I picked up a few products a while back from Good Earth Beauty and decided as a last minute thing to pick up a sample of the 100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation in ‘White Peach’, the second lightest shade.
I honestly can’t even remember right now what the other things I bought were, because funnily enough the standout product was undoubtedly the little sample pot of foundation! I had enough for about 5 applications and loved it so much I just HAD to get the full-size!
Unfortunately I knew based on the sample that the white peach colour was just a smidgen too dark for me at this time of year (should be perfect in summer though), so I went ahead and also purchased ‘creme’, the lightest shade, intending to mix these two colours together to get the perfect match.
Good Earth Beauty were out of stock at the time, so I purchased the ‘white peach’ shade from the website Natural Solutions and the ‘creme’ shade from an ebay site Ardent Beauty. It was rather annoying that I had to get them from two different websites and pay separate postage, but Natural Solutions only emailed me last-minute saying that the ‘creme’ shade was out of stock. Meh, whatever.
Anyway, down to the review. As you already know, I LOVE this stuff! Definitely the best all-natural liquid foundation I have tried so far. First of all, I love how natural-looking this foundation is. I found that the perfect way to apply this is on top of a facial oil that has been given a few minutes to soak in. I then go in with my fingers to spread it out and go over the top of that with a beauty-blender (or my Real Techniques equivalent) to press it into the skin and make it blend flawlessly. The biggest problem I have found with natural foundations is that they tend to look flaky, obvious and unnatural, but not so with this product!
Coverage is definately medium. It is heavy enough to cover redness and subtle spots but if you have a monster blemish you will probably need to go over this with a concealer or pressed powder. I am overall very satisfied with the coverage this offers because while I prefer something a little more heavy-duty than a tinted moisturizer, I don’t want to feel as though I am wearing a mask. This foundation definately still allows your natural skin to show through, while covering up the majority of imperfections. Also, the product is certainly build-able, though applying too much can tend to make it look cakey. If you’re after denser coverage, applying it with a brush rather than sheering it out with a beauty-blender might be the way to go (however, in my experience blending it with a sponge certainly makes for a more natural, aribrushed finish).
Another thing to note- this has a very matte finish, so if you’re a dewy girl this mightn’t be your cup of tea; however because my skin tends to be a little oily I am a huge fan. I find that because of this there is no need to set it with a powder. If you find it looks too dull and want to add some glow back to your skin you can mix it with a bit of liquid highlight or simply add some to the high points of your face.
Staying power is also very impressive- I can easily wear this all day, and it still looks good after 8 hours. I even exercised in this (yes, I know this is a no-go but I did it anyway #rebellyf) and it didn’t look gross when I finished! Obviously it doesn’t look as perfect as it did in the morning after I had just applied it, but still, I don’t even think non-natural foundations have that super staying power ability, so overall I am very happy with this product in that regard.
Some information about the shades, to be honest I didn’t notice much of a difference between ‘creme’ and ‘white peach’ after all. Creme is just a little bit lighter, and tends to be aimed at cool skin tones, whereas white peach has a slightly more yellow (though overall neutral) undertone. I prefer the overall colour of white peach so I will mix this in with creme to lighten it up a bit, and hopefully this will be perfect and match my pale winter complexion.
Finally, the ingredients are very pure. The first listing is organic aloe vera, which we all know is fabulous for the skin. The rest is a mix of fruit extracts and vitamins, which I imagine are high in antioxidants. It also has an SPF of 20 from titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for those who are concerned about sun protection. the ONLY thing I have to add is that this product does contain Japanese Honeysuckle extract, and I know that several people in the ‘green community’ have an issue with this, as apparently it can act in a similar way to parabens (at least that is my understanding based on the little bit of research I have done). Of course this is a personal choice, but the way I see it, I am already avoiding a tonne of mainstream chemicals as it is so I am not really fussed about something at the end of the list that may be a bit dubious. Compared to your standard Nars or L‘Oreal foundation, this one is a HECK of a lot more natural and beneficial for the skin. I have also found that it does not break me out, which is always a bonus!
- Natural-looking finish
- All-natural ingredients
- Good coverage
- Feels light on the skin
- Quite a decent variety of shades (7 to choose from)
- Great staying power 8+ hours
- Matte finish
- Does not break me out
- Decent price of $35 USD (though this will go up if you’re in Australia like me)
- Shade range could be expanded (I think very pale girls might have difficulty finding a perfect match)
- Not suitable for those with dry skin, or those looking for a dewy finish
- Not widely available in countries outisde the US (I had to do a bit of searching to come across companies that would ship to Australia)
- Applying too thickly can lead to it looking cakey and unnatural
- Japanese Honeysuckle?
Ingredients: Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Juice)1, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Extracts of Prunus Persica Fruit (Peach), Prunus Armeniaca Fruit (Apricot), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Bean) and Lycium Barbarum Fruit (Goji Berry), Euterpe Oleracea Pulp (Acai) Oil, Punica Granatum Fruit Extract (Pomegranate Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Extracts of Organic Camelia Sinensis Leaf Ferment (White Tea)2, Coffea Arabica (Coffee Cherry), Aristotelia Chilensis (Maqui Berry), Vitis Vinifera Skin (Muscadine Grape), Garcinia Mangosteen Peel (Mangosteen), Malpighia Punicifolia Fruit (Acerola), Sambucus Canadensis (Elderberry), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed, Lonicera Caprifolium (Japanese Honeysuckle) SUNSCREEN ACTIVE INGREDIENTS: 15% Titanium Dioxide, 10% Zinc Oxide
100% Pure Healthy Skin Foundation in shades ‘white peach’ (left) and ‘creme’ (right)
‘White peach’ and ‘creme’ blended out slightly
Both shades blended together