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Reviewed and recommended: Lorac Natural Performance Foundation

September 26, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 3 Comments
I gave up on liquid foundations many years ago and my half-hearted attempts to reacquaint myself with them have invariably met with disappointment. If they don't give me breakouts, they make me look old. Usually both. And then I made friends with a (relatively) new product from Lorac.

Natural Performance Foundation
($35) is lovely. It is oil (and paraben) free, so it is feather light and not at all greasy. There are no streaks or smears, just a really good even cover. Best of all, it just looks like my skin only much better (the shade I use is NP3). This foundation is aimed at those with sensitive skin and I have had no adverse reactions at all.

Rounding out the usual silicones are vitamin A, olive leaf extract and papaya leaf extract. Papaya should be used more often in cosmetics. It has an enzyme called papain, which is good for stings and irritated skin. It is also a powerful pain killer (there is a story that it was injected into Harrison Ford's back when he was treated for a slipped disc on the set of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom).

I was also amused to see that it contains disteardimonium hectorite, a clay that I got to know only recently in Kaeline's new face mask. And as far as I can work out, there isn't anything amongst the rest of the ingredients to worry about.

Ingredients in Lorac Natural Performance Foundation:

(Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Isohexadecane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Pentylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Glyceryl Ethylhexanoate/Stearate/Adipate, Zinc Oxide, thylhexylglycerin, Methicone, Disodium Edta, Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether, Retinyl Palmitate, Xylitol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract (Citrus Limonum), Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract (Carica Papaya). May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxide (Ci 77492), Iron Oxide (C77491), Iron Oxide (Ci 77499)
  • October 22, 2017

    by Mary

    Don't you think it's a bad idea to use any form of retinol on the skin during the day? Why add more sun sensitivity?
    Also- since this post is frim 2009, I wonder if there are any studies on xylitol and human collagen production since then? Thanks

  • August 29, 2009

    by marta

    Judy, I think you are confusing <a href="" rel="nofollow">butylene glycol</a> with <a href="" rel="nofollow">propylene glycol</a>. The links give info on both.

  • August 29, 2009

    by Judy in Vegas

    What about the Glycols? Butylene Glycol is found in antifreeze. It may be a small amount, but we get multiple exposures through other personal care products. Whatcha think?

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