I’ve used the Farmacy Beauty Honey Drop Moisturizer fairly consistently since I purchased it during the Sephora VIB sale, and I’m finally “hitting jar.” (Note: the pictures in the post are at least several weeks old). You get 50 ml / 1.7 fl oz of product for $58 CAD / $45 USD / £38.00.
I was inspired to purchase the Honey Drop after reading Sharmtoaster’s great review. This sounded perfect for me because I love lightweight moisturizers and I have oily skin. Unfortunately, it was just okay. It’s a decent moisturizer, but it’s really nothing special. There are many other moisturizers that give me better results and have a more pleasant user experience, and most of those are cheaper. Let’s talk about the claims:
- “Boosts skin’s natural moisture” – Honestly, no. It doesn’t take much to moisture my skin (it’s oily and very hydrated), and this was less moisturizing than all of my favourite moisturizers. I feel like it sits on my skin and evaporates.
- “Softens and soothes skin” – Somewhat. It could have done so much more! I had high expectations after all of the reviews I read.
- “Improves visible firmness and elasticity” – No. I haven’t noticed any changes over the past two months, but maybe there are long term effects. Some of the ingredients looks promising.
- “Gives an instant dewy glow” – Yes, but it dries down after about ten minutes and my skin looks pretty much the same.
Here are some other observations:
- It was fine under makeup. It didn’t add any extra radiance or longevity, but it didn’t take anything away either.
- At night, it was never moisturizing enough on its own.
- On several occasions, I’ve accidentally screwed the lid on too tightly and couldn’t get it off. It’s not a huge deal, but it’s annoying. This has happened to me with the Honey Potion as well, but I haven’t experienced with anything else (except tomato sauce).
- The lid is magnetic, which is handy for storing the little metal spatula that comes with it.
- The jar is pretty and Instagram-friendly, but I’m not a huge fan of jar packaging. Not because it’s unsanitary, but because it requires an extra step. Who has time to wash a spatula? Erm, who wants to take the time to wash a spatula? I like it when I can squirt products directly onto my face. (No, that’s not what I’m trying to say.)
- The texture is okay. I like gels, but this is slightly too greasy for me.
- I think I might enjoy this more if I lived in a humid climate; maybe it would absorb better.
- I would recommend purchasing this if you’re really into green beauty and care about natural ingredients.
- Check out Sharmtoaster’s post to read her take on the ingredients. Here’s a link to the ingredient breakdown on Cosdna.
You can read my initial impressions in these two Instagram posts:
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Here’s my evening skincare routine after a makeup-free day: Cleanse: @healavie__official Cleansing Oil Gel – this is a gel than melts into a oil as you massage it into your skin. I’ve had it for a week and I adore it. It’s also great for pulling sebum out of pores! I’ll post a review once I’ve played with this more. You can order it from @_daint. Toner: @leegeehaam_global Tea Tree 70 Mist Toner – I’ve used this on and off for two years. I ordered it from @bisoubeautybar. AHA: @stratiaskin Soft Touch AHA – Mandelic acid is my favourite type of AHA! Mist: @institut_esthederm Eau Cellular Spray – the mist is very fine and I love spritzing myself with this, but I won’t purchase it because of the price. Essence (1): #leegeehaam Tea Tree 90 Essence – this is essentially empty and I can’t decide if I want to repurchase it. I ordered it from HKC Plaza (would not recommend). Essence (2): @cosrx Advanced Snail 96 – I love this for hydration, decreasing redness, and healing blemishes. I purchased this from @cosmetic_jolse. Moisturizer: @farmacybeauty Honey Drop moisturizer – so far I like this, but I can’t decide if I should keep the second jar that I accidentally purchased during the #sephoravibsale 🙈 Overnight Mask: #cosrx Ultimate Moisturizing Honey – one of my all-time “holy grail” skincare products. I ordered this from @mikaela.beauty. Note: The cleanser and spray were gifts in my goodie bag at the @skinvestmestofficial #beautydatemtl event. Everything else was purchased by me, as usual. #skincareroutine #pmroutine #kbeauty #koreanskincare #healavie #daint #ljhcosmetics #stratiaskin #indieskincare #aha #mandelicacid #institutesthederm #frenchskincare #farmacybeauty #farmacyhoneydrop #greenbeauty #snailmucin #abcommunity #rasianbeauty #skincare #instaskincare #itgtopshelfie #oilyskin #reactiveskin #sensitiveskin
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I’ve acquired four products from @farmacybeauty in the past few months: HONEY DROP – I love lightweight moisturizers and this had some stellar reviews, so I expected to love this. However, it’s just okay. This isn’t overly moisturizing, even on my (hydrated!) oily skin. I’ll finish my jar, but I wish that I had gotten a sample first instead of dropping 58 CAD. SLEEP TIGHT – I’ve used about half of this sleeping mask so far. I haven’t noticed any firming or toning, but this mask does a decent job of preventing moisture loss overnight. I wouldn’t purchase a full size, but I would gladly use up another sample. HONEY POTION – I posted about this in October after only a few uses because I love it so much. Whenever I’m having an adverse skin reaction, I use wash-off mask and notice immediate effects. I don’t really like masks that have a warming sensation, but this one is fairly mild. I won this in a giveaway from @allanaramaa, but I will purchase this myself in the future. GREEN CLEAN – I received this balm cleanser from @skinvestmentofficial for attending #beautydatemtl. I’m waiting to finish my Banila Co. Clean It Zero before digging into to this so I can do a proper #1empty1newbie. I’ve tried it once and I liked it, but I don’t think I’ll like it enough to purchase it. I’ll let you know in a few months. I’m not really into “green beauty” for various reasons, but I like Farmacy a lot. The packaging is nice, although the jars can be tricky to open. I like that most products come with spatulas. The Green Clean spatula is stored within the lid and the honey products come with a metal spatula that sticks to the magnetized lid. Let me know what you think of these products or of the brand in general, especially if you disagree!
I’m sad that things didn’t work out between me and the Honey Drop, but it’s probably for the best. I’m glad that I tried it, but I should have gotten a sample first. It’s okay, but it’s far from magical.