Foundation Galore

I’ve reviewed two of these foundations already – Gressa and Nu Evolution- but I think it’s important to bring up choices I’ve tested before when also talking about new products. When reviewing a product, it can be very beneficial to compare it to different products of the same category, as that way you can better understand what will suit you. Simply making separate, one-and-done reviews stating that each foundation has “good coverage” won’t help you understand as well as speaking of its pros and cons against other choices. In addition, as time goes by, you can definitely discover new ways to use or apply products, just as I mention below with the Gressa Minimalist Foundation. Again, I want to avoid “one-and-done” reviews when necessary. I originally wanted to review the 14e Cosmetics Aloe Nourish Foundation I’ve been using over the past month, and found it a better idea to do so compared to some popular choices I’ve already been acquainted with. 


Corrective Serum Foundation by Gressa ($62)

Full Review here

Looking for: light to medium coverage, liquid/oil formula

Good for: covering imperfections, scars, natural skin-finish/no-foundation look

Buy:Integrity Botanicals

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History: 

~I’ve been using this product for years now, as you know from previous reviews, and it’s still a top choice. My color is 3.5. I’ve spoke about this product in depth already, but wanted to include two new ways I’ve been applying the foundation and a few highlights.

Application Method 1:

~Gressa foundation, as you know, is a fantastic product. For those looking for a hassle-free routine and are as in love with Gressa as I am, try mixing a few drops of this product with the Nutrient Day Cream by Josh Rosebrook. If you find yourself wishing the Nutrient Day Cream had more pigment and coverage, then you will find that this combo will serve better that desire for a tinted moisturizer. I’ve already raved about the cream and this foundation, so mixing them together serves to create something just as fantastic – this combo doesn’t need ANY additional help with blending. I opt to use the actual color of my skin, 3.5, and mix 3-4 drops with 1 pump of the moisturizer. I lightly mix the two products in my hand, and simply smooth it on my face just as a moisturizer. You don’t need a brush or sponge with this smooth of an application, however I always like to use a sponge at the end of my routines regardless. How many drops of foundation you use really depends on how much coverage you are looking for, so customize it to your preference. Because of how well moisturized your skin is as well from the Tinted Day Moisturizer and how smooth it is with the Minimalist Foundation, every other product in your routine applies and blends easy as well. I sometimes still sprinkle a bit of Farizad’s Veil in it, as I love the powder as well to further blur imperfections and mattify my skin a bit.

Application Method 2:

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~If you don’t want to mix the two and prefer using the foundation separately, I suggest trying something new: a smaller concealer brush. I put a few drops in my hand and dip the brush into it a bit at a time. I like how much control this gives you over the areas you are applying- lighter for areas you don’t need as much product, and heavier over imperfections such as scars/discoloration. I personally either prefer big brushes such as the Gressa Face Brush, or a small brush such as this, and I have to say I am tending more to the latter. I’m actually using the Gressa eyeshadow brush since the bristles won’t absorb product and I just find the size and shape perfect for my need. I didn’t want to buy a new brush, so I decided to repurpose it since I really don’t wear eyeshadow much. This method prevents me from putting on too much product onto my skin – which I can be guilty of- and from putting unnecessary product on areas that don’t need targeting. It just helps your own skin shine through more.

Pros:

~It does a great job of covering uneven skin tone and discoloration.

~You only need a few drops for coverage, very pigmented and easy to blend out.

~It’s gives such a beautiful, natural finish! Blush/bronzer apply beautifully over it as well.

~Wears very well throughout the day (minus skin getting oily), and due to the ingredients, will actually serve as a serum to help your skin look better even when you take it off.

~Great ingredient deck (minus coconut derivative).

Cons:

~Awful packaging- leakage and spillage from every single bottom I have purchased.

~Potential medium-rated comedogenic ingredient of Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – I myself do notice I can feel congested after a period of use.

