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Beautycounter Desert Sunrise Collection | Review

Beautycounter Desert Sunrise Collection | Review

Beautycounter Desert Sunrise Collection | Review

Beautycounter is a relatively new brand to Canada in 2016 however they’ve been in the states for a few years. Prior to speaking with one of the consultants for Beautycounter I had no idea what the brand was nor had I ever heard about it. So let’s find out, shall we?


What is Beautycounter?

In short, beautycounter is a company that is based on transparency. Founded by Gregg Renfrew a working mother who realized how many nasty chemicals were in personal care products after watching the documentary An Inconvienent Truth. The vision for Beautycounter is to spread awareness of chemicals (lobbying to the FDA for bans on more harmful chemicals) while providing products for consumers that are healthier. Beautycounter is not an all-natural or organic brand they still use synthetic chemicals where necessary – but make sure that they aren’t using the worst offenders and thoroughly research different options before bringing them to the market.

Beautycounter is available through ordering online, purchasing from consultants and Target stores in the U.S. Beautycounter has a similar set-up to Avon, Mary Kay and newer companies like Younique. Essentially, you can sign up to be a consultant to sell the products and earn money while doing so. On each product you earn up to 35% commission as a consultant.

Why am I talking about Beautycounter?

As I said in the intro… I was contacted by a consultant who asked if I wanted to become a consultant myself. (For each consultant you bring onto the team, you earn money off their sales as well.) And I seriously considered becoming a consultant! The vision of the company directly aligns with my view on personal care products. However, before spending money on becoming a consultant ($85 sign up fee) I decide to try out a few of the products before taking the plunge.

Beautycounter Desert Sunrise Collection $108.00 CAD

Beautycounter is most well known for their skincare – when you start as a consultant the packages they offer are for different lines of their skincare products. I already have a skincare routine that I’m very content with, so I decided to try their makeup instead. Something that wouldn’t come with the beauty consultant package if I decided to take the plunge and become a consultant.

Yes, $108 is pretty ridiculous for a palette and two glosses, but if they’re not loaded with nasty chemicals and work well they are worth it, right? Let’s see…

Desert Sunrise Palette ($75 for only the palette)

The Desert Sunrise palette comes with six eye shadows and three blushes. All of the shades are a matte finish.

  • Pearl Eyeshadow (illuminating white)
  • Champagne Eyeshadow (illuminating gold)
  • Dove Eyeshadow (dusty lavender)
  • Khaki Eyeshadow (golden olive)
  • Bark Eyeshadow (luminous brown)
  • Pinot Eyeshadow (luminous eggplant)
  • Tawny Blush (warm peachy tan)
  • Bloom Blush (soft pink)
  • Flamingo Blush (vibrant pink coral)

Eyeshadow Ingredients (without colour additives)

  • Talc. Naturally derived mineral.
  • Mica. Naturally derived mineral.
  • Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride. Synthetic chemical.
  • Silica. Naturally Derived Sand.
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate. Synthetic chemical.
  • Zinc Stearate. Naturally occuring fatty acid.
  • Capryloyl Glycine. Synthetic chemical.
  • Undecylenoyl Glycine. Synthetic chemical.
  • Lauroyl Lysine. Derived from naturally occurring amino acid.
  • Hoya Lacunosa Flower Extract. No data but it is naturally occurring.
  • Tin Oxide. Natural Mineral.
  • Maltodextrin (In Pinot Shade.) Derived from starch.

As you can see, the desert sunrise palette from Beautycounter has some pretty satisfactory ingredients (even if they don’t list them online!)

Desert Sunrise Glosses: Beeblblossom + Coralbell ($36 each, regular price)

  • Beeblossom (shimmering nude peach)
  • Coralbell (vibrant coral)

Find me on Instagram to see swatches of the Beeblossom + Coralbell Lip Glosses!

