When I picked up the Au Naturale lipstick and lip gloss, I also picked up their Powder Foundation in Sand, Finishing Powder in Light Veil and Bronzer in Kissed. I had e-mailed them asking what would be the best colors for my skin tone, and they suggested these. They were right!
I think my favorite part of these products are the containers. They are sifters (the norm for powder) but they have little turny things (that’s the official name I believe) to close the sifters so once you’ve tapped out what you need, you just turn and shut so powder doesn’t get everywhere. Genius! This is such a great design, and makes using loose powder SO much nicer. I wish all of my powder products had this.
Sifter closed to keep powder in!
For reference, my skin tone is pretty fair. In MAC, I am a NC15 and for powder foundation, I wear Alima Pure in Beige 1-2 (depending on the time of year – right now I’m 2 since I got back from Cancun). I’m pretty neutral toned, which can be tough to find things from natural companies because so many tend to be yellow-based. For the powder foundation, Sand matches me really well. Au Naturale says it’s for light to medium, but I’ve never had someone say my skin is medium, or close to! haha For companies that have a limited selection, I’m usually the fairest of the bunch. It’s nice that I’m the second to lowest (w00t w00t! I’m TAN), and is especially nice for those who are not just fair, but ivory Casper, because there is one lower that is even paler!
I also love the fact that their foundation has SPF 15. Now, I personally wouldn’t use this as my only sunscreen. After all, I do live in Arizona. It’s March and 85 degrees already. I’m also paler than pale (or maybe I’m taaaan). I also have a family history of skin cancer. Soooo, I wear sunscreen every day, rain or shine. But I do like the fact that this is an extra layer. You can’t add up SPF (SPF 15 + SPF 15 does not equal 30), but it will make that SPF I wear that much better.
When I put Sand next to Alima’s Beige 2 (also known as Straw), Sand looks a little peachier/warmer and a teensy bit darker. I did a test and put Beige 2 on one side of my face and Sand on the other, and I actually couldn’t tell the difference on my face. I tried to take a picture of swatches on my arm, but they looked the same in the picture, they are that similar.
Alima Straw (left) vs. Au Naturale Sand (right)
To apply, I start with Inika’s primer (I have large pores on my forehead and cheeks so primers help tremendously) and I use Inika’s Kabuki to apply the powder in small layers, rubbing it in using small circles. Then, when I’m done, I will spritz with a little mist. Right now I’m using Juice Beauty’s Hydrating Mist which feels and smells nice and helps keep the powder from being too drying. I’m sure there are different ways to apply, but this is how I do it and it works well for me :o) I find when I stick to this routine, the powder settles in nicely without looking cakey and covers really well. I love it!
Now for the finishing powder. Similar to the powder foundation, I really love their finishing powder. I don’t wear finishing powders when I wear powder foundation. I know all the companies say to, but I feel like I start looking too powdery and my skin feels dry. But I do love finishing powders for liquid foundations. It helps set the liquid and keeps me from getting oily mid-day. I normally wear Alima’s Keiko, and Light Veil is also a great match. Side by side Keiko is more yellow, but since you wear such a small amount, I can’t tell the difference on my face. I have a Sephora powder brush that I love. It’s super soft and not very full, which is great for finishing powders because you only need a little. I find Light Veil does it’s job well. It keeps my foundation looking nicer, longer and also prevents the mid-day oilies on my forehead. Yay!
Alima Keiko vs. Au Naturale Light Veil
Now for the bronzer. I actually had a bit of an epiphany in Cancun when it came to bronzer. I used to wear bronzer during the summer months instead of blush when I wanted a more natural, day-in-the-sun look. I didn’t realize though that bronzer looks really great when used correctly any day. In Cancun, I got my hair and makeup done in the resort spa for my bestie’s wedding (she was getting her hair and makeup done too, it was fun girly time). After the makeup started, the makeup lady really applied my foundation on thick (for me anyway) and when I was done I almost looked a little sickly! I’m used to my freckles shining through, and this was one coat of even pale perfection. I was in awe of how truly pale I am when I don’t have color from my freckles! Then, she twirled me back around in my chair and went to town with some bronzer. I was a bit nervous because I thought when I turned back around I would look like Snooki, but instead I actually gasped about how great I looked! She applied it lightly on my cheeks, nose and forehead and it gave me color in all the right places. I didn’t have on eye makeup or blush or anything but just the even skin tone with a depth of color in the right places really made me look awesome. So now of course I am trying to achieve this makeup perfection at home. I haven’t quite perfected it yet, but I’m getting there.
After applying foundation, I will take a bit of Kissed and wisp it over my cheeks, forehead and nose. What I love about Kissed is that it truly is for fair skin, which is rare in the bronzer industry to be honest. I have tried many a bronzer for “fair” skin and had to immediately wipe it off because I either looked orange or looked like I just wiped mud on my face. Not really a look I’m going for. I have never applied this too darkly, I’m not sure if it’s even possible to be honest. It’s pretty sheer, which I love because it enables me to use it on my fair skin and not end up like a New Jersey meatball. Just a hint of natural color. And it also has SPF 15 like the powder foundations.
A pretty popular bronzer for fair skinned ladies has been Korres Bronzer Powder in Sunglow Light. As with all great products that look/feel great on my skin, it has since been discontinued. I panicked when I heard this and was able to buy one more, which is what I’m working on now. Thankfully, I have found a great substitute! For other ladies that have relied on Korres bronzer, I thought I would provide a swatch to show the color difference between the two:
Au Naturale is on the left and Korres is on the right. I really had to swipe a bit of color of Kissed to show the color difference, its actually more sheer than Sunglow Light. I would say it’s a little more brown while Korres is more peachy/pinky. Also, Korres has more shimmer. Kissed does have a little, but not as much.
Now for the ingredients. They are pretty standard for natural powder makeup:
Light Veil: Mica, Zea Mays, Magnesium Stearate and Iron Oxides.
Sand: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide, Chromium Oxide Green, Iron Oxides.
Kissed: Mica, Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, and Iron Oxides.
The only thing about the ingredients is that the finishing powder has corn starch (zea mays). I have never had any issues with corn starch but I know that some girls cannot use corn starch in makeup because it breaks them out. Just wanted to warn you in case that is you.
All in all, another win for Au Naturale’s products! Next time….eye makeup!