Mastering the “Barely There” Look with Organiqs Makeup

November 8, 2012

I discovered Organiqs during the Beyond Beauty Expo that I attended in September. Organiqs is a fairly young Danish brand which specializes in organic makeup made from responsibly sourced natural materials. Their natural and simplistic approach is evident in their brown paper packaging and their minimalist color tones. They’ve consciously excluded bright colors from their makeup line, partly because the natural and organic ingredients limit what colors they can include. But also, because they wanted to create a makeup line for women who only need the bare essentials.

Like me! I guess…?

Since I don’t use makeup that often, I’ve been waiting until I became quite familiar with their products in order to do a review. Just so we can make it clear, I want to let it be known to my readers that I have generously received the following products from Organiqs, but they have not paid me to write this review. 

Which means I am going to give my most honest review.

So let’s get started. These are the products I received from Organiqs:

1. Kabuki Powder Brush
2. Organic Bronzing Powder
3. Organic Foundation 
4. Organic Lipstick

Kabuki Powder Brush 

Just lightly running your fingertips through this brush is in itself a divine experience! The brush feels exquisitely soft and thick. It is made of synthetic hair which easily picks up the powder and  allows you to apply it evenly across the skin. Although the handle is made of light aluminum, the weight distribution feels balanced because of how thick the brush is at the top.

I’ve been using the brush for a couple of months now and I have yet to see any shedding or fraying of the hairs. The combination of the brush’s softness and thickness, along with the natural tones of the powder results in a very light and subtle effect. When using this brush, I can see how it would be difficult to overdo it with the powder. You’d have to really be trying!

Compared to other synthetic kabuki brushes, the quality of this brush in relation to its price makes it very worthwhile.

Retail Price: EUR 19,50

Organic Bronzing Powder, Natural Beige (No. 001)

I am quite pleased with how this powder blends in so well with my skin tone. You would think that a Danish makeup brand would suit only those who have very light complexions. But I suppose that’s the magic of Organiqs, they’ve really gotten down to the basics. So although their color palette is very limited, the colors have been selected to blend in with the majority of skin tones. Even warmer skin tones like mine.

The powder’s ingredients include organic jojoba oil (to strenghten and protect the fatty layers of the skin and improve skin elasticity), bamboo silk (to absorb moisture and give a flawless silk-matte finish), babassu oil (for a smoothing effect), calendula oil (for its protective properties) and vitamin E and antioxidants to nourish the skin and protect it from free radicals.

I love this powder because of how subtle it looks on my skin, and how it makes my complexion so much softer-looking. I tend to brush just a little bit over my skin after I put on my daily moisturizer, to give my skin a warm and matte finish.

Retail Price: EUR 19,95

Organic Foundation, Warm Beige (No. 015)

This is a liquid foundation that gives the skin a warm and soft effect. Again, I am really surprised at how well this foundation blends in with my skin tone. What’s more, its hydrating  properties never leaves the skin looking too dry or caky. Because the overall results are so subtle, this foundation is great for people who want to softly enhance their skin’s natural look. But it wouldn’t be the best foundation for people who are looking for something heavier to cover up dark blemishes.

The foundation’s ingredients include argan oil (for its smoothing and nurturing effect), natural orange extract (to help blend with the skin’s natural glow and radiance), babassu oil (for a smoothing effect), jojoba oil (to strenghten and protect the fatty layers of the skin and improve skin elasticity), calendula oil (for its protective properties) and vitamin E and antioxidants to nourish the skin and protect it from free radicals.

Retail Price: EUR 18,95

Organic Lipstick, Soft Rose (No. 051)

This lipstick would be great! …if you happen to have pale, colorless lips. As it so happens, this lipstick is the EXACT same color as my lips. So, when I put it on, it’s like painting pink on pink. Nothing changes. If this lipstick were more moisturizing, that would have been its one redeemable point. But it’s not that hydrating either. So it’s really too bad.

In any case, the Organiqs line has two other lipstick colors: Rose and Dark Rose. They are still very subtle. And I think Organiqs could up the moisture in their lipstick. Otherwise, I’d rather just stick to my lip balm.

The ingredients are great though: macadamia oil (to recover and protect the skin’s elasticity), babassy oil, jojoba oil, calendula oil and vitamin E and antioxidants.

Retail Price: EUR 12,95

Bonus: Organiqs Brown Paper Notebook

When the lady with Organiqs sent me on my way with a little stash of Organiqs makeup, she also gave me a very simple Organiqs notebook. I’ve looked around on their website and I don’t see this notebook anywhere, so I’m not sure if Organiqs has it for sale.

The notebook’s cover is made of the same brown paper material used in their product packaging. There is a black elastic band to keep it shut, a black ribbon to bookmark your pages, and the inside has little pouches on the side to keep scraps of paper or business cards.

