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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. http://truthinaging.com/ingredient-spotlight/bb-cream-what-is-it

  • 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?:)

  • November 9, 2011

    by Rosanna

    I'm going to try to post this in multiple places b/c want to share my experience with the Vapour foundation products. I ordered them after reading somewhere in the TIA comments that someone had a great experience with them. I have to say that my experience has not been nearly as positive. I find that the foundations simply sit on the surface of your face. It feels as though you have a greasy film covering your face the entire day (almost like Crisco, but without the super sleek shine) -- without really evening out my skin tone as one would hope from a foundation -- the "skin perfector" was particularly useless, as it has no color. I also found that the foundations clogged my pores. I haven't broken out significantly in years, but my forehead, cheek, and chin area developed small oil plugs that clogged my pores. My skin seemed to recover quite positively once I stopped using the Vapour products. It's a shame b/c the company seems wonderful and others have had a positive experience, but I did want to share this with others, as I really couldn't be more disappointed with these products.

  • October 10, 2011

    by Marta

    Thanks Vicky - we are going to start putting Vapour in the shop

  • October 10, 2011

    by VickyL

    I love the vapour organic products and think their foundation is exceptional. The skin perfector has two versions - one for oiler, one for dry/mature with a chart that helps guide you.
    Their foundation is also stick based and creamy and does not give you that dry look that so many foundations impart. It really helps combat that winter dryness that attacks the skin. Their color range extends from the fairest to the darkest of skin colors far beyond what most companies provide.

  • October 7, 2011

    by hopeinablog

    'This multitasker performs well, is full of good things and puts most so-called BB creams to shame.'


    I think this is because TIA has only used and reviewed the most mediocre BB Creams and the most commercialized ones like Dr.Jart and Skin79.

  • October 4, 2011

    by Oksana

    JustD,
    their Soft Focus foundation is great for combination skin - very pigmented and no "shine"; you can also get an assortment of samples for $10, which also can be applied towards the future purchase.

  • October 4, 2011

    by JustD

    Thanks for that bit of info Oksana, regarding combination skin, that leaves me out of. Still looking :)

  • October 4, 2011

    by Oksana

    this product maybe too heavy for combination skin. I have been using Vapour Soft Focus foundation for over 1/2 year now - mixed w/small amt of moisturizer for tinted moisturizer effect - it's a fantastic product! like your own skin but better.

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