Ingredients: Aqua (water), Sodium PCA, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Jojoba esters, Glycerin (vegetable glycerin), Mica (Cl 77019), Zinc oxide (CI 77947), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Macadamia ternifolia seed oil (macadamia oil), Cetearyl wheatstraw glycosides (&) cetearyl alcohol (wheat straw extract), Persea gratissima oil (avocado oil), Iron oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Talc (CI 77718), Citrus grandis seed extract (grapefruit seed extract), Stearic acid, Cetyl alcohol, Sclerotium gum, Tocopherol (vitamin E), Leptospermum scoparium oil (manuka oil), Melaleuca alternifolia oil (tea tree oil). **Certified organic
Living Nature is New Zealand’s original natural skincare company, which has been creating natural beauty products for about 25 years now. Today, I will be reviewing Living Nature Liquid Foundation.
I’ve been using Living Nature Foundation for years now; the first time I bought it was about 6 or 7 years ago, and this is now my 3rd bottle.
Living Nature Foundation comes in a 30 ml glass bottle with a pump – this is a big plus for a natural product, as it keeps the oxygen and our fingers from spoiling the product. Make sure you shake the bottle before applying foundation, so the minerals and other ingredients mix well. The foundation is of a pretty liquid/runny texture, but tends to get drier upon application, so I would suggest using either a primer and/or moisturizer before applying the foundation.You can apply the foundation either by using your fingers, a foundation brush (I use Everyday Minerals Foundation Brush) or a foundation sponge (the cheaper Real Techniques one or the more expensive one – BeautyBlender). Living Nature Foundation spreads easily and the coverage is very good. The foundation lasts good 8 hours. Living Nature Foundation is suitable for all skin types; for those with more oily skin, a bit of a dewiness may set in after a while, and for those with dry skin, some “flakiness” may set in, so make sure you use moisturizer before applying the foundation, as well as keeping your skin exfoliated. The Living Nature Foundation comes in 5 different colors; I am using Pure Taupe, which can be a bit light in summer times. One thing to keep in mind when using mineral based foundations is the oxygenation of the minerals; meaning, over time, due to oxygenation of the minerals, the color of a foundation will get a bit darker (in some cases, an orange sub-tone might get more visible).
Let’s take a look at the ingredients. Sodium PCA, a natural component of the skin, is, when derived from amino acids, a skin-identical ingredient and a humectant; with its high ability to absorb water thus works as a great moisturiser. Cetyl alcohol is an emulsifier and an emollient, derived from derived from plants (usually from palm oil or coconut oil); it can be also produced from petroleum and it used to be derived from whale or dolphin sperm (yeah, no kidding!). Cetyl alcohol is a softening and conditioning agent. Stearic acid, an emulsifying agent, is a naturally occurring fatty acid, which can be derived from animals or plants; in natural beauty products, it goes without saying, that the ingredients must not be animal derived. Jojoba oil is a sebum-identical ingredient, a great moisturizer, which softens the skin. Macadamia oil is another sebum-identical ingredient, high in palmitoleic acid, which softens the skin. Avocado oil is a very nourishing oil, antioxidant and rich in fatty acids and vitamins. New Zealand’s native manuka oil has antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-irritant properties. Titanium dioxide works as a natural SPF, while tocopherol and grapefruit seed extract work as natural preservatives.
Not so good ingredient? Talc due to potential contamination with asbestos fibers and it can contain small amounts of aluminum silicate. Talc is far worse when used in a powder form as opposed to mixed in a liquid form with other ingredients, as there’s far less possibility of being inhaled.
Price? 34€ for 30ml, which is pretty reasonable, since only a small amount of Living Nature Foundation is needed for acquiring a good coverage. Would I buy it again? Yes, I would; this is my 3rd bottle and I recommend it. But before I buy it again, I am interested in trying Living Nature Illuminating Foundation.
Have you tried Living Nature Foundation? What’s your favorite natural foundation?
For more information visit our Living Nature dedicated page.