Lavera 2 in 1 Compact Foundation is a sturdy creme foundation, offering a great coverage with a matte and velvety finish, while nourishing the skin with its abundant natural ingredients.
I’ve been using Lavera products for well over 15 years now and I always have at least one Lavera product I am using – be it from their face care, body care, hair care or makeup line; some are better than others, some are a constant on my cosmetic shelf (their Rose lip balm, for example) – but most of the Lavera products are one of the most affordable within the green beauty segment.
Having tried quite a number of Lavera makeup products, including various foundations over the years, the one that kept popping on my wishlist was the Lavera Compact 2 in 1 Foundation, but somehow some other foundation always sneaked in front of the line on my foundations wishlist. But I did get it, finally, back in May, thinking the weather might not be very hot for a while – and once I got this foundation, it’s started getting really hot.
Lavera Compact 2 in 1 Foundation comes in two-story compartment compact: on the top, there’s the creme foundation, and when you lift it up, there’s another compartment with a sponge and a mirror – quite travel and carry-on friendly.
This foundation comes in several colors; I’ve got the lightest in Ivory 01 (for very light skin tones, this one will still be too dark for you), which is lighter and more pinkish, while the Honey 03 is darker and a bit more golden/yellow. The scent is pleasant, even if a bit non-descriptive, but found with many Lavera makeup products.
Lavera Compact 2 in 1 Foundation, as far as the texture goes, falls under several different foundation categories: it’s a compact foundation, but not a powdery (pressed powder) foundation; it’s creme but also a bit powdery in its final finish-look stages and it’s liquid – but not entirely or really. I know, a bit of conundrum going on here with this foundation. At any rate, the texture is quite thick (the first comparison that comes to mind is the RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up Concealer – read my full review here) – it’s obvious right away this foundation is a sturdy mix of butters and waxes, along with carrier oils, of course. Upon application, the foundation starts to dry fairly quickly, so a quick blending is needed. The foundation comes with a very gentle and super soft sponge – meant not only for application but also for blending the foundation, but as my previous experiences with, especially, creme foundations and sponges have proven, this form of application just doesn’t suit me, for the reason the amount of foundation is too great and the finish looks too layered and even cakey due to this foundation being also a bit of a powdery – in short, the foundation is very visible on my skin and that is not the finish look I am going for. So, instead of using the sponge – I’ve been using the excellent Ere Perez Multipurpose Brush: if I’m using the sponge to grab the foundation or, mostly, fingers, I swap my finger through the foundation and place it/dab it on my face and then thoroughly blend it with the foundation blush.
Another aspect I’d like to point out regarding the usage of this foundation is that some type of a primer is a must – most preferably a light and fast absorbing serum (two such serums, which I’ve found work nicely are FOM London Hydra Plump Serum – full review here, and Ere Perez Quandong Green Booster Serum – full review here) – especially when it’s not cold, which makes the application of the foundation glide and blend the easiest. Alternatively, I’ve been also using a dab here and there of the Alteya Organics Rose Otto Face Sunscreen SPF25 (full review here). Regardless, whether you have dry skin or oily skin – I strongly suggest using some type of moisturizer/serum before applying this foundation.
With a primer and a makeup brush, once thoroughly and finally blended – this foundation looks great on the skin: a naturally glowy finish is achieved, and despite more or less minimal amount of the foundation, for the precise reason of not achieving full coverage, the skin tone is even, redness covered – but it still looks natural. From time to time, I wet a makeup sponge and just gently press against my face, making the foundation appear like a light liquid one.
If you wish, you can get a strong coverage with Lavera Compact 2 in 1 Foundation, but I don’t think the finish look might look – natural, and it may feel heavy on the skin. On the other hand, you can also use this foundation as a concealer: in combination with other foundations, maybe loose mineral ones or when opting for a very minimal look, using only a primer/moisturizer, a dot here and there of this foundation, including under the eyes, and maybe a setting Benecos Natural Translucent Powder (full review here). Yes, it’s quite versatile, this foundation, just as is the conundrum of its many textures.
Lavera Compact 2 in 1 Foundation is also not shy with its many natural ingredients it contains, so along with a good and even coverage, you also get minerals and vitamins to nourish your skin (intermezzo: I know I’ve said it many times, but – how lucky are those, who use green beauty products, as when applying foundations, we also get a nourishing creams based on natural ingredients, as opposed to conventional foundations!). The formulation of this foundation includes Argan oil, Sunflower oil, flower and fruit extracts as well as Cocoa, Shea and Coconut butters – and the fact it contains all these butters (though, being a creme foundation, it goes without saying it would have) was the reason why I was being a bit hesitant to get it sooner and a bit apprehensive how my skin would react, as these butters, especially the Coconut oil can be a bit heavy on my combination/oily skin and since Coconut oil is a comedogenic ingredient for my skin. I’ve been experiencing a few bumps and clogged pores along the way, but the main culprit in this case is Bismuth Oxychloride; I just have to make sure my skincare regiment takes this into an account and to not use this foundation when it is (was) really hot. That, and a formulation which, along these butters, contains waxes and a higher concentration of Titanium Dioxide – it can get heavy on the skin, especially oily and acne prone.
