The Foundation That Is Holy Grail Worthy

May 8, 2017

A smooth, flawless face with every blemish and spot concealed. Coverage without cakeyness, plus a dose of natural glow that somehow manages to look even better as the day goes on. That’s not too much to ask, right?

I had been doubting that possibility ever since calling it quits on my beloved Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Foundation a couple of years ago.

I tried Honest Beauty’s Everything Cream Foundation, W3ll People’s Narcissist Foundation Stick, and the Jane Iredale Glow Time BB Cream. I had a brief stint with the Juice Beauty Phyto Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation, and finally settled on using the Hynt Beauty Duet Perfecting Concealer as a foundation. While this was the most effective of the bunch, I still longed for the coverage that I had once achieved with my Tarte foundation.

Enter: The Au Naturale markdown going on the Aware House site. Au Naturale has recently re-branded, which is why products with the old packaging were put on sale. I managed to snag the Au Naturale Organic Creme Foundation stick for just $ 22.80 each (regularly $38.00)!

The formulation of this product is so clean, it almost sounded too good to be true. It is free of parabens, talc, nano, gluten, sulfates, and bismuth oxychloride. It is also made and sourced in the USA, and is rated a 1 by the EWG.

The only ingredients in this foundation are:

Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Capric Triglyceride, Castor Seed Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Mica, Silica, Candelilla Wax, Iron Oxides, Organic Pumpkin Seed Extract, Tapioca Root Starch, and Organic Lavender Oil.

What is even more impressive than the ingredient list, is the performance.

I ordered the shade Marino, which just happened to be a perfect match for my skin tone. This foundation comes in a twist-up stick format, which I have really grown to enjoy. It makes the application process extremely quick and mess-free.

One word of advice: make sure your face is well-moisturized before applying the foundation. The only times I have experienced patchiness is when I applied it to dry or slightly flaky skin.

After swiping the foundation stick all over my face, I buff the product into my skin using a downward motion with a medium-sized dense brush (I use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush).

Oh my goodness. This delivers an impressively even face without the weight that most full coverage foundations add. If I want my skin to look even more natural, I dab a damp beauty blender all over my face. The foundation offers such good coverage, I actually pat a little under my eyes to act as a concealer as well. I then set my T-zone area and under the eyes with a loose powder (currently using the Juice Beauty Flawless Finishing Powder), and I am good to go.

Swatched: Au Naturale Organic Creme Foundation in ‘Marino’

I have found this base lasts beautifully throughout the day, with very little settling into fine lines, patchiness, or wearing off. Not to mention it is the fastest foundation application I have ever experienced!

After such great success with this, plus the recent feature by Beauty Heroes, I am excited to try more from Au Naturale’s line. If you have tried Au Naturale, tell me what your favorite products are!








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  • Reply Jessica May 8, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    I am going to have to try this one! My favorite right now is the Tint Skin by Beautycounter. Also, I had never heard of Aware House, but it’s awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply giginaturelle May 9, 2017 at 4:30 pm

      I hope you like it! I’m guessing this has more coverage than Tint Skin, but the finish looks so natural! You should definitely check out Aware House. If you have any questions for them, their customer service is wonderful too! 🙂

  • Reply Paige May 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    I love this one too! & I agree that it works great under the eyes which is awesome. I use a similar brush to buff mine in but I will have to give the damp beauty blender a try as I have not tried that. The Au Naturale lip liners and lip sticks are great, super pigmented and long lasting 🙂 I also have tried their creme bronzer and its pretty nice as well.

    • Reply giginaturelle May 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Hmm I was thinking about trying a lip stain. But I should check out the rest of their lip line too! I’m glad to know you like so many of their products. Thanks Paige!

      • Reply Paige May 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm

        I completely forgot that they had their lip stains out. If you do try them I’d love to see a review!

  • Reply Melanie May 9, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    Great post! I would have never tried the Au Naturale foundation stick before reading your review. I have yet to try a foundation that works well with a beauty blender, or consistently perform. I’m still trying to find my perfect Lancome Teint Idole foundation replacement =)

    • Reply giginaturelle May 9, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      I have never used the Lancome one before so I’m not sure how it would compare. But I can tell you that this one has great coverage and a nice natural finish. I find that it works best to blend in a downward motion using a dense brush first. Then I go in with a damp beauty blender after and lightly dab onto my face. I hope this helps! I know it can be a long process to find a cleaner replacement for a favorite conventional foundation- and one that ACTUALLY works just as well. You’ll have to let me know what you think if you try this one, Melanie!

  • Reply A Natural Glow May 10, 2017 at 10:38 am

    I’ve recently been hearing a lot about this foundation! It’s top of my list to buy next. What are your thoughts on it vs W3ll People?

    • Reply giginaturelle May 11, 2017 at 9:37 am

      Its been a while now since I used the W3ll People one, but I remember it having a patchy finish, and feeling quite heavy on my skin. The Au Naturale one blends easier and while being full coverage, still feels fairly lightweight. The Au Naturale foundation also has a larger shade range 🙂 Hope that helps!

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