Saint Cosmetics Makeup Review

Going all natural with my skin care products is one thing, but with makeup, it can be a challenge because natural makeup tends to have a bad rep. I know they’re not all bad, but I feel that in general people just think they are cause they read a bad review here or there. Any brand, whether all natural or not, or drugstore or high end, will have a few duds here and there, and not every product will work for everyone. Plus, we all have different tastes so what one person doesn’t like about a product might be what someone else does. We all have to try for ourselves to see if a product will work for us or not.

I’m extremely happy that I’ve had the chance to try some products from Saint Cosmetics and I’m sharing them all with you today. Grab a cup cause this is a long post! 🙂

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Saint Cosmetics is a natural Canadian brand that launched in September 2014. Their products are made in Canada from the finest quality natural and organic ingredients. They use simple plant based Ecocert ingredients sourced only in North America. They are cruelty-free and their products are formulated without parabens, petrochemicals, nanoparticles, dyes, sulfates, silicone, polyethylene glycols (pegs), phthalates, mineral oil, triclosan, petrolatum, coal tar, artificial preservatives, fragrance, or any other chemicals suspected of potential health risks.

Ingredients

On their site they list all the ingredients they use, where they come from and what purpose they serve. I will list the products’ ingredients below with a short description of each and if you’re interested in knowing more you can visit their site.

BLUSH INGREDIENTS
Ecocert Talc – A naturally occurring mineral, mined from the earth, composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Derived from coconut oil and glycerin.
Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate – Made from naturally occurring fatty acid, stearic acid, found in vegetable fat.
Silica – A mineral found naturally in sandstone, clay, and granite, as well as in parts of plants and animals.
Jojoba Esters – Made from Jojoba Oil.
Glyceryl Caprylate – Made from 100% renewable sources through the esterification of glycerin from vegetable oil sources and fatty acids of coconut and/or palm kernel oil.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – Extracted from the seeds of the Sunflower plant.
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract – Extracted from the leaves of the Rosemary plant.

May Contain (+/-):
Ultramarines CI 77007 – Synthetic pigments (blue).
Mica CI 77019 – A naturally occurring group of silicate minerals used as colorants.
Iron Oxides CI 77491 – Inorganic chemicals used as colorants (red). These are synthetic in the US.
Red 7 Lake CI 15850 – Synthetic pigment.
Red 27 Lake CI 45410 – Synthetic pigment.
Titanium Dioxide CI 77891 – An inorganic compound used as colorant (white) or sunscreen.

View the Blush ingredients on CosDNA.

BRONZER INGREDIENTS
Ecocert Talc – A naturally occurring mineral, mined from the earth, composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Derived from coconut oil and glycerin.
Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate – Made from naturally occurring fatty acid, stearic acid, found in vegetable fat.
Silica – A mineral found naturally in sandstone, clay, and granite, as well as in parts of plants and animals.
Jojoba Esters – Made from Jojoba Oil.
Glyceryl Caprylate – Made from 100% renewable sources through the esterification of glycerin from vegetable oil sources and fatty acids of coconut and/or palm kernel oil.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – Extracted from the seeds of the Sunflower plant.
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract – Extracted from the leaves of the Rosemary plant.

May Contain (+/-):
Iron Oxides CI 77491, 77492, CI 77499 – Inorganic chemicals used as colorants (red, yellow, black). These are synthetic in the US.
Titanium Dioxide CI 77891 – An inorganic compound used as colorant (white) or sunscreen.
Ultramarines CI 77007 – Synthetic pigments (blue).
Mica CI 77019 – A naturally occurring group of silicate minerals used as colorants.

View the Bronzer ingredients on CosDNA.

EYESHADOW INGREDIENTS
Ecocert Talc – A naturally occurring mineral, mined from the earth, composed of magnesium, silicon, oxygen, and hydrogen.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Derived from coconut oil and glycerin.
Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate – Made from naturally occurring fatty acid, stearic acid, found in vegetable fat.
Silica – A mineral found naturally in sandstone, clay, and granite, as well as in parts of plants and animals.
Jojoba Esters – Made from Jojoba Oil.
Glyceryl Caprylate – Made from 100% renewable sources through the esterification of glycerin from vegetable oil sources and fatty acids of coconut and/or palm kernel oil.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – Extracted from the seeds of the Sunflower plant.
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract – Extracted from the leaves of the Rosemary plant.

May Contain (+/-):
Iron Oxides CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499 – Inorganic chemicals used as colorants (yellow, red, black). These are synthetic in the US.
Ultramarines CI 77007 – Synthetic pigments (blue).
Mica CI 77019 – A naturally occurring group of silicate minerals used as colorants.
Titanium Dioxide CI 77891 – An inorganic compound used as colorant (white) or sunscreen.
Chromium Oxide Greens CI 77288 – A mineral pigment (green).

View the Eyeshadow ingredients on CosDNA.

