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28 November 2014

Light Pink Foundation

As you can see from my recent reviews, I am slowly making my way around the array of weird and wonderful make-up offerings from Lush. A year ago, I wouldn't have even dreamt of using any of their products - simply because I didn't view them as a company that could offer me products on par with the likes of Mac and Bourjois. How wrong was I?

After the success I had with both their Charisma Skin Tint and Emotional Brilliance Face Powder, I was rather intrigued and equally excited about trying their Light Pink Foundation. One of two light foundations available from Lush, this particular one is aimed at those of us with pale pink complexions - a product that is supposed to even out the skin and make the complexion appear smoother and without blemishes. 

As per usual, Lush offer consumers something a little extra with their foundations. As someone who dislikes wearing anything too heavy and constricting on my skin, I found this foundation is not only very light and cannot be felt once it has been applied, but there is a whole host of ingredients present to make it actually beneficial for the skin. One of the main ingredients in Light Pink is rose petal infusion, which unfortunately doesn't make this foundation smell particularly floral but it does help to settle the skin and reduce any redness or irritation you may be experiencing. 

I know from previous experiences that wearing foundation all of the time can dry out my complexion and I have even known to come out in rashes and spots because of the irritation it causes my face. This particular product contains bran rice oil, which is fantastic for putting moisture back into the skin, and I found that some four to five weeks after using this daily, I have not experienced any irritation, spots or dry patches so far.  
Lush suggest that you mix this together with a little of your favourite moisturiser and apply to clean skin evenly - a way of giving your face a little colour whilst also nourishing the pores. However, I have found it much more useful to apply this directly to the face by way of a make-up sponge and then using the sponge to distribute it evenly across the face - just like you would with any other foundation.

It was on my initial attempt that I realised how special this foundation was. After using a very small amount (probably no more than an eighth of a teaspoon ) to cover my whole face, I was amazed to find that my complexion looked really smooth, with the dark circles under my eyes noticeably reduced. Although I was really pleased with the results, it wasn't until my friend commented that I looked 'photoshopped' that I realised just how much it had softened and smoothened out my face. 

What makes it even more impressive, is that once it's been applied, this foundation offers you coverage for the entire day. It doesn't fade or move when I contour my face, and it doesn't come off if I accidentally rub or scratch myself. In fact, Light Pink remains in place until I wipe it off with a cleanser when I get home in the evening. 

Priced at £9.50 for a 20g tub, this is probably very slightly more expensive than the Mac bottle I had been using up until this point. However, when I compared the two, I was amazed to find that Lush's foundation triumphed considerably over the other - my complexion looked and felt better and there wasn't any of the heaviness that the Mac one offered. 

This small tub has lasted me almost a month of daily usage now, and I would say I'm about halfway through the pot. My skin still feels and looks radiant and my confidence has improved dramatically since I can rely upon this foundation to support my skin and keep it in great condition. I definitely consider this to be a must-have and I cannot see myself straying and using anything else, anytime soon. 

Quantitative Ingredients: Fresh Rose Petal Infusion, Soya Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Rice Bran Oil, Stearic Acid, Talc, Glycerine, Triethanolamine, Cetearyl Alcohol, Colour 77491, Colour 77499, Colour 77492, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

Vegan?: Yes.

2014 Price: £9.50 for 20g.

2 comments

  1. I've read your blog for a while now and as you make vegan choices with your Lush purchases I'd assumed you were also cruelty free. I hope you don't mind my asking, where do you stand on cruelty free? Seeing Mac & Bourjois referenced above as your choices for make up have prompted my wondering. Though your opinions will have no bearing on my enjoyment of your blog, which is currently my favourite, as is Lush :)

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    1. Thank you for your kind words and I'd be happy to talk about my stance on cruelty free. Since turning vegetarian in 2002, I have strived to buy cruelty free as best as I can. I don't buy anything that contains animal derivatives and research every company before I buy from them. I will admit that I have made a few mistakes over the years but that is to be expected. In these incidences, I just pick myself up and move on.

      Lush are a company that I wholeheartedly trust to be 100% cruelty free in everything that they do - a reason why I am slowly transferring 99% of my custom to them. When I can, I buy from them and I am glad to have found the above product as it means I can rely on them for most of my make-up needs as well as bath and shower items.

      I do usually buy a few bits from Bourjois and my research shows that they don't test on animals. While a couple of their products are only vegetarian, not vegan, the ones I use are suitable for my needs.

      Mac are owned by Estee Lauder - a company who are committed to eliminating animal testing and actually use volunteers to evaluate their finished products. Again, there are items that are non-vegan (for example, most of their brushes are made from goats hair) but they do offer many products that are vegan.

      In all honesty, aside from the Lush cosmetics I use, I don't have a very extensive make-up collection and tend to put very little on most days. I am always finding ways to cut down what I put on my face each day and I'm aware that some companies may say one thing but do another. If you have any information about either of the above companies that I need to know, I would love to hear it :) I hope this helps : )

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