I’ve seen Hean makeup around, especially on Instagram, and I know my friend Charlene from Gee Whiskers likes their products (click the link for her Hean post). I’ve been curious for a while, but I was having a bad day a while ago and Hean offered via Twitter to send me a lipstick to cheer me up. I mean, have you ever?
Hean is a Polish brand sold in SA through Glamore Cosmetics. After having a look at the brand’s website I was really happy to see that they do not test on animals. Price-wise it is similar to Revlon/Loreal so they’re affordable. To quote from the Polish website, they have an ” excellent quality-price ratio” which I think sums up my thoughts on the CC cream.
While the packaging is a bit unexceptional, it’s what’s inside that counts. The CC cream comes in five shades (I’m 203 natural) and includes nylon and microsphere technology which allows it to blend invisibly into the skin. It also contains Japanese cherry blossom, milk and honey extracts and vitamin E to condition the skin. I was curious, so I researched Japanese cherry blossoms and was fascinated to discover that not only can you eat them, but they’re high in antioxidants and they’re anti-inflammatory and can help lighten pigmentation. Who knew?
Anyway, since the proof is in the pudding, here’s a picture of the pudding.
I am seriously impressed with the coverage this CC cream provides while still looking really natural on the skin. I’m all about “second skin” foundations, and while I adore my Dior Nude Air foundation I have to accept that a lot of the time my skin just isn’t good enough to get away with it. Some weeks I need coverage that borders on stage makeup, but that doesn’t mean I want to look like I’m actually wearing stage makeup.
It has a matte finish and although it is described as ‘somewhat mattifying’ I find it very much so. I don’t get oily in the course of the day, it doesn’t melt off my nose by the afternoon, and by evening it’s still around. I think this CC cream is ideally suited to combination/oily skin. If your skin is dry and you prefer a bit more ‘glow’ to your finish then perhaps try the Hean Multi Action BB Cream instead.
I don’t want to harp on the same theme, but this stuff is seriously good value and proves that pricier isn’t always better. At R185 I find the finish, feel, coverage and colour match on par with the Chanel CC Cream…and that’s like a R700 price difference. Let that rattle around in your mind a bit.
Okay, now that I’m done singing it’s praises, is there anything I don’t like about it? Well, the one thing it is seriously missing is a good SPF. Sadly it doesn’t contain an SPF at all, where other CC creams I’ve tried have SPF20 to SPF30.
Remember the lipstick I mentioned earlier? The one sent to cheer me up? Well I received the Hean Vitamin Cocktail Lipstick in 320 Mystic Rose. Funny enough, it isn’t a colour I would have picked from a line-up, but it’s unique in my collection and it really does cheer me up! It is a bright, cheerful rose pink which I think will be perfect for summertime. I like that it can be applied lightly or built up to a brighter shade, and it seriously lasts through eating, drinking, nail biting etc. These are R95.
So here is my finished look, wearing the Hean CC Cream and Vitamin Cocktail Lipstick. I warmed my winter ghostness up with some bronzing and contouring, a hint of blush, and I was good to go.
So a big thank you to Glamore and Hean for cheering me up and introducing me to a real value-for-money brand. All the products are available on their online store.