For the life of me, I have no idea why this post hasn’t been published yet. This was supposed to go up sometime last year and going through my WordPress posts, I found this hiding in the drafts folder.
Last year I entered a Glamore Cosmetics giveaway and was lucky enough to win one of the Hean Matte Liquid Lipsticks. They are the official distributors of Hean Cosmetics in South Africa. Hean Cosmetics are made in Poland but are distributed mainly throughout the UK and Middle East. I chose to pick up my prize at an event and got to meet mother and daughter duo, Gael and Emma. They are so fun and sweet, I had a blast meeting them. They were kind enough to give me some products from the brand to try out for myself. Imagine my dismay when I found out I haven’t published this review yet #oldage.
On the other hand, it’s given me a hella chance to test the products out through all seasons and give you the low down and dirty on it all. Hean Cosmetics is cruelty-free and hypoallergenic so it’s perfect for sensitive skins. If you’re interested to find out more about the products, then keep on scrolling.
Hean Lip Sugar Scrub – R180 (€3.50)
I’m a big fan of lip scrubs and my favourites are the strawberry and buttered popcorn ones from LUSH. The first thing I noticed about this lip scrub, is that the granules are much finer than the LUSH ones which are made with regular sugar. At first, I didn’t like the consistency because I felt it wasn’t scraping off the dead skin efficiently but after frequent use, my lips started looking better and it removed the darkness that a lot of people suffer from on the edges of the lips. I’m almost done with this little tub and would recommend this over the LUSH ones as those expire after a few months. I’ve thrown three LUSH lip scrubs in the bin after they’ve expired on me and that’s basically money down the drain.
It smells like vanilla and tastes sweet but I try to wipe it off without actually eating any of it. You know, dead skin ain’t that yummy. I just can’t stand it when people lick their lips off after scrubbing. YUCK!
Hean Lip Elixir – R180 (€3.50)
This is a lip balm that’s meant to be applied after the lip scrub. It works well to hydrate dry, chapped lips and I still reach for it every now and again.
Hean Ideal Mat Foundation – R315 (€3)
The longevity and coverage of this foundation is not bad at all. Additionally, it contains SPF15 which I really like and it dries down completely matte so it doesn’t transfer or fade fast during the day. The shade I chose (Sand) seemed to match me when I swatched it. It’s my own fault for not checking it in good lighting. When I got home I realised it was a tad too dark but I could fix that using my lightening drops from The Body Shop. Or so I thought.
The foundation has very neutral brown undertones so even though it got lighter, it still didn’t match my olive skin. The shade range consists of just 11 shades which meant I couldn’t even order a lighter one cos it was miles apart. Secondly, the foundation oxidised so badly to almost two shades darker than the original. I notice that it has been discontinued on the Polish site to make way for more improved formulas.
Hean Matte Lip Crayon – R145 (€2)
I fell in love with these lippies from the first touch. They are soft, creamy and super comfortable to wear. They don’t dry down to a complete matte, it’s more of a satin finish. The shades I chose are my perfect nudes. One that matches my lips perfectly without looking washed out and the other with a more pink shift. I enjoy wearing these alone or underneath other matte lipsticks that are drying.
Hean Luxury Matte Liquid Lipstick – R220 (€3.50)
This is the lipstick I won in the giveaway and I chose the shade Vintage, a reddish-brick shade with brown undertones. The formula was very runny, almost watery and it immediately reminded me of the Huda Beauty Liquid Lipsticks. It’s easy to apply with a doe foot applicator and fully opaque in one swipe. The main difference between them, apart from the price, is the longevity. The Huda Beauty lasts a tad bit longer but otherwise, they’re pretty much the same.
I enjoyed using it so much, I paired up with a friend to order Smoke Rubin, a medium-pink violet, and to qualify for free shipping. She is much lighter skin-toned than me but it looks just as amazing on her. There aren’t many shades in the range but the formula is great so I hope they expand it in future. This is a great alternative if you’re against spending more than double the price on a Huda Liquid Lipstick.
Price and Where to Buy
Hean products can be bought from Glamore Cosmetics online store or Takealot.com. I’ve listed prices next to each product but I noticed that they differ between the two sites. Some are on special on Takealot so they’re discounted but others are actually more expensive. If you’re looking to pick up something, check both sites to see which is cheaper and don’t forget, you can spend and earn eBucks on the Takealot.com site.
Apart from the foundation, I really enjoyed the products I got to try out from the brand. They are definitely better quality than certain brands you would find at the drugstore. My main problem is the price. Overseas, when you convert from Euro’s, the prices are super decent and affordable whereas here you just add a couple of Rands and you can buy something from MAC or Benefit. I definitely don’t think some items are worth the splurge so if you want anything, take advantage of the Takealot.com sale now.
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