Honest Beauty Free Trial Review

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So excited that Honest Beauty is finally here and so is my free trial review!! Honest Beauty is a new subscription box from the Honest CompanyHonest Beauty is a comprehensive line of skincare and makeup that has been formulated to match the standards of The Honest Company. Honest Beauty Bundles are set at $50 per month for 3 products of your choice – add on up to five items at a 25% savings! Plus you can take the quiz and get matched with skincare products and pick up a free trial (pay $5.95 shipping)!  The free trial will roll into a subscription 7 days after you receive the trial. Your Bundle will automatically ship every 4 weeks, unless you change the frequency of your subscription to 6 or 8 weeks. You can also select your Bundle ship date to get it exactly when you need it.

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I know you want to see the packaging, so here you go! Note that I upgraded my shipping in order to review this faster because everyone in the world wants to know what it’s about before sampling it. I’ll get a video review up soon too. Also please realize that I haven’t used these products for four weeks – this is after using them once and these are my initial thoughts (after years of reviewing subscription boxes and beauty products I’m pretty good at it though!). Look for an update in a few weeks!

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Their Honestly Free Guarantee:

We’re guided by transparency and the strictest (self-imposed) standards to ensure our products perform safely and beautifully. We’re thoughtful about the pure, raw ingredients we use and the hundreds of harsh chemicals we don’t. Our products are made without any questionable ingredients, such as parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde carriers, PEGs, MCI/MI, steareth-n, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol, butylene glycol, petrolatum, mineral oil, SLS, SLES, sulfates and chemical sunscreens.

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I have dry skin, so I ordered the free trial for that skin type. Also available are trial packs for balanced and oily skin. Both include the cute bag and the cleanser, as well as skin type specific products for hydrating and protecting. The balanced skin pack includes Even Brighter Everyday Moisturizer instead of the cream and untinted Beyond Protected Daily Beauty Fluid and the oily kit has Dependably Clear Oil Free Moisturizer and Beyond Protected Oil Free Daily Beauty Fluid. The lines are semi color-coded: grey for oily, white for balanced, and pink for dry. However some of the basic products are grey.

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Tadaa!  I don’t know why, but I totally cut the zipper pull off in my photos. It says Honest Beauty on the small side.  FYI – I normally don’t say the price for the full size item, but unlike usual subscriptions I think you’ll want to know how much the full-size costs to see if you’re interested.

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This is nicely lined on the inside!

honest beauty free trialRefreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser

Honest Beauty Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser ($18 full size, $3.60 for the sample)

Refreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser contains chamomile and calendula help to calm and soothe. Yucca root extract and saponaria provide a fresh and foamy experience to remove dirt and makeup without any harsh ingredients that can strip or over-dry skin. Now that’s refreshing. 

honest beauty free trialRefreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser nickel amount

You’re supposed to rub this cleanser into a foam in your hands before applying. It is designed to remove makeup without stripping your skin.  Based on the average face size, I would say a dime-size amount is fine (I know that looks really big but my hand is small!).

honest beauty free trialRefreshingly Clean Gel Cleanser foamed up

I thought this was actually quite tingly, and that those with sensitive skin would probably need to avoid this product.  This was not drying on my face, but I will tell you that while there are no “fragrances” in this product, it is highly scented. It contains oils of lavandin, lavender, fir needle, palma rosa, geranium, patchouli, and chamomile. In the full bundle, Honest Beauty also has a konjac sponge to go along with the gel, a unique powder cleanser, and makeup remover wipes.

honest beauty free trialHonest Beauty Younger Face Deep Protection Cream

Honest Beauty Younger Face Deep Protection Cream ($34 full size, $5.67 for the sample)

This deep hydration face cream contains chamomile and calendula to help calm and soothe. Radish seed oil  enhances skin moisture barrier and deeply hydrates. Baobab fruit, rich in vitamins A and E, replenishes nutrients and nourishes skin. Look honestly good. A Jessica Favorite! Provides a glowing, dewy finish.

honest beauty free trialHonest Beauty Younger Face Deep Protection Cream sample

It’s hard to tell here, but this cream is much thicker than I’d anticipated! I’m happy to see that the full-size has an airless pump like the sample, otherwise I think much of it would go to waste. While those with balanced skin could totally use this product too (and if your skin is drier in the fall and winter you may want to try the dry kit) this cream is meant for deep hydration or maybe even as a night cream.  This product is also highly scented and contains the same oils as the cleanser. I would not recommend this if you prefer a no-smell face cream. In the few hours I’ve had it on (this is a first look review and I’ll update in a few weeks’ time!) it has provided excellent hydration, hasn’t been greasy, and I can feel it on my skin (this is a good thing if you have dry skin!).

honest beauty free trialnest Beauty Beyond Protected Daily Beauty Fluid Sheer Tint SPF 30

Honest Beauty Beyond Protected Daily Beauty Fluid Sheer Tint SPF 30 ($28 full price, $6.22 for the sample). I am not sure why the free trial for dry has the sheer tint and the balanced doesn’t (oily has the oil-free formula). This product can be worn alone or under makeup.  It’s not a beauty balm or BB cream (the Everything Tinted Moisturizer will be your product if you’re looking for that!).

