It was a dark, dark day at Redhead Beauty Diaries when Clinique discontinued their Gentle Light Powder. This was my holy grail of face powders, it was perfect ~ went on seamlessly, never looked like powder on and gave my face such a dewy glowing finish.
Ever since then, which must now be at least a year and a half ago, I have been searching for a suitable illuminating powder to replace it and believe me, it's been one heck of a struggle to find a good one.
I did find Dior Capture Totale Loose Powder in Rose Lumiere was a great alternative, not as illuminating as Clinique's but I really like it as a all over powder, gives life to the skin without being too 'glowy' and it's great for setting concealer in place.
If you don't mind the fact it isn't a natural product then I can thoroughly recommend it.
It is very expensive though at £44.99 but I've had mine about 10 months and still have half left so its long lasting as you only need a small dusting
Anyway before this turns into a Dior review I'd better get on with what I'm actually supposed to be showing you!
Living Nature Luminous Powder is my 'dupe' for Clinique Gentle Light Powder from the natural cosmetic world.
I was really pleased to find it, not only is it a really fabulous powder, it is also 100% natural so fit's in with my 'natural make up mission' perfectly so a 'win win' all round!
It a blend of natural minerals and botanical extracts
Talc (CI 77718), Mica (CI 77019), Squalane, Zinc stearate, Zea mays (corn) starch, Titanium dioxide (CI 77891), Olea europea (olive) fruit oil**, Hydrated silica, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Iron oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil**, Sorbic acid, Tocopherol acetate (vitamin E), Glycerin soja (soybean) oil **Certified organic
The compact it comes, in is very chic, it houses a very sizeable mirror and is made from aluminium and I think, has the look of natural slate, it is embossed with the Living Nature scroll emblem.
The compact feels really nice in your hand - the metal is cool to the touch ~ I do like this, it feels like you are holding something organic and natural, like a stone.
I chose the palest option ~ 'Light'.
When it first arrived I did think it might be just a little too dark for me, but it actually goes onto the skin lighter than it shows in the pan, so it is a perfect match for my skin.
The powder is quite firm in the palette and doesn't kick up hardly any powder when a brush is applied to it.
The firmness of the powder means that only a small amount is picked up by the brush, which I prefer as you are not having to tap off any excess, wasting it, or overloading the skin.
It has a lovely soft texture, is finely milled and blends onto the skin very well.
I applied it over my normal foundation and it barely looked like anything on at all, it just made the skin look more perfected and 'alive' with a soft natural illumination.
I use it on my cheeks, forehead and down the centre of my nose and just go over the end of my chin with whats left on the brush. I wouldn't use this to set concealer or under my eyes as it's better to use a less 'glowy' powder here.
It lasted well on the skin, certainly several hours, it did fade slightly on my forehead where I do sometimes still get a bit oily so I wouldn't say it was particularly mattifying, but that's not what this powder is about.
I am very impressed with this powder, it looks so natural and will be purchasing it again - although I think this will not be for quite a while as you need such a small amount!
It comes in three shades, Light, Medium & Deep so there should be a shade to suit nearly everyone.
It retails for £25.00 from Living Nature directly but I got mine from Naturismo.com for £21.25, only a small saving but every little helps!
Living Nature only use pure natural ingredients and do not test on animals.
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Till next time my lovelies!