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How about the ingredients?
Ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tricaprylin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil*, Mica (CI 77019), Lauryl Laurate, Silica, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax, Stearic Acid, Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Hydrogenated Jojoba Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil, Lecithin, Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Hydrogenated Lecithin, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tin Oxide (CI 77861), Water (Aqua), Alcohol*, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Benzyl Salicylate**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citral**, Citronellol**, Benzyl Alcohol**
Castor Seed Oil has anti- bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Sunflower Seed Oil has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids. It is rich with Vitamin A, D and E. It spreads easily and is quickly absorbed. It is an antioxidant and a moisturizer and it promotes skin regeneration. Jojoba Oil, an emollient, natural to skin’s sebum, it soothes the skin and promotes collagen production. Rapeseed Oil has emollient and antioxidant properties. It nourishes and soothes irritated and infectious skin. Argan Oil has anti-inflammatory properties; it contains high content of fatty acids and antioxidants. It softens the skin and is an excellent anti-aging agent. Olive Oil is an antioxidant with high content of essential fatty acids , thus great for dry skin and lips. It has soothing and healing properties and is a great moisturizer. Camelina oil, rich in Vitamin E and omega fatty acids, is an antioxidant and emollient with anti-inflammatory properties. It promotes healthier, smooth and moisturized skin.
Shea Butter is an excellent moisturizer; it contains fatty acids, Vitamins E and D. It softens the skin, fights dry skin and has anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut Oil is hydrating and excellent for dry skin. It has anti-fungal and antiviral properties and is rich in Vitamin C and A. Cocoa Seed Butter, an emollient, is high in Vitamin E. It promotes collagen production and is great for dry skin.
Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract has antioxidant and astringent properties. Tilia Cordata Flower Extract has soothing, hydrating and astringent properties. Mallow Flower Extract, an antioxidant, has anti- inflammatory, astringent. Sea Buckthorn Oil, potent antioxidant, is rich in essential fatty acids. It rejuvenates and hydrates the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for acne-prone skin.
Lauryl Laurate, binder and emulsion stabilizer. Stearic Acid, an emulsifying agent, is a naturally occurring fatty acid.
Potentially problematic ingredients?
Bismuth Oxychloride is a texture enhancer, and a substitute for talc. It can clog pores and cause acne, even cystic acne.
Lecithin, an emollient. Issues: enhanced skin absorption and contamination concerns. Possible immune and respiratory allergen, although mostly in aerosolized products.
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My final word?
Lavera Compact 2 in 1 Foundation offers a buildable coverage – to the point where it’s a strong coverage, but if you, like me, prefer less of a coverage and a natural glowy finish, then this foundation will also be a great choice. A primer, in order for the foundation to spread out easily and evenly is a must, as well as for achieving a natural look. The staying power of this foundation is also quite remarkable – with a primer and a great makeup brush to blend it thoroughly, it lasts all day, does not slide or break and I haven’t had one instance where I’d think I need a translucent powder. On the other hand, if you wish to make it look more like a light liquid foundation, you can use a wet makeup sponge; I also suggest spraying a bit of a hydrolate on your face – it not only melts together the products on your face, but gives an even more refreshed look and – works as a setting spray.
The foundation contains quite a few skin-beneficial ingredients, such as Argan oil, Sunflower oil, Castor Seed oil, fruit and flower extracts and nourishing Cocoa, Shea and Coconut butters – and while nourishing, these later three can feel a bit heavy (and comedogenic, especially the Coconut oil) – mostly on oily skin – but with a light primer and hydrolate and a light hand when applying the foundation, you’ll be able to circumvent this.
Price? Quite affordable and reasonable, as most Lavera products – £14,90 (€17,26) for 10g of a product, which is sturdy and a little truly goes a long way – one swipe with a finger covers the whole face.
The downside? Not enough colors available. Though, when there are many colors available, I find myself tapping my fingers, wondering just which color to pick.
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Are you a fan of Lavera products? Do you find them affordable, especially in comparison with quite a few other green beauty brands? What type of a foundation do you prefer: loose mineral, pressed mineral, liquid, creme? Or does it depend on the seasons? Let me know!
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