Foundation is one of the products which took me longest to find clean alternatives too when I began to green-up my kit nearly ten years ago. Working in TV and film finding products which looked good on camera, ticked green box and did the job I needed them to do was (and at times, still is) tough. The months one From The Vault is probably the first foundation that I discovered that did all of those things…
House in a traditional Panstick style tube, Vapour Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation (£38.00) is a lovely creamy foundation that gives a medium coverage (verging on the lighter end of medium). I generally either use a brush to apply any cream based foundation but if you are using it yourself then you could apply directly from the stick or with a sponge however like with most pansticks, it benefits from being warmed up on the back of your hand prior to application.
The foundation is not quite matte; more satin. The light reflective particles are not big enough to be distracting but give the skin a soft, natural glow and camera-ready finish. Being oil and wax based it does require a little translucent powder to make it stay in place however it doesn’t absorb huge amounts like some creamy foundations and so you only need a light dusting to set it
Luminous foundation contains Lotus flowers and Vitamin E which moisturise and nourish the skin whilst Frankincense sooths and protects. Technically designed for dry to normal skin types, I am hesitant when I write this because I am not completely convinced about how it looks on drier skins (my own included). Vapour also produce Soft Focus; a liquid foundation (which I also love) and although I need to compare them a little more, I think this may be preferable for those with drier skins.
One of the reasons I love Vapour Beauty foundations is for the tonal spectrum within the range. Available in twelve shades, Luminous foundation (as with all Vapour foundations) caters for most skin tones from very fair to very dark with varying undertones. The shades blend easily so they can be mixed and matched to tailor-make exact skin tones – perfect!
I am a big fan of Pansticks; they are great products to have in your kit as a little goes a long wayand they are pretty compact and comparatively light in weight when compared to bottle of liquid foundation – plus there is less wastage than with a bottled or tube base as you can get right to the very bottom of the tube!
As I tend to carry a range of foundations in my kit and being as foundation is never the cheapest of purchases (especially when you have to restock a number at a time), I was overjoyed when I discovered that you can purchase these fantastic 2gm travel-sized miniatures in some of the shades. These are a perfect size for both a pro kit and a personal bag and ideal if you aren’t too sure of the exact shade your require, however I believe they are limited edition so get in quick!
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Fast forward four years and this foundation is still in my kit and still gets an awful lot of love; I use it on faces which are too dry for my beloved Kjaer Weis creams. Beautiful finish and texture. Love it still!!
I don’t think I have very much to add to this post other than the fact that the 2gm travel miniatures which were around when I wrote this post don’t seem to be produced any more (I think they may have been limited edition) but I do hope this could be reconsidered as they were brilliant!! The perfect addition to an already way too heavy pro kit or two a personal make-up bag – Vapour Beauty please bring them back!!!
Have you tried Vapour Beauty Atmosphere Luminous Foundation?
(*Denotes organic – minimum 70% )
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil*, Cera Alba* (Beeswax), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Silica, Essential Oils & Natural Fruit Essences, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Boswellia Serrata (Frankincense), Ocimum Sanctum* (Tulsi/Holy Basil), Organic/Bio Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus Flowers)
May Contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica (CI 77019)
Images: (1) ; (2) Vapour Beauty