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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.