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Vapour Stratus Instant Skin Perfector- reviewed and recommended

Reviewed by Marta October 4, 2011 12 Comments

Thanks to Sarah’s sleuthing , I’ve just become acquainted with a makeup that uses organic ingredients called Vapour Organic Beauty and I’ve trying out the 3-in-1 moisturizer, primer and no-color foundation called Stratus Instant Skin Perfector ($44). This multitasker performs well, is full of good things and puts most so-called BB creams to shame.

Stratus comes in stick form and the idea is to rub it on the back of your hand to warm it up, then apply the stick over the face and finish by smoothing and blending with your finger tips. You can use it all over the face, or target it where some subtle camouflage - for acne scars, fine lines, uneven skin tone - is needed. I am using it all over the face and without foundation over it. Foundation addicts can use it as a primer.

Although the shade (902) is a bit too light for my ruddy summer complexion (Vapour makes Stratus in two other tones), it will be perfect in winter. In any case, I am loving the no shine, light reflecting, skin tone smoothing results. And  just as good is knowing that I am putting mostly useful and nourishing ingredients on my skin. (If you do wear a foundation with iffy chemicals in it, then Stratus would be a useful barrier between them and you).

The bases are organic evening primrose and sunflower oils. Evening primrose is rich in (omega-6) fatty acids, including linoleic acid (LA) gamma linoleic acid (GLA). The human body uses LA to produce GLA, which helps maintain stratum corneum cohesion and reduce transepidermal water loss. Sunflower seed oil is a good source of vitamin E. There are several botanical extracts including elderberry, which is supposed to be good for boosting the immune system. Pumpkin extract is full of beta-carotene, one of the plant carotenoids that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Pumpkin is also a good source of thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, pantothenic acid, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), riboflavin, potassium, copper and manganese. Meanwhile, papaya delivers beta carotene and vitamins A and C

The only thing that I have slight reservations about is titanium dioxide, but this is overwhelmingly a nice product from a natural makeup brand – that prides itself on recycling, minimizing waste and donating to breast cancer charities - that I am interested in getting to know better.

Ingredients: Organic/Bio Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Organic/Bio Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Silica, Organic/Bio Cera Alba (Beeswax), Lysine, Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Organic/Bio Lecithin, Organic/Bio Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil & Organic/Bio Lecithin & Organic/Bio Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil & Organic/Bio Papain (Papaya), Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Essential Oils & Natural Fruit Essences, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense)*, Organic/Bio Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil), Organic/Bio Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Flower Petals

  • December 30, 2011

    by Marta

    Hi Susan, I personally prefer Inner Light as it gives a sheer, porcelain (without being at all white) look. As a fluid, it is easy to use too. However, there's nothing natural about the formula and so if that matters, then Vapour would be preferable for some people. Bottom line, I'd say that Inner Light is better for sheer overall coverage but that Vapour is better for covering up a specific flaw.

  • December 30, 2011

    by Susan Robinson

    Thank you Angela.
    Marta, how would you compare the Vapour stratus instant skin perfector with Osmotics inner light?

  • December 27, 2011

    by Angela J

    Hi Susan, BB creams are blemish balm creams that are all the rage in Asia. Here's a link to Marta's post on the subject.

  • December 27, 2011

    by Susan

    I'm sorry, but I don't know what a BB cream is......

  • November 28, 2011

    by Barbi Mac

    To Rosanna .... you may be a candidate for Vapour's Soft Focus foundation as it sounds like you have very oily skin. It also sounds like you used too much of both the primer and foundation - somewhere in Vapour's product listings they state that if your face appears shiny, you're using too much product. A little really does go a long way. You should also be aware that the Stratus Skin Perfector in the 902 *shade* is colourless; this product is meant to moisturize and acts as a smoothing + soothing base for the foundation. I've been using Vapour's products since 2009 and am familiar with their entire product line. Vapour Luminous Foundation and Stratus Skin Perfector work best on normal to dry skin and can absolutely enhance or restore a youthful glow when applied/blended with a light/thorough touch. Let the Stratus settle on your skin for a few minutes before applying the foundation. You also don't need to start with any facial moisturizer before applying Stratus (unless your skin is extremely dry). I live in Canada and it's not exactly convenient to have to buy Vapour online (shipping takes 2 weeks) but it's definitely worth the wait and hassle to get it in hand. While I am a huge fan of Vapour they do need to improve their lipsticks - they're oddly very drying and their lipglosses just don't *pop* or taste very good. Vapour on the face = outstanding / Vapour on the lips = fail. Vapour also needs to add soft line eye pencils in more shades than just black - rich brown, medium brown, bronze, deep blue, burgundy, forest green, gold and silver. Vapour - are you listening?:)

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