naturaglacé is a natural and organic brand from Japan. I first spotted them in a Japanese magazine and then later noticed that their base products were often top ranked in Cosme Kitchen, which is a Japanese organic and natural product beauty store (check out the beautiful photo of the store taken by the lovely blogger Tokyo Beauty Book on her Instagram). To my surprise, recently, I found a seller on Amazon who shipped this starter kit to Canada. They sell it on the U. S. Amazon site as well, but it is more expensive. Of course, I bought the kit right away because it can be hard to get hold of smaller Japanese brands where I live.
This kit comes with two deluxe samples of the Make-Up Cream (12 ml) and Loose Powder and three packets (0.5 ml) of the Foundation Puree in Shade YE2. For best results, they should be used together as indicated on the back of the box.
Make-Up Cream (SPF 30 and PA++)
From their website (I translated it from Japanese using Google Translate), this product is an all-in-one base which combines a “moisturizing essence” and a “light foundation.” It only comes in one shade. Plus, it also has sunscreen, which pretty much makes it almost like a CC Cream. From the back of the box, it also tells you that this product can act like a foundation primer. I have worn this alone and under foundation and I love it both ways! It gently blurs out your pores and fine lines and provides a beautiful glow to the skin. This is a lovely base for an everyday look or just a quick stop to the supermarket.
Not a con, but because it is a natural product, it takes a little bit longer to blend out on the skin. Usually, I dot it all over my face, gradually blend it out with my fingers, and then pat it in. Lastly, if you have oily skin or combination skin, this might get “too glowy” as the day goes on. If you powder, it shouldn’t be a problem.
Foundation Puree in Shade YE2 (SPF 25 and PA++)
The foundation gives a similar finish as the Make-Up Cream. On the website, it states that this is an “airy foundation”, which “moisturizes and firms the skin.” Like the Make-Up Base, it is glowy and gently blurs pores and fine lines, but the foundation gives you a bit more coverage and evens out your skin tone even more. Similar to the Make-Up Cream, this is best applied with fingers. I actually tried using my Beauty Blender, and it moved the foundation around and it didn’t settle into the skin. It was strange! Maybe it was natural oils in the foundation that didn’t combine well with the dampness in the sponge. Lastly, a little powder on the areas where you get shiny keep your base shine-free all day.
One major con is that it only comes in three shades and they are all yellow-based. I was lucky and the shade matched me really well. I am around a MAC NC20.
This translucent powder is light-weight and finely milled. It does a good job of absorbing oil on your face without looking cakey. It comes with a puff, but I usually use the brush to lightly apply on forehead and undereye area. It keeps the oil at bay for most of the day.
Used alone, I feel like the Make-Up base lasts a good 8 hour work day. With the primer, I feel like it lasts all day. I notice when I remove my makeup at night, a lot still comes off on my cotton pad.
VERDICT: Some of my favourite base products I have tried lately. If you are looking for some good organic and natural base products to try out, I would say give naturaglacé a try.