Today I’m reviewing one of the recently launched foundations by Lotus herbals-pure radiance matte glow daily foundation. These come in 2 variants- one with shimmer and one without. Since my product says (L) and contains very very fine and subtle shimmer, I’m guessing its the variant with shimmer even though the shimmer is barely visible.
Price : Rs 175 (I picked it up from Beauty Centre for Rs 154)
Quantity: 25 ml
What Lotus herbals says about the product : (from press note)
Lotus Herbals PURE RADIANCE™ foundation is enriched with botanical extracts of Jojoba, Soy Lecithin & Grape seeds. It is oil-free and water based and gives full coverage to the face that helps in hiding any imperfections. This feather feel foundation also gives a smooth satiny texture to your skin. This innovative foundation has SPF 20 that gives complete sun protection, making it the ideal foundation for both day and night usage.
My take on the product :
Ever since reading the press note of its launch, I’d been dying to get my hands on it. The words “matte” and “glow” were the main attraction for me as it would be for most oily skinned women.
This foundation comes in a sleek frosted transparent bottle with a dull gold screw on cap. You need to squeeze the bottle to take out the product through the nozzle. The quantity offered is quite less- 25 ml which also explains the very affordable price tag.The texture of the foundation is thick and non-greasy. You need to make a little effort in blending since its not one of those super easy to blend foundation.
It feels quite light on the skin but contrary to the claims, does not cover all imperfections. The coverage is somewhere between medium to full. It conceals most of my blemishes but I still need a concealer to conceal the redder ones. It claims to keep the skin matte for hours but for me it works for about 2-3 hours max after which I need touch up. It performs better in mattifying than other oil-free foundations I’ve used so far which require me to do touch-ups or dab a tissue on my t-zone right after the first hour of wear.
The shimmer is very very subtle– in fact, I didn’t even notice it at first. It does give a subtle glow which is suitable for daily wear. The foundation has a mild pleasant fragrance exactly like the botanicals compact. It wears off in a few min of application.I think the best part about this foundation that makes it “daily-wear” is how light it feels on the skin- no heavy, cakey feeling.
Swatch- blended (you can see it hides my veins to some extent)
One big drawback would be the shade selection- there are only 3 shades Soft Ivory, Soft Beige and Caramel. The SA at Beauty Centre matched me with Soft Ivory but gave me Caramel fresh piece and being in a hurry,I did not check the shade. Its a little darker and more yellow than my skin tone and thus doesn’t give the perfect match and glow but I think I can make it work but mixing a little red color corrector and some moisturizer. Soft Ivory is the lightest shade with a pink undertone followed by Soft Beige which has a yellow undertone. Caramel is the darkest with a strong yellow undertone. There are hardly any options for darker skinned ladies so if you’re above NC 42-43, I don’t think you’d find a match in this range.
This is how it looks on me. You can see that it gives a little glow to that face-
The GOOD about Lotus Herbals pure radiance daily matte-glow foundation –
- Sleek, sturdy and travel friendly packaging.
- Light oil-free texture.
- Gives matte effect without drying the skin.
- Gives longer matte effect than other oil-free foundations.
- Has a mild pleasant fragrance.
- Contains very very subtle shimmer that gives a slight glow.
- Is suitable for everyday wear- feels very light on the skin.
- Very affordable price.
- Lasts long (but need touch ups)
- Gives almost full coverage.
- Non comodogenic
- Did not break me out or irritate my skin anyway.
- Need to blend properly.
- Does not give 100% coverage as claimed.
- Does not keep face matte entire day.
- Limited shade selection.
- Not available yet in all outlets.
Overall Verdict : It is an oil-free, light foundation containing very subtle shimmer that gives a matte effect along with a subtle glow to the face. It is very affordable and perfect for everyday wear but the shade selection is very limited. A little effort is required to blend but once well blended it gives a smooth finish without drying out the skin. The matte lasts longer than other oil free foundations on me but not too long, you will need touch up with compact after 2-4 hours depending on the oiliness of your skin.
Recommended to all oily skinned women (if you can find a good match in the shade)
Rating : 4.25/5
Will I repurchase : Yes
Have you tried Lotus Herbals matte glow foundation?