Beautycounter Rose, Currant Lip Sheer swatches; Lustro Body Oil review

Beautycounter review Lustro, Lip Tint

The products: Beautycounter Lustro Body Oil in Rosemary + Citrus and Lip Sheers in Rose and Currant

I’m not the kind of reviewer that looks at a luxury price tag, goes “well, you’re paying for exclusivity,” and then ignores it. I can see why some people are, and that’s totally cool with me, but, well: I’m not. If a brand is going to charge luxury prices, it better give me a darn good reason as to why someone should make the splurge — and if they’re going to talk about how ingredient-focused they are, they better earn the right.

Beautycounter Lustro body oil review

Lustro Body Oil in Rosemary + Citrus ($68 USD/80 ml)

As a dry-skinned girl who can’t use most moisturizers due to their silicone content, I’m a big, big fan of body oils. Which is why this Beautycounter oil was such a big surprise for me — because I didn’t love it. Like, at all. 

While Rosemary + Citrus‘ jojoba-based formula feels great and hydrates well (without an ounce of oiliness left behind on your now baby-soft skin), the scent just didn’t do it for me — and the smooth glass bottle felt like it was slipping to its death every time I pressed the pump.

Beautycounter Body Oil review Lustro Rosemary Citrus

Beautycounter Lustro Body Oil in Rosemary + Citrus

For $25/oz (Osmia’s gorgeous body oils are only $11/oz), a product shouldn’t be a struggle, you know? And it should smell awesome, not like a kitchen window basket full of roast-appropriate herbs. (My boyfriend described this one as “something you’d pick up at a Canadian Tire” — nice, but not expensive. Sort of like a citronella candle.)

If you love jasmine-scented products, they offer a jasmine-scented alternative; however, it has a jojoba/grapeseed/rosehip base, rather than jojoba/sweet almond/meadowfoam. As pretty and light-feeling as it is, I have to recommend that you pass on this one.

Lustro Rosemary + Citrus Body Oil ingredients

Golden Jojoba Oil, Sweet Almond Oil*, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Virgin Grapeseed Oil*, Rosehip Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Marula Oil*, Virgin Argan Nut Oil*, Rose Otto Oil, Apricot Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Rosemary Oil.

Beautycounter Lip Sheer review swatches Rose Currant

Beautycounter Lip Sheers in Rose (L) and Currant (R)

Lip Sheers in Rose and Currant ($28 USD/each)

Like the Lustro Body Oil, the first Lip Sheer I tried put my nerves on edge, too. Despite being described as a creme finish, Rose has particles of hidden gold shimmer in it, and while the colour was really pretty, the shimmer is noticeable on my lips — not a deal-breaker, but I’m kind of bummed that the brand describes it as a creme finish.

Beautycounter Rose lip sheer

Beautycounter Lip Sheers in Rose and Currant — see the shimmer that was hiding in there?

Currant, however, is shimmer-free… and it’s awesome. The Beautycounter Lip Sheer formula is really comfortable and hydrating, with a naturally-sourced vanilla scent and a good amount of pigment. If I had to pick one Beautycounter product to recommend, it would definitely be this one — they feel gorgeously heavy and balmy, and the packaging is divine. (According to brand rep Anna Vig, only Rose and Petal have shimmer, and it’s less noticeable in the latter!)

Also nice to note is that the line’s Lip Sheers rate an EWG Skin Deep rating of 1 (aka “super safe”), which is great when it comes to lip products — we end up ingesting a pretty gross amount of them, after all.

Beautycounter Lip Sheer ingredients

Diisotearyl Malate, Jojoba Esters, Octyldodecyl Ricinoleate, Castor Seed Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Calcium Sodium Borosilcate, Candelilla Wax, Carnuba Wax, Tin Oxide. +/- Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Yellow 5 Lake, Red 5 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 27 Lake, Blue 1 Lake.

Beautycounter Currant Rose swatches

Beautycounter Lip Sheer swatches – Rose (L) and Currant (R)

Beautycounter Rose Currant Lip Sheer swatches

L-R: Beautycounter Lip Sheers in Rose and Currant, swatched

The verdict?

I love the idea of a brand that focuses on its ingredients, but Beautycounter seems to focus more on profit than product. Upon closer inspection, all of their pricy-but-beautiful face oils feature the same formula (differing only in fragrance), and their lazily-fragranced body oil runs at almost double the cost per ounce than beautifully scented oils by brands like L’Occitane, Caudalie, and Clarins. For an all-natural body oil, I would opt instead for one by Osmia Organics — their packaging is easier to use, and each scent is beautifully crafted.

That said, I did really like how hydrating, comfortable, and safe the Beautycounter Lip Sheers are. I found swatches of all six shades on Our Wanderlust (Petal, Twig, and Coral caught my eye!), and I think they’d make a wonderful “splurge” lip product — they’re gorgeously packaged, have a great formula, and come in a beautiful range of shades.

Availability: These items were sent in for review by superstar brand rep Anna Vig, who has been unbelievably helpful and friendly. If you’re going to indulge in a Lip Sheer, I would definitely encourage you to shop her storefront here!