It’s such a simple, classic little notebook. And I love it to death! It’s small, portable and unpretentious. I use it to write down my weekly goals and also, it’s where I keep tabs on wines that I’ve tried and liked :p

So, to sum up my thoughts on Organiqs makeup…

What I LOVE:

  • The brand’s natural and minimalist concept.
  • The great quality of the products for a reasonable price.
  • I never feel like I am clogging my pores with gunk.
  • The scent!! I didn’t even notice that their makeup hardly has any scent to it. It’s so subtle!
  • Subtleness. Organiqs has mastered the “barely there” makeup look.
  • The packaging is so simple and clean. And recyclable.

Drawbacks:

  • The foundation, weighing at 15ml, is too small for the price.
  • The lipstick colors are perhaps a little TOO natural.
  • Hard to find. Because Organiqs is such a brand new name, they are not yet distributed in many stores.

Where to find Organiqs: Their website Organiqs.dk or you can buy it online at Nelly.com

 

9 thoughts on “Mastering the “Barely There” Look with Organiqs Makeup

  1. Rolah

    Great Review Kareen! I’ve tried id. bare minerals before, but I’m interested in trying something new after I run out. How amazing that you got these products for free! I’m so jealous! 🙂 Can I ask, did they offer? Did you actively pursue them? I’d love to receive products to review, but I guess I should get better at going out and ask? Anyway, lovely reading as always. Have a great evening!

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    1. kareen

      Hey Rolah! If you like mineral makeup, there was another mineral makeup company that I ran into at the expo, bellapière, and I really liked their stuff. I think they are distributed in the U.K. so you should keep an eye out for them. Organiqs is really great for the basic essentials. I think their very minimalist effect is perfect for busy working women like us:D Anyway, when I was talking to the Organiqs rep, I didn’t ask for anything. I just happened to mention that I am a beauty blogger and they gave me a bunch of free stuff. So I was lucky that time. But yeah, normally, it’s us who have to actively pursue them! I’ve been trying this thing where, anytime I do a product review, I’ll contact the company and write them a little note explaining who I am, the concept of my blog and letting them know that I’m available to do other reviews if they want to send over some products (or even sponsor a giveaway). Uhm… not much has turned up yet. But I really have just started actively practicing this PR schpiel, so I’ll let you know if something comes from it. Take care and talk to you soon! 😀

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      1. Rolah

        Lucky indeed! But I guess that’s how it works! You have put yourself out there, and the expo you went to is such a great platform for that! We should meet up for the next one 😉 I’ve only tweeted to the companies I’ve reviewed, but nothing else, which is no good. But I think I’m at a time in my life where I’m kind of preoccupied with school-stuff, and “life” in general, and so it’s hard enough finding time to write blog posts, never mind PR! I should try to send an e-mail here and there though, you never know 🙂 Eventually someone will recognize the awesomeness of our blogs and so bombard us with their products!
        Thank you for your long answer, take care!

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        1. kareen

          You’re right, a little bit of luck, a little bit of effort–sometimes they turn out to be the same thing;) I would love to meet up with you for a trade show! Between Paris, UK and Norway, I’m sure there is always an interesting beauty event going on. Being a blogger on top of having a life and having to work and especially for you still being in school–it takes so much time and dedication! That’s why I think it’s important for us beauty bloggers (this is such a new and niche industry) to stick together and give each other any pointers that we learn along the way. And yes, I think it’s absolutely worth it to try and send an email here and there. But you’ve definitely hit the nail on the head too: when it comes down to it, what makes our blogs awesome and attention-worthy is the great content that we write! That’s all there is to it;)

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  2. The Girls On Fire

    It seems good ! But I thinks the price are too expensive for a small products.
    It’s the probleme with products natural : they are too expensive !
    Whatever : I’m happy for you if you like them ^
    xo xo

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    1. kareen

      When I compare Organiqs makeup prices to MAC makeup prices or some of the makeup that I find in Sephora, I think Organiqs products have reasonable prices. Especially because they are oranic and natural. It’s true, some of the products are a bit small, especially the foundation. But since I don’t wear makeup everyday, they have lasted me quite a long time 🙂

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  3. The Girls On Fire

    They are less expensive than Mac products but I ThinK they don’t have the same quality. Ok : they are organics and natural but when you are a make up addict girl and you need to be “painted” (;D) all the day, they are not sufficiently strong and do not have good resistance. That’s the probleme.

    I think that’s why, organics make up don’t like.

    My friends who, like you, don’t wear makeup everyday choose organics products. ;D

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    1. kareen

      You’re right, it’s not for everyone 😀

      But you must explain to me what you mean by “not sufficiently strong” and not having “good resistance.” Do you mean that it will wear off by the end of the day? Or will not be good at covering up blemishes?

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