The sheer tint beauty fluid contains chamomile, calendula and aloe help to calm and soothe. Hyaluronic Acid attracts moisture, locking in hydration. Non-nano zinc oxide, mineral broad spectrum sunscreen protects against damaging UVA and UVB rays to help prevent signs of premature skin aging. We’ve got you covered.

Sunscreen Discussion (we have to have it, right?):  I have only ever used the first Honest Company formula and can’t comment on the new formula’s efficacy. What I think was that both the old and new passed the SPF 30 ratings with the old formula much stronger but only marketed at 30 (i.e., the old one was basically SPF 50). And I hope they go back – I used it on my kids and it worked so well. This (the Beauty Fluid) has 19.7% non-nano zinc oxide – the old sunscreen had 20% and the new suncreen has 9.3% (or had – it’s been removed from the market). The directions for this product (and the other SPF products in the Honest Beauty line) remind users to shake x3 and reapply liberally. Because it’s fall and I live in the north and am inside most of the day I can’t say that I can do a really fair test of how well it protects, but I’m happy with the zinc oxide content. I am personally excited to have a zinc oxide based lotion for my face because way too many use chemical sunscreens that sting my eyes. I am not 100% opposed to chemical sunscreens but they don’t generally work for me for my face. 

honest beauty free trialnest Beauty Beyond Protected Daily Beauty Fluid Sheer Tint SPF 30 sample

Plop!honest beauty free trialnest Beauty Beyond Protected Daily Beauty Fluid Sheer Tint SPF 30 swatch hand

LEFT: Rubbed in. RIGHT: sort of just smeared on.honest beauty free trialnest Beauty Beyond Protected Daily Beauty Fluid Sheer Tint SPF 30 swatch arm

 LEFT: Rubbed in. (the large shiny/glossy area) RIGHT: sort of just smeared on. That little plop went a really long way and you don’t need much of this product at all. I can’t say that I would use it as a makeup-free face product except that the tint is better than nothing when I don’t wear actual makeup. I have light-medium skin so the actual tint worked well on mine (please let us know if you have a darker skin tone how this product worked for you!). I think this is a great product but I can’t see using it if I use a foundation with SPF. But I don’t always do that so this is handy.


 I’m also going to spoil you on what else I got and ask you to match me with a skintone on the Honest Beauty site. I matched myself with Sand, and the corresponding products seem too dark/orangey. I think I need a whole shade lighter (not wearing it here – no makeup on besides the lips, but I am wearing the demi-matte lip crayon in in Mulberry Kiss (rich burgundy). I love it! So I would personally say that I wished that they offered a mini tester kit (maybe free with the skincare trial) to match your skintone shades. They offer a guarantee so I think I’ll need to return some things.

So this is my first look review of the Honest Beauty free trial! I obviously cannot say whether these products work well over the long term or protect well, but I am excited to try them out and see how they work in my daily routine. I will update in a few weeks and bump this post to the top and let you know what I decide to reorder. Oh and the value of the trial is $15.49 plus whatever value you’d like to give the bag – perhaps $20 total! Honest Company customers should check their inboxes for a $20 credit, although Alena mentioned it looks like it can’t be used on a bundle!

Visit Honest Beauty to subscribe or find out more!

The Subscription: Honest Beauty
The Description: Honest Beauty is a comprehensive line of skincare and makeup that has been formulated to match the standards of The Honest Company. Their Honestly Free Guarantee means the products perform safely and beautifully with no questionable ingredients! Line consists of face, lip, eye, and cheek products for makeup, as well as enhance, protect, cleanse, and hydrate products for skincare!
The Price: $50 for 3 products – add on up to 5 additional ones at 25% off.
The Coupon: Get a free skincare trial when you subscribe.


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  • Kris Dow

    I’m really curious about the cleansers and skincare products, but I can’t decide which skin type to go with. I’m mostly sensitive combination, but I wouldn’t call that balanced. 😛 🙂 And a lot of products for oily skin don’t have enough hydration for my non-oily t-zone. Any thoughts, having tried the products for dry skin? (I actually have psoriasis pretty badly, although I’m on a new medication that is helping a LOT and thus making me scramble for new products because my skin is no longer nearly as freaked out or dry in places and so a lot of my stuff is now too gentle or too rich – because mostly I used VERY VERY rich stuff because of the psoriasis. Argh.)

