Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15 – Fair (review)

Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream

BB creams (also known as beauty balms) are as popular as ever and today there are a wide variety of natural and more natural takes on this all-in-one moisturiser and foundation. Natio's version looks a little inconspicuous on the shelves but makes up for its bland packaging with encouraging promises…

  • Lasting hydration
  • SPF 15 protection
  • Conceals imperfections
  • Soothes redness
  • Even, natural coverage
  • Skin tone correction
  • Healthy, glowing skin

There are three shades available – Fair, Medium and Tan – and I chose Fair, the lightest shade. My skin is particularly pale during winter which is when I've been using this BB cream the most. It suits my skin tone very well, I have to say, and other comments I've seen compliment the Medium and Tan shades, too; especially the latter which is good for darker Caucasian or Asian skin colours. There's currently no provision for black or Indian skin types.

I like the texture and found it blended in fairly well although it works best with warm fingers and careful massaging in. The coverage is excellent, much better than other BB creams I've tried, and as good as many 'proper' liquid foundations. Personally, I found a little cream used very carefully gave me more natural-looking results than being liberal with it. Being overly generous made me look too artificial.

The finish is satiny rather than matte – which is great – and my skin tone looked nice and even but not at all doll-like. It also suits my oily skin; it's not overly moisturising and I didn't get any blemishes even with prolonged use. I'm not sure this would be moisturising enough for dry skin types, though, but I'm sure a nourishing serum underneath would suffice.

One of my favourite uses for this product is around my eyes – I don't mean as a substitute eye cream! – I use it as a highlighter on my brow bone. Using this light-coloured cream there really lifts the eyes and because it's a BB cream not an eye shadow it's also extremely natural looking. When you're tired this is a great way to perk up your whole face! (And it's pretty much effortless, to boot!)

Personally, there aren't any ingredients I'd worry about (Natio's range fits in with my more natural skincare preferences). From an ethical stand point you can rest assured that Natio do not ever test on animals (yay!). As for the packaging, in the U.K. at least products are sold without superfluous boxes – which helps to save the trees – and the plastic tube is recyclable in some locations.

As for the price… it's reasonable both here and in its native Australia (around £8 or $15 AUD) which is certainly at the affordable end of the natural cosmetics market. I think it's good value; it's certainly a product I'd be happy to recommend not just on value but on performance as well.

Good coverage
Quite thick; needs working in
Decent ethics and fairly natural

Great for combination-oily skin types

Reasonable value


Brand: Natio

Size: 50 g
Price: £7.95 (£15.90/100 g)

Manufactured: Australia

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Propylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid,Glycerin, Methylpropanediol, Triethanolamine, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Alumina, Dimethicone, Lecithin, CaprylylGlycol, Cellulose Gum, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Sorbitan Laurate, Phenylpropanol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Leaf Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Styrax Benzoin Gum, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea)Leaf Extract, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Alcohol, Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Xanthan Gum, CitricAcid. May contain: Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Mica CI 77019, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77861

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