Natural Foundation Review: Full Coverage

This is the second part of my review of all-natural foundations.  My first post here covered light coverage and medium coverage.  Now we’ll talk about full coverage options in natural foundation. I’ve done my best to place them where I feel they fall in terms of coverage and grading them based on my experience using them on MY SKINTYPE.  I will do my best to recall the performance of each product in the season(s) I used them.  Please don’t be offended if I give your favorite foundation a mediocre score.  Everyone has different skin issues and needs.

I mentioned my skin type in my first post, but as a recap, my skin is quite fair with neutral-to-warm undertones.  My skin type is normal and drier in the winter. I have an occasional blemish.  These points are very important to keep in mind. I am in my 30s.  I’m not 20 with oily skin anymore, and thus do not seek out the foundations I once did.

 

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Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation – [$54 retail] Grade: C

I wrote a whole post about this one, here. This is another hybrid skincare-foundation, which is what drew me to it and convinced me to spend over $50 of my money.  First, I purchased this in the winter of 2015 and I was really struggling with finding a solution to my dry winter skin.  Gressa Serum Foundation was not a good match from the outset, as it is a foundation well known for clinging to dry patches and having a serum-to-powder texture.  That would be excellent if you are oily.  I was exceedingly disappointed in this foundation because it just wouldn’t work with me during the winter and spring when I had it.  It finally was a little better when I used it in early spring, but even then it was still too matte and drying for me.  Also, I purchased shade 01 which was a little too light, but that was before Gressa came out with shade 1.5.  I would not purchase this again.  It is not a hydrating formula and it clings like grim death to any hint of dryness on my face.  I would highly recommend it for someone who has oily skin and likes a matte foundation.

 

Silk Naturals HD Cream Foundation – [$11.99 retail] Grade: B-

Silk Naturals is a brand that saves on advertising and fancy packaging, which in turn keeps prices for their products very low.  Their cream foundation is remarkably affordable for a natural foundation.  I have G20 which is fair with golden undertones, but I can also use their N20 which is fair with neutral undertones.  The shade range is the most extensive of any natural foundation I know.  Some of the claims they make about their foundation, however, just aren’t true in my personal experience.  It does crease some and it definitely will break up on my skin the longer I wear it.  In my experience, this is not a long-wearing foundation.  I wouldn’t want to wear this when I needed my foundation to look great for a solid 8+ hours.  Typically, if I wear this on a work day, it looks kind of wrecked by the time I get home (so, after about 9 hours of wear).  I’ll cut this product major slack because of it’s clean formula, affordable price, and nice coverage.  It does look great at first, but the longevity isn’t great compared to other foundations.

 

Kjaer Weis Foundation – [$68 retail; $40 for a refill] Grade: A

This is my 2nd favorite foundation, behind Fitglow Beauty.  In my opinion, the hype over this foundation is legit.  It’s expensive, but a big part of the $68 is for the refillable metal packaging. For a long time, the foundation only came in about 5 shades, none of which were light enough for me.  However, when Lightness came out I got a sample, and was smitten.  The coverage is buildable up to full coverage, the finish is a beautiful velvet – which is my way of saying “not dewy or matte.”  The wear time is very nice and I don’t recall ever having issues with it breaking up very much.  One caveat – I have not used this in the winter, and frankly, it would probably not be hydrating enough for me to use December through February. I did use it some in the spring and even then I could tell that it would not be the best foundation for me during the winter.  Otherwise, I truly love this foundation for times when I want flawless, beautiful coverage.

 
W3LL People Narcissist Foundation Stick – [$28.99 retail] Grade: B-

To be honest, it has been at least a year since I tried this foundation, and even then I only had a sample.  Nevertheness, I thought I would share the impressions I had of it. To me, the formula was a bit heavy, heavier than Kjaer Weis, say.  If you like that heavy, thick consistency, you’d probably like this.  I couldn’t figure out what shade was best for me and the sample I had wasn’t the right color for my skintone. If memory serves, I had shade 01 and the pink undertones were too much for me while the other shades look like they might be too dark. This is the struggle of foundations you can’t see in person – it’s a gamble when you pick your shade. I love the fact that it is a stick formula, which is so convenient and easy for application. In truth, I can’t remember if this foundation was moisturizing or not.

 

Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation – [retail $30] Grade: A

I picked this up at Ulta one day when I had been dealing with a couple of pimples around my mouth (hormonal, no doubt) and I realized I didn’t even own a full coverage foundation.  I swatched it in the store and while the shade Snow did look a little light for my skintone, the others were too dark, and I bought it with somewhat mixed expectations.  On the one hand, I’d heard very good things; on the other, I felt the formula might be patchy or dry.  As of this writing, I have only used this a few times in fall weather, but so far, I love it.  It is very comparable to Kjaer Weis foundation in my opinion – they are both buildable full coverage with a semi-matte finish.  This is the type of foundation that gives you a doll-like perfect skin look.  Now, it did break up around my nose a bit, as well as around my laugh lines, but otherwise, it has done very well for me.  I do not think this will be moisturizing enough from December through February for me, but we’ll see.

 

RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up – [retail $36] Grade: A-

This is like the more emollient, moisturizing version of Kjaer Weis or Honest Beauty Cream Foundation. I use shade 00 which is for fair skin; I find this shade to have warm undertones. This is actually a better choice for me for full-coverage foundation for winter.  I wore this in mid-October on a 70 degree day and had a bit of shine.  Like the other full coverage foundations, it does break up a bit on me around the nose and mouth, and because it is a more emollient formula, it can even smear around the top of the nose, or other places that get rubbed.  Not a huge deal for me because I don’t rub or touch my face, but it does give a good idea of what the foundation is like.  I do not like this under the eyes, but you can spot conceal blemishes very nicely with it.

What is your go-to full coverage natural foundation?  Do you use any of these foundations?  Do you love another natural full-coverage foundation?

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