I've had a lot of requests lately for foundation recommendations, so I thought it would be a good time to do a new Toss it Tuesday! The main complaint I get is that you can't find a non-cakey, or non-irrating organic foundation. The ones I recommend below all perform beautifully - and I promise will never cake or irritate your skin.

But first things first, let's take a look at the ingredients most commonly found in cream and liquid foundations, and what to toss! The ingredients highlighted below can be found in a wide variety of brands, from high-end lines (think Chanel, Marc Jacobs) to common drugstore brands.

A synthetic silicone. Silicones cover the skin like plastic wrap, leaving it unable to breathe and blocks pores. Cycolmethicone is also non-biodegradable and has bio-accumulation, environmental and organ toxicity concerns.

Prefixed with Ethyl, Methyl, Butyl, Propyl, Benzyl these are the most widely used group of cosmetic preservatives. Mimic estrogen in the body and are endocrine (hormone) disruptors. Methylparabens have been found in breast tumours in some studies.

Synthetic fragrances can contain up to 3000 different synthetic chemicals, many of which have been proven to cause endocrine disruption, whilst many others contain formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. Synthetic fragrance can also cause or aggravate respiratory disorders, cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and contact dermatitis. 

Propylene Glycol (PEGs)This is a synthetic petro-chemical mix. It is also made from the same chemical that is used to create anti-freeze, hydraulic fluids, placticizers and solvents. PEG facilitates penetration of formulation deeper into the skin, thereby allowing increasing amounts of other chemicals and toxins to reach the bloodstream. Being a petroleum by-product, PEG's also have the same contamination concerns as above (Ethylene Oxide and 1,4 Dioxane)

FD&C and D&C dyes 
Synthetic dyes and colorants believed to be carcinogens. Many have been banned or restricted by the FDA in the USA. FD&C dyes are approved for food, drug and cosmetic use. D&C dyes are approved for drug and cosmetic use. I avoid these wherever possible.

Endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive toxicity. Carcinogen (cancer-causing) concerns. Phthalates have been banned from cosmetics in the European Union, but still remain prevalent in U.S. products.

Read on below for my natural & organic cream and liquid foundation swaps!

Gressa Corrective Minimalist Serum Foundation 

This foundation is SO gorgeous, I fell in love with it from the very first use. 
It is ultra light, and very concentrated - you only need 2-3 drops for full coverage — don't overdo it! I don't even need concealer with this product if applied well. The finish is slightly dewy, you can do with or without setting powder depending on your preference. This foundation will last a seriously long time due to the small amount needed and doubles as skincare. 

The shade range is also pretty great. You can order samples here

Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation

In a beautiful, refillable compact, the Kjaer Weis Cream Foundation is another must-have for me. This is good for all skin types, but especially if you like a cream foundation but have oily skin, as it is on the drier side for a cream. The coverage is again buildable from sheer to full (no need for concealer!) and makes the complexion appear naturally flawless. 

This foundation also photographs beautifully. You can get samples with orders over $100 from here (AU) or here (USA)

RMS Beauty "Un" Coverup

RMS was one of my first loves, and the "Un" Coverup has been a staple for me ever since I first tried it years ago. Use it as a concealer or foundation, the coverage can be sheer or built up to medium coverage. You can also build it to full coverage by layering it sparingly with the Tinted "Un" Powder. It's quite concentrated and creamy, giving the skin a fresh, dewy finish and always makes it looks amazing. I can even throw this on in five minutes with my fingertips for a fresh-faced look, and it blends seamlessly with the skin.

Antonym Cosmetics Skin Esteem Foundation

This foundation has a mousse-like texture, and feels very light on the skin. The coverage is medium, with a luminous, dewy finish. It was only released last year, so I have found the shade range a little limited, but if you have a match it is a really beautiful product that wears and photographs well.

Au Naturale Zero Gravity C2P Creme Foundation

If you like a more satin to matte finish foundation, then Au Naturale's new C2P (Creme to Powder) foundation is for you. Easy-peasy to apply, you can just draw it onto the skin where you need most coverage then blend out with a brush or your fingertips. The coverage is medium, buildable to full if you layer where needed, and it does a brilliant job at evening the skin tone for a naturally flawless complexion, without the need for setting powder.

You can order samples here in Australia

Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation

The new formula is more mousse-like than liquid, sets quickly and leaves the skin with a luminous, dewy finish. The coverage can be sheer to medium, and used with or without powder. The Oat Milk Foundation is also weightless on the skin, easy to apply (use your fingers or a brush) and lasts beautifully. 

You can order samples here.

I hope you find something that suits you here, and feel free to email me if you need help or have further questions!

Kelsey xx
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