The first natural,* oil-based foundation and concealer I’ve tried…. And by far the most expensive!
* by ‘natural’ I mean predominantly made from ingredients which exist in nature, i.e. not man-made
Why did I choose Vapour Organic Beauty?
One of the first foundations I tried after switching to cruelty-free was Urban Decay Naked Skin, although now I prefer not to use Urban Decay because it’s owned by animal-testing L’Oréal. I liked it for the first month or two…. .but with everyday use I found it quite drying and the chemical smell made me wonder what was actually in it!
I’m trying to make more of an effort to look after my skin and think more about what I use on it, so after discovering hemp seed oil as an effective and inexpensive non-comedogenic moisturiser I decided to take the leap and try an oil-based foundation. I chose Vapour over other natural brands purely because they are leaping bunny certified 🐰 and I had read a few good reviews. Vapour is also available from several UK websites: Content (who do samples), Naturisimo and Alyaka. It can be quite difficult to find natural liquid foundations in lighter shades in the UK without having to ship from the USA, (which I’d prefer not to do).
Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation
Ingredients: Organic Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Silica, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mica, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate*, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Solanum Lycopersicon (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Nonvolatiles, Wildcrafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Oil, Tocopherol (Non GMO Vitamin E–Soy), Wildcrafted Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Gum, Organic Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Organic Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Leaf Extract, Pogostemon Cablin Oil = patchouli oil [+/–: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)] * Eco Cert
The top 3 ingredients are oils, all of which have low comedogenic ratings. The thought of trying an oil based foundation won’t appeal to everyone but I promise your face won’t become the oil slick you expect! I’ve used this foundation on and off over the past few months to give it a fair trial, on good skin days, bad skin days, days when I knew I wouldn’t get the chance to re-apply powder at lunchtime, and with/without primer. I’ve compared it with mineral powder + concealer, and with some left over Urban Decay All-Nighter foundation.
Natural (mostly oils), organic (Vapour’s lab is certified by the USDA and several products are USDA certified organic), leaping bunny certified (the strictest cruelty-free certification)
I love the idea of using a foundation that is more skincare than make-up…… it feels light, skin looks healthy and it’s silky and easy to apply
Gives a healthy glow and a satin finish 💆
Didn’t cause any new breakouts for me, but I did find I touched my face a bit more because it was so smooth and soft, often making it fade more quickly
Two pumps is enough to cover my whole face so it lasts a long time
Good for sensitive skin- doesn’t cause irritation or dryness, covers redness
The box packaging is made from recycled materials and both the inner and outer packaging are recyclable
I like the texture and the glow but £43 is a bit more than I’d like to pay!
The texture and finish won’t appeal to everyone, especially those with oily skin
As it’s a ‘natural’ product, it’s not designed for longevity, and it will melt a little, especially if it’s a warm day. To help combat this, I re-applied a little powder after 4-5 hours
Described as medium-full coverage…..I’d say it gives a maximum of medium coverage
Probably better in winter than summer when skin needs a little extra nourishment
Difficult to tell when you’re getting to the end of the bottle
These photos are completely unfiltered/unedited, taken with a smartphone camera (not the selfie feature) first thing in the morning (I’m in my dressing gown and my hair is still drying 🙈). I chose the lightest shade s100 with a tiny bit of bronzer on my cheeks. I could probably do with a slightly darker shade now summer is here. You can still see my blemishes, but I have to admit I love the healthy glow. When I was younger all I wanted was a matte base with maximum coverage to hide every imperfection, but my blemishes and scars don’t bother me as much now as they used to. I’m much more concerned about the health of my skin than using heavy make-up to cover it up. Plus, I don’t see the point in posting filtered or edited photos for a foundation review- I want to show you what it really looks like!
A quick verdict on the Illusionist Concealer
Pretty good for dark circles under eyes but not so much for blemishes. You don’t get a lot of stick for your £24……
Ingredients: Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Mica, Tocopherol (Non GMO Vitamin E – Soy), Solanum Lycopersicon (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Wildcrafted Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Oil, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Nonvolatiles, Wildcrafted Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Gum, Organic Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Organic Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Leaf Extract, Pogostemon Cablin Oil = patchouli oil [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)]
Overall, I love the texture, smell, and satin finish of this foundation and the fact it contains ingredients which are good for my skin, but it is a bit pricey. I wouldn’t buy the Illusionist Concealer again but I will definitely try other Vapour products and wouldn’t rule out repurchasing the Soft Focus Foundation (my justification is that I use honey and relatively inexpensive cold-pressed oils as skincare so I can afford to spend a little more on foundation!) 👌 I don’t think I can fully reach a conclusion on it without trying more cruelty-free, natural, liquid foundations first for a fair comparison. However, there seems to be a lack directly available in the UK….
Some I’ve found:
Like Vapour, Ilia is also leaping bunny certified 🐰 Unfortunately from the reviews I’ve read of each of these options and others, it sounds like natural foundations, in terms of application, formulation and shade range, still have a long way to go.…..
What do you look for in a foundation? Have you tried any of the natural foundations listed above (or others)?
I’d love to hear your thoughts!