and the most perfect shape for sweeping blush onto the apple of the cheeks and outwards.  It just fits my cheeks brilliantly and totally stops me from applying too low or too high.  I’ve also experienced only one or two shed hairs.  Priced at £7.99, I’m pleased with it.  I’d love it to be a little softer, but hey, it’s less than a tenner.

Glimmer Eyes Shadow G02 is a neutral cream shadow with shimmer.  It feels greasy and although the shimmer is indeed beautiful, it invariably ends up in the socket line less than an hour after applying.  I’ve tried with UDPP underneath and setting with eye shadow ontop.  I’ve decided that the best way to work with this is to pat a tiny amount near the tear duct for a subtle sparkle and resign yourself to a bit of creasing.  I’m cool with that, but I just can’t work with this as an allover lid shade.

Sdumato Eyes Shadow S23 is a matte aubergine.  It’s quite… powdery and kicks up a lot of dust when picking up the product with a brush.  It’s not the best matte I’ve worked with in terms of pigmentation but it’s buildable and the texture is pretty soft.  Lasting power over a slick of eye primer is fair.

Overall, I think the eye shadows that I’ve tried here are overpriced at £8.99 each.  That’s a lot for a high-street mono eyeshadow, at least £2 too much in this case.  Though you do get a fairly generous 1.8g of product, they just haven’t blown me away.

Une Natural Beauty’s Breezy Cheeks blush in B02 (£8.99) on the other hand, has.  It’s a beautiful mid-toned pink (leaning towards mauve) cream blush to powder formula.  Applies like a dream with my fingertips and blends beautifully, leaving a subtle colour that is pink without being too flushed.  It doesn’t have the most amazing staying power, but I can get through most of the day without needing to reapply.  I’d absolutely repurchase this product.

A quick note about the packaging…

Slidey mobile phone of 3 years ago-esque.  I reckon it’s a brave choice… love it or hate it, it does what it’s designed to do which is be easily recyclable.  It’s a little chunky, but not particularly cumbersome.  I’m a fan.  It has that slidey satisfaction thing too… yano when you close a drawer?  And the last couple of cms glide to a satisfying stop?  This does that.  By the way, I’ve left the peel-off stickers on… underneath, the surface is mirrored… generously so!

All the eye pencils from the range are reasonably priced at £4.99 each.

The Sfumato Eyes Pencil in S23 is a color match to the Sfumato Eye Shadow I mentioned earlier.  An earthy aubergine shade.  One thing that I adore about the Une Natural Beauty range is the colour selection.  I’m all for creating a collection based solely on natural and muted colours, and I think that this has been done exceptionally well here.

However, some of the formulas, just don’t work for me.  I understand that a lot of the products are sheer in support of the natural beauty ethos, and I commend that.  Infact, I’m often a fan of more sheer products (especially in darker shades) as I can be heavy handed and prefer the option to build colour rather than desperately try to remove it once overdone!

Unfortunately, I’m finding the Sfumato Eyes Pencil is just too hard and sheer.  It drags across my lashline and doesn’t deposit enough colour to make the uncomfortable application worthwhile.

The Glimmer Eyes Pencil in G13 is sadly even harder.  Such a shame as it contains the most beautiful and fine-particled glitter… I adore how it looks.  Infact, once on… it’s more comfortable than my NARS glitter eye pencils, but what a total drag it is to apply.  Pun intended.

The Skin Glow Pencil in G01 is slightly more expensive at £6.99 and is the most perfect colour match concealer for pale cool-toned ladies I’ve seen on the high street.  It’s creamy and soft and applies really nicely.  I’ve been using this around my nose and in the corner of my eyes to highlight and lift areas where I’m naturally more shadowed.  It’s a great pencil that fills a void in my collection.

My only wish is that it were chunky.  I’ve only used it twice and already it needs sharpening.  I’m literally gonna go through one of these every few weeks if I use it daily.  Bigger please!  More product for the same amount of money, thank you!

Finally the lipstick, Une Lip-Toned Colour in L02.  Love it.  It’s a beautiful nude… a proper nude, not one of your concealer-lip nudes.  It’s creamy and glossy without being too sheer.  No hint of frost, just proper ‘my lips but better’ goodness.  A makeup bag staple done well.  Priced at £7.99, it’s what I’d expect to pay.  Another definite repurchase!

