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As I get older I find my makeup preferences are changing. I’m currently out the house for eight hours a day, meaning that if I pop something liquid on my face first thing things have invariably gone a bit clumpy and cakey by the time 5.30 rolls around. Life’s too short for bad foundation so I need something that’ll last the day and not slide off by lunchtime. Mineral foundations are my new ‘go-to’ as they give me weightless coverage that lasts and they nourish my skin too.
Step forward Nude by Nature: Australia’s number one natural cosmetics brand, now available internationally. Dedicated to giving you a flawless finish, their fragrance-free mineral formulations include the most powerful Australian-native extracts, vitamins and essential oils to improve and enhance the appearance of your skin. Think avocado and macadamia oil, shea butter and vitamin E. The rose gold and nude packaging is gorgeous and simple.
Nude By Nature Perfecting Concealer
Nude by Nature’s perfecting concealer is marketed as a crease-free concealer that works to provide skin coverage and improve radiance. It’s quite thick, so a little goes a long way. I found coverage was quite sheer (it’s described as full coverage) but it’s definitely buildable and blends into skin expertly. The slanted applicator tip also makes it hygienic and super easy to apply.
It might have been because the shade was lighter than I really needed, but I really struggled to hide any of my dark circles. There is a disclaimer though: I have very dark, hereditary, purple under eye circles which are virtually impossible to disguise. I’ve only found a couple of products in my 30+ years on earth that will keep them at bay. I can see this working well on blemishes but it just wasn’t right for me. Find it here
Nude By Nature Sheer Glow BB Cream
The all-in-one BB cream claims to instantly even out skin tone and minimise the appearance of fine lines and imperfections. It contains soothing aloe vera, moisturising date oil and shea butter and kakadu plum, which protects skin and boosts radiance. It’s SPF 8, which seems unusually low to me (especially for an Aussie brand). This was the one I was most excited to try but I was disappointed with the formula. It was very watery, almost like it had split and needed quite a bit of work with a beauty blender to bring it back together. It was easy to work into the skin but it’s incredibly sheer; so much so that I wasn’t able to see any noticeable difference, even after a second application. Although the colour wasn’t a great match for me I struggled to see any difference in coverage at all. Find it here
Nude by Nature Bronzer & Finishing Brush
Onto the bronzer and finishing brush: and this is where things picked up. The one-shade-suits-all pressed bronzer adapts naturally to skin tones, giving you a customised tan. It looks a bit scary in the pan, but the colour’s not at all reflective of what will end up on your face. I’m fair skinned and its light-reflecting particles gave me a really natural glow (even though the formula itself has a matte finish). The ultra-soft finishing brush is domed; perfect for giving your whole face a good dusting and it sat nicely in my hand with a good weight, so controlling it was easy as pie. Find the Nude By Nature bronzer here and the finishing brush here
Nude By Nature Kabuki Brush
I used the cute little kabuki brush in conjunction with my favourite mineral powder foundation. Nude by Nature makeup brushes are made of high-quality synthetic fibres, and perform just as well as natural hair. I achieved a really natural airbrushed finish and the product was evenly distributed across my face. The brush sat perfectly in the palm of my hand too. This would be a great one for travelling as you could use it for any powder or bronzer. Find it here
All in all then, it was a mixed bag. I won’t be parting with my usual foundation or concealer any time soon. However, I did really enjoy the Nude by Nature bronzer, and would be keen to add more brushes to my collection as they’re great quality.
Although I didn’t quite manage to perfect my complexion, the formulas are really workable and skincare’s such a personal thing that if you have different requirements you might just find a new favourite. So if you’ve got sensitive skin, are a rose gold enthusiast or are after makeup that’s more than just cosmetic, I’d definitely recommend you give this Aussie brand a go.
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