Beautycounter Lip Gloss Ingredients:

  • Cera Alba/Beeswax. Naturally Occurring.
  • Ethylhexyl Palmitate. Synthetic chemical. 
  • Iron Oxides. Colouring. 
  • Maltodextrin. Derived from starch. 
  • Polybutene. Synthetic chemical, classified as expect to be toxic or harmful by Environment Canada. 
  • Red 7 Lake (CI 15850). Colouring. 
  • Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil.
  • Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil.
  • Titanium Dioxide. Classified to only be toxic/carcinogenic through inhalation. 
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E).
  • Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140). Colouring. 
  • Cera Carnauba/Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax.
  • Candelilla Cera/Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax.
  • Hydrogenated Polyisobutene. Synethetic polymer used for skin conditioning. 
  • Vanilla Planifolia (Vanilla) Fruit Extract. Flavour + Scent. 

Overall, the ingredient list of the glosses seems to be satisfactory as well. Though I am intrigued as to why Titanium Dioxide and Polybutene would be used when the ingredients are considered to be toxic depending on the usage. Either way it is better than something you would purchase at the drugstore.

Is the Beautycounter Desert Sunrise Collection worth it?

The palette is very muted – the colour payoff is pretty poor for the khaki, dove and champagne shades. There is a lot of layering involved if you want to make your eyes really pop and I dislike that all of the shades are matte. I need some shimmer to make my eyes pop! On the bright side, if you prefer more natural makeup this palette might be a good option for you.

I have never been a gloss person – the main reason I purchased the collection with the glosses is because it would “save me” $39 which seemed worth it. To be honest though, I was very happily surprised by how moisturized the glosses made my lips feel! Of course, like most glosses they don’t wear for a long period of time but they do feel nice on the lips. I also love the vanilla scent as it is very subtle and not overwhelming like many glosses which come with a super synthetic smell.


Now, is the $108 price tag worth it? No. Not a single bit.

That’s where Beautycounter just doesn’t win me over. I love their mission to spread awareness about chemicals and provide an option for people who do not want to use those chemicals but the price is hiked way up so that their pyramid sales scheme will benefit the consultants. I just don’t think that’s the right way to do it. If a brand wants to spread awareness of these chemicals to the general public – then make them worth it and affordable! 

You can purchase the Solar Complete Color Mineral Palette from Pacifica which has six eyeshadows, two cheek shades and three highlighters for $32.00 and it’s natural + vegan. The colours are not the same, but you’re getting more – and the Pacifica shadows are ah-mazing!

If the Beautycounter products were more affordable, I think that I would be much more willing to sing praise about their products. Unfortunately I know that I can find something that’s just as good for less than half of the cost. (Pacifica glosses are only $10 versus the $36 price tag on the Beautycounter ones!)

I spent hours researching Beautycounter in an attempt to find a review that was negative and they are very hard to come by – which is for the best. But I am very glad that I was able to try these products before spending a lot of money to become a consultant as well and try to pawn these products off on my readers. I also believe in transparency and honesty, always. 

P.S I also purchased the lengthening mascara which I will be reviewing in another blog post because this post became just a little bit too long!

Have you heard of Beautycounter before?

  • Yiotou_La

    The palette looks gorgeous and I love the shades but the quality does not match with the price, it’s too expensive for a pay off like this. It’s good you decided to try these out before becoming a consultant. x


    • Definitely not! It’s really unfortunate that you’re paying the extra money so that the other consultants can earn money off of it!

  • reneejessome

    Thanks for the honest review! I find the eyeshadow to be quite dull looking for such a high price!

    Renee | Life After Lux

  • I’ve only started hearing of Beautycounter in the past few months.
    I was expecting a much better colour payoff than this, especially for that price!
    One thing I do want is that palette from Pacifica! And I fully recommend their glosses, as you know. 🙂

  • It’s a shame that the palette feel short on pigmentation. The colors are quite pretty and it’s nice that they don’t contain any nasties. I only started getting to know Beautycounter through their collaboration with Target and I’m in love with their cream blush and charcoal mask. We definitely need more companies like this but it would be nice of their price points were a little lower.

    • Apparently their skincare is very good! I’ve heard lots of great things about their charcoal products (I wish we still had Target in Canada!!) We do need more companies to be transparent for sure.

