As I further immerse myself into the world of green beauty, I’ve started exploring cleaner makeup options. I’ve been holding off writing this review for Vapour Organic Beauty for quite awhile because I wanted to see how the products performed in a country with a different climate than Singapore’s humid one. I was very blessed to have been generously gifted a full set of makeup products for my review; namely the Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation, Aura Multi-use Blush, Solar Translucent Bronzer, Trick Stick Highlighter, and Mesmerize Eyeliner. I also received samples of both the Stratus Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector, and highly raved about Stratus Instant Skin Perfector. Now that I’ve given these products sufficient mileage during my test run, I’m finally ready to give my verdict.
My skin doesn’t react very well to silicones. So when I find a primer allowing smooth application of makeup without the addition of a prefix ending with -cone–I get very excited. Vapour’s Stratus Instant Skin Perfector (USD48)works as a 3-in-1 moisturizer, primer, and no-color foundation. Great for low-maintenance girls! If you’ve got oily skin, you don’t even need to apply any skincare prior to using this because ingredients like organic Evening Primrose Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Elderberry Fruit Extract gives your skin the moisture it needs. You can apply straight from the stick and blend with your fingers. Totally handy when you’re travelling or on the go. The product dries matte and evens out my skin tone, paving the way for effortless foundation application.
Vapour’s Soft Focus Instant Skin Perfector (USD56) is a velvety variation of the former, and is formulated to balance combination and oily skin types. There are tiny flecks of glitter floating in this light pink, serum-like primer. When blended, the glitter gives skin a natural luminosity. You can see both in the pictures below. I personally favor the original Stratus Instant Skin Perfector simply because I think it’s handier to apply, and I like the matte texture it gives my skin. Both samples are shade S904, which color balances light to medium sallow/olive skin.
Organic Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Silica, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Lauroyl Lysine, Mica, Organic Sambucus Nigra (Elderberry) Fruit Extract, Organic Lecithin, Organic Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Organic Papain (Papaya) Extract, Solanum Lycopersicon (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Nonvolatiles, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Oil, Eriocephalus Punctulatus (Cape Camomile) Oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Wildcrafted Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense) Gum, Organic Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Organic Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Leaf Extract, Pogostemon Cablin Oil [may contain +/- Titanium Dioxide (CI77891) Iron Oxide (CI77491), Carmine (CI75470)]
Finding the right foundation for your skin is seriously the bane of every girl’s existence. From shade, to texture, and coverage, there are a myriad of factors making up the ‘perfect’ foundation. Vapour’s Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation (USD50) comes pretty close. These days, I’m more into no-makeup, makeup look, which great skin is the basis of. Vapour’s Light Reflective Technology is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pores. I tested this with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, MUFE Medium Foundation Brush, and my good old fingers. While I thought using the sponge damp to apply foundation gave a natural, airbrushed finish, I liked the look of my skin best when I used my fingers to blend. Because the foundation is pretty watery, I apply it like I would a facial oil using my fingers to spread, and then light patting motions to push it into my skin.
Coverage is sheer to medium, depending on how much foundation you use and the application method. I typically am satisfied with just a pump which gives me just enough coverage to make any redness and discoloration fade, especially when used with the aforementioned primer. Any additional ruddiness from healing scars or zits can be disguised with a dab of concealer. In a humid climate, the foundation needs to be set with a powder to increase it’s lasting power. A light dusting of mineral powder, and a spritz of rosewater does the trick.
The Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation is perfect for drier climes, it stayed intact the whole day while I was gallivanting in Sydney this past winter. You can see how it fares in Image 7 in the slideshow above. A word of caution, it does tend to transfer, so be careful if you are hugging somebody who’s wearing a white shirt! I was sent shade S115, which according to the shade chart on Vapour’s page is closest to my skin tone, though I noticed it tends to show up slightly pinker on my skin. Below, you’ll see a side-by-side comparison of three shades–S100, S110, and S115.
Organic Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Mica, Silica, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isocetyl Stearoyl Stearate*, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Wildcrafted Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Gum, Solanum Lycopersicon (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Non-Volatiles, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Oil, Eriocephalus Punctulatus (Cape Chamomile) Oil, Organic Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) Leaf Extract, Organic Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil) Leaf Extract, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Pogostemon Cablin Oil [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)]
Highlighter & Bronzer
There’s a fine line between looking oily and highlighted, a fine line I walk because I’m obsessed with highlighters and illuminators. Who doesn’t love the look of being lit from within, with healthy glowing skin?! Vapour’s Trick Stick Highlighter (USD20) in Dazzle does a wonderful job of bringing out my bone structure. Here’s how it should be done: Cheekbones > Eyebrow Arch (over and under) > Inner corners of Eyes > Tip of Nose > Cupid’s Bow. Vapour does offer three other shades, so pick one that strikes your fancy. I slip the stick in my bag to reapply throughout the day though I probably don’t need it. I 100% recommend this gorgeous highlighter that pairs so well with the next product I’m talking about…
Since I’m pretty fair-skinned, I tend to rely on bronzers to give me a sun-kissed glow without UV damage. Vapour’s Solar Translucent Bronzer (USD36) looked a little too dark in the tube, but when warmed up on the back of my hand, showed its true color (pun intended!). A rich medium bronze, it sculpts my cheeks and jawline without looking too muddy. I use a bronzer blush to apply–though with most of Vapour’s products–fingers do just fine. I could’ve probably gone one shade lighter, but sometimes a little more definition doesn’t hurt especially when you end up with cheekbones any glass surface would be scared of.
Highlighter: Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica, Mica, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate*, Organic Chrysanthemum Morifolium (Chrysanthemum) Flowers, Organic Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Leaf Extract, Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Leaf Extract [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470)]
Bronzer: Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica, Mica, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate*, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate Oil), Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Organic Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Shea Butter), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Nonvolatiles, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Oil, Eriocephalus Punctulatus (Cape Chamomile) Oil, Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Açai Berry) Powder, Organic Calendula Officinalis Flowers, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Pogostemon Cablin Oil, [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499)], Carmine (CI 75470)]
Blusher & Eyeliner
Vapour’s Classic Aura Multi-use Blush (USD36) in Courtesan has my heart. It’s a true shade of rose and I wish I blushed this beautifully, naturally. I apply two dots straight two my cheeks and pat to blend with my fingertips. The remaining color goes all over my lips for a ‘my-lips-but-better’ flush. I’m excited to try the other colors, especially Virtue, which is a soft dusty rose. Can you tell I’m a huge sucker for rose-related shades? I just find they look lovely with my skin tone!
I used to be a heavy abuser of eyeliner, the goth look à la Taylor Momsen was so hot! Now that I’ve outgrown covering my upper, lower, and inner eyelids with eyeliner/kohl, I ‘m looking for something that naturally enhances my lash line. I use Vapour’s Mesmerize to tight-line and the blending tool on the other end to slightly smudge it out for an undone look. It doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes (thanks to the Chamomile?), or migrate onto my contact lenses. If you’re allergic to Coconut oil you might want to give this a miss since it’s one of the ingredients listed. Otherwise, I think it’s a great alternative to conventional eyeliners!
Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Silica, Castor Isostearate Beeswax Succinate*, Organic Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Mica, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Fruit/Leaf/Stem Extract, Canarium Luzonicum (Elemi) Gum Nonvolatiles, Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh) Gum Oil, Eriocephalus Punctulatus (Cape Chamomile) Oil, Wildcrafted Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Gum*, Organic Ocimum Sanctum (Tulsi/Holy Basil) ) Leaf Extract, Organic Nelumbo Nucifera (Lotus) ) Leaf Extract, Pogostemon Cablin Oil [+/-: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Carmine (CI 75470)]
Eyeliner: Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Mica, Organic Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Cera, Organic Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Organic Elaeis Guineensis (Palm Kernel) Oil, Organic Cera Alba (Beeswax), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower ) Seed Oil, Chamomilia Recutita Matricaria (Chamomile) Flowers [+/-:Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, & CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470), Manganese Violet (CI 77891), Ultramarines (CI 77007)]
I’m pleasantly surprised by how well Vapour’s products work on my skin. I’d read many reviews about how switching to greener makeup options caused breakouts, but for me that never happened. When I used to wear conventional makeup, I’d discover new bumps that weren’t there when I washed my face in the morning, while removing my makeup at night.. Vapour’s products do have a particular herbal smell when applied, so if you’re sensitive to such smells it might be prudent to ask for samples before committing to a full-size purchase. The smell does dissipate after application, and I don’t mind it all because I love essential oils.
Have you tried any of Vapour’s products? I’d love to hear how they worked out for you!
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