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I have a few requirements when it comes to beauty products: cruelty free, natural, clean, vegan better. I do my best to avoid nasty ingredients such as SLSs, parabens, PEGs, silicones, etc. Petrochemicals are the sneakiest with so many derivatives and aliases. I also avoid palm oil and it’s derivatives as I prefer orangutans. Coconut oil marketed as the good oil I’m also cutting down on as it can be just a damaging crop as palm oil. If I do get products containing palm or coconut oil I try to get organic or sustainably sourced. With make up it’s a little harder so I go for cruelty free brands. I prefer products with less plastic and thankfully more brands are aware consumers don’t want unnecessary plastic (or governments are telling them less plastic). My skin type’s oily sensitive, acne prone and now wrinkles. I know nothing stops those lines, but if I can delay them then….
Freshly Cosmetics is a brand whose ethics I like. Their actual products are hit or miss with me. Their Healthy Protection Facial Sunscreen SPF 50 is my go to sunscreen. It be a bugger to blend as it can leave a white glow. It does disappear within an hour or under make but on humid days even cold winter humid days it’s tricky to massage in in a rush. It also leaves a little glow which my oily skin can handle. Most other Freshly Cosmetics products I’ve tired I haven’t been a fan of. When they released their silicone foundation I knew I wanted to try it out as silicone and oily skin result in blocked pores. Did both live up to my expectations? My Inner voice knew it all…
Buying the Glow Skin Serum Foundation conversation in my head went something like this:
Inner Voice: Nooo Nat, not that one! You don’t need glow when you’re shiny oily!
Me: The colour’s a better shade and I can use powder.
Inner Voice: It’s a bit too pink for you. Powder won’t save it!
Me: Whatever, I’ve got it now. Just let me try it out!
Inner voice: Don’t tell me I didn’t tell you. You know what happens when you don’t listen to me? Regret!
Me: Stop that nagging feeling!
Me a few weeks later: Let’s try out the Satin Skin.
Inner Voice: Nothing but smugness.
Basically that sums up the Glow Serum if you have oily skin.
Pros of Both
The main appeal for both foundations is that neither contain any silicones. Silicones are great for smoothing out skin, giving it a flawless finish, giving hair shine. They also clog pores and they clog mine bad.
99.9% of the ingredients are natural with some organic.
Both are vegan.
The bottles are glass with only plastic being the label and the pump. The pump works by twisting it to unlock it. No plastic pump lid which always ends up cracked, broken, no used anyway.
The price is perfect €15.40 if you’re a Freshly Cosmetics member for 30ml. Non members €22.
30ml I feel is the perfect size for foundation. There always seems certain point with larger sizes of foundations they just don’t apply or give the same effect anymore regardless of clean brushes and sponges. When this happens there’s always loads left in the tubes, bottles or the ingredients start to spilt.
Both contain SPF although I’m not sure from what. Satin Skin SPF15, Glow Skin SPF10.
Both are suitable for sensitive skin.
In addition to being foundation they’re also skin care too thanks to ingredients such as mango butter to sooth fine line and provide hydration, vegan hyaluronic acid, bamboo microspheres to help regulate sebum (Satin Skin), meadow foam oil that helps protect skin from pollutants, natural pigments that don’t clog skin as much and ‘active fruit complexes’.
Cons of Both
They both have the signature Freshly Cosmetics fruity scent which is borderline sickly sweet.
I got 100 in both but neither are the same shade which is a disappointment. I understand they have different formulas and can’t make everyone happy but some shade consistency in both would have been great. They have 4 shades: 100, 200, 300 and 400. If you’re super super pale, I think both 100 would be too dark. Likewise the darkest shade I don’t think is dark enough for darker tones as per their website. I feel while they’re trying to be all colour inclusive, it’s more European colour inclusive. I am grateful though the 100 shades aren’t super pale. I often get recommend the palest shade of foundation and I’m not alabaster red head pale! I do burn in the sun, but I’m not porcelain! I did try on the back of my hand 200 in both and both are way too dark for me, even with summer tan too dark.
Lower, Glow Skin in 100. Upper, Satin Skin in 100
Bad blending to show the 2 shades easily. Both slightly colour correct when applied. I preferred the Glow Skin shade, sadly it wasn’t to be for oily skin.
They can leak travelling if the pump isn’t locked.
Towards the end when the pump no longer pumps product but there’s loads left, it can get messy unscrewing the lid to access the foundation around the neck of the bottle, it can drip every where and it’s quite hard to get all the foundation out even left upside down.
Under eye bags need concealer as neither are heavy coverage.
