I have had a lot of trouble finding a cruelty-free, budget-friendly face base combination that works for me and this year my typical face base routine has become a celebration of Australis!
Foundations are certainly a product that are going to be specific to each person based on their personal skin type, colouring and the climate in which they live – so what works for me may most likely not work for you, so here are some face facts for you so you can contextualise this review:
- I have combination skin
- I am very fair
- At 34 years old, I do have some fine lines 😦
- I live in the tropics, so my face base needs to combat heat and humidity
My current holy grail involves three products:
- Oh 2 Glow Light-diffusing Foundation in the shade Nude.
- Stay put 16 hr foundation in the shade Nude.
- Fresh and Flawless Pressed Powder in the shade Natural.
The Oh 2 Glow Foundation is a very fluid formula which means you can apply a very thin layer and avoid caking on the face. It is illuminating, but not too glowy, so as to emphasise the dewiness already created by the hot weather. A single layer gives sheer coverage but you can build this up somewhat.
This works really well for me in combination with the Stayput Longwear Foundation. I use one pump of each to do my entire face. It is an added bonus that both are Vegan Friendly!!
I wear the Stayput foundation in the shade Nude and it purports to be longer wearing and has the added bonus of SPF 15 protection. This foundation is thicker in formula and has more of a medium coverage. The colour is a shade or two darker than Oh 2 Glow but together they make my perfect match both in terms of coverage, wear and colour.
With the foundation partnership sorted all that is left is to set the face. In the heat of summer I find this step essential and I can totally recommend the Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder for this step. It is very finely milled and doesn’t get cakey. I carry this in my bag for touchups during the day if I am going to be out in the heat. It is a great basic powder.
As a final general point can I just say that the packaging of all these products is super practical. The foundations are both in lovely glass bottles and each come with an excellent pump. The powder comes with a mirror and puff in the base. Great!
I know that this reads like an advert for Australis but if you have read my other reviews of Australis products then you know that I haven’t had a lot of success with their coloured face products… but these base products have REALLY worked for me.
If you would like to try these for yourself you can find all three on the Australis website. They do ship internationally!
Have a great day!