I haven’t tried any vegan & cruelty-free base makeup products other than those by Revolution, until now. ‘Be + Radiance’ have a Cucumber Water Matifying Foundation (30ml) which is 100% silcone, mineral oil, phenoxyethanol & fragrance free in addition to be Vegan, Cruelty-free & made of 100% recyclable packaging.
It’s made in France, so the pamphlet which came with it is written in French – but after remembering some basic French I was able to work out that this foundation is made with 97% natural ingredients & it aims to give the same poreless effects of a silicone based foundation minus the actual inclusion of silicone.
When I first came across this product I was intrigued by how a refreshing & hydrating ingredient such as cucumber water could give a matte finish rather than an dewy finish as most people would assume. After using the shade wheel on the brand’s website I knew my shade is N°10 – the lightest shade among the 15 shades available. Inside the compact sized tube & when swatched the foundation seemed a little too yellow toned for my complection, however once applied on my face with a sponge puff it compliments my skintone well for Spring/Summer months, but I don’t think I’d be able to use it in Autumn/Winter.
I’d like to see more of an extensive & inclusive shade range, although other than that I’m liking this foundation so far. Even if it’s quite matte it stays lightweight, enabling your skin to breathe. If you don’t moisturise skin sufficiently before applying it, it may cling to dry patches. However for my oily skin I found the finish to be comfortable and evenly textured throughout wear. I wore the foundation for 8 hours & a minimal amount of sebum seeped through the foundation during this time despite getting hot whilst gardening & baking. I didn’t even seal it with any sort of finishing powder. I’d say if you like light ~ buildable medium coverage then this is worth a try.
When it comes to hyperpigmentation or uneven skin tone, this foundation covers these concerns well…however it doesn’t cover prominent redness of newly appeared breakouts or some dark spots. In a sense this foundation is moreso aimed at those who want to wear little base makeup in order to maintain healthy skin which can get plenty of oxygen to it. It doesn’t misleadingly claim to be ideal for full coverage in the first instance.
I’m not going to give a rating for this product, simply because I think it’s the sort of product which will look and feel quite different depending on your skin type and texture. It’s advertised as a universal foundation for all skin types but just because it’s not “super matte”, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be comfortable for dry skin types.
I’d be interested to see how the matching concealer performs, and hopefully I’ll appreciate the foundation more when the more warmer weather arrives.
You can find Be+Radiance products here.
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Disclaimer – The product featured in this post was gifted in exchange for a honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and have therefore not been influenced by the brand or any company in association. Any links shared are not affiliate links.
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