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La Vie Celeste Creme Foundation and Concealer- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Marta August 22, 2012 28 Comments


Buildable coverage that doesn't settle into lines


May emphasize dry spots
A great option for those who don't generally wear makeup

I have a pet theory that makeup is the new frontier for skincare. And I don’t mean that my face powder should have a token smattering of a peptide and be called anti-aging. Nor do I mean that I’ll put up with melt, fade or unflattering coverage just because my makeup qualifies as mineral and “natural.” I want to have my cake and eat it: I want great performance, zero irritation (which means no nasties) and some real-deal antioxidants to complement my skincare routine. I have found my personal Holy Grail with La Vie Celeste’s new makeup range. The Crème Foundation is second to none.

La Vie Celeste’s founder Teri Dourmashkin is a perfectionist. She spends a really long time (and I mean months and months) refining her formulations. As a result she has a skincare range based on natural, but also heavy hitting ingredients that I recommend all the time (especially to those with sensitive skin). A few months ago, Teri sent me a prototype batch of mineral powder, cream foundation and concealers. Personally, I don’t care for powder foundations so I went straight for the La Vie Celeste Creme Foundation ($39) in Vintage Beige and the La Vie Celeste Illumine Under-Eye Concealer in Light/Medium ($30).

I find Creme Foundation is the perfect texture for me. It smooths on easily (I use my fingers) and I find the coverage just right and very malleable. It can be spread as a fairly sheer skin tone improver or layered where more coverage is needed – it precludes the need for additional concealer in my experience. This foundation pretty much keeps going all day as well.

The ingredients are all natural. Meadowfoam seed oil helps give this it some slip without being at all oily.  It feels comfortable and moisturizing all day long. There’s pomegranate for antioxidant effect, along with green tea and olive. Pearl powder improves radiance of the skin tone.

The Concealer is rather dense and I found that the best way to use it is with La Vie Celeste’s special brush, warming a bit on the back of my hand before dabbing the brush (which is silky soft and vegan, by the way) under my eyes. The best thing about it is that it doesn’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles making them look more apparent (as is often the way with mineral makeup).

The coverage is very good. I’d go so far as to say this is the best concealer for under eyes as it has a slight luminosity. It is not shiny, but more flattering that a matte and the result is a more wide awake look.  The next best thing is that there is antioxidant orchid extract, which also moisturizes and camelina oil. This used to be relegated to animal feed until scientists found that it had a 45% concentration level of omega-3 and plenty of antioxidants.

Those with gluten allergies will be pleased to know that the concealer even contains rice bran oil (non-gluten source of Vitamin E).

For me, this foundation and concealer from La Vie Celeste are winners, keepers and my new go-tos for every day. I really love them (and, as a rule, I don’t even like makeup).

Ingredients in Foundation: Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mica, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Manihot Esculenta (Tapioca) Root Starch,  Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Boron Nitride, Pearl Powder, Camellia Sinensis (Japanese Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Allantoin , Silica,  Iron Oxides.

Ingredients in Concealer: Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrogenated Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Cymbidium Grandiflorum Flower (Orchid) Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Triglycerides of Caprylic/Capric Acid, Mica, Zinc Oxide, Iron Oxides, Silica.

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  • December 7, 2012

    by teri dourmashkin

    Hi Audra: I am sorry you have not had a positive experience with the creme foundation. Have you tried warming up it first on the back of your hand and then applying from there (with either your fingers or a brush)? Also, you might want to try a sponge and just pat on your skin that way. Also, a little goes a long way with this foundation, so you don't need a lot at all. If you use too much it might not blend out as well as you would like it. Also, exfoliating can help with the dry patches (I get those as well in the winter) as well as using a good hydrating face cream. However, I realize you may have already taken these steps. While most people find the creme foundation very hydrating, it is possible that you might do better with the loose powder foundation. You might find that in your case, the powder foundation may tend to accentuate your dry patches less. You can even alternate the two...just using the creme foundation on areas where you need to tone down redness, etc., and then use the powder foundation on the rest of your face. The powder foundation isn't drying at all and still leaves a beautiful matte, but dewey finish. I hope this helps! Best, Teri/La Vie Celeste

  • December 5, 2012

    by Audra

    I really wanted to love this foundation, but I just don't. After trying multiple times, it has gone unused in my drawer. It tends to sit on top of my skin, highlighting the drier areas and not blending well. I've tried it with my fingers and with a brush, with primer and without, to the same end.

    Did I miss something? Am I applying it wrong somehow? I want to love it.

  • September 21, 2012

    by Michelle G.

    So glad you posted the La Vie Celeste product now... I was just thinking I have to scout out a new foundation, because I just haven't been thrilled with the one I've been using lately. I've been using mineral foundation because everything these days makes me break out. But I hate the coverage of the mineral foundation I'm using. Maybe this is finally a creme I can use?

  • September 21, 2012

    by Marta

    I think RMS 11 would be closest to LVC Vintage Beige

  • September 21, 2012

    by tala

    So how do the colors compare to rms beauty's concealer? for example, what does 11 uncoverup correspond to in LVC? thanks!

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