Foundation Follies Revisited


Finding a green foundation was sort of a quest for me. I’ve written about it a few times. I am revisiting it today because I came across another that didn’t work for me and figured I should report on it before tossing it. I cleaned out my makeup  drawers a couple of weeks ago and it resulted in a nice care package of gently used items for a cousin who is a makeup artist. It was comprised of makeup that wasn’t bad, just stuff that didn’t work for me. After sending it, I realized I hadn’t included today’s product. I think it was for the best ultimately since I really was not a fan.

I was super excited to find a mousse foundation from a clean brand. I don’t think Lavera’s Mousse Makeup is on sale in the U.S. yet. I acquired it online for the reasonable price, less than $15, I think. I had been a Revlon’s Colorstay mousse foundation fan. I saw it on the Beauty Professor’s blog and it made me want to try it–the only drugstore foundation I had purchased since high school! The stuff is bullet-proof. In going clean and green, I really wanted to find a mousse or cream formulation that was matte. There are nearly no options of this kind. When I saw this product, I knew I had to try it. Well, this post is titled Foundation Follies, so you know where this is going. So in short: this is very slippy and doesn’t really set. It just keeps moving around over the skin. In addition, it is heavily scented (think baby powder). And last and most importantly, it made me break out. I used it once and had breakouts of small pimples from cheekbone to jaw. I never break out there. After my skin healed from the breakouts, I picked it up and put a small amount on my cheek just to remind myself of the texture (and to see if I wanted to try it again). I immediately removed it and hours later had a breakout right in that spot.

Here is what is in it:

Dodecane, Silica, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil*, Tricaprylin, Lauroyl Lysine, Canola Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Rapeseed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)*, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil*, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract*, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract*, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Flower Extract*, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract*, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Vegetable Oil (Olus Oil), Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Aqua (Water), Alcohol*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fragrance (Parfum)**, Limonene**, Benzyl Salicylate**, Linalool**, Geraniol**, Citral**, Citronellol**, Benzyl Alcohol**, Benzyl Benzoate**, [+/- Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxide (CI 77492), Iron Oxide (CI 77491), Iron Oxide (CI 77499), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Tin Oxide (CI 77861)]
* Ingredients from Certified Organic Agriculture
** Natural Essential Oils
*** Fair Trade