PHB Ethical Beauty's pressed makeup collection isn't quite new, but it is still rather under the radar within the green beauty community. Natural pressed makeup is rare, and pressed makeup that is both natural and vegan? Well... it's the holy grail. PHB's new pressed line is both of these things, along with being halal-certified and great value for money. Yes, I know that the packaging isn't quite the prettiest to look at, but the pans can be removed and placed into a z-palette and the performance definitely makes up for this fact.
Over the last couple months, I have been testing a couple of the eyeshadows, a brow powder, and a blush. I chose the eyeshadow shades; Dove Grey, Grape*, and Smokey Quartz*. Overall, impressions have been good but I will say that the formula isn't quite perfect for me. I feel like the pigmentation can vary between shades (shimmer/metallic shades seem to work best), and they can kick up quite a lot of product. However, when you consider that most natural eyeshadow is loose, it really isn't that much of an issue. Their pressed form still makes them more favourable in terms of things like travel-friendliness. My standards when it comes to pressed eyeshadows can also be a bit high as I have recently got into pressing a lot of my indie eyeshadows (sneak peek above). The pigmentation for the Peony Blush* is brilliant and this super bright shade calls for an incredibly light hand. It does look a little metallic in the pan but goes on completely matte.
They definitely have an extensive eyeshadow shade range and hopefully this will continue to grow in the future. There's also a good selection of shades for the brow products and the blushes. However, they seem to currently be lacking in the base department and it would be brilliant to see some deeper shades for our darker-skinned ladies. I will say though, that the shades do seem to go pale enough for me (that can usually be an issue), and I've also found suitable shades in their new liquid base products - review coming soon for those. The Ash Blonde Brow Powder* is also a pretty good match and is ashy enough that it doesn't come up with too much red in it; a classic problem for 'blonde' eyebrow products! I still prefer to use a waxy product for my brows but occasionally it is nice to get a little more definition by following with a powder. It helps them stay in place on those nights out!
Overall, I'm rather impressed with all of the new makeup products coming out from PHB Ethical Beauty. They're one of my absolute favourite brands and I'm really excited to see them pushing the boat out for natural and vegan makeup! Check out their line at LoveLula.