Happy Monday, Kumquats!

As promised, today I’ll be reviewing the Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation; as you may or may not know, Natasha Denona is all about the glowing skin look – she actually has a whole System which includes primer, highlighter/contour palette, blush/highlighter palette, a body glow, lip products, and this foundation. And, apparently, people have very strong opinions on this particular foundation, i.e., they either love it or hate it. I enjoy reviewing products like this, because I’m always curious as to what side of the fence I’ll end up.

Let’s start with what the product is. It’s a light to medium coverage foundation, that gives an extremely dewy, glowy finish. According to the website:

The “Face Glow Foundation”, is the perfect night-out base for a glowing airbrushed skin effect. This product evens out redness and the skin’s texture.

This is Natasha’s choice of base, for a glammed-up look.

•Lightweight texture, with brilliant staying power.

•Glowing, natural finish, that leaves skin with an even, flawless look.

•This hydrating formula protects the skin with an SPF of 15, while leaving skin with a dewy and radiant appearance.

•Paraben and Allergen free.

•Available in 12 shades.

•Suitable for dry, normal and combination skins.

 

It comes in a good variety of skin tones, from extremely light, creamy porcelain to a deep chocolatey shade. I definitely applaud Natasha Denona for having a wide shade range in her foundations – I think it’s safe to say that the lack of deeper shades is the main issue most people have with cosmetic companies these days, and rightly so.

Now, you will notice that it states that this product is suitable for dry, normal, and combination skins. It specifically does not say oily. This is where the first problem lies with some of the reviews, as many of these women stated that they have oily skin. This is why we must research our face products before we run out and buy them, Darlings. This is most definitely not an appropriate foundation for oily skins. Which is one of the main reasons I purchased it. My skin is dry and dehydrated, so I NEED a very moisturizing foundation. Also, “Glow” is in the name of the product itself, so you can sort of assume off the bat that this is not something for oilier faced folks. This stuff is seriously glowy, so I can just imagine my younger self trying to get away with wearing it – I’d look like I dunked my head in rendered human fat, a la Fight Club.

But, I’m like, old and stuff – so I’m all about that Glow.

So now that we got that out of the way – if indeed you have dry, dehydrated, and/or mature skin, hate a heavy mask-face, want a light, natural yet buildable coverage, and you love that Korean Gwang type Glow? Then you will love this foundation.

It actually looks and feels surprisingly thick when I first pump it out, but it quickly seems to just sink into my skin, leaving a quite beautiful finish. Below, I have it partially blended on my hand; it does look quite thick, still, demonstrating that it can, indeed, be built up to achieve a medium coverage…

But once it’s totally blended in…

Much like the ubiquitous Cle de Peau Radiant Cream Foundation, a little of this goes a long way. One pump is definitely enough for my entire face and neck. And, because of its rather unique consistency, it does take a little practice to blend it in just right. I’ve tried both a Beauty Blender, and a foundation brush – but honestly, I prefer using my fingers. I find that the warmth of my hands helps it to spread and blend in easier; although for a somewhat fuller coverage, a sponge is probably the way to go.

So, let’s see how it performs on a real, live, human face!

Before pic:

Pardon the soaking wet, in dire need of a root job, hair…

As you can see, my skin, while not perfect, doesn’t need a super heavy coverage – I mainly have a bit of redness, and tiny spots of hyper-pigmentation.

With primer, and one layer of Face Glow Foundation:

I love the radiant, natural finish of this foundation – and it truly feels like nothing on my face. My first time applying it, I used a bit of a heavy hand, and didn’t blend it in properly, which caused the product to settle a bit into fine lines and pores. But I found using less, and blending well by patting and pressing it into the skin, it looked amazing, and didn’t settle into lines despite the odd, thick texture. Once it’s blended in properly, it looks lovely. The only caveat here is that if you want to keep the glowy look, you have to be careful about what sort of powder you use to finish your face. I find that anything sheer, hydrating, and with a bit of sheen to it – such as the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow powder – will work nicely to finish things off, while maintaining the integrity of the foundation. Anything matte or chalky or heavy, though, will kill that glow.

The Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation is, as stated, long-wearing – at least on my skin. This is always assuming, of course, that I use a good primer on well-moisturized skin. In these photos, I’m using Tatcha Silk Canvas.

Later in the day, while my eyeliner is looking a little Courtney Love from all the lovely Chicago wind blowing into my eyeballs, my foundation is going strong. I haven’t used any powder, because I wanted to show you how it performs solo – and with my dry skin, I happen to dig that super-dewy look. At this stage, my nose could probably do with a bit of light powder, though.

I find that my blush, highlighter, and contour products cling well to this stuff, and I don’t need to freshen them up until well into the evening, if at all.

The second to lightest shade, #20 is a perfect match for my Tubercular Irish Wastrel Winter skin, and I’ll most likely switch to #30 for the summer.

The Last Word on this foundation? I will most definitely be repurchasing! I think anyone with dryer, and mature skin will love the way this stuff makes their skin look and feel. If you require a heavy coverage, or have oily skin, this probably isn’t for you. But for me, it’s just perfect.

What I’m wearing in this post:

And that’s all, folks! I hope you enjoyed today’s post – as always, leave a comment if you have tried – or want to try – the Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation. I’ll be back in a couple days to continue my series on makeup for Babes of a Certain Age…til then, stay gorgeous!

XO, Monday