When in search of a new foundation it is best to try a sample first. I learnt this the hard way recently spending $95 on a foundation that does not work with my skin type. Not wanting to make this costly mistake again, I decided to order some samples and I’m so glad I did. Finding a natural foundation that performs but does not irritate my extremely sensitive skin seemed like a daunting task but it was made easy with samples from Nourished Life. They have a range of 9 different non-toxic foundation samples which come in a little pot with about 2 uses. At $2.50 each you can spend just $22.50 and test them all out. This is so much more affordable than spending $50 – $100 on one product without knowing if it will work for you.
I thought it might be helpful to compile my thoughts on the samples (and other green foundations I have tried) in one post. Before reading my thoughts keep in mind that we all have different skin types. My experience with a product could be completely different to yours. Also keep in mind that some of the samples I am reviewing only had enough product for 2 uses so I don’t have extensive knowledge on all of them – I didn’t get the chance to try different application methods or different skin preparation.
The Lavera 10 Hour Foundation offers light to medium coverage. This is one of the few that didn’t clog my pores – not that I noticed anyway. The foundation did cling to dry patches but almost every foundation will do that if you do not prep your skin properly. I do find some products cling more than others and this was one of them. The shade Ivory Nude was slightly too dark for me so I had to try this when I had applied fake tan. One layer looks quite natural but it starts to look messy with any more. I found it would cling more in certain areas and it just did not build well. I applied this with my fingers and buffed it with a blending brush, it may have built better with a beauty blender. Overall, I think its a good foundation if your only looking to apply one coat. I rate it a 2/5.
Jane Iredale BB Cream:
I have a full review of this here. It is very full coverage but you can sheer it out with a lighter foundation or moisturiser. I have been testing different application methods and I find that it works best just using the tiniest amount and building it up slowly with a damp beauty blender. If it sits in my pores I use a fresh buffing brush to smooth it out. I don’t love it. I rate it a 3/5.
If you are into tinted moisturisers and very natural looking foundations then the Zuii Organic Liquid Foundation is a great option. I find building it up to 4 layers gives me light to medium coverage. 4 layers sounds like a lot but the formula is very lightweight and build-able. When my acne clears up it’s definitely a product I could see myself purchasing. It goes a little shiny on me (with no setting powder) after about 20 minutes. As I tried this on a day where I was testing some other foundations, I cannot be sure if it irritates my skin. If you are into heavy coverage, I don’t think you would like this but for light to medium coverage – it’s lovely. I rate it a 3/5.
Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation:
I think I got a dodgy batch of the Ere Perez Oat Milk foundation. My sister gave this to me after it made her skin break out in a rash. I found the colour extremely pink -there is no way it is supposed to be this colour. So I concluded it had gone bad with the stockist or been a bad batch.
This is way to dark for me so I had to wait until I had faked tanned in order to use it. I was very impressed with it as a BB cream although I found the formula quite dry and difficult to spread (it may have just dried out in my sample tub). It provides light to medium coverage and looks very natural. It did irritate my skin and break me out so I have had to rate it a 2/5.
The Vapour Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation is very popular in the green beauty scene but it didn’t work for my skin. This one clogged my pores and made my face a shiny mess that no amount of setting powder could help. The coverage was light and build-able to medium but the more you apply the heavier it feels on the skin. I personally cannot handle how heavy this feels. I think this would be best suited to dry and mature skin types. For normal to oily skin I rate this 1/5.
The stick foundation is slightly better than the Soft Focus Foundation but I had similar issues with my face looking look an oil slick. Once again, this product would best be suited to dry or mature skin. For normal to oily skin I rate this 1/5.
This is similar to the Zuii foundation in that it offers very little coverage however, this one cannot be built up. It feels very slippery in your fingers and on the skin. The shade ‘White Peach’ appears very orange in my tester tub but is slightly less orange on the skin. The only difference I notice after applying this is that my face looks shiny. I could not get this to work for me so I rate it a 1/5.
The shade ‘White Peach’ is perfect for me. The 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation offers light to medium coverage. If I don’t blend it very well it will sit in my pores but I can buff it in easily enough with a buffing brush. This was one of my favourite samples. It builds well and offers decent coverage. It does dry pretty matte which isn’t my favourite look as I find matte foundations can age the skin and it also feels quite dry when applied. However I enjoy the coverage. I suspect it also breaks me out so I rate it 3/5.
You can read my full review here. I originally really liked this but found over time it was irritating my skin and causing me to break out. If you have flawless skin then I think this would be a wonderful option but if your prone to blackheads, acne or clogged pores – steer clear. For non acne prone skin I would rate this a 4/5.
So those are my thoughts on the samples I tried. I am starting to suspect I am sensitive to all natural products because everything seems to break me out.
Thanks for reading,