Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation is a light-weight foundation, great for anyone, who prefers a sheer, natural look, while still achieving a light to medium coverage.
It seems lately my makeup consists mostly of Ere Perez natural goodies and so far, out of many products I’ve tried and am using from this Australian brand, I can’t say I’ve been disappointed by any of them. I’ve already reviewed their beautiful Carrot Pots and I have many more reviews of Ere Perez to share with you. And since you’ve been asking me to do a follow up on my makeup routine, I’ll be also posting my late autumnal makeup routine in a few days, which will, not surprisingly, consist mostly of Ere Perez makeup products.
For today, I’ll review their water foundation they launched this year; I got it sometime in Spring and have been using it till Summer and now, with colder weather, I’m using it again. This foundation received mixed reviews; most complains were regarding the application of this water foundation – and that is what I’ll also cover in my review.
Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation comes in a 30ml glass bottle with a dropper; while the bottle with a dropper looks pretty, I think it would be better for this foundation to be packaged in a bottle with a pump, especially since it’s a water-based product thus more susceptible to outside contamination. I guess the point of content is that there are only 3 shades available, and while you can easily mix these three shades to get the right one for you, I am sure Ere Perez will, somewhere down the line, offer more shades, just like they do with their Milk Foundation. So far, the available shades of Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation are Dawn, Dusk and Haze; I’ve got the lightest available one, which is Haze, but even that shade is not very light, so those with very light skin will, unfortunately, have to wait a bit longer to add this foundation on their cosmetic shelf. When in doubt – always go a shade lighter; you can still correct the appearance with some bronzer, whereas if you go with a darker shade, there’s not much correction to be made and not much room to escape the unnatural look. And a cheap one, might I add.
The texture of Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation is very “liquidy/runny” and very light and this is exactly how it feels on the skin – light, barely feeling you’re wearing a foundation – perfect for all those of us who prefer such a feel and look when it comes to foundations, as opposed to walking around with a heavy painting on our faces. The formulation tends on a minimalist side, with the Quinoa seed extract added for its antimicrobial properties, as well as for promoting elasticity of the skin. Another excellent property of this extract is that it reduces the sebum production, thus making it great for oily and acne prone skin.
The coverage of quinoa Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation falls somewhere between light to medium, depending how much of a foundation you’re going to apply. The finished look is very natural either way – sheer, with your skin still visible, thus making it a foundation offering a natural look, with a bit of a dewyness here and there, but mainly a more matte easily breathable finish – depending on what type of an application process you choose. One of many great aspects o this foundation is that it does not set into fine lines, even under the eyes. Once applied, it seemingly melts into the skin, it becomes one with the skin, with no streaks or dry patches and lasts pretty much all day. All in all – you can easily achieve a natural looking even look.
But how to achieve it? Yes, application of Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation can be tricky at first and you may find yourself going through quite a few different ways of applying this foundation. Some may give up pretty early on, saying this foundation is difficult to apply or spread, but I beg to differ. Here’s my advice on how to go about applying this water based foundation.
First thing to keep in mind about Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation is that it’s very runny and dries very fast as opposed to oil-based foundations – think of a tempera paint – , so you don’t have much time to apply it properly in order to achieve a natural finish. As with any beauty product (and that goes for a simple carrier oil as well), but especially for water-based ones, I suggest you shake this foundation first, and shake it well, so that all the ingredients and colorants mix together into the formulation as it was intended. Then, on the back of your hand, drop as many drops of the foundation as you wish – less foundation will result in less coverage and – vise versa. Then immediately swirl and grab the foundation with Ere Perez Eco Vegan Multipurpose Brush and apply the foundation on one part of your face first (say, your forehead), using circular motions; for a bit more coverage and/or more matte look, dab/press the brush onto your skin. Repeat the same process on, first, your left side and then right side of the face. Given this foundation does not offer a strong coverage, I suggest you do not circular motions when applying it under/around your eyes, but instead – dab and press it.
Given how fast this foundation dries, I’ve found, despite Ere Perez’s description, that it’s better to apply more foundation from a get go as opposed to building the coverage; once the foundation dries, applying more of it and trying to blend it might result in streaking the previous layer around or off.
If you tend to apply a moisturizer before applying foundation, and I suggest you do, apply a light moisturizer before applying Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation – whether it’s a light, water-based cream, serum or gel. Then wait at least five minutes before applying foundation so that the moisturizer had enough time to absorb and so that the foundation does not grab the moisturizer and starts streaking. Another option is mixing a light moisturizer with this foundation and applying it, again, with Ere Perez Eco Vegan Multipurpose Brush. Then, proceed, should you wish, with applying makeup and then spray a rose hydrolate on your face; I’ve been using either a rose hydrolate or Alverde Rose Water to set my Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation, but I’ll go over my current makeup routine soon.
