You are searching for a long lasting natural foundation? I’ve found it!
For a long time I have been reading blogs about natural and vegan cosmetics. There I read about multiple personal experiences with different foundations and after that tried to apply this knowledge to my own type of skin. In this process I created a wish list for products I wanted to test myself. I have consciously made the first step on a long journey to finding the perfect natural foundation. You can find out why I expect so much from my cosmetic products in my blogging statement.
Short description of my skin: rather uncomplicated normal to mixed type of skin that shines throughout the t-zone in summer and is tense and dry around the cheeks in winter. Besides it has with a yellow undertone, is mostly blemish-free but with some pigmentation at the forehead if exposed to sunlight.
For about two years I have been using the (old) Foundation of Dr. Hauschka. With it I didn’t have any skin irritations but I also wished for more coverage (for me it was comparable only to a BB-cream). Moreover, I had some concerns because it contains alcohol. The new edition of 2015 I tested in a drug store seemed not to cover notably more than the old one (maybe I will give it another try with a sample). I wanted a foundation that is very natural looking and that doesn’t need 4 layers to cover the pigment spots. It shouldn’t let my forehead shine through the day and last preferably without powder products. Furthermore it should match my skin colour as I am using foundation often only in the t-zone. And it should (mostly) endure a long sweaty salsa dancing night! On the whole – a very difficult task.
As I have read so many blogs and reviews I opted for 2 foundations to try out first: the foundation of the brand Living Nature from New Zealand and the one from 100% pure from the USA. The first one I got or the first two, as I bought both lines, is the Living Nature Foundation in Pure Buff and the Illumination Foundation in Dawn Glow as well as the Concealer in Light (there was a nice discount due to the close expiration date).
I am very pleased with both foundations and really fascinated by the coverage of the concealer (I am going to write about it in a separate review and comparing it to the Mineral Concealer Special Agent 001 from Uoga Uoga I bought recently). I ordered the Illumination Foundation in the lightest shade and it gives a nice light glow to the skin. For the summer this colour is too light for my skin if applied on its own, but by mixing it with Pure Buff I obtain the perfect match. I found it very challenging to select the right colour based only on the description of Living Nature’s Homepage and I had to search for swatches from different bloggers to make the correct choice.
As a friend of a dewy finish I am in love with the Illumination Foundation. It doesn’t cover way too much but through the really discreet sheen it leaves the skin glowing with youth and health but is not too shimmery.
On the other side the Pure Buff Foundation is completely matt und has full coverage. And surprisingly for a natural product this lasts the whole day! You have to be careful with the amount of product as it is really abundant. The foundation has more to a watery consistency than a creamy one and absorbs very fast into the skin so you have to be very quick with the application. I need only one layer and everything is covered effortlessly. If I put on a second layer it gets too much for me and I have the feeling that the foundation becomes visible, which is not what I am looking for.
The mix it is: I am very glad that I purchased both foundations. When I mix them 1:1 I have the best result for me, or I put on the matt foundation only at the t-zone and apply the illuminating one to the rest of my face.
A couple of weeks ago I made the ultimate endurance test at the Colour Up Your Sunday Party in Cologne: the foundation “passed with flying colours”. It was a very sweaty business and despite of the moist forehead it didn’t wash away or became stained. Sure, it wasn’t perfect but I wasn’t able to find any major shortcomings neither in the car mirror nor in the magnifying mirror at home. The skin looked still very nice. It was a very different experience with my favourite mineral powder foundation from marie w., which becomes runny very fast and isn’t suitable for salsa parties.
A look at the INCI:
Illuminating Foundation in Dawn Glow: Aqua, Jojoba esters, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Butyrospermum parkii butter**, Citrus grandis seed extract, Cetearyl wheatstraw glycosides (&) cetearyl alcohol, Mel, Persea gratissima oil, Glycerin, Cetyl alcohol, Sclerotium gum, Stearic acid, Leptospermum scoparium oil, Melaleuca alternifolia oil, Tocopherol, [May contain: +/- Zinc oxide (CI 77947), Iron oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Mica (Cl 77019), Talc (CI 77718), Titanium dioxide (CI 77891)]. **Certified organic
Pure Buff Foundation: Aqua, Jojoba esters, Sodium PCA, Cetearyl wheatstraw glycosides (&) cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl alcohol, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil, Persea gratissima oil, Simmondsia chinensis oil**, Stearic acid, Glycerin, Citrus grandis seed extract, Sclerotium gum, Leptospermum scoparium oil, Melaleuca alternifolia oil, Tocopherol, [May contain: +/- Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, Ultramarine pink (CI 77007), Zinc oxide (CI 77947), Ultramarine blue (CI 77007), Iron oxide (CI 77499), Talc (CI 77718)] **Certified organic
It seems to me to be a very clear ingredients list. Both foundations contain many nurturing oils that are not leading to an extra forehead shine. The only ingredient that bothered me was the emulgator Cetearyl wheatstraw glycosides (&) cetearyl alcohol. Therefore I read up on it that it is based on wheat straw and coconut oil and is completely free of palm oil (see link in German Xyliance).
Considering the packaging it is a very hygienic product with a precise pump and glass bottle. For the whole face I need 3-4 pumps, for the t-zone 1-2. Hence the foundation is very rich and in my opinion worth the money.
And another one about 100% Pure (also in German):