LIPSTICK INGREDIENTS
Organic Castor Oil – A vegetable oil obtained by pressing the seeds of the castor oil plant.
Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – Derived from coconut oil and glycerin.
Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – Extracted from the seeds of the Sunflower plant.
Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax – Derived from the leaves of the small Candelilla shrub.
Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax – Also called Brazil wax and palm wax, is a wax of the leaves of the palm Copernicia prunifera.
Organic Cera Alba – Beeswax, a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis.
Cetyl Alcohol – A long chain organic alcohol, this ingredient can be of either animal or plant origin.
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil – A vegetable oil obtained by pressing the seeds of the castor oil plant.
Hydrogenated Castor Oil – When a plant oil is hydrogenated, it is chemically converted from a liquid to a semi-solid or solid form using a process that involves hydrogen gas under high pressure.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil – Extracted from the ripe fruit of olive trees.
Hydrogenated Olive Oil – When a plant oil is hydrogenated, it is chemically converted from a liquid to a semi-solid or solid form using a process that involves hydrogen gas under high pressure.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables – This is a fraction of olive oil which is not saponified inthe refining recovery of olive oil fatty acids.
Vanillin – The primary component of the extract of the vanilla bean.
Tocopherol – A family of vitamin E compounds naturally found in vegetable oils, nuts, fish and leafy green vegetables.
Gamma Decalactone – An aroma compound present naturally in many fruits and fermented products.
Gamma Octalactone – An aroma and flavour compound found in many plants.
Ethyl Butyrate – A flavouring ingredient present in many fruits.

May Contain (+/-):
Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 – Inorganic chemicals used as colorants (red, yellow, black). These are synthetic in the US.
Red 7 Lake CI 15850 – Synthetic pigment.
Red 27 Lake CI 45410 – Synthetic pigment.
Red 6 Lake CI 15850 – Synthetic pigment.
Blue 1 Lake CI 42090 – Synthetic pigment.
Yellow 5 Lake CI 19140 – Synthetic pigment.
Mica CI 77019 – A naturally occurring group of silicate minerals used as colorants.
Titanium Dioxide CI 77891 – An inorganic compound used as colorant (white) or sunscreen.

View the Lipstick ingredients on CosDNA.

MASCARA INGREDIENTS
Water – Good ol’ H2O
Propanediol – Naturally derived, sourced from corn (Zea Mays). It is made by the fermentation of corn sugar.
Organic Cera Alba – Beeswax, a natural wax produced by honey bees of the genus Apis.
Cetearyl Olivate – Composed of cetearyl alcohol and fatty acids derived from olive oil.
Sorbitan Olivate – A surfactant based on olive oil and sorbitol.
Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax – Also called Brazil wax and palm wax, is a wax of the leaves of the palm Copernicia prunifera.
Glycerin – Present in all natural vegetable lipids (fats).
Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate – Vegetable derived emulsifier.
Pullulan – Produced by fermentation of liquefied corn starch.
Sorbitol – Sugar alcohol derived from natural sources, found naturally in a variety of fruits.
Trehalose – A natural disaccharide sugar contained in mushrooms and many other organisms.
Acacia Senegal Gum – This gum is prepared from the dried, sap of the acacia tree.
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate – A naturally occurring mineral derived from refined and purified clay.
Zea Mays (Corn) Starch – A starch obtained from corn.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil – Extracted from the ripe fruit of olive trees.
Hydrogenated Olive Oil – When a plant oil is hydrogenated, it is chemically converted from a liquid to a semi-solid or solid form using a process that involves hydrogen gas under high pressure.
Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables – This is a fraction of olive oil which is not saponified inthe refining recovery of olive oil fatty acids.
Glyceryl Caprylate – Made from 100% renewable sources through the esterification of glycerin from vegetable oil sources and medium chain fatty acids of coconut and / or palm kernel oil.
Microcrystalline Cellulose – A term for refined wood pulp.
Cellulose Gum – Comes from the cell wall of plants, especially cotton seeds and wood pulp.
Potassium Sorbate – A potassium salt of sorbic acid, a naturally occuring antimicrobial compound; used as a preservative.
Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – Extracted from the seeds of the Sunflower plant.
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract – Extracted from the leaves of the Rosemary plant.
Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate – A naturally-derived chelating agent.

May Contain (+/-):
Iron Oxides – Inorganic chemicals used as colorants. These are synthetic in the US.

View the Mascara ingredients on CosDNA.

The blush, bronzer, and eyeshadows all have the same ingredients base, interesting! Considering that they’re all powder products for the face, it makes sense when you think about it.

They also have talc as their first ingredient and I know that this is a controversial ingredient. You see, talc can be contaminated with asbestos fibers, posing risks for respiratory toxicity and cancer. That being said, not all talc is contaminated and Saint Cosmetics‘ talc is of a high-grade eco-certified food grade quality. They use talk as an absorbent, anti-caking agent, and to improve the feel of the product.

