NU open concealerAs any woman who has struggled with breakouts knows, the way to creating the illusion of a flawless face is paved with trial and error.

For me, foundation is not an occasional luxury but a daily necessity, so I’ve gotten to know many clean cosmetics brands and their performance. When it comes to fantastic long-wearing coverage, NU EVOLUTION Cosmetics ranks among the best that I’ve tried. The real clincher is that it doesn’t leave me with a slew of new breakouts by the end of the day and provides just the right amount of coverage to give the appearance of gorgeous skin.

Indeed, Founders Nadine Cormier and Sandra Anderson Diaz designed their coverage options with the intention of not disrupting skin in mind. When Nadine and I met in person to learn more about the line, she described her challenge with finding decent foundation that wouldn’t lead to incessant breakouts—even from among the mainstream brands that claimed to be hypoallergenic or non-comedogenic (both bogus marketing terms in my opinion). In the creation of NU EVOLUTION Cosmetics, they made clear skin a priority.

Prepping skin

One thing that I’ve learned the hard way: the key to great coverage begins with well prepped skin. I always make sure to prepare a smooth canvas by exfoliating as needed, so that skin doesn’t flake out on me during the day. The other element is good hydration. Usually that means a spritz of Crazy Cat Lady Chamomeow Calming Face & Body Mist on face to tone down redness, then mixed in with Laurel WPO anti-inflammatory serum that I press into skin, followed by a quality moisturizer with sunscreen. Josh Rosebrook’s Nutrient Day Cream or Pratima’s Neem Rose Sunscreen perform well for me under makeup.

Then I continue with my liquid foundation next.

Complete Coverage Foundation, $47

As I mentioned before, I’ve used my share of foundations. My favorite applicator is a pump for creams primarily because it’s the most hygienic and doesn’t expose the product to bacteria-causing air or fingers. It’s also the easiest and cleanest application method which is crucial for most people. I’m head over heels for NU EVOLUTION’s packaging design in every way and you will hear me wax on about it in every post. It’s evident that considerable R & D went into these.

NU foundation sampleWith the Complete Coverage Foundation, you don’t need to use a lot of product. I like to start with a drop on my hand (as shown) and apply small dots on my face from there. Sometimes I use a beauty blender instead of my fingers, but fingers work fine in a pinch. I tried using a foundation brush to apply once but didn’t like the finish, as the foundation tends to dry quickly, so you’ve got to work fast to spread it. The brush didn’t blend it as well as the beauty blender did.

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I’ve got some sun spots and uneven skin on my hand. You’ll see what happens to them in the next photo.

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As you can see, all those tiny lines and freckles virtually disappeared. This creamy foundation does the same for enlarged pores, scars, blemishes, and other discolorations. The finish looks like my skin but better. Actually, during the course of the day, what often happens with other foundations that I’ve used that offer matte coverage is that my face gets that cakey look after a while, and my skin flakes or look dehydrated. Not so with this foundation. It’s matte without being drying or cakey. It imparts an even, smooth sheen.

The only drawback is the color. I’ve got 102 but I’m probably between a 102 and a 101, so I’m kinda hoping for more options eventually. I just purchased 101 and will mix the two together to see if the combined shades work a tad better.

Pressed Powder Foundation, $45 & Camouflage Cream Concealer, $32

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NU EVOLUTION Cosmetics offers four types of coverage options: liquid foundation, loose powder, and this pressed powder that you see here, plus the best-selling Camouflage Concealer, also shown, lauded as a fan favorite. Again, check out that sleek packaging.

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Not only are the compacts thin enough to slip right into a purse for use all day, but the camouflage concealers and pressed powders tout a mirror too.

I dab the camouflage concealer over spots that need extra coverage and to delete under-eye circles.

The best way to apply the concealer is with fingertips or a concealer brush like this one by Antonym and then to pat it in with fingertips to blend and smooth it out. Voila! Lovely, even-toned look. Particularly in Summer, I complete my daytime foundation with a setting powder, which is in this case the pressed powder.

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Having a pressed powder option this chic for a clean cosmetic brand feels almost indulgent! I can’t say that I’ve found one of this caliber before. While I wouldn’t use it as my first layer of coverage, which would likely be too drying for me, it’s ideal as a light dab of finishing powder. My favorite brush to use with it is the flat-edged Wayne Goss Brush 12 that I purchased on Beautylish. (shown in fifth photo from top and in featured image).

Mainly I use a touch of powder on cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin. It helps set foundation, blur any imperfections (—UGH! I don’t like using that word, but you know what I mean), and blot excess shine.

Lately I’ve been playing with adding a drop of Gressa’s Minimalist Illuminating Serum to foundation (though I usually don’t need it with NU EVOLUTION’s foundation), then after applying makeup, misting my face with Josh Rosebrook’s Hydrating Accelerator for a lit from within glow.

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What are some of your favorite coverage techniques for a flawless finish?

 

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