  • Ela

    Wow, that’s expensive! Glad you were able to test the products first before you tried selling them – it’s hard to sell something you don’t like or believe in.
    Ela |

  • Thank you so much Lindsey for your honest review. I trust what you say. I also saw in the photos that the eye shadows were very low-pigmented, which is quite a turnoff for me. Although, I am at least happy that your talent and passion in the natural ingredients in things is garnering you professional attention from people. That is at least good, even if you decided not to take it. Also, welcome back 😉

  • I am glad you did test before you became a consultant, even though I believe you would still have been honest with us. But signing up for products that you don’t wholeheartedly support in terms of quality… Nor the best feeling.
    I never heard about them before, but then again I am not very firm in natural beauty.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Exactly! I think Beauty Counter is still only in the US and Canada, but if you ever hear of them coming overseas at least you’ll know what to expect! 🙂

  • It’s so nice that you tested the products before jumping at the offer. Also, I love how honest you are with your reviews. The palette surely is lacking pigmentation and I think that 108$ is just a really ridiculous price for it.

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Yes! Thanks so much Leta – honesty is verrry important haha. The price is very ridiculous! I could have bought a really good meal for that amount of money haha

  • I love the packaging but agree that the colours are preeeeeeetty muted. Also, I’ve always been wary of affiliate or consultant programmes where you have to pay… Keep us updated on what you do!

    xx, Pia

    • The packaging is gorgeous for sure! And yes, it’s a shame they jack up the price so that the other members can make money off it. I’m not going to be a consultant!

  • Just reading this now, which is such odd timing cuz my post on these items went up today as well. Totally agree with you on the price point. I didn’t know they did that consultant stuff (I got mine via a PR firm) but it does explain the elevated price tags since they need to payout a lot of people. Also wish that dang palette had a mirror!

  • It seems like it’s hard to find products these days that can balance quality and natural ingredients. Such a bummer about the colors not being super pigmented! Before I got to your comment on that, it was one of my first thoughts while reading this. I’m glad you were able to test it out before becoming a consultant!

    Kathryn •

    • Thanks Kathryn – yes that definitely is one of the problems with trying to choose products that have less toxic or harmful chemicals in them. Beautycounter does still use synthetic chemicals though…so I would expect a little bit more from it!

  • Never heard of them but they sure does have pretty colors right there!

    Kat | Nested Thoughts

  • Carina Vardie

    Didn’t heard about this brand earlier, but that palette looks super pretty!


  • I tried a few of their products before but it was a foundation, powder and a brush. I have no problems with the powder and foundation but the brush was scratchy. The problem I have with Beautycounter is if they are going to charge high end price then the quality should prove that they worth the price. Their main selling point is transparency and how they eliminate nasties but if that is the case, I rather buy green brands that are high quality like Ilia.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Aw that’s a shame that the brush was scratchy! Exactly – I totally agree that if the price is that high it should definitely be worth it. Very true and I completely agree, Shireen!

      Wish I had seen your review before this haha

  • I haven’t tried this brand yet, and judging from the price alone, I won’t ever give this one a try because it is too overpriced. Also, I am a bit bothered by the packaging. Judging from the swatches you provided, I think every shade is gorgeous, but the packaging makes it look like the colors clash together. Not sure if it’s just me though.

    – Gretch of GG Memochou

    • Yes! The price is ridiculous. You have to be out of your mind to think it is worth the product lol.
      I see what you mean about the packaging and the colours. The packaging features a sunset-ish look while the colours have more earth tones.

  • This is the first time I’ve heard of this brand. I thought the packaging was cute so that’s kind of a shame that the eyeshadows aren’t up to par with the overall image. I look forward to the review on the mascara!

    Stacey –

    • The packaging is cute – but definitely not worth the price tag lol! I’m still trying to decide my thoughts on the mascara haha

  • Nadia

    What a fantastic review!!! I have never even heard of this brand before but it’s amazing to discover new names. I think it’s very wise you decided to try some of the products before becoming a consultant, hon. Such a shame about the price though. Like you said, it’s just not worth it. Love the cause and the whole idea behind the brand but they should re-consider their price range.
    xoxox Nadia

    • Yes for sure! I’m sure in a couple years they will be over in Europe… but for now I think they are primarily based in North America. I am certainly glad that I tested the products – although I probably spent more money than I should have, I have saved in the long run for trying to promote something I wouldn’t like lol!

  • Ms Tantrum

    I haven’t heard of this brand probably because they don’t sell in the UK. Glad u tested the products before commitment.

    Ash |
    Instagram: @ms_tantrum

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