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Packaging

The packaging is all plastic and looks sleek with the white and gold colours. Every compact has a mirror in it which I really like.

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Note: all prices are in Canadian dollars.

Eye Makeup

Let’s start with the eyes and then we’ll make our way down to the face and lips. I received two eyeshadows ($27 ea.): Angel’s Food Cake, a matte light linen, and Angels & Demons, a pearly frost mocha.

saint cosmetics eyeshadow angel food cake angels and demons

The formula of Angel’s Food Cake is very powdery and there is a lot of kick up when I put my brush in it to get some product. It’s hard to say if it’s the same for Angels & Demons because the shimmer in it makes it hard to see if there is any kick up, but there doesn’t seem to be as much as with Angel’s Food Cake.

Both eyeshadows have a good pigmentation, but colour-wise Angel’s Food Cake is very light and doesn’t show up on my eyes at all because it’s the same colour as my skin. Angels & Demons shows very well and is a beautiful brown.

saint cosmetics eyeshadow angel food cake angels and demons

I always wear eyeshadow primer – I have to because my lids are too oily and everything will crease if I don’t use any. Also, my mascara won’t hold as well if I don’t prime my lids. On days where I’m going very minimal with my makeup, I like to apply Angel’s Food Cake all over the lid to cover the primer, then I messily apply Angels & Demons along the lash line with a blending brush just to give a bit of depth. I finish my eyes with mascara and that’s it!

Speaking of mascara, I also received their Lucky Stiff Mascara ($31). Now, some of you know that mascaras are my nemesis because I have the HARDEST time finding one that will not smudge or flake on me, although smudging is the biggest issue that I usually have.

saint cosmetics lucky stiff mascara

This mascara gives quite a natural look and it’s a bit too natural for my liking. I prefer a mascara that gives lots of oomph to my lashes.

saint cosmetics lucky stiff mascara

And here is the million dollar question… did it smudge? Here I am five hours later.

saint cosmetics lucky stiff mascara

Yup, it did. Whomp whomp!

Face Makeup

For the face I received their blush in Passionate Plum ($35) and their bronzer in On Cloud 9 ($39).

saint cosmetics bronzer on cloud 9 blush passionate plum

Both of these are quite powdery and have a lot of kick up, just like the eyeshadows, and these are quite pigmented! The first time I tried the bronzer I swirled my brush in it like I did with my other bronzer and when I applied it on my face, whoa! I had quite a defined brown area on my forehead, lol! A little goes a long way with this one, and it’s the same for the blush. If I want just a hint of colour, I gently tap my brush into the blush once, then tap the brush to get the excess off, and apply. It gives a perfect pinkish hue to my cheeks. And if I want to make more of a bold statement then I just need to apply more.

You can see the eyeshadows, mascara, bronzer, and blush in my previous post about my new earrings (picture included below). On my eyes I used Angels & Demons all over my lid and Angel’s Food Cake on my brow bone.

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Lips

Last but not least I received two lipsticks: Star Shines Bright and Cardinal Sin Red ($29 each).

saint cosmetics lipstick star shines bright cardinal sin red

Both of these are very pigmented, moisturizing and feel very comfortable on the lips. (oops, I ordered the colours differently in the pictures above and below!)

saint cosmetics lipstick star shines bright cardinal sin red

Star Shines Bright is a beautiful colour that I don’t quite know how to describe. Kind of a dusty rose maybe? I absolutely love it! I do need to moisturize my lips before applying this colour otherwise it seems to accentuate the lines in my lips. With moisturized lips, this colour looks amazing.

saint cosmetics lipstick star shines bright

Cardinal Sin Red is a beautiful in-your-face red that I find leans a little bit on the warm side. This one does not accentuate my lip lines whether I moisturize or not. When this one wears off it leaves a bit of a stain on your lips, and the stain is more of a hot pink, I like it!

saint cosmetics lipstick cardinal sin red

saint cosmetics lipstick star shines bright cardinal sin red

Final Thoughts

There were some hits and misses for me with these items. Misses were obviously the mascara, and the Angel’s Food Cake eyeshadow is just too close to my skin colour. I did find a way to use it (as I mentioned earlier), but the colour is a miss for me.

The lipsticks work really well, but I’m just not a lipstick person – give me all the glosses! They are still good to have in my collection in case I need these colours.

The bronzer, blush and eyeshadow in Angels & Demons are huge hits for me! I’ve been wearing the bronzer and blush daily since receiving them, and the eyeshadow has been almost daily as well.

I’m really happy that I had the opportunity to try these products from Saint Cosmetics because I have found new favourites. I definitely want to try more from them.

Have you tried anything from Saint Cosmetics?

– Chantal 🙂

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Computer geek by day and super mom by night, Chantal loves to try products of any kind and share her thoughts with the world.

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