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During the past year I’ve been using the Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation which I loved at first, but I admit that it came with some cons. The major one being that the finish it left on the skin was rather oily and transferred easily (which isn’t great if you have a tendency to touch your face more than you’d like throughout the course of a day.)
Therefore I decided it was time to try something new – and after reading quite a few good reviews about it, I opted for the Fitglow Vita-Active Foundation.
Fitglow Vita-Active Foundation
Fitglow prides itself on creating evidence-based natural makeup. Using only plant based ingredients that they have fully researched to ensure that the quality and effectiveness is up to their brand’s standard. They are also cruelty-free.
After looking up a few reviews and looking at swatch images online, I placed my order for the Fitglow Vita-Active Foundation on blind faith. I ordered their foundation in the colour VF1.5 which isn’t the lightest shade but the second lightest shade; it has a cool undertone (which I prefer on my face even though I have very warm-tone skin.)
What is the Vita-Active Foundation?
The plant based, skin-loving blend of Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Brighteners, and Beta-Carotene increases collagen production and dramatically boosts skin’s ability to diminish spots, freckles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and improves elasticity. Daily use leaves skin clear, smooth, and radiant.
Key Ingredients for the Vita-Active Foundation
- Hyaluronic Acid is used to increase skin’s hydration and moisture.
- Stabilized Vitamin C is used as an anti-oxidant and to help minimize the look of age spots over time.
- Wakame Cell Bioferment helps to detoxify and improve skin’s collagen.
- Beta-Carotene reduces the look of wrinkles and protects from UV damage.
- Aloe Vera Juice uses antioxidants to help moisturize and soothe skin.
Ingredient Safety Key
Ingredient to use with Caution
Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice🌱
Lavendula Angustofolia (Lavender Hydrosol)🌱 is leftover water from the steam distillation of Lavender, it helps to mitigate acne due to its antibacterial properties.
Rose Damascena (Rose Hydrosol)🌱 is leftover water from the steam distillation of Rose and acts as a skin-conditioning ingredient.
Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed Oil)🌱 is used as an emollient and skin-conditioning ingredient.
Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil🌱 is a natural antioxidant, skin-conditioner and as a source of AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) which can help to improve the texture of the skin.
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil🌱 is primarily used as an emollient/skin-conditioning ingredient.
Cetearyl Olivate is used to effectively blend ingredients and helps to soften skin.
Daucus Carota (Carrot Oil)🌱 Source of Beta-Carotene.
Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C)
Sorbitan Olivate (Olive Derived) is used in conjunction with Cetearyl Olivate to blend ingredients (emulsifying.)
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil🌱 is used for it’s emollient properties.
Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (Botanical Hyaluronic Acid)
Undaria Pinnatifida Cell Culture Extract (Wakame Bioferment) is a species of seaweed.
Caprylic /Capric Triglyceride (Derived from Coconut) is most likely used as an emollient to soften skin.
Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate is used as a natural preservative.
Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn)🌱 is used for skin conditioning. It helps to minimize wrinkles and regenerate skin.
Cetyl Alcohol is a fatty alcohol that is used as an emulsifying, emollient and viscosity controlling ingredient.
Mica is a natural mineral used for colouring.
Titanium Dioxide (CI77891) is used for colouring and sun protection.
Zinc Oxide (CI77974) is used as a sunscreen ingredient.
Iron Oxides (CI77492, CI77491) are used for colouring.
Ultramarines (CI77007) used for colouring.
Sorbitol is primarily used as a humectant (to act as a barrier on the skin and prevent moisture loss.)
Argania Spinosa (Argan Oil)🌱 is mainly used as a moisturizing ingredient.
How does the Vita-Active Foundation Wear?
The first time I tried the Fitglow Vita-Active Foundation I tested it in an instastory. It’s a very different formula than the Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation; it has a lightweight mousse texture compared to a very liquid/oil consistency. At first I wasn’t a fan of the texture.
When applied with a brush it starts by appearing very streaky, but after a bit of buffing it is able to blend in relatively well. One coat gives light-medium coverage. You can layer it to create more medium coverage (not full coverage!)
Unlike the Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation the Fitglow Vita-Active Foundation does not leave an oily texture on the skin Which is a happy surprise.
I find that the Fitglow Vita-Active Foundation does still cling to dry skin, but it’s more transfer-resistant than the Vapour Foundation. The Fitglow foundation is much better for someone with oily/combination skin.
Would I repurchase?
After a quite a few uses I am beginning to like the Fitglow Vita-Active Foundation much more than the Vapour Organic Foundation. However, I’m not sure whether I consider it a holy grail product. Although the coverage is good enough to cover most the redness in my skin it doesn’t cover as much as I would personally hope for.
When my skin isn’t acting up I think that this foundation is amazing, but when I have a lot of hormonal breakouts it’s something I don’t care to reach for. I can see myself liking this foundation more during the Spring and Summer rather than the Winter when my skin is more finicky and dry.
That being said, it remains as a top shelf product for me.