~Skin does tend to get more oily with this throughout the day for me. If you experience the same issue, try mixing with Earthwise Beauty’s Farizad’s Veil or setting with 14e’s Prep + Prep if this is an issue for you. Farizad’s Veil contains zinc oxide, which disperses with oils. It isn’t meant for aloe-based moisturizers/gels (this rules 14e out with the first ingredient as Aloe Vera), or else it won’t do the job of protecting your skin, but it can work with moisturizers or foundations that contain oils. Thus, Gressa and the Veil will make a nice pair, as the former contains broccoli seed oil as its first ingredient. Either of these options (veil or 14e powder) make for such a great combination with this product, I highly encourage you to try it.

Ingredients:

~*Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Silica, GRESSA Healing Complex™ *Silymarin, *Neem (Azadirachta indica) Extract,*Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Extract, *Lemon Balm (Melissa officianalis) Extract, *Barberry (Berberis vulgaris) Extract, *Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) Seed Extract, *Elder Flower (Sambucus nigra) Extract, *Bitter Melon (Momordica charantia) Extract, Licorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate Non-GMO, Coenzyme Q10, Ascorbyl tetraisopalmitate, (Vitamin C), *lecithin, *glycerin, mica, iron oxides, titanium oxide {*Certified Organic Ingredient}


Aloe Nourish Foundation by 14e Cosmetics ($44)

Looking for: light to medium coverage, creamy/mousse formula

Good for: covering imperfections, natural finish, spf protection

Buy:Aurora Beauty

History:

~I used 14e a couple years back (around when it first launched) and really didn’t like the product – I remember it being grittier and harder to blend out. In addition, the colors I had tried just did not work for me. It was a complete fail at the time and I was so disappointed since I had bought the full size and not any samples. As I talked about before, I am trying out products that I didn’t like in the past because my skin health has dramatically improved and I want to assess whether it truly was the product that was the problem or my skin. In this light, I decided to try this foundation out again, wondering what I would think of it now. I actually contacted 14e inquiring if they had changed their formulation, because right away from the first pump and application I could already tell a difference- it was definitely not gritty anymore and was easier to blend out. They informed me that they did not reformulate, rather they adjusted the mixing time and pouring temperatures. Thus, if you tried this product around the time it first launched, I suggest getting samples and giving it another chance.  I will tell you that I am very glad I gave it another glow, as it has become a staple now. It’s a choice I find myself reaching for daily- even when I have Gressa on the same shelf.

Description:

~This product is what I would call the Tinted Day Cream if it had more coverage – it feels very light, very comfortable, and has wonderful ingredients such as aloe vera (and NO coconut!). It also contains SPF 23 for sun protection.

~It’s formulation is mousse-like and smooth, yet also dries out a little thin.

~I chose the color Sand and ordered from Aurora Beauty – it’s a perfect match.

Application:

~It blends very easily- BUT you have to know how to work with it, just as in the case of the Gressa Contour Bronzing Serum. I like to lightly smooth it over my skin, leave it to sink in for a few seconds, then blend in very gently with my fingers. I don’t like using a brush or rigorous blending with this product, as fingers serve better to the purpose. In fact, I highly encourage the same for you – as you can see from the pictures, upon application it very quickly starts to dry and change its consistency from a smooth/easily blended product, to one that is drier and more difficult to blend. I use one pump of product and deposit a light layer over my skin. I find that it does the job of absorbing into my skin without any help from me as it starts to dry, so I don’t even need to use a brush. After a few seconds, I will start to gently pat and push the product in with my fingers again. It doesn’t stand well to water either- it will thin out- so when I use a sponge to set it as well as later on in my routine to blend out my bronzer/cream blush, I will make sure I squeeze out as much water as I can from it.

