If you read my post earlier this week, you will know that I am on the quest to find the perfect foundation, which of course needs to be 100% natural or (even better) certified organic.
Although I have been using “natural” products for many years, it was only in the past year that I realized that even some of the brands I was using were not as clean as I thought or claimed to be–“greenwashing” (i.e. when companies claim that they are greener than they truly are) is sadly a big problem in the beauty industry. This is what prompted me to go on a (literally) world-wide search for natural products that are not only clean but also perform.
The first foundation I purchased was Lavera’s–a very well established German natural and organic brand–after watching Lisa Eldrige’s video on organic makeup where she uses it and recommends it.
- The Lavera foundation is oil based (it contains olive, safflower, jojoba, coconut and argan oils, plus shea and cocoa butter) so it is very hydrating.
- The product is creamy, has yellow/peach undertones, and smells fruity (it reminds me of sea-buckthorn, which in turn reminds me a bit of oranges).
- The finish is sheer and dewy.
- It is packaged in a plastic bottle with a hygienic pump (always a plus since this helps extend the life of the product).
There has been quite a bit of criticism on the web regarding this foundation, which I find mostly to be unjustified. It is truly a very nice foundation, and what I really like about it is the finish. It is light and sheer, yet offers enough coverage to even out any redness or minor imperfections without feeling heavy or clogging like typical silicone-based foundations. It also leaves a beautiful dewy look on the face, which I find very flattering to anyone with dry or aging skin. It is also one of the cheapest organic foundations on the market.
However, there were a few things I was not crazy about and prompted me to keep on looking. The first one is that it can be a little sticky after application so translucent powder is needed. It is also tricky to apply, although I found that if it is applied before the moisturizer or primer is fully absorbed it goes on smooth and evenly (but it will really cake if your face is dry!). Lastly, it oxidizes quite a bit after application going from an NC20ish when first applied to an NC25-30 after a few minutes (at least on my skin), which makes the shade too dark for those with fair or even light skin.
I would definitely recommend this foundation to anyone with light-medium and darker skin, normal to dry skin, and who are looking for a sheer and dewy finish. It is not recommended for those with very light skin, or for those with oily skin, or who need a lot of coverage. Also, unless your skin is very dry, this product would be hard to wear during sticky and hot summer weather, but probably great as an add-on to moisturizer during the winter.
I hope you liked this review. Stay tuned for the next one: Zuzu Luxe.
The fine print
EWG rating: NA (the EWG rates several of the essential oils in this product as medium-hazard, something which I find is not supported by the facts, so I believe the rating by EWG is not accurate or fair in this case)
Good Guide rating: Partial data
Where to purchase: Lavera site (they offer a 30-day satisfaction guarantee).
Water (Aqua), Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Alcohol*, Myristyl Myristate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetyl Alcohol, Silica, Tricaprylin, Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Glucose Glutamate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Butter*, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Algin, Xanthan Gum, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Vegetable Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract*, Lecithin, Brassica Campestris (Rapeseed) Sterols, Lysolecithin, Tocopherol, Algae, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Magnesium Gluconate, Maltose, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Natural Essential Oils), Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool – May contain Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.