Liquid Foundation Reviews
This summer I decided to try out some liquid foundations. It is really hot in Arizona and I like to keep my makeup as light as possible since I will probably sweat most of it off by the end of the day. I have been extremely happy with my go-to foundations, which have been the Kjaer Weiss Foundation (I wear like porcelain) and Vapour Atmosphere Luminous Foundation (I wear 115). My love of these tried-and-true products doesn’t stop my compulsion to try new green beauty options. I was able to order some trial kits online and, while I was traveling this summer, I picked up some foundation samples of product lines that are not sold at my local green beauty store, Citrine Natural Beauty. It is so hard to buy foundation online without testing out the colors on your skin.
Let’s start with what I look for in a foundation. First and foremost, it must have clean ingredients. I don’t want anything that is a known skin irritant, hormone disruptor or toxic ingredient in my foundation. I feel it is counter-intuitive to apply something to my face to help me feel and look better on the surface while it is harming my body on the inside. Vanity is not worth risking my health, and there are so many gorgeous products on the market today that have clean ingredients that I don’t have to put my self at risk. A list of the ingredients I like to avoid can be found here.
Next, it needs to be lightweight. My skin needs to breath. I wear foundation to even out my skin and to give me a more polished look. I don’t like a heavily, made up look. So, these are the products I tried out…
The first brand I purchased was Crunchi. After using up the sample kit, I wrote a full review that you can read here. Since writing this post, I have purchased a full-size bottle of foundation, primer, and also the CRUNCHI foundation brush. They are currently selling a foundation sample pack, rather than the trial kit that I had purchased. The pack contains a sample of their 4 most popular shades. It appears to be a smaller sample than what I received and it doesn’t contain a sample of the primer, but it should be enough for you to color match and get an idea of how the product works for your skin.
Next I purchased an INIKA trial kit in light. INIKA is an award winning Australian brand of certified organic products that uses Australian botanicals and pure minerals to create high performance makeup that also nurtures your skin. INIKA has one of the highest safety ratings by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database. They have a slew of certifications to verify that they are organic, safe, cruelty free and vegan. If there is a certification out there, they probably have it.
One of the many great things about INIKA is that it comes in several formulas to meet a variety of needs. Whether you like a liquid, baked or loose powder formula, or a multitasking BB cream, they have you covered! Couldn’t resist the pun, sorry!
The trial kits contain 2 shades of mineral foundation powders, 2 Liquid Foundation and Organic Pure Primer. This foundation is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and is a combination of moisturizer and makeup. Made with coconut oil, apricot kernal oil and jojoba, it is very hydrating without being oily or heavy. It not only blends flawlessly to give you a beautiful, natural coverage, but also hydrates your skin at the same time thanks to the addition of hyaluronic acid. I found this foundation to be just the right amount of coverage that also let my skin breath and look natural. I also feel it is quite buildable, for if I was going out and wanted a little more coverage or had a red spot that needed some extra foundation. It has a thicker consistency than the CRUNCHI, but not by much. The primer is very similar to the CRUNCHI primer (think SMASHBOX Photo Finish primer) but has the additon of hyaluronic acid. BONUS!
I tried out the powder formulas and I was surprised at how easy they were to use and how well they blended into my skin. I prefer a liquid or cream foundation, so I didn’t spend a lot of time with them, but if you like powder formulas, you need to check these out. If you like a heavier finish, I bet applying this over a liquid foundation would be beautiful with the added bonus of the SPF. I wish the trial kit came with a sample of the BB Cream because I know that it has to be amazing! When I finish up the bottle of CRUNCHI, I will definitely purchase a bottle of INIKA. One can never have too much hyaluronic acid in their routine!
Another liquid foundation I picked up was Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation. This is probably my favorite of all the foundations I tried. This is truly food for your skin in makeup form! It covers my skin beautifully and makes it look flawless without feeling heavy or thick. Literally, flawless! It is a liquid to velvet finish that just melts into my skin. It is made with broccoli seed oil, barberry extract, sea buckthorn, vitamin C, coenzyme Q10 and a proprietary blend of powerhouse botanicals to balance your skin and make it more radiant. Food for your skin!
Now, after that declaration, I have a confession to make. This foundation was a little tricky to work with and took some trial and error to get the hang of it. When the sales girl was making the sample, she spilled more than she planned into the tiny sample container. She told me that the amount she put in there would last me weeks! I scoffed in disbelief! It was one of those tiny sample containers that you get all the time. The first time I used it, I dipped my large foundation brush into the sample and started dabbing it on my face.
It is a thin, rather oily formula and I quickly learned that it was WAY too much foundation! It took multiple tries before I was able to appreciate this amazing foundation. It feels like a serum going on so it may feel a little oily at first, especially if you apply too much like I did. Once you figure out the correct amount to apply and blend it into your skin, you will see that it melts into your skin like a beautiful serum and leaves your skin FLAWLESS, literally! I later purchased a bottle of it. I apply 2 tiny drops from the glass dropper onto my foundation brush and that is enough to convert my face to a flawless canvas. Now you probably think flawless canvas means heavy-looking and peeling foundation. Quite the opposite! This formula melts into your skin just like a serum, yet lasts all day, and leaves you skin with a natural finish. Once I mastered the application, I was hooked! I look forward to trying more products from GRESSA.
If you aren’t sure what color to purchase, you can check out the sample packs available at Integrity Botanicals here.
I picked up a sample of Sappho New Paradigm Liquid Foundation. I let the sales girl chose the colors that best matched my skin. I came home with the #4 and #5, which both turned out to have yellow undertones, which my skin does not have. I have worn both several times and I don’t feel I can give it a fair review because I wasn’t happy with the color match. I will tell you that I found this formula to be thicker than the other formulas that I tried and it gives more coverage on first application. It is rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients, so this would be a great choice if you prefer a medium to full coverage foundation. It blends easily and doesn’t feel heavy, but again I don’t feel I can give a full review since I didn’t give it a fair testing. I only wore it 3 times and gave up because I wasn’t happy with the shade.
If you have tried any of these foundations, I would love to hear your feedback!