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When given the chance to test and review a foundation for TIA, I couldn’t have been more excited, especially since it was one that Marta had spoken so highly of. While I often find myself let down by most foundations, I will admit to still having high expectations for this one. After all, foundation is quite literally the basis for the rest of my makeup routine. I desire buildable coverage and long wear-time to last through the work day. Also, since I have combination skin, I prefer a demi-matte finish that will control shine but without accentuating dry patches or looking cakey. So, when Lorac Natural Performance Foundation ($36) delivered on all accounts, I was delightfully surprised and couldn’t help but rave about it.
First, Lorac Natural Performance Foundation is advertised as being free of oil, fragrance and parabens, making it suitable for sensitive skin. It also contains Premier Olive Leaf Extract and vitamin A to help maintain healthy skin. As someone who is prone to redness and breakouts, I can honestly attest to this being a gentle and irritation-free foundation. I haven’t experienced any clogged pores since I started using Lorac Natural Performance Foundation, and unlike similar products, it doesn’t make me feel like I’m wearing a mask nor does it settle into creases.
And it absolutely applies like a dream! I always use a foundation brush with liquid foundation, so I cannot comment on how it would be with finger application, but it blends effortlessly. For the best finish, definitely follow the product’s instructions of applying in layers (rather than thickly slathering it on all at once) to achieve sheer to full coverage.
Yet, what I love most about this foundation is the wear-time. Come mid-afternoon, I’m not an oily mess. While I still may give my face a quick blot, my skin is more glowing than it is shiny. At the end of the day, you would never guess that I had gone past the 12-hour mark. Lorac Natural Performance Foundation even passes the blush test, as my cheek color still looks fresh and unfaded.
The packaging is also convenient and travel-friendly (its pump dispenser twists up and down to avoid leaks), which is another plus. Lorac Natural Performance Foundation comes in 10 wide-ranging shades. I received NP3 Light/Medium. I probably could have used one shade lighter, but since it blends so seamlessly, the shades seem rather forgiving.
For well under $50 bottle, Lorac Natural Performance Foundation outperformed every other higher and lower end foundations that I have used. This may have been my first Lorac product, but I have now a peaked interest in this brand, and I will certainly be buying another bottle of this foundation when I run out.