jones road beauty review

My Brutally Honest Jones Road Beauty Review (Hits & Misses)

In today’s article, I’m sharing my detailed and honest Jones Road Beauty review after one year of testing their makeup. Sadly, this is a mostly negative review of Jones Road with the exception of a couple products I really liked. I tested Jones Road foundation, Miracle Balm, Face Pencil, Brow Pencil and Brow Gel. If you’re wondering which Jones Road products are worth it and which aren’t, I got you! As always, I’m sharing my brutally honest thoughts in this Jones Road Beauty review.

jones road beauty review

Is Jones Road Beauty Clean Beauty?

Jones Road Beauty is pretty low on the spectrum of clean beauty in terms of “clean.”  They do add synthetics and artificial colorants like many other similar clean makeup brands.

Where to buy Jones Road Beauty: Products are sold via their website only.

jones road miracle balm

Jones Road Beauty Miracle Balm

I tested the Jones Road Miracle Balm in two different shades and don’t think it’s worth the hype. I found the Miracle Balm to be a bit too waxy with a somewhat off-putting herbal scent. For $38 the Miracle Balm is an expensive product that I don’t think is worth buying.

jones road miracle balmThe Miracle Balm is a highlighter balm with a natural “lit from within” type finish. The concept is identical to rms Living Luminizer, except Jones Road Beauty Miracle Balm comes in a huge container. Seeing as rms Living Luminizer is one of my least favorite rms products, I’m not surprised that I didn’t really care for Jones Road Beauty’s Miracle Balm either. It feels more like a waxy balm than it does a true highlighter.

Jones Road Beauty Miracle Balm is basically a castor oil-beeswax balm that includes mica for a shimmer effect and a mix of colorants for the shade. It doesn’t feel all that greasy or oily to me which is a plus. But I can’t see myself finding much use for this product as I use my skincare to moisturize underneath already, and if I want a highlighter effect I’d prefer to go for a true highlighter than something in-between.

One last thing to note is it has a strong herbal scent from essential oils.

Here is what OBL reader Sue says about Jones Road Miracle Balm:

I tried and hated the Miracle Balm. It felt greasy and smelled awful. Tried a few other products from the company and they were all a big “no” for me. Age just over 60.

This is what reader Eve had to say about Miracle Balm:

It just looks like very oily skin, the product is too heavy for my skin, looks untidy. messy and ugly. Wasted money

Jones Road What The Foundation Review

jones road beauty makeupI have mixed feelings about Jones Road’s What The Foundation and feel like this is a love it or hate it type of product. Jones Road Beauty foundation is described as “a tinted moisture balm meets traditional foundation.” This is a light coverage foundation that gives my dry skin a natural satin finish and feels very hydrating. I do think the finish is beautiful, but the product itself has some major faults.

I don’t know if it was a production issue with my batch, but there were little beads dispersed throughout the foundation. And not just a few beads, but evenly throughout. I’m more than halfway done with the product and still encounter beads with every use. 

Another reader who wrote in had the same issue with her product, so it may be more common than I thought.

I’m not a big fan of the pot packaging as it’s not very sanitary sticking my fingers into the product everytime. I understand when budget brands do this, but for a rather expensive foundation I prefer pump packaging.

I do like the somewhat thick (yet hydrating) consistency of the formula, but wish the lightest shade was a bit brighter. Porcelain, which is the lightest shade offered, is still not quite the perfect match for my face, which is paler than the rest of my body.

Here’s what reader Joanna says about What The Foundation:

I have been using WTF for a few months and really love it. It actually feels good on the skin. I find the trick is to use a tiny bit which I scoop out with a plastic spatula I received with another product. I dab it on after using sunscreen. It looks great! I use a bit of powder bronzer with it and look so natural. I have the lightest colour which matches me perfectly. I have ordered the Miracle Balm and can’t wait to try it. I used Powder foundation for years, but I find they are too drying now. This is the best foundation I have found.

 

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And here’s what Cynthia says:

I was disappointed in the products I ordered. The foundation is oily and doesnt go on very smoothly. I did wear it when it got very cold to help with the dryness. The blush wasn’t wonderful either. It didnt give me much color and had a hard film that made it difficult to use a brush. The mascara was thick but a bit clumpy. I need to clean the brush after I use it. All in all, the things I purchased were just not the quality I would have expected fron this line.