Can you mix Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation with a carrier oil? You can, even though my rule of thumb is to mix (or apply beforehand) a water-based foundation with a water-based moisturizer and an oil-based foundation (or BB Cream) with an oil-based moisturizer, and that for a simple fact that – water and oil do not mix and you’ll achieve a better finish following this rule. Having said that, given this foundation is light and the weather is quite cold now, I have been mixing a bit of Oils of Heaven Hemp Oil with Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation – the trick is you have to quickly and thoroughly mix both products. When mixed with a carrier oil, the finish is less matte but more dewy – and that’s that natural healthy looking dewy.
In order to take advantage of everything this foundation has to offer, I advise you do not apply Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation by applying dots of foundation all over your face and then spreading it on your face – again, the foundation dries quickly and it won’t spread or blend appropriately. I also do not suggest applying this foundation with your fingers; your fingers won’t as quickly or as evenly cover the same area as a brush will and foundation will start drying on your face and on your fingers as well, dragging the dried foundation around. You may have a bit more luck with a dry beauty blender, provided you keep on dropping the foundation on blender and buffing in the foundation one area of the face at the time; wetting a beauty blander might result in foundation being watered down.
At any rate – the best application method is to drop a few drops on the back of your hand, swirl the brush around and in circular motions apply it on one part of the face at a time.
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How about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Water, glycerin, quinoa (chenopodium quinoa) seed extract, blackcurrant (ribes nigrum) fruit extract, tocopherol (vitamin e), sodium hyaluronate, maltodextrin, xanthan gum, sodium salicylate, potassium sorbate, ethylhexylglycerin, citric acid, aluminum hydroxide, silica. May contain +/- iron oxides, ci77891.
Quinoa seed extract promotes collagen and elastin production; it reduces fine line. As it decreases sebum production, it is great for oily and acne-prone skin.
Blackcurrant fruit extract, rich in Vitamin C, has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Rich in fatty acids and very hydrating.
Sodium hyaluronate promots skin hydration and a softer, smoother skin.
Potassium sorbate is a preservatives and can be a skin and eye irritant. Given this is a water-based product, preservative is a must. Sodium salicylate, a salt form of BHA, is a preservative and has antibacterial and anti inflamamtory properties.Citric acid is a pH adjuster, buffering and masking agent.
Maltodextrin is an emulsifier, used to improve texture and stability of a product. The bad side of this ingredient is that it’s most often made from GMO corn.
Aluminum hydroxide is opacifying agent in cosmetics; it prevents clumping and allows for an even application.
Potentially problematic ingredients?
Ethylhexylglycerin is a preservative used as an alternative to parabens; could be irritating to skin and eyes.
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My final word?
Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation, once you figure out the best application, is a great foundation; light and thus perfect for Spring and Autumn. It offers equally light coverage and evens out the skin tone, while allowing the skin to shine through and breathe. A medium coverage is achieved with applying more foundation right from the get go as opposed to building coverage, given this is a fast drying (but non-drying to the skin) water-based foundation. Applied properly, this foundation does not streak nor does it set into fine lines and perfectly lasts all day long, without you even knowing you’re wearing a foundation. While the formulation is minimalistic, it still contains ingredients, which have antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. The foundation is a great choice whether you have dry or oily skin – and even those, who have acne prone skin will find this foundation to be a great choice, as Quinoa seed extract, along with promoting skin elasticity, lessens the production of sebum, thus making the skin less oily.
Price? Nearly €30 for a 30ml bottle; not the cheapest, but very reasonably priced. You will notice, though, that, especially if you go for more coverage, you will use a bit more foundation then you may be used to with oil-based foundations. As the great finish of this foundation depends so much on application process, I cannot recommend the Ere Perez Eco Vegan Multipurpose Brush more. Yes, the brush is quite expensive, let’s not beat around the bush on this one. However, the quality of this multipurpose (you can use it for foundation, BB cream, cream blush and cream highlighter…) brush is nearly unmatched: it is sturdy and compact yet gentle and spreads and blends products easily and seemingly. Indeed, the secret for the perfect look and finish of Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation is in using Ere Perez Eco Vegan Multipurpose Brush – and I highly recommend both.
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Are you familiar with Ere Perez products? Which have you tried so far? And if you’ve tried the Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation already, what is your application process? Let me know!
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