Paul Penders Natural Moisture Foundations

Trying to fulfill all my 2012 resolutions is actually harder than I thought. I mean how difficult is it to use makeup which are more naturally formulated? Well, those of you on a similar quest will know what I’m talking about. IT’S DARN HARD! First off, you have issues of limited choices. Next, the issue of unavailability in our market. And I don’t even want to talk about wearability. So with that mindset, I was a bit skeptical about the Paul Penders makeup range when I was first introduced to it. I was even more doubtful when I saw that their mineral translucent power is white! OMG. Can this actually work for me?

Natural look great for those with flawless skin
But you know what? I actually like it a lot because it works very well with my fair skin tone. And almost every day now, I’m using their Natural Moisture Foundation (which is your equivalent of a liquid foundation) together with their Mineral Translucent Powder. It’s a very natural look and even though my skin isn’t flawless, I think I don’t look quite as bad. So if you have better skin than me with little blemishes and spots, you’ll probably find their foundations to do quite well for you. From my experience, they don’t streak much, cake at all and definitely do not oxidize.

Paul Penders Natural Moisture Foundation | 25g, AUD29.50

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cocos nucifera (Coconut) extract, Organic LevensESSENTIE Gold® { Angelica archangelica (Angelica) extract, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower extract, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) flower extract, Sambucus nigra (Elderflower) flower extract, Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) root extract, Panax quinquefolium (Ginseng root) extract, Lonicera japonica (Honey suckle) extract, Humulus lupulus (Hops) extract, Equeisetum hyemale (Horsetail) extract, Juniperus communis (Juniper) fruit extract, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower extract, Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) leaf extract, Urtica dioica (Nettle) extract, Centella asiatica (Penny wort) extract, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) leaf extract, Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) extract, Salvia officinalis (Sage) extract, Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort) extract, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) root extract, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) extract, Archillea millefolium (Yarrow) extract}, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe vera) leaf extract, Polysaccharides (Inulin), Sclerotium gum (Granulated amigel), Ascorbyl isostearate (Vitamin C), Sorbic acid, Ananas comosus (Bromelain) extract, Carica papaya (Papain) extract, Desert flower fragrance, [ +/- (may contain), Titanium dioxide, Iron oxide red, Iron oxide brown, Iron oxide black, Iron oxide blue]

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But don’t expect to get similar coverage as the conventional foundations or BB creams. The Paul Penders Natural Moisture Foundation is more like a very tinted moisturizer and hence, the coverage is not luminously flawless. They won’t conceal dark circles nor spots too well either. And strangely, the Paul Penders Natural Moisture Foundation in Hazel Ivory which is very white is quite drying compared to the formulation in Island Sand. Although it can blend into my skin, but I found it to cake up after awhile.

So what you see in the picture above is me wearing the Paul Penders Natural Moisture Foundation in Island Sand together with the Paul Penders Mineral Translucent Foundation. The Moisture Foundation in Island Sand is quite moisturizing for my skin and lasted me well throughout the day. The exception is when the weather turns cold or the aircon is on full blast. When that happens, my skin does feel a tad dry with this foundation. Other than the Hazel Ivory and Island Sand I’ve received, four other darker shades are available and they are – Sweet Amber, Wood Brown, Timeless Tan, and Chocolate Brown. The 25g is a very small tube though but the good thing with that size is that this being a natural formulation has a shorter life span and so you wouldn’t have to take forever to finish it up.

Paul Penders Mineral Translucent Powder | 5g, AUD28

Ingredients: Mica, Titanium dioxide, Bismuth oxychloride, Organic LevensESSENTIE Gold® {Angelica archangelica (Angelica) root, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) flower, Sambucus nigra (Elderflower) flower, Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) root, Panax quinquefolium (Ginseng) root, Lonicera japonica (Honeysuckle) flower, Humulus lupulus (Hops) flower, Equisetum hyemale (Horsetail), Juniperus communis (Juniper) fruit, Lavandula augustifolia (Lavender) flower, Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) leaf, Urtica dioica (Nettle), Centella asiatica (Pennywort), Mentha piperita (Peppermint) leaf, Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) flower, Salvia officinalis (Sage) leaf, Hypericum perforatum (St.John’s wort), Curcuma longa (Turmeric) root, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) leaf, Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) flower}

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This Paul Penders Mineral Translucent Powder is described as a finishing touch for a flawless, natural-luminous healthy looking skin. It is white but doesn’t look too white for me. But I think the white do show up on darker skin tone so I’m not really sure how this will work for all skin tones. Otherwise, it’s quite fine and does compliment the Natural Moisture Foundation to yield a smoother finishing. I’ve never used mineral makeup with so much ingredients and neither have I tried one containing Bismuth Oxychloride. But I’m glad to say that after using this for some time now, I don’t have any issues.

