The road to w3llville // W3LL PEOPLE NARCISSIST FOUNDATION STICK
I used to think that foundation (of any sort) was for suckers.
People would ask me what I was using, and I'd be all like, "Oh, I just use this little concealer stick from Almay for everything." I thought that was a good thing. I thought all foundations were sticky, heavy, and gross (like a face mask).
I was an idiot.
I didn't know what I was talking about, and I really (at that point) didn't have skin that required much to make it look good. That's changed. Nowadays I have some residual acne discoloration, and the occasional spots. I have some redness around my nose and cheeks. I have medium to dark circles under my eyes (depending on the day). I'm at a point where my skin is still relatively young and healthy, but needs more care to look put together.
One of the biggest hurdles I've come up against after deciding to go green or go home, has been foundation. I had finally found THE ONE that I loved. I mean really loved. Like bought two of them so I would have a backup in case of emergency, loved... But sadly after a little digging online, it wasn't quite going to make the natural cut. Though certainly not the worst offender, it still wasn't clean enough for me to feel comfortable putting it all over my face every day.
I can comfortably say, I've now found my light makeup days go-to product in the Narcissist Foundation Stick by W3ll People. You'll find W3ll People on eco-beauty blogger's top product lists, and with good reason. They make products that work, and they make them really well.
Being that this foundation is a stick, it's about the easiest thing in the entire world to use. You literally draw on you face in the areas you need coverage, and blend in (I use the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush). If you're looking for fuller coverage, you'll likely go through the stick on the quicker side. but if you're combining this with another product (as I am), it will last a while. I've been using the stick (shade 2) in combination with the RMS Beauty Un Cover-Up (shade 22). I'll start with the stick first and then go back in with the Un Cover-Up for concealer and under-eye circles. All in all, it's about a 3-4 minute routine. Most days I am down with the medium dewy finish these products give me, but on the off chance I'm feeling too glowy, I'll set with a little powder.
The product has a natural waxy scent, which I found strange at first, but have gotten used to (I only notice it during application). It's very portable to toss in your bag for touch-ups, and the packaging is super clean and chic for eco-friendly beauty. Only downside is, since the tube is white, it will definitely get dirty inside any makeup bag.
It's a product I continue to use daily, and can see myself repurchasing. Their shade range is decent, and it's got enough moisture for dryer skin, as well as enough mattifying power for oily skin. Since I haven't been using it under my eyes as of yet, I can't speak to creasing, but it has not stuck to any dry patches on me. So, light days makeup foundation, check!
I am however, still on the hunt for a green liquid foundation for heavier makeup days. Got reccos? Leave 'em in the comments below! A girl's beauty research is never done.
Website // w3llpeople.com (also carried by Anthropologie & Target)
Price Point // $5-29 (the Narcissist Foundation Stick retails for $28.99 on their site)
Best For // mornings where you need to sprint out the door, when you want to look nice for someone but don't want to spend more than 4 minutes, and on-the-go travel days
Claims // all-natural ingredients, innovative botanical complexes that move and breathe (no creasing or fading), hydrating formulas with organic aloe and precious essential oils, no fillers, no propylene glycol, no petrochemicals or petroleum by-products, cruelty-free, and handcrafted in the USA