Pros:

~Blush/bronzer/highlighter apply beautifully over it

~Aloe Vera base makes for such a soothing, healing product- how can you not be tempted with this choice when it’s the first ingredient. It just gives you an extra layer of healing, hydrating goodness over your skin. In addition, contains other lovely ingredients such as Vitamin C and Kokum Butter. Again, the list of ingredients is a HUGE pro for me, as my skin just feels so weightless and comfortable, plus I get no breakouts! I love makeup that also serves as a healing, nourishing product because your skin really does continue to look better throughout the day, rather than worsen if you were using conventional foundations instead with no-so-good-for-you ingredients.

~Light/medium coverage that still looks natural. Gressa will also give your skin a very nice smooth finish, particularly because of how well it will go over textured skin, deep acne scars, and how well it lets your skin shine through. This is indubitably due to its oil/serum hybrid formulation as well as the inclusion of silica. In the case of the Aloe Nourish Foundation, it blends into the skin and achieves the same results, but with more of a matte finish (which doesn’t sacrifice glow). Again, I would say it’s comparable to a thicker form of the Tinted Day Cream with more coverage. They both result in a smooth, lightweight, and natural finish, but they just go about it through different formulations. It comes down to which your prefer- oil/serum or mousse, as well as which ingredient deck appeals to you more (both are full of healing/wonderful ingredients but maybe your prefer the exclusion of silica or the benefits of aloe vera or you just love broccoli oil), and which application methods appeal to you more.

~This packaging….wow. Five stars. The pump is VERY smooth (unlike what I discussed with Nu Evolution’s Complete Coverage Foundation), I can press lightly to get less product, or all the way to get a full pump. You can also see how much product is left since it is clear packaging. So happy with this.

Cons:

~Since it does dry out to a different consistency, it doesn’t blend/layer like the products one is used to – again, I’ve found a method that works for me as talked about in the previous section, and application serves no issue to me whatsoever. As for layering, it does a great job of leaving me with a natural, medium coverage finish so I only need to apply it one. Yet if I were to layer, I would follow the same method once again to build up coverage, but again for me this is not necessary.  The formulation takes getting used to, but it’s worth it.

~Probably due to the aloe vera base, the foundation does thin out as the day wears. It also doesn’t do well with water. Wearing the 14e Prep + Prime powder helps ameliorate these issues for me, and I am very satisfied with the outcome of how my skin looks at the end of the day. It may not be 100% as flawless as it was in the morning, but really what product gives us that anyways. With the aid of the powder, it comes close.

~I already have my go-to’s for sunscreen, one of which is the Tinted Day Cream that I’m using every morning, so I don’t like sunscreen in foundation, as it just seems like it’s overkill. However, for people who are looking to use less products, this can actually be a huge plus and ease up their routine.

~Makeup does tend to oxidize over the day due to different factors, however I do notice this one does more than the other options I’ve listed here if I don’t set it, so by the end of the day I do notice my skin tends towards orange. Ever since I am using the 14e Prep + Prime, I’ve noticed this issue is much better (I know – I’m actually using a face powder! I will write a review on this soon).

Ingredients:


~Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera)*, (Plant Glycerin)*, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide)”, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil*, (Non-Nano Zinc Oxide)”, Acerola (Vitamin C)*, Garcinia Indica (Kokum Butter)*, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola)*, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice)*, Bambusa Vulgaris (Bamboo Extract)*, (Mica)”, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary)*, (Sunflower Lecithin)”, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil*. May Contain: [+/- Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77489)]. {* – Certified Organic, ” – Naturally Sourced}


Foundation by Kjaer Weis ($68)

Looking for: light to medium to heavy coverage, cream formula

Good for: covering a lot of discoloration/uneven skin tone

Buy: Integrity Botanicals

History: 

~I don’t use the Kjaer Weis foundation so much as it does contain coconut ingredients, however whenever I need legit coverage without looking cakey, this is what I will reach for once in a while. My mom, who has a normal skin type, loves this foundation for herself.

Description: 

~It’s a cream formulation that comes in the beautiful, classic Kjaer Weis refillable cases.

Pros:

~It does a great job of covering uneven skin tone and discoloration.

