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In the world that beauty bloggers such as myself inhabit, finishing up a product is a pretty rare occurrence. When you’re constantly testing out different brands, you just don’t seem to feel guilty when you don’t vibe with a product. So when I actually find myself squeezing out the last bit of a foundation, I know it’s a good one. This recently happened when I realized I was just about done with my tube of CoverGirl’s NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, a part of the brand’s new luxury line.
I’d received a sample of this new product a few months ago and had immediately fallen in love with its texture and performance, but the real question still hung in the air for me at that time: Will I like it a few months from now? It seems that I, like many other women out there, am constantly on the lookout for that perfect foundation that coats my skin without masking or covering it completely, and up until I discovered NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, I was feeling a bit pessimistic about the whole search. But after nearly six months of using the product, I think it’s safe to say that it’s a winner!
What I love the most about this foundation is its silky smooth feel. It’s pretty safe to say that the various versions of FDA-approved dimethicone that fill the ingredients list are responsible for that. Something I’m also constantly impressed by is the foundation’s amazing coverage. As someone who’s struggled with acne in the past, I wear my somewhat faded battle scars (aka acne spots) with hesitation and am always hoping for a product that will provide enough coverage to hide them for the day. I usually resort to a foundation-concealer combo, but with NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, I feel confident enough with the coverage to go concealer free.
One difference I found between NatureLuxe foundation and other brands is the product’s ability to simply melt into skin. The shade I chose (305) matches my skin tone perfectly and makes my skin look glowing and polished, not cakey and artificial. Some of the other high points of the product: The foundation includes SPF 10 and boasts a reasonable price ($11.99).
Now what about the ingredients? Well, according to CoverGirl, the whole premise behind NatureLuxe Silk Foundation is to take some of the heavy synthetics that other luxury brands contain and swap them out for a “touch of cucumber water and a hint of natural jojoba and rosehips extract.”
The foundation’s active ingredients - titanium dioxide (2.6%) and octinoxate (2%)—are both considered moderate hazards by the Cosmetics Database, as is one of its other ingredients, propylene glycol. It also contains talc, which has links to cancer. This causes me a bit of concern, but the product does boast an oil-free and paraben-free ingredient list, and contains a few lighter, more natural ingredients such as cucumber and jojoba.
The bottom line? This is a product that, while not chemically perfect, has taken a step in the right direction and delivers supreme results. It’s a product that doesn’t cost a lot but that performs much better than more expensive foundations I’ve tested before. I know I plan on purchasing more now that I’ve run out of my initial supply, and as someone who frequently tests out free makeup, that’s rare, so I would wholeheartedly recommend it.
Active Ingredients: Titanium Dioxide (2.6%), Octinoxate (2%)
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Niacinamide, Diethylhexyl Carbonate, Talc, Propylene Glycol, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Wax (Jojoba), Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Juice, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Dimethicone, Methicone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Fragrance, Trideceth 9, Bisabolol, Lactic Acid, PEG 10 Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, May Contain (+/-): Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide