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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.Continue reading “Beauty Finds: Freshly Cosmetics Glow Skin Serum Foundation and Freshly Cosmetics Satin Skin Cream Foundation Review and Comparison”