Saving money, time, and space on makeup without compromising on quality feels like you’re playing those games of choice where you can only choose one. On one extreme, there are those high-quality products that are stunning but come in large containers and only cover one specific makeup need; and on the other extreme, there are those products where you get a travel size 3-in-1 that is efficient for on-the-go but isn’t something that you’d necessarily gravitate towards when you have access to all your glam products.
Dedicated to finding “the one” for my travels and on-the-go lifestyle, I came across Alleyoop. Here’s why this clean beauty brand ticks all the boxes:
1. QUALITY + FORMULA IS WOW
I love a dewy, natural look for my day-to-day and travel makeup routine and Alleyoop products NAIL it. Specifically, the “Stack The Odds” which is their blush, bronzer, and highlighter stackable compact really wowed me! Alleyoop’s CREAMY formula is SO easy to blend and a little goes a long way. Because of its creaminess, it really looks like a second skin – I have been using it over my tinted sunscreen and a lot of the times just on its own because it just blends into my skin so naturally!
I also find myself gravitating towards the 11th Hour eyeshadow stick since there is zero mess and I don’t need any tools other than the stick and my fingers to apply it. No shadow dust on anything, I can quickly touch up anywhere, there is a built-in sharpener, and again, a little goes a long way. It’s super easy to build up, so later in the night I usually reapply for a darker look and keep my daytime makeup light.
2. CLEAN BEAUTY
Sort of ties into the point above, but I wanted to have this point have its own moment. I know there are many people who shop specifically with clean beauty in mind. This was not something I really considered until super recently when I read an article about how many toxins women put into their bodies day-to-day, which can lead to many different health problems long term and it really got me thinking of what I’m putting on my body day-to-day.
All Alleyoop products are cruelty-free, paraben-free, latex-free, aluminum-free, and phthalate-free. I only ordered from their makeup line, but now I’m curious to give their skincare and body care line a try!
3. PURPOSEFUL PACKAGING SAVES SPACE
Beauty products are known for their glamorous presentation and packaging, which on the upside gives a fantastic and luxurious unboxing experience, but quickly becomes overrated in day-to-day use. You realize you’re storing a huge bottle with very little actual product inside. With Alleyoop makeup products, what you see is what you get, which just makes sense.
4. PERFECT FOR ON-THE-GO + TRAVEL
The minimal and light packaging makes it a no-brainer for on-the-go. You don’t need to think twice about making room in your purse or taking up extra weight in your luggage! Just about every one of their makeup products and tools has several functionalities, so less really is more!
Another example of this is their “multi-tasker” makeup brush! This is a 4-in-1 makeup brush that combines the four most essential makeup applicators in one tool: concealer sponge, blush, brow, and eyeshadow brush. It’s really something you’d enjoy day-to-day as part of your normal makeup routine and you can bring traveling WITHOUT feeling like you're sacrificing anything!
5. GLOWY LOOK FOR A FRACTION OF THE TIME
I mentioned how creamy and dewy these Alleyoop products are but I didn’t mention how quick it was to get this basic, natural look!
I did a quick 3-minute makeup routine with these products right before I went to the movies the other day and I got SO many compliments on how glowy and healthy my skin looked. I was shocked and may never spend 30+ minutes glamming again (lol just kidding, your girl loves a good therapeutic glam session, so we’ll keep those for special occasions) but the confidence that 3-minute routine gave me, we love to see it.
I know spending money on new makeup products, especially ones that are sold online only, can feel a bit risky! But I hope this review can help you decide if these clean beauty products are up your Alley (pun intended hehe).