When I think of the pioneers of natural beauty Lavera is one of the names of that instantly springs to mind. The brand has been creating natural beauty products for over twenty five years and was founded by Thomas Haase in Germany. The Lavera line is quite extensive and covers skincare, body care and make up. Similar to another natural beauty staple Weleda, Lavera also hold the NATRUE symbol on it’s products certifying them to natural and/or organic standards. I have written before about the NATRUE symbol (here) and it is a certification that I actively look for on my products.
Lavera is a brand I have mentioned several times over the years, they have lots of wonderful, affordable products that have stood the test of time. A favourite of mine for it’s versatility is the Basis range and especially the All Round Cream*, a multi-purpose soothing cream great for face and body. The skincare ranges have really expanded over the years and I will definitely testing more products in the coming months.
The make up products actually really surprised me, the quality is fantastic. I bought a few items and was also sent a few by the brand and I have to say I love the products I chose and they get quite a bit of use. Starting with some pressed powder products I bought the Beautiful mineral Quattro eyeshadow pallete with four wearable neutrals. The packaging is plastic, but it is sturdy and travels well. The shadows themselves have a decent colour pay off and are fairly blendable, they are also talc free.
There is a taupe shade, a warmer chocolate brown, a golden brown and a cream colour that is good as a highlight and in corner colour. The quad is good value for money and I would love to see more palettes from them in the future. I also bought the pressed blush in the colour charming Rose, I tried this product years ago and wasn’t all that impressed with the pigmentation, but they have clearly really improved the formula since then. The colour is a fresh looking pink with a nice shimmer running through it. It looks natural on the cheeks and is perfect for brightening up the face.
Swatches From Left to right – Eyeshadows, Mineral Rouge and Lip gloss in Sweet Melon.
From the selection of lip care I tried the lip glosses, I have two shades Sweet Melon (pictured above) and Charming crystals which is a shimmering pearl that works well over most lipsticks. I love Sweet melon, but could find the shade anywhere to link to at the moment, so I have a horrible feeling it may be discontinued! The formula of the Glossy lips is not sticky and is really nourishing thanks to the castor oil, shea butter and olive fruit oil. You can see all the shades and lip products here.
The surprise standout of the lot was actually a product I was sent, the Natural Mousse Make up* in the shade almond and it’s a perfect match for my skin tone, so much so I couldn’t really get the swatch to show up and gave up. The bouncy consistency blends well with fingers or brushes and the formula is a cream to powder finish, not often seen in the natural beauty world. This foundation is brilliant for a combination or oily skin, but normal to dry can also wear it with the right skincare underneath.
As it has a cream to powder formula it does cling to dry patches if you have them, but I found making sure I had a good hyaluronic serum and oil underneath kept the problem at bay. It is a medium coverage, buildable and feels light on the skin, my only slight criticism is that it is scented, as is the blush. I know people are divided on scent in make up, personally I wasn’t too bothered by this, but prefer unscented where possible. Shade range does seem quite limited and online swatches aren’t the best either, this shade I would consider it light however online it looks quite dark. I would recommend trying in-store if you can to find a match.
The products are all natural and free from synthetic colours, fragrances and all the usual suspects. Some of the products are suitable for vegans, but others contain carmine and or beeswax so check individual ingredients listings. If you are after good quality natural make up that is affordable, the range certainly ticks those boxes and has some really great products in the line.
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