Paul Penders Mineral Foundation Blusher | 5g, AUD28

Ingredients: Solum diatomeae, Cetyl alcohol, Organic LevensESSENTIE Gold® {Angelica archangelica (Angelica) extract, Arnica montana (Arnica) flower extract, Calendula officinalis (Calendula) flower extract, Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) flower extract, Sambucus nigra (Elderflower) flower extract, Zingiber officinalis (Ginger) root extract, Panax quinquefolium (Ginseng root) extract, Lonicera japonica (Honey suckle) extract, Humulus lupulus (Hops) extract, Equeisetum hyemale (Horsetail) extract, Juniperus communis (Juniper) fruit extract, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) flower extract, Melissa officinalis (Lemon balm) leaf extract, Urtica dioica (Nettle) extract, Centella asiatica (Penny wort) extract, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) leaf extract, Rosemarinus officinalis (Rosemary) extract, Salvia officinalis (Sage) extract, Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s wort) extract, Curcuma longa (Turmeric) root extract, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch hazel) extract, Archillea millefolium (Yarrow) extract}, Magnesium stearate, Starch (arrowroot/tapioca/corn), [ +/- (may contain), Mica powder, Titanium dioxide, Zinc oxide, Iron oxide red, Iron oxide brown, Iron oxide black]

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I’m not much of blush wearer. Sometimes they turn out nice on me, sometimes they don’t. So I hardly wear them. But I kinda like the Dazzling Rose you see here because it’s a nice pink and compliments my skin tone well. Other than Dazzling Rose, you can find the blush in four other shades – Sunset Pink, Garden Plum, Smashing Bronze, and Red Polka.

Color shown on the website is off
I’ve got to say that the swatches on their website are a poor representation of the colors. As you can see, Smashing Bronze, which is what you see in the picture below is nowhere near the color shown on their website. It’s so much darker and such a far cry from the pale pink shown on their color chart! That, or the product was incorrectly labeled. Anyway, this Smashing Bronze was sent to me by mistake and so I can’t wear it at all.

Certified organic & halal licensed
All Paul Penders products are made with certified organic ingredients and the brand is not only 100% vegan but also one of the very few to be certified halal as licensed by the Government of Malaysia. The makeup products are formulated with LevensESSENTIE Gold®, which are 22 certified organic herbs and antioxidant vitamins to nourish and protect delicate skin. I’m also loving their lipsticks and currently wearing their Natural Cream Lipsticks in maple and mulberry.

20% storewide promotion
If you’re keen to check out their products, you’ll be delighted to know that Paul Penders Australia is currently offering a 20% discount off all their products to celebrate the opening of their new online store, from now till 31 October 2012! The discount code to use is 820002. And international shipping is available – free shipping is available for orders above AUD50. Anything below, a flat rate of AUD15 applies. Interested? Go check out their website!

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Comments

  1. espenine says

    I have more or less given up on searching for natural makeup as it’s almost impossible to find makeup that’s totally silicone free & yet provide enough coverage.

    • says

      Agree with this. I’m currently using another naturally formulated foundation and although it gives me a certain level of ‘glow’, it doesn’t really cover my pigmentations so I’m scrunching my face still. >_<
      EcoBeauty last post is: EthicBioskin Organics: Really, Really Premium Handmade Skincare Products from Etsy! (Review + Giveaway)

      • Sesame says

        @EcoBeauty: I was usually the Lolita mineral foundation and really liked that one…must go back to them to get my customized set again.

    • Sesame says

      @espenine: I’m still persisting in my search. Really hope for someone to bring in the Japanese natural brands.

  2. says

    Thanks for the review Sesame! :) Now I know what I sent to you by mistake. My eyesight must have been blurred. I thought I read Translucent Powder instead. Lol. Definitely wrong color for you. Perhaps you can share it with other darker skin friends?
    chuishia last post is: Barkery Oven at SPCA World Animal Day

  3. Charlie says

    Monave Concealer-Foundation minerals are great – they have a creamy finishing and it conceals very well. A little goes a long way. I’ve been using it for the 4th year running and nothing beats it (I’ve tried Lumiere, Lavera, etc). The ingredients are great – less than 10 and no Bismuth Oxychloride. The first 2 ingredients are Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, great sun protection. Best of luck to those looking out for mineral makeup. I get mine from Lovingminerals.

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