One of the things I’m perpetually on the hunt for, is the perfect foundation and I think I’ve found my foundation soul mate. (If such a thing exists.)
A few months ago, I ran out of my Bare Minerals foundation and wanted to continue my quest to find something with slightly heavier coverage and that helped control oil a little better. I was hunting on the Feel Unique website, when I discovered Nude By Nature. I’m not going to lie, the pretty packaging did catch my eye. I couldn’t find a huge amount of reviews for this product, but they’ve won a few awards and had a lot of good press and reviews for other products, so decided to give it a go.
The packaging is really clean and pretty, with a sleek rose gold lid that wipes clean easily. Unlike most mineral foundations, you don’t tip this product out into the lid. Instead, Nude By Nature encourage you to push your brush through the mesh sifter in the top, tap excess off, swirl around and apply. Of course, there’s nothing to stop you tipping the product into something else, but you couldn’t really use the lid it comes with as you can see from the photo above.
It took a bit of getting used to pushing the brush into the mesh, but I’ve actually found it to be tidier and I’m definitely wasting less product, which is always good. I was worried it would damage my brush but so far it hasn’t. I suspect that as long as you have a good quality brush, you won’t damage your brushes. (I use Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush, if you’re interested.)
Product & application
The mineral foundations I’ve used previously have always had light-medium coverage, but I feel like Nude By Nature gives what I would consider almost medium coverage on first application. Coverage can be built up easily, but you do have to be careful to make sure you buff it in well, otherwise you can end up with slightly orange areas.
While it does give medium coverage straight away, it isn’t heavy or cakey; it’s lightweight and soft.
It applies really smoothly and covers up redness and blemishes quickly and easily. I know this is a bit of a cliche in the beauty world, though I don’t think I’ve ever used that phrase on my blog, but it does leave you with smooth, radiant-looking finish.
Of course, you aren’t going to completely cover and erase the odd bright red spot, but this does a pretty good job.
As you can see in the photos above, my skin is being naughty at the moment and although it doesn’t erase the blemishes, it’s not doing a bad job of concealing them.
With combination skin, I always worry about how products and my skin will get on, and I’ve had no issue with Nude By Nature’s offering at all. I find that it helps control how oily my skin is better than any other mineral foundations I’ve used. Of course, there is the odd day where my skin does feel a bit oily at the end of the day but most of the time, I will get to the end of the day and my skin still feels matte.
Talking of the end of the day, the lasting power is good and I have no complaints about it at all. I work in a bar now, which means I’m often rushing around in toasty areas, and it doesn’t melt off my face or anything. It just stays.
I have pale skin and went for the lightest shade, W2 Ivory and it matches like a dream, though apparently it does adapt naturally to match your skin tone.
Nude By Nature’s shade range is quite good and ranges from W2 Ivory through to C7 Chesnut, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find a shade that matches your skin tone.
A few other key points:
- It contains SPF 15
- It’s cruelty free and vegan
- Contains Australian Kakadu Plum for Vitamin C
- Contains Jojoba Esters to nourish skin
- Contains Kaolin Clay to give a flawless finish
- No parabens, preservatives, or synthetic ingredients. (Visit the Nude By Nature website for a full ingredients list.)
Value for money
At £25 (from Feel Unique) for 10g, you are getting good value for money when you compare it to Bare Minerals, who sell 6g for £26.00. Yes, you can buy mineral foundation for a lot less, but if you’re looking for something with slightly heavier coverage off the bat, and that just stays, I really don’t think you can go wrong with Nude By Nature’s Radiant Loose Powder.
It’s hard for me to say how long this product will last me, though I expect it to last at least 6 months, and I imagine it will actually last around 9 0r 10. £25 for foundation that lasts me three-quarters of a year is perfectly fine by my standards.
A lightweight, oil-controlling foundation without any of the nasties that gives medium coverage off the bat, and excellent value for money.
I love this foundation and I do intend on buying another pot when I run out.
What type of foundation do you use?