    Anyway, do you think the dry skin stuff is heavy enough to be worried about actually clogging pores, or just for drier skin in the sense of not soaking in instantly and not being oil-free? And could you clarify what you mean by the cleanser being tingly? Is it actually irritating, or just tingly in the way that something like a mint shampoo would be?

    • Brandy

      I would not be too concerned about the richness. It’s creamy but not oily. And my face definitely tingled for a while – probably because one of the Essential oils but I am not entirely sure. What did you use before? I think I have psoriasis patches on my legs (it’s something I am just not sure what!) and I am having to put layers of thick oil on. It’s terrible.

  • Rebecca

    If you rec’d the email with a $20 credit to use on Honest Beauty, you can definitely use it for a bundle. I just ordered a bundle tonight and my $20 credit was taken off during the checkout process! Thanks for the review!

  • JR

    The trial samples are actually free and it’s only $5.95 for shipping! I believe you’re valuing them higher because you paid extra for quicker shipping. The sunscreen is also still on the market- it’s just currently out of stock on their website. I love it!

    • Brandy

      For clarification – I valued the products using this formula, just as I always do: (size of sample)/(size of full size product) x (retail price). If I had received them as part of a subscription box, that is how they would be valued. The shipping has absolutely no part in the formula that we use to calculate the value of the products in the boxes ever, and you can easily check the values on the site. The cleanser is 30 mL, the cream is 5 mL, and the fluid is 10 mL. People want to know how much value is in the product they receive, even with a free trial that you pay shipping for (i.e., is it worth the shipping cost). This is the way that we provide consistent comparisons across all subscriptions. Many people will discount items that are available as a free sample and they are welcome to do so.

  • Sarah

    I’ve been curious about Honest Beauty, so thank you for reviewing it so quickly! That’s a really limited range of shades they have. Based on your picture, I think linen might be the closest match for you, but it looks like it might be a hair too dark and a tad too warm to be perfect. I think our coloring is fairly similar, and I’d probably ending up mixing shell and linen, but man that gets to be a pain after a while. (I used to get downright alchemical with L’oreal True Match shades.)

    • Brandy

      Maybe I just think of my skin as darker?? I wear medium in it! cosmetics. And I cannot stand mixing! Drives me nuts. And don’t get me started on my cool skin tone that doesn’t look good in any pink or light lipstick. I think where I went wrong was looking at the pictures of the faces instead of the colors. I got the next to lightest concealer and am really hung up on the VERY dark shades. They call it concealer makeup, but still – it looks much darker than my skin. I guess I will just have to test them but I am not sure it’s happening tonight!

      • Sarah

        I’m right there with you on the skin tone. I have pretty much decided I’m a neutral, which sounds great in theory but basically means I only look good in makeup from the tiny little center of a cool-warm Venn diagram.

        The lighting in your photo is very likely making you look lighter to me than you actually are. And I probably shouldn’t be giving advice on skin tone since it took me a decade to realize my own foundation was too pale.

  • lynn m.

    Is it all made in America? At least what you sampled? As of yesterdaynothing was listing country of origin

    • Brandy

      Nothing says made in the US. It’s probably manufactured at their existing facilities (the only one I know of in the US is the baby formula). They have the following statement linked at the bottom of the page as CA Transparency statement:

      Our Honest Commitment to Fair Labor

      As part of our Health & Sustainability Standards at Honest, we are committed to supporting social justice and human rights – it’s simply a part of our company DNA to wish good health and happiness to everyone. With that comes a commitment to fair labor practices throughout our operations and supply chain.

      In addition to our corporate commitment to transparency, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010 (SB 657) requires retailers and manufacturers of a certain size doing business in California to provide consumers with information regarding a manufacturer’s efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from its supply chain.
      As part of our commitment to human rights, here at The Honest Company we:

      Make inquiries of and audit our vendors to assess direct and indirect risks to its supply chain, including its labor practices.
      Share with and expect our vendors to sign the Honest Vendor Manual. The manual addresses our expectations of our vendors, which includes sharing our commitment to having a safe and ethical supply chain free of human trafficking and forced, involuntary or child labor.
      Internally maintain accountability standards and procedures for our employees and contractors who fail to meet company standards, including our hiring practices.
      Train managers and employees who have direct responsibility for supply chain management to be aware of issues that can impact the supply chain such as the risk of human trafficking and slavery.
      While we’ve always believed in fair labor and human rights, we appreciate that California has a law that requires us to be transparent about our policies. We hope to educate consumers so they can purchase goods from companies that take active steps to help end slavery and human trafficking. And although it’s not required in every state, we hope you’ll inquire about it with any company you decide to buy from. Every purchase you make has an impact – and together, we can make it better!