I’m not sure I find the $44 price to be reasonable for What The Foundation as it’s on the steep end for the pretty average ingredients list it offers. There are similar quality products for cheaper and better formulated products for a similar price.

I can’t picture myself re-purchasing the Miracle Balm for nearly $40 as I didn’t find much use for it nor was I particularly impressed. But don’t worry, it gets better.

What is the difference between Bobbi Brown and Jones Road?

Bobbi Brown sold her eponymous makeup line to Estee Lauder decades ago, but had signed a non-compete clause barring her from creating another makeup company until October 26, 2020. That very day, she launched Jones Road Beauty, a brand that embraces a minimalistic “less is more” approach to makeup. Jones Road Beauty offers a trim range products, some of which are multi-functional.

Jones Road Beauty is Bobbi Brown’s second foray in the makeup world. This is a contemporary line of versatile products that embrace a less-is-more approach to beauty. It’s the embodiment of Bobbi Brown’s beauty philosophy.

Jones Road Beauty Controversy

Jones Road Beauty received backlash surrounding their TikTok controversy of encouraging customers to post reviews (including negative) for viral views in exchange for payment.  Meredith Duxbury and Mikayla Nogueira who are popular beauty creators were some of the first influencers who went viral for posting negative reviews of Jones Road Beauty What The Foundation. It’s unclear whether these were authentic reviews or paid for.

For full transparency, I purchased the Jones Road What The Foundation and Miracle Balm to see if the hype was worth it, and Jones Road sent some other products from the line.

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Jones Road The Brow Gel

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The Jones Road Brow Gel is one of the products I actually liked.

Jones Road Brow Gel comes as a spool and is a gel based product that fills in, shapes and defines brows. I’m really enjoying this product and find that the Brunette shade works very well for my black eyebrows. Jones Road brow gel comes in 5 shades including clear.

 

I don’t like using super dark shades on my brows because they’re already so black. I find a lot of brow products either don’t show up at all or overpower my brows, and the Jones Road brow gel is somewhere nicely in the middle.  It doesn’t over darken my brows, yet the color still shows up to help fill in and shape them.

Above is a swatch of the Jones Road brow gel in Brunette. It’s quite cool toned which gives my brows a more natural look.

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Jones Road The Face Pencil

The Jones Road Face Pencil is basically a concealer stick for spot covering redness, dark spots, discoloration and dark circles. It’s advertised as being creamy, but I found it to be anything but.

The Face Pencil is dry and tough to work with both on bare skin and over makeup. Product does not transfer as easily as you want it to. I think the beauty in a small stick like this is that it’s compact and easily fits in your purse for touch ups on the go. But it fails at achieving that, so the Jones Road Face Pencil is a miss for me.

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Jones Road The Brow Pencil

The Brow Pencil is supposed to create tiny, hairlike fibers to add dimension and fullness, but I didn’t experience this ?? For me it’s an okay brow pencil that seems to do the job well, but I wasn’t wowed by any magical featherlike brush strokes. I wondered how it could. claim to do that when it looks like any other jumbo pencil, and there is nylon-66 in the ingredients list. Nylon-66 is commonly used in textile and plastic industries. I’m not sure how comfortable I am using the same material that’s placed in carpet fibers.

32 responses to “My Brutally Honest Jones Road Beauty Review (Hits & Misses)”

  1. MaryBeth Russo Avatar
    MaryBeth Russo

    I find the balm to be very heavy on my skin…like Vaseline. I am disappointed and being quite expensive I would like a refund.

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      Yes it feels like a lip balm so it’s ended up as an expensive giant lip balm product for me?

    2. Sharon Avatar
      Sharon

      Frankly, as a 65 year old, I love both the WTFoundation and Miracle Balm. The porcelain color is a perfect choice for my pale skin and the light pink miracle balm is a wonderful and natural alternative to typical blushes. It does provide the dewey look I was hoping to create.

    3. T. McCoy Avatar
      T. McCoy

      I didn’t like it either for the same reasons. I requested to return it and after following all the prompts was told to keep it and they would credit me on both items. Really disappointed it didn’t turn out, but you should ask for your money back too.

