Introducing Saint Cosmetics | Canadian organic and chemical free makeup

As a proud Canadian, I always try my best to hype up homegrown brands. There are some really fantastic beauty companies in Canada and more coming everyday, so as soon as I heard about Saint Cosmetics, I was immediately intrigued. With claims of "organic," "chemical free" and "antioxidants," it sounded too good to be true - plus everything is sourced in North America and manufactured in Pickering, Ontario! As founder Vito Montesano puts it, "natural is sexy," but he should also have said that locally sourced is sexy too. While I have nothing against cosmetics made of (non-harmful) chemicals or being manufactured somewhere far away, it does appeal to my hippie conscience to support local. And besides that, with a huge range of eye shadows, lipsticks, mascara, glosses, blush, bronzers, foundations and even tools, there are so many things that I want!

Saint cosmetics Sinsational silver eye shadow

Luckily for me, and maybe for you, I got to try a couple of items recently from Saint: an eye shadow in the shade Sinsational Silver and a lipstick in the shade Eternally yours, fuschia.

Sinsation Silver Eye Shadow
The Product: Described as gluten-free (is that important now?) and vegan, the Saint Cosmetics shadows come in 41 different colours and finishes, from matte to satin and frosted. Sinsational Silver is a blue-gray matte eye shadow with purple undertones.

Saint cosmetics Sinsational silver eye shadow
Sinsational silver eye shadow

The Guts:
  • Talc - a mineral composed of magnesium silicate that's commonly found in powder products. It's often used to increase a product's opacity, to bind it together and as an absorbent.
  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride - derived from coconut oil, this ingredient is commonly used in creamy or oily products to serve as an emollient, or to help disperse beneficial ingredients. It can also be used as a thickener. Not sure its purpose here.
  • Octododecyl strearoyl stearate - a common ingredient in makeup and is naturally derived from animal and vegetable fat. Serves as a thickener and prevents moisture loss from skin.
  • Silica - although silica may have a bad rep, it should be noted that there's such a thing as "good" and "bad" silica. Generally the type that's used in cosmetics is used as an absorbent and thickener.
Although I do like how short the ingredients list is and that yes, all the main ingredients are naturally derived, there's nothing else too special going on here.
Price & Packaging: these eye shadows sells in 30 g compacts for $24 each. Each compact is plastic, with a gold trim and a small interior mirror. The size and shape of these compacts kinda remind me of those Revlon Shadow Links and would look so cute all stacked together. I'm a bit worried about how well this shadow would travel though as the packaging is kinda drugstore-esque and not what I'd expect for $24.

Saint cosmetics Sinsational silver eye shadow
Sinsational silver eye shadow

Effectiveness: Although I feel iffy about the packaging, I can't complain too much about this shadow. Finally, FINALLY I may have found a grey that likes me! Okay, maybe this isn't a true grey, but it's close enough and doesn't make me look ashy, which has never. happened. before. Sinsational feels very buttery to my brush, which I love, but it does have some fallout when you tap off excess. If you're used to Urban Decay shadows, then you won't even notice. Sinsational applies evenly to my lids and is very easy to work with, whether I use my fingers or a brush. My only complaint with this shadow is that it creases horribly without primer. I would definitely purchase more if they weren't so damn pricey.
Final Verdict: Buy

Eternally Yours, Fuschia Lipstick
The Product: Available in 18 different shades, the Saint Cosmetics Lipsticks promise pigmentation, moisture and longevity for "high performance" wear. Eternally Yours, Fuschia is a bright hot pink with blue undertones that would look great on a variety of skin tones.

Saint cosmetics eternally yours, fuschia lipstick
Eternally yours, fuschia lipstick

The Guts:
  • Organic castor oil - an emollient when in liquid form, but when solid, as in a lipstick, it acts as a water-binding agent
  • Caprylic/capric triglyceride - derived from coconut oil, this ingredient is commonly used in creamy or oily products to serve as an emollient, or to help disperse beneficial ingredients.
  • Organic sunflower seed oil - a natural emollient
  • Candelilla wax - gives this lipstick its thickness and waxy texture
There are lots of emollients in this lipstick, which implies that it will help lock in moisture while likely having a harder, waxy texture. 
Price & Packaging: A single 19 g tube retails for $22. 19 g seems a bit smaller than other lipsticks, but is larger than the size of a mini tube that you may get in Gift With Purchase packs. The gold plastic casing seems more luxurious here than with the eye shadows and it has a satisfying click closure.

Saint cosmetics eternally yours, fuschia lipstick
Eternally yours, fuschia lipstick

Effectiveness: As expected, this lipstick felt a little hard, but I`m spoiled by my recent use of liquid lipsticks and the Revlon Ultra HD lipsticks, which are gel based. I was kinda expecting this lipstick to be a little softer, but I can`t complain about its pigmentation, which is true to tube. Mixed with my natural lip color, the result is a gorgeous, bright, but not too bright magenta. It`s like a "my lips, but two times better and brighter" type of shade. The finish is matte, which helps with the longevity of the color and it faded away naturally to a pretty stain. I didn't notice whether it dried out my lips, but I did notice some moderate settling into lines, so if you have really dry lips, you should prep with lip balm beforehand.

Saint cosmetics eternally yours, fuschia lipstick
Eternally yours, fuschia lipstick

Final Verdict: Ditch


Overall, I'm impressed with the quality and especially the color range of Saint Cosmetics. It's so hard to choose just a few to purchase as all their colors look gorgeous, so it's unfortunate that the price point is high enough to force you to make those tough choices. 

While I'm happy that Saint Cosmetics lives up to its promises of using organic and naturally derived ingredients, at least in the two products I've tried, those natural ingredients are nothing to write home about and it's certainly nothing to make the crux of your marketing about. Perhaps if Saint Cosmetics had incorporated more skin benefits into their makeup, like botanicals or other antioxidants, then perhaps I would feel more justified in paying for this "all natural" line; of course, the effectiveness of including said items into something like makeup is also questionable.

I could see myself purchasing more of the Saint Cosmetics eye shadows (like this one and this one and this one!) as a treat for myself, but I'd hold off on another of the lipsticks as you can get similar quality for drugstore prices.

Saint cosmetics eye shadow and lipstick swatch
Swatches: Sinsational silver and Eternally yours, fuschia lipstick




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