It’s that time of the month again. And, by that, I don’t mean my period. I mean that monthly foundation purchase and review. I don’t use them up, mind you, I just have this extremely unhealthy compulsive habit of buying foundations in the hopes of turning back the hands of time. Same with concealers, eyeshadow palettes, eyeliners, and skincare.
Price point, packaging, quantity and shade range
Quantity: the usual 30ml. Price per litre: €1366. This is obviously high-end makeup and places the Natasha Denona Face Glow foundation on the same market as the Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear.
Shade range: the foundation is available in only 12 shades.
Packaging: definitely the worst thing about it. I’ve had it for a few days and I’m already having trouble getting the foundation to come out. Sometimes, only liquid comes out. It takes a lot of shaking to get the actual product. I can’t imagine what it’ll be like when I’m halfway through, let alone close to emptying it.
AQUA [WATER], CYCLOPENTASILOXANE, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, ETHYLHEXYL METHOXYCINNAMATE, GLYCERIN, PHENYLISOPROPYL DIMETHICONE, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, CETYL DIMETHICONE COPOLYOL, VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER, PEG-30 DIPOLYHYDROXYSTEARATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 BEESWAX, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, ALUMINUM STARCH OCTENYLSUCCINATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE SE, SILICA, TALC, ALCOHOL, CYCLOMETHICONE, HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, POLYGLYCERYL-4 ISOSTEARATE, PHENOXYETHANOL, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, RETINYL PALMITATE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, CYCLOHEXASILOXANE, DIMETHICONE, QUATERNIUM-90 BENTONITE, PARFUM [FRAGRANCE], SORBIC ACID, PEG/PPG-18/18 DIMETHICONE, SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, ALUMINUM HYDROXIDE
+/- MAY CONTAIN:
CI 77891 [TITANIUM DIOXIDE], CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 [IRON OXIDES].
- light texture
- brilliant staying power
- extremely radiant
- medium coverage
- flawless, dewy finish
- SPF 15
- can be worn alone or as a base for a fuller coverage foundation
My thoughts on the Natasha Denona Face Glow Foundation
I’m going to have to disagree with the ‘light texture’ claim. It feels pretty thick, almost heavy and although the coverage isn’t mad, you can tell you are wearing makeup.
For that reason, I prefer applying it with a brush rather than a beauty sponge so that I can really work it into my skin. Sponge application makes it feel more like it’s sitting on skin rather than melting into it.
Great point: it’s extremely hydrating and doesn’t cling on to dry, flakey patches. It is really creaseproof (on me, anyway).
You might want to know that it does have a light baby powder scent which doesn’t linger.
The coverage of the Natasha Denona Face Glow isn’t crazy. As you can see in the picture below, my redness is hardly covered and my blemishes still show.
It does, however, give a great blurring effect and gives your skin a healthy looking glow. It might not be obvious in the picture, but it does work. It’s one of those ‘your skin, but better’ types of foundations.
The coverage is buildable to a low-ish medium coverage. Bear in mind that that will take a few pumps of product each time and will make you run out rather quickly.
As a primer: I have tried it with a foundation on top of it (Colourpop No Filter liquid foundation, if you’re interested), it didn’t alter its longevity or coverage. It just made it look more radiant.
Mixed with another foundation: I mixed the Face Glow foundation with arguably one of my most hated foundations: the Morphe Fluidity Foundation (see my review here). Surprisingly, I have to admit that it made it look, wear and last better throughout the day. I’m excited to try and mix it with other foundations that I didn’t like or found just too drying (the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define foundation, among others).
Mixed with a moisturiser/moisturising serum: I mixed it with my Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Serum and I quite enjoyed how they worked together. Diluting the foundation with the serum made it feel less heavy on my skin.
I would err on the side of cautious if you have oily or combination skin. If you don’t want to look like a greaseball past the 4-hour mark, I would recommend setting it properly, especially around the nose, on the chin and on the forehead.
A great point is that it doesn’t oxidize at all.
It also has to be noted that the SPF doesn’t cause any flashback.
Would I recommend the Natasha Denona Face Glow foundation?
This foundation is a must-try if you have dry, dehydrated or mature skin.
If you have oily or combo skin, there’s going to be some setting to do. Even with a great setting powder, I don’t recommend it as a 10-hour-work day type of foundation. It’s nice for an evening out or a short period of time, but it doesn’t look good past the 4-hour mark on my oily skin, and there’s only so much blotting and re-powdering can do. I do believe, though, that you can make it work.
About the shade range, I can’t speak for people with a darker complexion and I have to admit that I didn’t see many YouTube reviews of the Natasha Denona Face Glow foundation made by POC.
As far as the price range is concerned, it’s hard for me to tell that the Natasha Denona Face Glow foundation is bad value. I’m aware that a lot of people have said it’s way too expensive for what it does. However, I definitely think it’s one of a kind and I have never tried a foundation that looked so flattering on my skin. It does look oily on me after a while, but I know I can make it work, especially on days I want to look more natural or days I don’t have to wear makeup for 12 hours.
I also love the fact that it makes drier foundations work and that’ll save some of my products from a slow and lonely death in my drawers.