I’ve had several requests recently to take more of a look at organic and natural make up. Remembering old school organic make up and it’s general horribleness of texture, pigment and packaging, I don’t ever really give it a second glance, so thanks to BBB readers, I’m getting an updated organic education, too.
So, first up, I’m looking at the ‘stick’ offerings from Vapour and W3ll People. W3ll People’s Universalist Colorstick in Nude Flush was sent to me with a brush but I don’t think that comes as standard. So, Colorstick is a bit of a skincare/makeup hybrid in that it contains omega oils and fatty acids along with organic aloe, green tea and chamomile extracts. It’s also got a shine control element using silica. You can use it anywhere – eyes, cheeks or lips, but it’s most obvious use is for cheeks. I can’t even count the number of ‘stick’ blushes I’ve used, and this one falls somewhere on the better side of middle in terms of how much I like it. However, I do like the concept from W3ll People – a minimal, natural make up look using the most appropriate natural ingredients. There’s no ‘organic’ claim as such, instead a 100% ‘natural’ claim and the range is founded by three people passionate about being careful what their bodies absorb so you’re not going to find any nasties in there. Performance wise, I think you’ll find it feels a little heavier than make up that chucks any old stuff in (such as silicone), but it diffuses beautifully with a blush and this shade was perfect for me for a natural looking cheek. If you react to silicones, then the Universalist stick is the answer.
Vapour uses the ‘organic’ tag in its brand name, but that’s not quite the full story. The Vapour Multi Use Blush (above) is 70% certified organic ingredients and 30% minerals and vitamins. It’s as pure as you can get really and still have a decent performance element. In terms of wear, it feels sheerer than W3ll People’s stick – more comfortable on the skin and lightweight. In terms of pigment, both brands aren’t giving us what we’d expect from NARS or MAC but that’s not their purpose, although W3ll People seems higher on pigment than Vapour. They’re not trying to emulate existing make up, but just do make up more healthily. Both these sticks rate highly with me because I perfer their sheerness of texture. However, if you’re looking to take your make up into healthier territory, both brands are a million miles from the apologetic natural make up products of the past. Claims from Vapour are that it’s 100% natural make up, chemical free (I know..everything is chemicals but you know what they mean!), gluten free, biodegradable ingredients, recyclable packaging, no nano particles and no irratiation (not sure that’s common in cosmetics anyway to be honest).
Swatched above are: Vapour Solar Translucent Bronzer, Vapour Multi Use Blush and W3ll People Universalist in Nude Flush. Vapour is £31 (yikes) and W3ll People is £27. Both are HERE at Being Content which is a revelation in natural make up and well worth a browse.
*all products are sent to me as samples from brands and agencies unless otherwise stated