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.
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!