Freshly Cosmetics Glow Skin Serum Foundation. Referred to as Glow Skin
The Glow Skin Serum Foundation is a foundation that gives the face a natural and glowy finishideal for all skin types and ages, evening out the tone and taking care of the skin from the first application. Thanks to its low modular coverage and fluid texture, it becomes the perfect long-lasting foundation for an easy application in a few minutes. It also incorporates SPF10, which is essential to protect the skin from the sun.
Its formulation with 99.8% of natural ingredients, such as meadow foam oil, vegan hyaluronic acid and mango butter, protects the skin from external agents, softens expression lines and deeply moisturises.
Natural scent. Its unique scent combines more than 10 fruit and plant extracts. Immerse yourself into a nice cocktail of apple, apricot, melon, vanilla and mint.
I did like the shade of this one. It wasn’t too pink, it was a great nuetral for me. While I have cool undertones, I always have warm eye and hair colour so I go for neutral foundation if I can or lean towards beige more than pink. The coverage is light however it does cover pigmentation, discolouration, spots etc. It felt weightless and didn’t sink into pores or fine lines. However with oily skin that coverage didn’t last long. If the Satin Skin was the same shade this would be my preferred shade one of the two.
Sadly even with powder (I use Honest Beauty Invisible Blurring Loose Powder) I was an oil slick within an hour. In the summer I know with oily skin fighting the shine’s almost impossible. The skincare products you use play a role l and how much water you drink. I use Freshly Cosmetics sunscreen which does give a glow in addition however the combo of the both was too much for me and this was in the winter. I stuck it out for a few weeks before returning to buy the Satin Skin Cream Foundation.
Satin Skin Cream Foundation. Referred to as Satin Skin
This innovative natural, silicone-free, creamy and lightweight foundation is perfect for everyday use. With a medium modular coverage, this natural foundation allows working like a second skin without clogging pores or leaving any weightiness, providing hydration and nutrients without leaving any residue! The Satin Skin Cream Foundation is non-comedogenic, so it is suitable for all skin types and ages. It also incorporates SPF15, ideal for protecting facial skin from sun damage.
Its extraordinary formula incorporates natural active ingredients that melt into the skin, such as bamboo microspheres, a biocompatible form of vegan hyaluronic acid, and non-greasy plant-derived oils and butters, to moisturise and care for the skin providing the softness it needs.
Natural scent. This foundation combines more than 10 fruit and plant extracts. Immerse yourself into a a nice cocktail of apple, apricot, melon, vanilla and mint.
This is more like a BB cream in texture. Not as thick as BB Creams, but similar. It’s a little darker for me than Glow Skin, but manageable. In the summer it’ll a better match. It’s not that much noticeable but I notice it. It is too a little thicker in consistency but not by much compared to Glow Skin. You noticed more the difference between the two on application.
While I have oily skin I don’t like a complete matte look as I don’t feel like me. All I can say is the matte doesn’t last long even with powder (I don’t go crazy with powder so this probably plays a role) . For sure it’s not a long lasting foundation with matte matte cover. You get a little glow like satin (pun intended!). The actual coverage it does last a long time. Again it covers pigmentation, discolouration, spots etc. What I love about it is it doesn’t clog my pores much which is why I’m on my second bottle. I’ve tried mixing the 2 I just end up shining bright. I like how it feels on my skin. Lightweight, breathable and like I’m not wearing anything. If it was the same shade as the Glow Skin it would be perfect.
For both I prefer to use cushion compact puffs as I like the effect they give. Both work okay with beauty sponges however sponges use up all the product so I got through a bottle quicker when I used a sponge. I also don’t like the look sponges give with these particular foundations. Cushion compacts puffs give me more coverage regardless of the foundation (they’re lazy girl applicators). Bottles just last longer using cushion compact puffs.
Glow Skin I think is great if you have dry skin and want a light coverage foundation with a glow. Oily skin skip it, try the Satin Skin. Neither are for full on coverage full face looks. Use something heavier with more coverage and silicones if that’s the look you want! If you want a lightweight, day to day foundation that’s silicone free for a natural look I’d try them out for sure as they’re not too expensive. Freshly Cosmetics membership is free the first year with the subsequent years €5 per year (this might have changed since I signed up). You get 30% off all products all year round and a little more off at promotional times than non members. Normal skin I’d go with the Satin Skin if you want a little more coverage. Be aware that while they are basically the same but different formula for different types of skin the shade you like might not be the formula you like. If you’re super pale, I think both might be too dark. Likewise I think the darkest shade might be too light for darker skin tones.
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