Organic makeup doesn't have to be exclusive. I say this because the majority of what I wear or try comes with a larger than average price tag - and while I really do believe in investment pieces and paying more for better quality, ethical products, sometimes cheap makeup is just needed.
Along comes Avril - a French organic makeup brand with the tiniest price tag I've ever seen! Those three products cost just over £20, and they are actually of surprising quality too.
Out of the three, my favourite item is the Le Crayon Sourcils* (or Eyebrow Pencil), and is less than £3. At first, it took me a while to really warm to it, as I was using a soft, thick, warm brown pencil. When I switched, I was so scared of the harsh edge and deeper ashy brown colour - it made my brows look far too made up, with too sharp edges.
However, now that I've blended it down slightly, I've begun to love it. Why is it that the majority of eyebrow pencils are so warm coloured? This pencil has definitely shown me the error in my ways, as it fits perfectly with my naturally darker brows, and hides sparse areas well too.
As for the blusher*, I've found it gives a light, sweet colour that I occasionally enjoy on an evening out. I chose this in Terre Cuite (Terracotta), which works well with my beige skin-tone, giving a healthy glow, even under harsh lighting.
For the foundation: if I'm honest, it doesn't give me what I need. Even with my fitness routine and healthy eating, I still have light red blemishes across my cheeks, so my skin needs a good balancing out. Le Fond de Teint* (Foundation) in Miel (Honey) sits squarely between foundation and tinted moisturiser, applying a light veil across your skin. It doesn't cover uneven skintones, blemishes, or spots, but it does add a nice tone perfect for a lesser made-up occasion like going to work. However, after hiding inside for the wintry months, I would also go for a shade lighter next time too!
All in all, these are a great option for anyone looking to move into green beauty products, as the organic certification by European body Ecocert actually makes them a shade greener in my eyes than high-street alternatives such as The Body Shop.