I’ve mentioned recently that in the new year, I’ve become more picky about what I’ll use on my face and body. I am not going 100% clean, but if it’s something I’m using every single day I prefer it to have as skin-healthy of ingredients as possible. One thing that’s on my radar to find is a clean, non-toxic foundation that I really like.
I just discovered a brand called 14e cosmetics. They are a 100% natural makeup line (so far they just have two foundations) and are also cruelty free, paraben free, toxic free, and chemical free. The bases for their foundations are made from Aloe Vera, not water. The ingredients are skin calming and relieve and treat the symptoms of acne at the same time as targeting the beginning signs of aging skin.
I’ve come to find that organic/natural foundations are tricky and it’s likely that most people will have a love/hate relationship with them. Another brand I’ve tried is the Coola Rosillance (read review) and these foundations by 14e really remind me of that one. The formulas of these have almost a sheen to them. They’re not full coverage, and they’re not super long wearing. They have some coverage, but it’s not something you’re going to wear if you’re going to be getting your pictures taken professionally. You’re not going to like it if you have a lot of redness or acne to cover up. The super full coverage makeup that is very in style right now is a far cry from these foundations. So if that’s what you’re looking for, you may not enjoy these. However, if you’re looking for something that’s every day wearable and has breathable, natural looking coverage, you may find a match in one of these foundations by 14e.
I have one of the Nourish Foundations and one of the Sheer Tints. The Sheer Tint has light coverage and the Nourish Foundation has medium, buildable coverage with a semi-matte finish. I have the Bamboo shade of the Sheer Tint and the Birch shade of the Nourish formula. Birch matched me best so I decided I would show it to you and show you how I made it work for me.
In the first photo, I am just wearing the foundation (plus I filled in my eyebrows and wore mascara). I used about a pump. The coverage was decent but it definitely has a bit of a white cast to it. I still need help with redness in my cheeks and dark circles under my eyes.
In the second photo, I used bareMinerals concealer lightly under my eyes and on my cheeks.
In the third photo, I set everything with Ilia setting powder, used Jane Iredale Peaches & Cream on my cheeks, gloMinerals keepsake eyeshadow on my eyes, Jane Iredale lipstick in Susan.
In the interest of keeping most of my beauty products natural for the review, I kept everything as clean as possible for what I had in my stash.
I enjoy this foundation for days that I prefer lighter coverage. Something to note is that I have to apply this with my fingers and not a beauty sponge. Everything seems to get absorbed into the sponge when I use it, and it’s already somewhat sheer so I try to avoid using one! I did use the sponge when I applied my concealer though. I think the staying power is a lot longer when I use a setting powder as well. I have tried it with and without and I definitely recommend using one. Lastly, I also want to mention that I really pick up on the lavender scent in this formula. If you don’t like lavender, you may not enjoy these.
Have you tried a natural foundation? For me, the search is on. I can’t just find something I like and be done. I need to try all the options out there! There is one by Gressa and one by Juice Beauty that I have my eye on to try next!