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‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’, is solid advice that your mother (unless she’s a judgmental bitch of course), has probably given you over the years. In the world of beauty this adage can be aptly applied to Nude By Nature, but more along the lines of ‘don’t judge a high quality natural cosmetics brand by its initial dodgy, yet somehow brilliantly effective, ad campaign’.

The brand seems to have come a long way since that guy with the hot girlfriend and the woman who pronounced it ‘naytcha’ graced our screens. With the likes of the fabulous Clint Dowdell (I worked with him once – literally, once) now representing the brand, some credibility is sneaking back into their marketing, which is a good thing, because the products really are fantastic.

A friend asked me for a BB cream recommendation some time ago, and I had to admit that I hadn’t tried any – not with that title anyway (I’m bratty about beauty buzz words), and nothing that could be considered natural. I had heard good things about La Mav‘s natural BB cream, but I also wanted to give her an option that she could easily pick up at her local shops. So I got onto the Priceline website and did some research.

A BB cream, or tinted moisturiser with SPF, is something that you wear everyday, so I didn’t want to suggest anything with lots of fillers and crap in it, and while there are plenty of cruelty free options on the market, they still sneak a bit of rubbish in to bulk them up a bit or make them feel silky. With this in mind the Nude By Nature BB was the only real option.

After making the suggestion, I thought ‘Shit, I better try it myself. What if it’s a dud?’. So I bought the Beeb Cream, Liquid Mineral Foundation and Mineral Veil Finishing Powder – all at 30% off, thank you Pricey. No silicone, no parabens, no bismuth, no talc, no fragrance. Good. To. Go.

I can tell you the BB Cream ended up living with my Mum, not that I didn’t like it, but once I had tried the Liquid Mineral Foundation, I just couldn’t go back. The BB Cream looks absolutely beautiful on my Mum. She has a fabulous epidermis, with amazing even skin tone, so a light coverage flatters her natural beauty and makes her face glow. I don’t like too much coverage for everyday either, but the foundation just gave me the option of building it up in certain areas where I’m prone to redness and blotchy bits. I don’t look at all like I’m wearing makeup, but I feel more even and just a nudge closer to perfect.

My skin really likes this product too. It has some beautiful natural ingredients in it for nourishing and protecting your face – jojoba oil, vitamins C & E, green tea, hyaluronic acid and native Australian botanicals. It also feels light as a feather, allowing your skin to breathe. After applying it a few different ways, I found that pushing it into the skin with a Beauty Blender came out on top. This allows you to customise the coverage better and the finish is more natural looking. I definitely recommend this foundy for anyone who likes a light to medium coverage as it gives a satin finish, leaving you with a ‘your skin only better’ look. It would also be good for anyone who suffers from blocked pores as a result of too much silicone or other unnecessary ingredients.  The colour I bought, medium, is also awesome.  Not too pink, not too yellow, it’s like it adjusts to my own skin tone and ends up a lovely neutral shade.

OK, so I love the foundation, but my absolute favourite, and a product that can be difficult to find in such a natural state, is the Mineral Veil Finishing Powder. When Hourglass launched a few years back, they initially stocked an invisible powder that was super fine and set your foundation without extra coverage or colour. I freaking loved it, then it was discontinued. After crying for a bit, I began searching for a replacement and had heard good things about a cheapie from Australis, but unfortunately it contains parabens. Luckily a quick test of the Nudie one proved promising and I can honestly say, I’ve found one of the most incredible makeup products of all time. For me anyway.

I need to set my foundation with something, but I find a lot of powders, particular for day time wear, just make my skin look overdone and unnatural. This Nude By Nature one, however, is completely different. You can’t even see this powder on your face, it’s just so incredibly fine, but it somehow magically smooths everything out like an Instagram filter for real life. It’s amazing!  Your skin doesn’t necessarily look matte, but rather silky, perfected and luminous. It doesn’t flatten and dull the skin like a lot of powders can. You don’t need to overcompensate with highlighters and shiny blushes. You just brush a little bit of this miraculous fairy dust on and you’re ready for the ball grocery run.

This is my first foray into the Nude By Nature range, but I’m very interested in trying more from them. The synthetic brushes look pretty good to me and the skin care is also a bit intriguing. I also like the sound of the primer and concealer, and lipsticks and mascara and bronzer… Silly Snobby, I can’t believe that I almost didn’t give them a go because of those cringey old ads. Shame on me.

Kind Beauty Points : Nude By Nature is cruelty free and natural. You can buy Nude By Nature from Priceline through Shopnate, and help out your favourite charity.

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