Finally (are you still with me?!), my Une Natural Beauty FOTD.


~ Une Natural Beauty Sfumato Eyes Shadow in S23
~ Une Natural Beauty Glimmer Eyes Shadow in G02
~ Une Natural Beauty Sfumato Eyes Pencil in S23
~ Avon Super Shock Mascara in Black


Une Natural Beauty Breezy Cheeks Blush in B02


Une Natural Beauty Lip-Tined Lip Colour in L02


Une Natural Beauty is a huge brand launch and I’ve only delved into a tiny percentage of the 25 new products and 148 shades.  It’s a varied review with a couple of stand outs and a couple of disappointments with one or two “OMG this could be awesome if only they…” thrown in.

Une Natural Beauty is available in the UK online and in selected stores at Boots.  It should be rolling out into Superdrug from September 2010 and launching in Irealand sometime in August.

Let me know if you’ve tried anything from the range yet!

25 Responses to “Une Natural Beauty Cosmetics Review”

  1. Olivia says:

    That’s such a lovely look on you – really fresh and natural. Love the lips and cheek especially… so subtle and fresh looking :)

  2. Shabna says:

    ooooo I can’t wait to try out the lipstick! xx

  3. LeanneOCD says:

    I like the lippy, not sure that I think anything else is particularly unique though. However, what colour are you wearing on your nails in those pics? Its fabulous!

  4. rhamnousia says:

    The pencils don’t look like eye pencils, they look like colouring pencils.

    The Bourjois pencils I’ve used in the past have been very hard on my eyes and I haven’t really gone back to them because they hurt me..I know this brand is made by the same people who make Bourjois so maybe they need to look into that a bit.

    The lipstick looks nice though, I may have to purchase it when it comes out.

  5. Jenni says:

    I love the packaging. Anything that closes with that little “whump” calls to me. I play with my office drawers all the time and my mobile. Such a child. Open, close, open, close.
    I would say the natural look does fantastically enhance your lovely green eyes.

  6. Rebecca says:

    I like how the pencils look like colouring pencils, I’ve never seen pencils like that before, it’s quirky!

  7. Lily says:

    This looks to me like the high street version of Bobbi Brown – natural colours, plain packaging, aimed at ‘mature’ consumers. I think storage would be a problem with all of that chunky packaging – for how eco friendly they are, the packaging overkill seems a bit…off. I’d still try the cream blush though! As for your brush, try washing it then leaving it coated in a good conditioner for 10 minutes, works well for all natural fibre brushes :)

  8. You look very healthy on this picture :)

  9. I actually think the packaging is pretty neat. If it’s got to be bulky make it interesting ya know, not just flimsy plastic that snaps!

    Too bad we won’t be getting this line in the states. Even if you weren’t amazed by some of it, I’d be interested to see what else the line has to offer. Gorgeous FOTD as always. =)

  10. @Leanne – It’s Woodstock from the new Urban Decay set! x

  11. Awwh you look so pretty and glowy in the FOTD :) is the skin pencil thing safe for waterline use? If so, it’d make a great alternative to the MAC chromagraphic pencils.

    And that dodgy cream shadow looks like it could be a gorgeous highlighter on darker skintones.

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  16. Nazneen says:

    Thanks for the review! I tried this range instore recently, and it’s not really really for WOC because of the pigment issues you raised, but the look you’ve done is very lovely! x

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  19. Redtiger21 says:

    Those colours really bring out the green in your eyes!

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  21. priya sonn says:

    OMG I soo missed the blogger event for this as I was away. The makeup looks amazing! Have you used it much since?

  22. JoJo says:

    I bought the very same lipstick today and its fantastic, so moisturising and the best colour I’ve come across for my fair green-eyed complexion. It looks great on your lips too in the picture. Will def buy more products from the range.

  23. Polly says:

    Une Lipsticks are fabulous! Impossible to find the pinky brown I like without paying for Bobbi Brown as all the teenage brands are full of shimmer, frost, and too much blue in the pink. This line has loads of the right tones and they are lovely and soft and creamy

  24. chelsea lewis says:

    I loved all the pictures. This website makes me realize I could be doing so much more with my makeup.

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