Beautycounter Rose review Lip Sheer

Beautycounter Lip Sheer in Rose

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Beautycounter Lip Sheer in Currant

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  • scoo06

    Hey Rae! Currant looks like a really pretty color! its such a shame the oil smells bad.. in fact what first attracts me to face and body oils is their amazing smell, and if thats wrong there is no way Id be tempted to use it! Besides the price is pretty high too!

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    • Yes!! Scent is a huge thing for me when it comes to oils — it's kind of like, well, if it doesn't smell amazing, why am I not just buying the raw ingredients in bulk? *shrugs*

  • Lenallure

    I really like the look of Lip Sheers. The price isn't so bad for its safe ingredients and pretty exterior. Summer is usually the high time for me to use body oil right after shower so I can skip right to sunscreen if necessary. Fragrance is so important cause I wear perfume daily, and scents linger on longer in oil form.
    Thanks for the honest in-depth reviews! ;)

    • The smell of this one dissipated pretty quickly, actually! I find that citrus and fresh-smelling oils disappear most quickly — y'know, in case you were on the hunt for a new, perfume-friendly body oil ;)

  • Jaa

    Thanks for the honest review, Rae! Too bad about the body oil – I can totally see my hand slipping and breaking the bottle! LOL. And herb-scented, umm… no… At least the Lip Sheers have great formula! :)
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  • That gold packaging though! I'm such. a sucker. for gold packaging! Trish McEvoy gets me that way. I shell out for shiny things :S
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  • Alison

    Damn, woman. You write like the edge of a knife, so sharp and so pretty.


  • That's disappointing about the oils, but the Lip Sheers are quite pretty, especially Currant!
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    • I've really been enjoying them, Stephanie! Would totally recommend ;)

  • peachesandcorals

    Rose and Currant both look lovely
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    • I've really been loving both — well worth looking into for a summertime treat ;)

  • dia

    Could you do a post about the body oils you've tried? I have a similar problem. I love how moisturizing they are, but the scents are overwhelming.

    • I'll try to get one up soon, dia! If you're not a fan of their scents, though, I would definitely recommend just using pure oils — jojoba, sweet almond, and pumpkin seed oil are all gorgeously moisturizing without being smelly or heavy ;)

  • Jules

    Awww…those lippies are both so pretty. Currant is prettier than the other for me. Its not too light and not too dark. Love the packaging too for I find it classy.

    • It's a really great colour! :) I can see it working on a ton of different skintones, too.

  • Swatch and Review

    I really hate the smell of rosemary so this is a big ole pass for me too!

    • Phew, I'm glad I'm not alone! My family is CRAZY about rosemary, but I can't help but cringe away from it :/

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  • Absolutely digging the honesty – well done! Currant looks so pretty and comfortable on – I am sad to hear about the herby scent of the body oil though, no-one wants to smell of Sunday roast!

    • Thank you, Emma! :) I really wish Beautycounter had stopped to put a little more effort into their oils — the packaging is so gorgeous, but the scent of this one just really doesn't live up to the price tag.

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  • Kuri

    This is a bit off topic – and maybe you discuss this elsewhere on the site – but I was wondering if you consider EWG a reliable source of information. Other bloggers and sources that I follow have stated that EWG's interpretation of the scientific data is often out of date or misleading.
    So I'm curious what your take is on this topic.

    Anyway, I love your thorough reviews and your gorgeous photos!
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    • Hi, Kuri — this is totally an ok place to ask! :) I think the EWG is a great resource, but like a lot of "green" sites, it can definitely blow things out of proportion.

      I think EWG is a great site for finding accurate ingredients lists and looking up the possible functions of each ingredient, but I always try and remember to double-check my sources! I've never seen a product or ingredient get a lower rating on EWG than I think it should have, but sometimes you have to do some fact-checking when they give something a really high rating — especially if that is based off of in vitro (i.e. petri dish) studies, which often don't actually have a lot of relevance for human use.

      Hope that helps! :)

      • Thanks for the clarification!
        Double-checking is a great precaution.
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  • Lauren

    I love the Rosemary and Citrus Oil! Especially during the summer months–I love to take walks with my kids along the river, and the rosemary acts as a natural bug deterrent. it does not linger on your skin for hours on end–I only notice the smell a few minutes after applying it. As for the organic brand you listed–they use "proprietary blend" of oils (which, as you know in the personal care industry means they can use almost any oil and not have to tell you what is in it) makes me nervous as I have a son who has serious skin allergies. Love your honest review though.

    • Thanks for your comment, Lauren! I'm afraid I don't know a lot about natural insect deterrents, aside from the fact that marigolds and citronella will help ward off mosquitoes, but that sounds really interesting. I'll have to look into rosemary next!

      I'm not sure what's in Osmia's essential oil blends, but their customer service has always been amazing in my experience. I bet if you emailed them with a list of your son's allergies, they would help you figure out what's safe for him to use from their line! :)

  • Kim

    I personally love the scent of the beautycounter body oil! It reminds me of a clarins body tonic oil. Heavenly! I am so wanting that BC oil but it is pricey as the great ones always are!

    • I totally get that comparison, Kim! I have (and love) tonic as well :) I found that my Beautycounter oil went bad WAY before the Clarins, though, which was odd – I got them around the same time, but while I'm still using my Clarins Body Tonic, my Beautycoutner oil went bad last winter.