    4. Teri Avatar
      Teri

      Hello, I looked at there website and I used, find my shade, and I picked out the pictures and told them my age which is 60 The website chose Miracle Balm Magic Hour. I just received it today and I tried it and it’s Smelly , heavy it never sinks in the skin, and most of all IT HAS SPARKLES for my face who is 60!! I went over to my friends and she asked me if I fell into a sparkle bucket. Plus I went to remove it and the product just didn’t want to come off. I’m going to get a refund.

  2. Anne Townsend Avatar
    Anne Townsend

    I ordered the miracle balm and am not happy with it too shinny looks like play make up for kids.

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      I’m sure JRB must have some kind of return policy!

      1. Sandy House Avatar
        Sandy House

        I hate this product and would like a return but can’t find out how???

  3. Anne Townsend Avatar
    Anne Townsend

    I ordered the miracle balm and am not happy with it too shinny looks like play make up for kids. I would like a refund.

  4. Cynthia Sloane Avatar
    Cynthia Sloane

    I was disappointed in the products I ordered. The foundation is oily and doesnt go on very smoothly. I did wear it when it got very cold to help with the dryness. The blush wasn’t wonderful either. It didnt give me much color and had a hard film that made it difficult to use a brush. The mascara was thick but a bit clumpy. I need to clean the brush after I use it. All in all, the things I purchased were just not the quality I would have expected fron this line.

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      Thanks for sharing your experience!?

  5. Nancy Willis Avatar
    Nancy Willis

    I’m enjoying all of the Jones Road products I’ve purchased. The Miracle Balm in Dusty Rose is my “go to” on no makeup days. It provide a nice glow, moisture & tint to look like a miracle. That & the Flushed Miracle Balm for more blush & eye color plus the brow pencil in Ash are all I need to meet a day of errands.

    When I’m “going out” I enjoy the WTF foundation applied with Bobbi’s everything brush. A little goes a long way & the brush seems to smooth it in so it doesn’t feel greasy or too wet. The face pencils in 7 to cover dark or red areas & 11 to brighten under my eyes. Eye pencil, shadows & mascara as well. Blush in shade Sandy or the Miracle Balm “Flushed” and some “Golden Hour” MB to highlight. I’m enjoying them all. If you use the spatula to mix the WTF & the brush your fingers will not “contaminate it.” I love experimenting with all of the products & creating simple monochromatic looks that focus on clean glowing skin. Also I have skin prone to sensitivity & have had no issues with these products. Love them! Thanks Bobbi for offering us something better for our skin! (I’m 64 & was recently told by a long time friend she thought I was in my 40’s!)
    Try it, give it time; you’ll like it!

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      Really appreciate this detailed account of your personal experience with Jones Road Beauty?

  6. JENNIFER SCHMAHL Avatar
    JENNIFER SCHMAHL

    I love Miracle Balm, it adds just the right amount of color to my skin and I find the moisture content feels great. I am in my 50s and my skin has always run dry so I love the feel of a balm. The foundation takes some getting used to and needs a light touch. I would say stirring it is kind is a pain so packaging could be improved.

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  7. Candi Avatar
    Candi

    I agree..I gave both products away. Did not like them at all.

  8. Ketrn Avatar
    Ketrn

    I love WTF so much. It looks so natural and I always think my skin looks great when I catch a glance in the mirror. I use porcelain shade and it’s a good match for my super fair, cool skin tone. I’m not crazy about the texture of Miracle Balm but the Flushed shade is really lovely and lasts a long time for me. I don’t mind the packaging. I use a spatula to dispense both products. I’m 55. My skin is quite dry and I’m still required to wear a paper surgical mask at work (RN), which is super drying as well. The WTF and MB wear well for my 12hr shifts and my face is still smooth and looks polished when I can finally remove my mask. I wonder if I might find these products too heavy during our humid summers, but they are wonderful finds for winter for me!

