I’ve been lucky to have tried a fair few foundations lately, and have had both hits and misses. But one foundation that has kept a solid space lately on my vanity for daily wear has been the Scout Cosmetics Healthy Glow Fluid Foundation.
I’ve covered the concepts of mineral foundations in a previous post, and Scout Cosmetics is making headway into being recognised as one of Australia’s own mineral cosmetics brands with their range of eye, face, lip and nail products. Their Healthy Glow Fluid Foundation is where Organic Rosa Damascena (Rose) and Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract combine to create a soothing, moisturising and lightly fragrant fluid foundation. This luxurious formulation is perfect for all skin types including sensitive skins. Leaves skin fresh, radiant and even toned.
FORMULA & APPLICATION
While the product in it’s entirety doesn’t seem to be certified organic (eg absence of logos and cert numbers), the ingredient of the highest concentration in this formulation is certified organic rose extract, known for it’s intensely hydrating and mildly antioxidant properties. Glycerine acts as a humectant to seal in moisture in the skin, whilst metal oxides of Zinc, Titanium and Iron act as the minerals component. You can also read a previous post of mine explaining what it means to be certified organic if you want any clarification.
My skin type is oily-combo, so originally I was a little fearful that this formula wouldn’t work for me since it lends itself to more of a dewy finish for those seeking extra moisture in their foundations. I’m in the shade ‘Shell’, which is actually the lightest shade in the range with a touch of pink undertones. I feel like adding a shade lighter and darker would benefit a wider audience. Armed with the knowledge of this dewy formula, I prepped my skin with a mattifying primer. I’ve been loving The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone primer for this purpose and apply it after my usual skincare routine.
I usually find with more dewy-finish foundations that a sponge applicator is key, and this foundation was no exception. A brush will work to apply this foundation, but it can become streaky so you have to finish with a stippling motion to eliminate any streaks. I found a sponge definitely worked better to leave a smooth and even finish with a fair amount of coverage too. Using two pumps gave me the coverage and finish I liked. Speaking of pumps, this bottles features an airless pump. Airless pumps are really cool for a number of reasons. Firstly, they minimise exposure of product to the air which can breakdown products over time, especially those with a preservative-free formula. This works by having a ‘diaphragm’ as such, which rises up to expel product with each pump you make through a vacuum effect. What this means is that you’ll never struggle to pump out the remainder of a product when you reach the final stages of it’s use, meaning no wastage! Airless pumps are usually something you see in more higher end products because of the expense, and they are helpful to see the real colour of the foundation without any packaging that distorts the shade (and you get to see exactly how much product you have left in the tube). All-round the airless pump is a really nice and luxurious touch to this foundation from Scout Cosmetics and I’m loving it.
FINISH & WEAR
The coverage of this foundation is exactly what I’m looking for in an easy-to-wear, everyday foundation. I want something radiant and fresh-looking, with a light coverage so I don’t feel like I’m wearing foundation. I usually don’t wear much makeup to work everyday, so when I do use foundation I want it to feel and look light on the skin. I experimented with layering and found that I could layer it well to achieve a higher coverage, which is what I expect for a dewy foundation that doesn’t fully set.
Speaking of setting the foundation, my oily skin needs it so I always set with a powder. My current fave is the Illasmasqua Powder Foundation. It adds a little extra coverage and sets my foundations really well. This foundation doesn’t set to a dry finish, so it needs a powder for my skin. Even after applying powder (and MAC Fix+ Mist) however, the finish remained tacky. It put this to the dewy, hydrating formula of the product. Usually tacky finishes bother me, but I didn’t find this one too uncomfortable. Also owing to the dewy finish of the foundation, it is not transfer proof so extra care needs to be taken here.
The foundation wore on my skin fairly well for a dewy foundation. I get the usual wear around my nose and chin (I usually rest my chin on my hands throughout the day at work), and it breaks down from my natural oils around my forehead which can be rectified with a touch of powder at the first sign of sebum. I wouldn’t consider this foundation a particularly long-wearing foundation but generally, most dewy foundations don’t have that reputation. Ideally, this foundation will be used when I want a fresh, natural and light-looking base where I don’t plan on wearing it for a long time, nor in the Summer when I am even more oilier-skinned.
Have you used Scout Cosmetics before? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
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