~The color of the foundation also doesn’t change throughout the day. Again, makeup oxidizes due to different factors, and aside from some steps you can take, some formulations just withstand better.

~It’s very customizable and easily layered, the most out of all the options listed. Quite heavy duty coverage without looking cakey, which is impressive. Even their blushes cover up breakouts/scars when I have them around my cheeks! This company simply understands coverage. However, although it may not look cakey as you build it up, for me it doesn’t feel as weightless as the other options mentioned here. Overall, I appreciate the formulation, I just wish it didn’t have comedogenic ingredients and that it didn’t highlight certain imperfections in my skin (see below).

Cons:

~It doesn’t settle into deeper scars or textured skin well at all, highlighting them to be evident rather than covering them up. I do not achieve a flawless look if I use this all over my face, especially as the day wears on- not to mention I will also end up breaking out. The other choices listed here do a much better job in terms of coverage and imperfections, particularly the Gressa Minimalist Foundation. However, if you have a normal skin type and scars that aren’t deep, these problems will not be an issue for you. My sister has smoother skin and loves this choice.

~I will breakout with use. 🙁 (this is not an inevitability for everyone, it depends on how your own skin reacts to coconut/beeswax/etc)

Ingredients: 

~Mica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Oil•, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil•, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch•, Cera Alba (Beeswax)•, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax•, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil•, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil•, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Glyceryl Stearate, Talc, Gallic Acid. May Contain +/- CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491(Iron Oxides), CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77492 (Iron Oxides). {•organically grown}


Complete Coverage Foundation by Nu Evolution:

Full Review here

Looking for: light to medium to heavy coverage, cream formula, matte finish

Good for: covering discoloration, staying matte throughout the day

Buy: Credo Beauty 

History: 

~I have been buying this product on and off over a few years.

Description: 

~It’s the most matte formula I own- even more than Kjaer Weis, which doesn’t seem intuitive. My skin will actually get oily with Kjaer’s foundation, and stay matte with this product.

Pros:

~The foundation that helps me stay matte all day – no oily finish.

~No coconut and once again, a great ingredient deck.

~Very good coverage, you only need one pump.

Cons:

~Shade range can be quite difficult to work with, it’s not easy to find the proper one either based on their descriptions of the shades online.

~Doesn’t give a glow/dewy finish since it’s matte. In addition, I feel like my skin shines through more with Gressa/14e while still not having to sacrifice coverage.

~Dries quickly, making blending a little harder.

~Not a smooth pump, packaging needs to improve in this regard.

Ingredients: 

~Water/Aqua, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Glycerin 8043-29-6, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Carnauba Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax, Stearic Acid, Lecithin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Origanum Vulgare (Oregano) Leaf Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum (Cinnamon) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Root Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E). May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI-77891), Mica (CI-77019), Iron Oxides (CI-77491), (CI-77492), (CI-77499).


Conclusion

I am finding myself reaching for the 14e Cosmetics foundation very often. I never can say I only use ONE product, as my skin has its moods, and so I alternate accordingly or choose a product based on occasions. However, I can say that I do not have plans to repurchase the Nu Evolution Foundation as of now. Again, I still think it’s a great product, but it isn’t a choice I have reached for in a while ever since discovering 14e. I stick to Gressa and 14e mainly and am more than satisfied. However, if it comes to an occasion such as a wedding, which is at night, I won’t prefer to use 14e’s Aloe Nourish Foundation since it’s contains spf and is thus unnecessary, so I can see myself reaching for Gressa or Nu Evolution. Kjaer Weis is great for targeting certain areas of my face for these events, but again I have to stay away from deeper scars/textured skin because it really worsens my appearance if I use it over these areas. This is unfortunate, since the product has such good coverage without a heavy finish. There are many wonderful options in green beauty suitable for different skin types and preferences, all you need to do is sample them and see which appeals to you most.

Which options are your own favorites?