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  9. Carol A Kroening Avatar
    Carol A Kroening

    I love this line of products. Living in a climate with super cold temps in winter and hot temps in summer, these products are amazing. What I find interesting is all the tutorial ‘gurus’ that have slammed the line, don’t appear to be ‘gurus’ at all. They are either so heavy handed with products they end up looking like they belong in a circus; or too light handed and then complain the product offers no coverage. These products are natural and offer the no makeup look while being kind to your skin. I think ‘less is more’ at any age. Perhaps some need to get out of the rut of thinking they need layer after layer of products on their face!

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      Thanks for sharing!

  10. Sue Avatar
    Sue

    I tried and hated the Miracle Balm. It felt greasy and smelled awful. Tried a few other products from the company and they were all a big “no” for me. Age just over 60.

  11. Susan Gosman Avatar
    Susan Gosman

    I tried Miracle Balm and love it so much that On March 21 I placed an order for some other products. I have not received a confirmation of my order or an estimate of when it will arrive.
    Can someone please help me?

    P.S. – I am so happy Bobbi is back! I still have one of her powder brushes (in perfect condition) and a very nice makeup bag that is perfect to take on trips.

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      Hi Susan! Their customer service team should be able to help sort you out if you email them hi@jonesroadbeauty.com !

  12. joanna Avatar
    joanna

    I have been using WTF for a few months and really love it. It actually feels good on the skin. I find the trick is to use a tiny bit which I scoop out with a plastic spatula I received with another product. I dab it on after using sunscreen. It looks great! I use a bit of powder bronzer with it and look so natural. I have the lightest colour which matches me perfectly. I have ordered the Miracle Balm and can’t wait to try it. I used Powder foundation for years, but I find they are too drying now. This is the best foundation I have found.

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      Please let us know what you think of the Miracle Balm after you try it!?

  13. Nancy Avatar

    I absolutely love every Jones road product I’ve tried this far. I got rusty rose miracle balm in my stocking and I’m kinda pale but it does give a bit of color. I decided to go to the darker end as each color is translucent on skin, not deep color. I next bought Sunkissed, which looks dark, but its a clear tint, and it’s absolutely the best blush color ever for my pale face. I just use a little and I look like I have a nice outdoorsy glow. I went on to buy a third one called golden hour, it’s ok, too yellow, not much color. I like What The Foundation- I got the lightest shade porcelain and it does a good job covering imperfections. The mascara is unbelievable, best one I’ve ever used and I’ve used a lot of top end designer mascaras from the high end department stores. Overall the miracle balm thru the winter used lightly kept my face from chapping, and kept it moisturized all day long. I had nice color all day with the sunkissed. I wish I could try every shade of Miracle balm but try this…if it looks like it’s got an orange tint it’s probably not for pale skin. If it’s on the pink side it works if you are pale, sunkissed is pink-tan, adds a nice tint of color on anyone.

  14. mor.luxury Avatar
    mor.luxury

    This review provides a comprehensive and insightful analysis of Jones Road Beauty, highlighting its organic and high-quality makeup products. A must-read for anyone seeking natural beauty options.

  15. Eve Avatar
    Eve

    It just looks like very oily skin, the product is too heavy for my skin, looks untidy. messy and ugly. Wasted money

  16. Linda Graziano Avatar
    Linda Graziano

    I really wanted to love this product, but it’s awful. It smells like rancid oil. It so think and greasy that I need to mix it with my moisturizer to apply. The texture it to thick.

    I threw it away. Wasted a lot of money. I bought 2! In the garbage. Linda

  17. Shelly Avatar
    Shelly

    I love most of the Jones road products. I have 3 miracle balms, eye shadow, foundation pencil, mascara, eyebrow pencil, oil stick, cool gloss and lip stick. I use the miracle balm and foundation pencil daily. the rest is eh for me. I hate the brow pencil and the eye shadow creased. the mascara doesn’t last and I had raccoon eyes by the end of the day. I’ve given these products a lot of time though. they sat for months as I used more of my higher end products, but I’m back using them and glad I did. sorry they didn’t work for you. the prices I think are good as well. most of my makeup is hourglass, Chanel and Dior.

  18. Sheldaine Avatar
    Sheldaine

    “And she waited a good 20
    years to do be allowed to do so.”
    What does that mean?

    1. Andrea Avatar
      Andrea

      She wasn’t legally allowed to start any new companies for 20 years after she sold hers.

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